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This is the original Nest of Boxes made by the Magic House of Babcock. They are scarce as no more than 25 sets of these were made.
Each box in this set is made of a different kind of wood as follows from largest to smallest, Canary Wood with Walnut inlay, Peroba Rosa with Walnut inlay, Black Walnut with Sycamore inlay, Cherry with Padauk inlay and Padauk with Sycamore inlay. All are beautifulliy lined and of course, built with an amazing attention to detail for which Mel is famous.
EFFECT: a box which contains four other nested boxes is in plain view. A watch, coin or some pther small object is borrowed from a spectator. The object may be marked for identification. The object is vanished. The nested boxes are opened one at a time. When the last box is removed, the spectator may handed the key and they may unlock and open the box to find their marked item inside.
The large outer box is 8 5/8" wide x 8 7/8" deep x 7 3/4" tall
Condition: Mint. Not sure if they were ever even used.