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Topic: Herb Chest Die Box
Message: Posted by: makeupguy (Jan 8, 2008 02:32PM)
I have a new product that will be hitting the shelves shortly...

I've messaged Steve several times to see what his Banner rates are.. and never got a response.. so I figured I'd post here to see what I could see.
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Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 8, 2008 03:42PM)
This link works:


The text is a bit small to read easily on the JPEG, but I assume what I am seeing is not the finished ad size.

Die Box looks real good, and you seem to have an interesting theme. Very reasonable price considering what I see! Very nice! Bravo!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 8, 2008 03:49PM)
Looks nice.

Best wishes with your product.
Message: Posted by: Robert Kohler (Jan 8, 2008 04:34PM)
Beautiful..........very tempting........as a matter of fact.........
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 8, 2008 04:55PM)
Well since Michael has let the “cat out’a the bag”…

I was flattered that Michael wanted to create an elegant, well-made,
collectable, and beautiful piece of equipment to
compliment my story-theatre magical presentation
“The Druid’s Herb Chest” or “The Wizard’s Herb Chest”
as the finished piece is called.

For this limited edition of 100 pieces which he’ll eventually have made,
I also created as second presentation:
“Queen Victoria’s Tea Chest” so no matter what style you perform in,
you’d be covered with your own custom story which would work with
all the equipment supplied.

I have seen a prototype, and the work is masterful,
the quality wood perfect for the box,
the custom made hinges worthy of a castle-door,
and the hammered inner box great for the story,
and even the carrying bag is unique and handmade.

Each set is hand aged and finished,
so I know these will only be coming out a few at a time.
I’m very happy Mr. Mosher had the confidence in my work
to produce these for the professional performer in a high-quality.

This is a story-presentation I’ve been using in many of my shows
over several years, and being that it is entertaining and audience-friendly
(no sucker gags here) it always plays great and
I’ve actually had gigs booked on just the strength of this piece!


Message: Posted by: disneywld (Jan 8, 2008 06:42PM)
I collect die boxes, but I am not sold on the price or on the ad description. I need to be pulled in a bit more than the offer of a story and a leather enclosure. Just my opinion - not wanting to be destructive, but constructive.

The box has a bit of 60's feeling to it - again my opinion.

You might still be able to sell 100 copies.
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 8, 2008 06:47PM)
not wanting to be destructive, but constructive.
You've failed.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 8, 2008 10:54PM)
Hi Christopher,

Actually the story (well, the two stories) are the whole point, the equipment being designed to compliment and support those presentations.

I believe Michael wanted to get this into the hands of bizarre-and-storytelling magicians, who are “pulled in” by the story and presentation possibilities, though as a collector of this particular effect you might find it a well thought out addition to your collection.

So, you might say the price is for the story, and the physical set is a freebie <grin>.

My thoughts,
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Jan 9, 2008 07:19AM)
When I wrote the above, I misunderstood and thought that opinions on the box advertisement piece were being solicited. I brought up the advertisement and focused on the ad piece, giving it my critical opinion. I am certainly not commenting on the box itself – I have not seen it, held it, or adored it.

Am I interested in this box? Possibly. Did the advertisement draw me in to order it? No.

My apologies.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 9, 2008 11:39AM)
No apologies necessary, I’m sure Michael will take your comments to heart and consider your thoughts as he moves forward marketing the set.

Anyway here’s some information for anyone interested how this effect came to be.

Michael has invested thousands of dollars to have these correctly made,
all based upon his faith in my story-presentation(s).
He loves magic and had that much faith in what he’s seen me perform.

It’s interesting how this routine was born, let me tell you about that.

The Die-Box has become a classic, it has been,
and is today used by magicians all over, and over several decades,
and has been made in more styles than I can count.
One of my passions is to take an old-classic and by putting my spin on it,
help nurture it into a new classic.

The idea of some huge Die never made any sense to me,
and why would you have a huge oversize die in a double-cabinet at all…
not even a magical logic there.

And 99 out of 100 times it is presented as a Sucker-trick,
and I strongly dislike anything that makes fools or suckers
out of an innocent audience who have paid their admission to a show.

My take then transformed the Die to a Druid’s healing herb-box.

The story has two characters, the Wizard and his callow apprentice,
it is fashioned so there is by-play with the two characters,
and the audience as the wise observer,
o none of the spectators are made to feel suckered or less-than.

As is mentioned in my post, this has been a reputation making and building effect
in my act for many years, and on its own been the second most requested piece I’ve ever performed.

This was intended by me to be quite a personal gift from my professional repertoire,
to storytelling and bizarre magicians who want a strong, tight and magically logical presentation, which is a twist on a tried-and-true classic.

I hope those who are tempted to purchase Michael’s set
will greatly enjoy working with it and take it to new levels with their own creativity.

Message: Posted by: Robert Kohler (Jan 9, 2008 01:20PM)

Just curious, what is your first most requested piece?.............
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 9, 2008 02:15PM)
Hi Robert,

Number One is "Merlyn's Golden Floating Orb" a story of myth and lore,
culminating with my 24K pure gold plated Floating Ball.

Number Three is "The Silk Merchant's Daughters" my version of
the classic Professor's Nightmare.

My (somewhat small) claims to fame thus far! <grin>

Thanks for asking!
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 9, 2008 03:10PM)
IMHO, to be able to take the venerable die box and infuse it with this kind of "mystery and history" is absolutely top drawer.

As much as it's a classic effect, it does take a leap of faith on the part of the specs to see a die or a rubiks cube in a double wide wooden box as something remotely normal. More often I'm sure they see it for what it is, and that's a magic prop.

It takes no leap whatsoever to see a herb box in its storage container......brilliant!
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Jan 9, 2008 07:14PM)
The solid brass Herb Box intrigues me. I have a box in my collection with a off-gold aluminium block. I never liked the look. Now, a solid hammered brass block? You are winning me over...

Walt, your explanation is appreciated. I don't do "storytelling" magic per se, but I do work with a bunch of storytellers. I'm heading out to Texas with one of them and will be sharing this thread. I've done some of this stuff with the movie studios on some films requests and enjoyed it. I do read every one of ED SOLOMON's Linking Ring articles. Cool Stuff!!!!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 9, 2008 10:23PM)

Ed Solomon is a very dear friend and colleague,
I'll let him know you consider his articles must-reads.
If you like what Ed writes, you might want to see if stories work for your magic.

Ed was one of my supporters in getting these props made and is one of the fans of this presentation he has seen at ICBM Gatherings, we have his “blessing” on this project.

My original did not have a hammered brass herb box (block) and I loved that Michael was able to do these, obviously if that is brass you know other *parts* had to be as well... quite a bit of design work there.

Thanks for your shares in this thread!