The blade box is a
coffin-shaped box with room for a young lady to lie down in.
After the box is closed with the young lady inside, many large
blades are passed through the box and the marks are allowed to
see (for a fee) how the lady could possibly be still in
pitch it as a trick and some pitch it as a marvelous feat of
contortion (i.e., they lie--er, use showmanship!).
My blade box is not
a tight fit but does look deceptively impossible to the
audience. Like all pitches, you really have to learn it from
someone and then adapt it to suit your style of presentation.
I'll never forget
trying to teach a line to a new performer (it was one of those
lines that you say while the tip is coming up to keep on
grinding out that money). He was having trouble remembering it,
so I kept calling his home and leaving it on his answering
machine. The line was/is: "She's trapped, twisted, bent,
contorted, her body entwined, mangled and tangled around those
steel blades, in the cramped confines of that coffin-like
cabinet. How does she do it? How does she survive? You see, you
decide! What a shape, what a shape, what a shape she's in!"
BTW, I worked the
blade box for Whitey Sutton for several years on Strates, and it
was the nicest one I ever saw. I wish that I could have bought
Budda papers (as opposed to another pitch item, Budda Money
Papers, which are folded papers used to switch a coin or bill)
were for "fortune telling".
As I understand it
(this was before my time), blank papers were sold to the marks,
and then signed by them. They were then passed through the steam
of some heated chemical solution and messages or "fortunes"
would appear on them and they were given back to the marks to
I'm told that it
was very time-consuming and that the chemicals used smelled like
Give me the wonder
mouse pitch any day!
JB 3 19 99