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A magician asks for a volunteer in the audience or uses his assistant to place him or her in a regular cabinet. He then closes the cabinet, waves his wand to tap the box, opens it to reveal that the person is gone! It is believed that there is a trap door or a hidden exit in the box to make it all an illusion.

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A magician asks for a volunteer in the audience or uses his assistant to place him or her in a regular cabinet. He then closes the cabinet, waves his wand to tap the box, opens it to reveal that the person is gone! A variant has the person then emerge from some other location in the room. It is believed that there is a trap door or a hidden exit in the box (and in the variant, a hidden entrance to the exit location) to make it all an illusion.


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* Done in the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Falcon" to do a kidnap and replace on a member of the audience. The "randomly" selected member of the audience enters the box, and the IM Force member in disguise exits the box at the end of the trick.


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Natasha uses her new pet "lizard" Yuri to recreate a handheld version of the trick to entertain the other revolutionaries. It's not explained just how Yuri disappears and then reappears in the box.

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** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': Hypnota and Serva's signature act involves Serva seeming to disappear from a standing cabinet and then in a quick poof of smoke Hypnota appearing to turn into Serva.
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''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Natasha uses her new pet "lizard" Yuri to recreate a handheld version of the trick to entertain the other revolutionaries. It's not explained just how Yuri disappears and then reappears in the box.

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* Tohru teleports herself in the place of the girl in one of these boxes while watching a live magic show on TV in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', much to everyone else's shock. Exactly what happened to the girl is never made clear.


* Played with in the segment directed by Creator/WoodyAllen for ''Film/NewYor 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 her son.

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* Played with in the segment directed by Creator/WoodyAllen for ''Film/NewYor Stories'': ''Film/NewYorkStories'': 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 her son.


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* In ''{{Film/Scoop}}'', Sondra Pransky is put inside a box as part of this trick. To her surprise, however, she's then faced with the ghost of investigative reporter Joe Strombel while in there.


* The 1975 ''It's Magic! Magic! Magic! Game'' by Remco have the players as stage magicians, who must perform with their LovelyAssistant the DisappearingBox Illusion, as well as the SawAWomanInHalf and Levitating Assistant illusions.

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* The 1975 ''It's Magic! Magic! Magic! Game'' by Remco have the players as stage magicians, who must perform with their LovelyAssistant the DisappearingBox Illusion, LovelyAssistant, this illusion, as well as the SawAWomanInHalf and Levitating Assistant illusions.


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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Natasha uses her new pet "lizard" Yuri to recreate a handheld version of the trick to entertain the other revolutionaries. It's not explained just how Yuri disappears and then reappears in the box.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "[[Recap/RugratsS2E17RebelWithoutATeddyBearAngelicaTheMagnificent Angelica the Magnificent]]", Angelica attempts a disappearing act by putting Lil in a cardboard box and having her go out the other end as she says the magic words. Because Lil [[ChasingAButterfly chases a butterfly]], and another one flies into the box as Angelica says the magic words, the babies and Angelica believe that Angelica turned Lil into a butterfly.



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* In ''Magic: Top Secret'', magician Jasper Maskelyne has to search the Egyptian royal palace for a hidden radio transmitter being used to send information to German forces. He gets the Magic Gang invited for a royal performance during which he's locked in a box for the duration of the act, while actually he slips out to do the search. To further delay things, the King is invited to open the box only to find it empty. A knocking comes from another box, which also turns out to be empty. Just when the King is getting rather annoyed, he opens the final box to find Jasper inside.


* Played with in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. Hilly Brown's disappearing trick was actually a machine that teleported people to Altair IV, a forbidden planet.

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* Played with in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. Hilly Brown's disappearing trick was actually a machine that teleported people objects to Altair IV, a forbidden planet.another planet. After disappearing his best friend, Hilly has [[DidNotThinkThisThrough no idea how to get him back again.]]


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* ''Series/TheMagician'': In "Illusion in Terror", Tony uses a disappearing box to 'vanish' his girlfriend when the two of them are being chased through Tony's workshop by a pair of hitmen.


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A RunningGag in this trope is that the person either escapes or doesn't know how to get back in, leaving the magician flabbergasted and the audience booing. For a more dramatic twist, instead of the volunteer reappearing alive and well, the magician opens the box and a corpse falls out. Sometimes, a curtain will be used instead if the subject is bigger.

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A RunningGag in this trope is that the person either escapes or doesn't know how to get back in, leaving the magician flabbergasted and the audience booing. For a more dramatic twist, instead of the volunteer reappearing alive and well, the magician opens the box and a corpse falls out. Sometimes, Sometimes a curtain will be used instead if the subject is bigger.



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* In ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishMaker'', the stage magician Butler plays this straight...except for the part where he has his Dusclops destroy the box instead of simply opening it.

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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 mortified to find that it's a big fat jack o' lantern.

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* In ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishMaker'', the stage magician Butler plays this straight... except for the part where he has his Dusclops destroy the box instead of simply opening it.

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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 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 into"--and is mortified to find that it's a big fat jack o' lantern.



* A variation is used in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' to [[spoiler: help the unsuspecting Queen escape]]. [[BigBad Hopper]] catches on to it before it works as planned.

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* A variation is used in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' to [[spoiler: help [[spoiler:help the unsuspecting Queen escape]]. [[BigBad Hopper]] catches on to it before it works as planned.

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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: 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}}'', the ''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: 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 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.



** In firs episode during George Sr.'s retirement party, GOB hid his father in the tomb to hide him from the Securities and Exchange Commission. He hid behind the revolving door in the tomb, which kept him out of sight until the police dogs found him. This was broadcast in-universe on the FOX 6 news and GOB was subsequently kicked out of The Alliance of Magicians.
** The tomb continued to be part of GOB's blacklisted magic career and was used in "Public Relations" for his retirement home charity show. GOB hid Earl Milford in the tomb and Earl used the chance to escape the nursing home.
** The Aztec Tomb was stored in the model home's attic, where [[BatmanInMyBasement George]] successfully hid on multiple occasions, while on the lam.

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** In firs the first episode during George Sr.'s retirement party, GOB hid his father in the tomb to hide him from the Securities and Exchange Commission. He George Sr. hid behind the revolving door in the tomb, which kept him out of sight until the police dogs found him. This was broadcast in-universe on the FOX 6 news news, and GOB was subsequently kicked out of The Alliance of Magicians.
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* On ''Series/{{The Brady Bunch}}'' episode "Lights Out", Cindy becomes afraid of the dark after she watched a lady disappear in this manner at a friend's birthday party. (Cindy was so frightened she ran off before she reappeared.) Then, when Peter took up magic for the school's talent show and included this trick, Cindy agreed to be his assistant, thus mitigating her fear of the disappearing lady. Until Peter practiced it on Bobby, and Bobby refused to reappear as a joke, scaring Cindy once again.

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* On ''Series/{{The Brady Bunch}}'' ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' episode "Lights Out", Cindy becomes afraid of the dark after she watched a lady disappear in this manner at a friend's birthday party. (Cindy was so frightened she ran off before she reappeared.) Then, when Peter took up magic for the school's talent show and included this trick, Cindy agreed to be his assistant, thus mitigating her fear of the disappearing lady. Until Peter practiced it on Bobby, and Bobby refused to reappear as a joke, scaring Cindy once again.



* Music/EarthWindAndFire 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 regularly 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.

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* The 1975 ''It's Magic! Magic! Magic! Game'' by Remco have the players as stage magicians, who must perform with their LovelyAssistant the DisappearingBox Illusion, as well as the SawAWomanInHalf and Levitating Assistant illusions.

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** ''Mystere'': Brian Le Petit chooses a man from the audience to step into a crate for this. [[spoiler: Or so Brian leads us to expect. It's a trap -- he locks the guy in it so he can head into the audience to woo his date! Oh, and then he loses the key...]]

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** ''Mystere'': Brian Le Petit chooses a man from the audience to step into a crate for this. [[spoiler: Or [[spoiler:Or so Brian leads us to expect. It's a trap -- he locks the guy in it so he can head into the audience to woo his date! Oh, and then he loses the key...]]



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* In the 90s PC game ''Detective Barbie'', Ken volunteered for the act and left through the trapdoor as usual, but unknown to the magician or the audience, was kidnapped on the other side because he was carrying money the carnival had raised for charity with him onstage.

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* In the 90s '90s PC game ''Detective Barbie'', Ken volunteered for the act and left through the trapdoor as usual, but unknown to the magician or the audience, was kidnapped on the other side because he was carrying money the carnival had raised for charity with him onstage.



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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features this with The Great and Powerful Trixie! In "No Second Prances", she wants to perform the "Manticore Moonshot Mouthdive", which is the magician firing themselves from a cannon into the mouth of a manticore and then appearing in a box several feet away. She requires the aid of her "Great and Powerful Assistant", Starlight Glimmer, to make it work because [[spoiler: it apparently requires teleportation]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features this with The Great and Powerful Trixie! In "No Second Prances", she wants to perform the "Manticore Moonshot Mouthdive", which is the magician firing themselves from a cannon into the mouth of a manticore and then appearing in a box several feet away. She requires the aid of her "Great and Powerful Assistant", Starlight Glimmer, to make it work because [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it apparently requires teleportation]]. teleportation]].

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