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9th Jun '16 2:21:47 PM margdean56
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* An old ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' story had Tubby watching a magician's show. When the magician makes Annie apparently turn into a bird by such a box, he volunteers to be the next person inside-- and finds that it uses a trapdoor to drop him under the stage. He decides to sneak back into the theatre to see what the magician "turned him into"-- and is motified to find that it's a big fat jack o' lantern.

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* An old ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' story had Tubby watching a magician's show. When the magician makes Annie apparently turn into a bird by such a box, he volunteers to be the next person inside-- and finds that it uses a trapdoor to drop him under the stage. He decides to sneak back into the theatre to see what the magician "turned him into"-- and is motified mortified to find that it's a big fat jack o' lantern.



* Played with in the segment directed by Creator/WoodyAllen for ''New York Stories'': The protagonist's (overbearing) mother is invited onstage and enters the box, but doesn't reappear. But later on, she magically materializes in giant form over New York and proceeds to embarrass his son.

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* Played with in the segment directed by Creator/WoodyAllen for ''New York Stories'': The protagonist's (overbearing) mother is invited onstage and enters the box, but doesn't reappear. But later on, she magically materializes in giant form over New York and proceeds to embarrass his her son.
19th Apr '16 8:49:47 AM erforce
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* Young Franchise/IndianaJones used one of these to slip past his pursuers in ''Film/TheLastCrusade''.

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* Young Franchise/IndianaJones Indy used one of these to slip past his pursuers in ''Film/TheLastCrusade''.''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
27th Mar '16 11:03:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. Hilly Brown's disappearing trick was actually a machine that teleported people to Altair IV, a [[ForbiddenPlanet forbidden planet]].

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* Played with in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. Hilly Brown's disappearing trick was actually a machine that teleported people to Altair IV, a [[ForbiddenPlanet forbidden planet]].planet.
7th Dec '15 8:59:26 PM Generality
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* This was inverted in an episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'' when a dead body mysteriously ''appeared'' inside a wardrobe two characters had just carried up several flights of stairs, and the intrepid magician protagonist had to figure out how it had happened.
20th Nov '15 8:02:04 AM Chabal2
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* One ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode has a magician's assistant die in the box (which has also been pincushioned with blades). The blades were meant to retract, but one had been blocked, and had been coated with poison dart frog mucus for good measure.
17th Oct '15 2:35:35 PM R1ck
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/TheDarkKnight I'm gonna make this OCD detective disappear.]] ''[a few minutes later]'' TADA! He's.... ah, he's ''gone''. ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/TheDarkKnight I'm [[caption-width-right:350:I'm gonna make this OCD detective disappear.]] disappear. ''[a few minutes later]'' TADA! He's.... ah, he's ''gone''. ]]
14th Jun '15 11:11:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Creator/WoodyAllen story "The Kugelmass Episode" has the eponymous character use such a device to be put in the book ''MadameBovary'' so he can have an affair with her. HilarityEnsues.

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* The Creator/WoodyAllen story "The Kugelmass Episode" has the eponymous character use such a device to be put in the book ''MadameBovary'' ''Literature/MadameBovary'' so he can have an affair with her. HilarityEnsues.
26th May '14 1:21:47 PM KidDynamite
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* Earth Wind and Fire used to use a lot of magic in their concerts in the 1970's (Doug Henning and David Copperfield designed much of their stage shows). Their main set once closed with band members getting into a pyramid-shaped box, which would then rise off the stage. While the pyramid is in mid-air, the bottom would come apart, showing the band members had disappeared.
4th May '14 7:19:07 AM LongLiveHumour
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* There's an interesting version in the NeilGaiman short story "The Queen of Knives". The magician makes the child's grandmother disappear (after stabbing knives and swords through the box), but she never comes back.

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* There's an interesting version in the NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman short story "The Queen of Knives". The magician makes the child's grandmother disappear (after stabbing knives and swords through the box), but she never comes back.
15th Apr '14 3:28:56 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', episode "Now You See Him," the water tank escape act that the Great Santini uses to establish his alibi when he shoots Jesse Jerome has got some traces of this. What the audience sees: He scrunches himself up into a water crate that is then sealed shut and tightly secured with chains and padlocks. The crate is hoisted up into the air, and dumped into a water tank at the rear of the stage. After a few minutes go by, the crate is returned to the front of the stage, and is opened, to reveal Santini's daughter, while Santini reveals himself to be one of the black-suited and masked assistants on stage performing during the intermission. What really happens is that the wooden crate has a false bottom, and is positioned over a trapdoor when it is on the stage floor. Santini hides in a break room underneath and changes outfits while the crate is in the tank, then sneaks back up to the stage. It is a 15 minute waiting period, so he uses the crate as an opportunity to pose as a waiter to get to Jerome's office and shoot him.

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* In ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', episode "Now You See Him," the water tank escape act that the Great Santini uses to establish his alibi when he shoots Jesse Jerome has got some traces of this. What the audience sees: He scrunches himself up into a water crate that is then sealed shut and tightly secured with chains and padlocks. The crate is hoisted up into the air, and dumped into a water tank at the rear of the stage. After a few minutes go by, the crate is returned to the front of the stage, and is opened, to reveal Santini's daughter, while Santini reveals himself to be one of the black-suited and masked assistants on stage performing during the intermission. What really happens is that happens: the wooden crate has a false bottom, and is positioned over a trapdoor when it is on the stage floor. Santini hides in a break room underneath and changes outfits while the crate is in the tank, then sneaks back up to the stage. It is a 15 minute waiting period, so he uses the crate as an opportunity to pose as a waiter to get to Jerome's office and shoot him.
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