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Something that occurred to me recently is why the insertion of the first blade in many "box" illusions is nearly always under-played and why it rarely gets any reaction.

Is it because the magician is keen to get the "special" bit (i.e. the bit for which the box was made, be that Zig-Zag or Mis-Made Girl, etc.) and doesn't think about the fact that putting that first blade into the box (and assistant?) should be difficult and/or impressive?

Or is it that, in some illusions, the box is so big that the first blade really doesn't mean that much anyway?
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Presentation. Presentation. Play it up. If you present it as a comedy bit make a big play with the blade and in the case where the girl's face is seen (Zig Zag) have her ham it up too. For a serious presentation a dramatic build up, a musical build up and in tricks like the zig zag a reaction from the girl can help. I do the Zig Zag, a Spear Box routine and other blade tricks and always get a reaction with the first and last blade...but I play it up...albeit I do mostly comedy with the zig zag.
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