Some Technical Insights on the Making of the Coin Boxes

Some years ago when I first was making custom magic work for magicians, I set out to take everyday magic products and make them better. Many products out there are just "status quo" props and I wanted to provide a fresh alternative to props used by everyday magic workers.

The origin of my Coin Boxes came about when a fellow Canadian magician came to me frustrated that there were no satisfactory coin boxes for the Canadian One Dollar coin, affectionately nicknamed the "Loonie" due to the bird on the reverse side of the coin (a loon). The function and design of the coin box I created became popular in certain circles rather quickly and thus was born my "Combination Coin Box Set". Over the years, I have continued to refine the art of making Okito & Boston boxes. I have used a number of different materials and sizes and weights. I took not only my own personal experiences as a magician but also the valuable input from many coin workers out there in the field. The Coin Box of today is lighter, extremely well balanced, attention-getting and smooth to operate.

If you stack either the Boston box or the regular bin full of coins, you will notice they look exactly alike. When a coin is placed in the recess on the Boston box, it also looks exactly like the box full of coins as well as if filled on the other side of the box. Other coin boxes sometimes will show a slight difference in the level of the coins from box to box, but mine are made to perfectly look the same, thus making your illusion that more fascinating.

I admit when I first thought of the idea of making coin boxes from aluminum, the first thing to come to mind was how hand manipulation might be affected. You hear magicians sometimes explain off-handedly that Okito boxes are made of brass because you need the "heft" to execute moves such as the standard turnover. In reality, I have found this to be a myth as have many magicians that have tested and reviewed my products. What I think they misunderstand is that weight has nothing to do with it. BALANCE is EVERYTHING. Once you try my Coin Boxes, you will notice the same too. I think you will find that, in many instances, they work much BETTER than the ordinary styles.

Not only have I found that boxes made of aluminum work just a well as brass, they also are less likely to bend, do not corrode like brass, and they are a LOT lighter. In fact, an average Coin Box with lid weighs around 1.098 ounces. An average brass box weighs 1.76 ounces. While this may not seem too significant at first, it is still over half an ounce per box and lid. Since my boxes appear nearly a third larger than an average Okito style box, the weight difference is further recognized.

My aluminum design stands out better than a brass one. See how much more visually striking the alumninum box is to than less a brass one. This design alows the spectator to "see" the trick much better, and since they naturally draw attention, misdirection is much easier to obtain. The size and color also help in situations where the spectator's eyesight may be less than optimum or when the lighting is not good. Thus the impact of your magic is all the more effective.

I invite you to try a set of my Coin Boxes. Feel them in your hands. Notice how flawlessly the lid and box come together when executing your favorite move. Watch yourself perform a trick in a mirror and notice how much more visually striking my boxes will appear to your audience. Have fun!