This effect was so popular with Eckhart Boettcher’s Zauber Butike that he actually had this produced several times over the years. The one we are offering today is a very early one made by Tony Lackner.
Great story telling magic….here is the suggested patter which gives you a good idea of the effect.
“It must have been 1971 or 1972 – I am not entirely sure of the correct year – when a once in a lifetime art exhibit was taking place in Japan. Unique artwork was transported from all over the world to Japan, including these precious paintings from the Louvre in Paris.
The authorities had received a tip that thieves all over the world were trying to intercept the shipments so they were packed in a special crate.
You (facing a spectator) will be in charge of keeping a close eye on the artwork. To make your job easier I have in this folder the drawings of the four prime suspects….
When the crate arrived in Japan it was opened under the watchful eyes of security…..but the shock was huge when it was discovered that only the frames had arrived, the art was gone
You (facing the same spectator) had been in charge….how is this possible…not only had we had you watching the crate, we also had eyes on all of the suspects…..are you sure nobody came close to the crate…let’s take a look again at the drawings of the suspects…”
The mugshots have disappeared and in their place are now the four artworks.
The “folder” for the mugshots is a magnetic card case, the rest of the props where handmade by Tony Lackner.
You receive a copy of the German instructions as well as my English write-up.
This tricks looks neat and is fun for both the audience and the magician.