view of the light and heavy chest
in video, Jade shows that
the Light & Heavy Chest relies on an old technology that was
new when this illusion was invented: electromagnetism.
are inventors and often explore the latest science to come
up with new illusions. Magician and inventor Jean-Eugène
Robert-Houdin used electromagnetism, largely unknown in
the late 1800s, to miraculously transform a light cash box
into one too heavy to steal.
hidden iron plate inside the chest feels the pull from an
electromagnet hidden under the table. When Jade says the magic
words in our custom-made version of this classic illusion,
electric current flows and the magnet is on. The chest can't
be moved and seems to be magically heavy.
magic is more than a simple trick; the psychological fact
that we don't expect objects to change on their own, and the
art of performance, help to make this a successful illusion.
Jade then introduces another transformation, done differently,
that leaves visitors with a sense of wonder.
you can play with an electromagnetic crane that lets you pick
up materials that respond to a magnet, and leaves behind ones
that don't. You can also discover just how common electromagnets
are in objects you see and use every day.