Prior to the effect being performed, a beautiful wooden chest is padlocked and handed to the person in charge of the venue. He also agrees to display it prominently until the day of show with a small sign stating, “This Chest Contains A Prediction of the Future.” On the evening of the show, the person in charge is given the key to open the chest. Inside he finds a folded piece of paper. Another spectator then reads the headlines of the day’s newspaper out loud. The person in charge now reads out the written prediction. They are the same, not word for word, but there can’t be any doubt that the performer has indeed predicted the future! It is an unbelievable effect.
This type of prediction chest basically contains a prediction of a forthcoming newspaper headline, even though the chest has been under guard for over a week or longer. The effect has been inspired by Mason/Arturo – The World’s Greatest Prediction Chest and was also intended for the classic headline prediction; however, it could also be used for the more trendy current “Dream Date,” or “Dream Car” themes. The instructions have been written by Mr. John Talbot and outline extra routines which can be performed with the “The Telegraph Chest.” The mysteries that can be created with this system are limited only by one’s imagination!
The Telegraph Chest measures approximately 10cms wide, 8.8cms high and 8cms deep and has been completely handcrafted from natural aged teak wood with a lightly distressed oil finish and slightly tarnished brass hardware has also been fitted for an age look. It also comes complete with a wooden key box that measures approximately 8.5cms wide, 5.5cms high and 6cms deep and includes a padlock and keys.
This version of prediction chest has an exceedingly clever injection method for prediction billet and as a result, each unit was assembled from over 50 wooden parts and taking over 40 hours of work to make.
The original Mason/Arturo chests have sold in the past for over $2,000.
Our special thanks to Mr. John M. Talbot for the effect name recommendation and for writing the instructions and routine ideas.