Build a Magic Disappearing Box – Part 2 of 2

Build a Magic Disappearing Box – Part 2 of 2


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Are you ready to create some magic? In our latest YouTube video, titled “,” we dive into the fascinating world of illusion and show you step-by-step how to construct your very own disappearing box. From painting the inside surfaces with a matte black finish to strategically placing stripes for added effect, we leave no detail untouched. Join us as we share the secrets of magicians that have been utilized for years, giving you the opportunity to create your own mesmerizing tricks. So grab your tools and let’s get started on this enchanting project.

Below Table of Contents

1. “The Importance of Matte Black Paint in Creating the Illusion”

The matte black paint used in creating this illusion is crucial for achieving the desired effect. By painting all the inside surfaces of the box with a flat, matte black finish, the paint absorbs any light that might enter the box, enhancing the illusion. Glossy paint would not have the same light-absorbing properties and could disrupt the overall effect. This is a technique that magicians have used for years to maximize the impact of their illusions.

In addition to the matte black paint, the use of white vinyl tape to create stripes on the inside of the box further enhances the illusion. These stripes, placed strategically on the bottom and back surface of the box, create a psychological effect for the viewer. When looking at the box, the stripes give the impression that they continue all the way to the back and up, adding depth and making the overall illusion more convincing.

To complete the illusion, mirrors are incorporated into the design. By placing a mirror halfway inside the box, the viewer is fooled into thinking they are seeing the full depth of the box when in reality, they are seeing a reflection of the stripes. The mirrors are carefully prepared and glued together using epoxy to ensure they stay securely in place within the box. This final step brings the illusion together and creates a visually captivating experience for the viewer.

Overall, the importance of matte black paint in creating this illusion cannot be overstated. Its light-absorbing properties combined with the strategic use of stripes and mirrors contribute to the overall effect, making the illusion more convincing and captivating. The attention to detail and careful execution of each step ensures a successful result that will leave viewers amazed and intrigued.

2. “Adding Stripes for a Psychological Effect”

all of the inside surfaces of the box matte black, using acrylic paint. The matte finish is important as it absorbs light and enhances the illusion. Glossy paint should be avoided. I then fitted the hinges and made sure everything was fitting correctly. I realized I needed to shave down a bit on the top, so instead of painting stripes, I decided to use white vinyl tape. I laid down the tape on the bottom and back surface, and will continue the stripes once the doors are mounted.

The stripes are a crucial element in creating the illusion. When someone looks into the box and sees the stripes going down, they will assume the stripes continue all the way to the back. This is a psychological trick that adds to the overall effect. To enhance the illusion further, I will be placing a mirror halfway inside the box. I prepared two mirrors by ensuring they were smooth and then glued them together using epoxy. This will prevent them from sliding around once inside the box.

With the stripes in place and the mirrors ready, I can start assembling the box. I placed the lid on, making sure to align it with the stripes and mirror. This creates a decent illusion, making it difficult to determine if you are seeing the actual contents or a reflection of the stripes. To secure the mirror and prevent it from rattling, I applied a little epoxy where the mirror meets the wood. Finally, I can attach the top of the box by carefully applying glue. The project is starting to come together!

3. “Using Mirrors to Enhance the Illusion”

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Now that we have painted all the inside surfaces of the box with a matte black finish, we can begin enhancing the illusion using mirrors. The use of matte black paint is crucial as it absorbs all the light that might enter the box, helping to create a more convincing illusion. Glossy paint should be avoided as it can reflect light and ruin the overall effect.

Before we proceed further, it’s a good idea to attach the hinges and ensure they fit correctly. This will allow us to remove the doors for painting while still confirming everything fits perfectly. If adjustments are needed, white vinyl tape can be used to conveniently cover any imperfections. In this case, stripes of vinyl tape were applied to the bottom and back surface of the box, awaiting the installation of the doors where they will continue as stripes down the entire length. These stripes play a crucial role in enhancing the illusion by creating a psychological effect when someone looks into the box.

To further enhance the illusion, we will be placing mirrors halfway inside the box. Two mirrors have been cut to the same dimensions and will be glued together using epoxy. This ensures stability and prevents any unwanted movement once inside the box. The mirrors will reflect the stripes, creating an illusion of depth when viewed from certain angles. By strategically placing the mirrors and aligning them correctly, we can achieve a convincing and captivating effect.

With the mirrors in place and securely attached, the top of the box can now be added. To ensure that the mirror doesn’t rattle around, a small amount of epoxy is applied where the mirror meets the wood surface, providing a secure hold. Finally, the top is carefully attached, and we can observe the illusion taking shape. It’s important to note that what we see is not the actual reflection of the stripes but a convincing illusion created by the mirror.

By using mirrors and carefully considering the materials and finishes used, we can effectively enhance the illusion and create an intriguing visual experience for viewers. Stay tuned for the next step in this process, where we will explore additional techniques to further heighten the illusion.

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4. “Final Steps: Gluing the Mirror and Assembling the Box

Now, it’s time to paint all the inside surfaces of the box with a matte black finish. This is crucial for creating the illusion, as the flat black color absorbs all the light that could potentially enter the box. Using acrylic paint from a craft store is a great option for this. Avoid using glossy paint, as it won’t have the same desired effect.

Once the painting is done, it’s a good idea to install the hinges. While you may need to temporarily remove them to complete the painting, it’s important to ensure they fit correctly. Pay attention to any adjustments that may be necessary, such as shaving down some parts of the box. To make the adjustments visually appealing, white vinyl tape can be used instead of painting stripes on the inside. This tape can be neatly applied, creating a pleasing look to the interior.

The stripes are an essential part of the illusion. They should only be placed on the bottom and back surface of the box for now. Once the doors are added, the stripes will continue on them as well. It’s important to mount the doors first to ensure the stripes are placed evenly. The stripes play a psychological role, creating an optical illusion that the stripes extend all the way to the back of the box. This, along with the clever use of mirrors, enhances the overall effect of the illusion. Make sure to align the mirrors properly and use epoxy to secure them in place, preventing any sliding. The final step is to glue the mirror onto the box using epoxy, making sure it doesn’t rattle around. Finally, the top can be put onto the box, completing the assembly.

Q&A

Q: What is the importance of painting the inside surfaces of the box with matte black paint?
A: Painting the inside surfaces of the box with matte black paint is important because it absorbs all the light that might be going into the box, helping with the illusion. Glossy paint should not be used as it doesn’t have the same light-absorbing effect.

Q: When is the best time to put the hinges on the box?
A: The best time to put the hinges on the box is before doing any painting. This ensures that the hinges are fitted correctly. They may need to be removed temporarily for painting purposes.

Q: Why does the creator use white vinyl tape instead of painting stripes on the inside?
A: The creator uses white vinyl tape instead of painting stripes on the inside because it provides a neater and more precise appearance. The tape is laid down on the bottom and back surface of the box. The stripes will also be continued on the doors but will be added after mounting the doors. This allows for even placement of the stripes.

Q: What is the purpose of the stripes in the illusion?
A: The stripes are important for adding to the illusion. When looking into the box and seeing stripes going down, it creates a psychological effect where the viewer assumes that the stripes are going all the way to the back and up. This, combined with the use of mirrors halfway inside the box, helps to fool the viewer and enhance the illusion.

Q: How are the mirrors prepared and attached inside the box?
A: The mirrors are prepped to ensure they are smooth and then glued together using epoxy. Only a small amount of epoxy is needed to hold them together. The mirrors are then carefully placed inside the box so they do not slide around.

Q: What is the purpose of gluing the mirror down inside the box?
A: Gluing the mirror down inside the box ensures that it doesn’t rattle around. A little bit of epoxy is applied where the mirror meets the wood to hold it in place.

Q: When is the top of the box finally put on?
A: The top of the box is finally put on after the mirror is inside and glued down. Glue is applied to the top and carefully attached to complete the box.

Final Notes

sure everything is aligned and then press it down firmly so that the glue adheres to the surfaces. With the top in place, the magic disappearing box is almost complete.

Throughout this video, we have learned some valuable techniques that magicians have been using for years. The matte black paint on the inside of the box helps absorb light and enhances the illusion. The strategically placed stripes create a psychological effect, making the viewer assume they extend further into the box than they actually do. And of course, the carefully positioned mirror adds the final touch to the illusion.

Building this magic disappearing box requires attention to detail and precision. From fitting the hinges correctly to gluing the mirrors in place, every step plays a crucial role in achieving the desired effect.

By following this tutorial, you too can create your own magical masterpiece. Whether you’re a professional magician or simply enjoy the art of illusion, this project is sure to captivate and impress.

Thank you for joining us in this two-part series on building a magic disappearing box. We hope you found it informative and inspiring. Stay tuned for more exciting content in the future.

Remember, in the world of magic, anything is possible. So unleash your imagination, embrace the art of deception, and create wonders that will leave your audience spellbound.
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In the second ‌part of ⁣our⁤ guide‍ to ⁤building ⁣a Magic⁢ Disappearing‌ Box, ⁤we ‌will focus on the finishing ‌touches. After ⁢you have ‍assembled ⁤the box​ and all its contents, it ⁣is‍ time⁣ to ​make it‍ magical.


First, ⁣you will ​need to⁤ choose​ a paint or‍ stain​ for the⁤ box. Pick one ‌that‌ appeals ‍to you and matches⁢ the ⁤color​ scheme of ​the box. After you ​have the paint, cover ‌the entire ⁣box in⁣ an‌ even layer.‍ Allow ​the ⁤paint to ‌dry‌ before ⁣starting the next ⁤step.


Once your‌ chosen⁢ paint or ⁢stain is‍ dry,⁤ it⁤ is​ time to create the illusion of ‌a‌ box that⁢ appears to ‍disappear. The easiest⁢ way to do this is to use decoupage.​ You ‌can find a variety‌ of pre-designed ​decoupage paper⁣ or make your ⁤own ⁢with ‌craft⁤ supplies.⁣ Start with ​one‍ side of the‍ box ⁤and use ‌the decoupage ‍to give​ it ‍a unique⁤ design.​ You‌ can ⁢find ‍instructions ⁤online on ⁢how ⁤to ‌do⁤ this.



Once​ you‍ have‌ decoupage ​paper ​on the box, use⁣ a ⁣ruler‌ to ‌draw straight lines on ⁢the‍ edges of ‌the ‍box. This‍ will create⁤ a ⁣“3D” ‍illusion⁢ of‍ the ‌box seeming ‍to⁤ disappear. ‌Once ‌you​ have the⁣ lines drawn,​ use a‌ light-colored⁢ paint⁤ or ⁤stain to ​paint ⁢over ‌them. This ⁣will complete⁤ the illusion.



To‌ finish off the box, ⁤use glue to‍ stick ‍lace,⁢ ribbon,⁣ or fabric⁤ onto‌ the sides ⁢of ⁤the ​box. ‍This‍ will ‍add a unique and ‍personal⁢ touch‍ to the ​box. Finally, you can⁢ also​ add any ‍other⁢ decorations that ⁣you ​would like, ⁤such⁢ as⁣ beads, glitter, or ⁢charms.

Now‌ that​ you⁢ have⁤ finished ⁤building ‌your ‍Magic‌ Disappearing Box,​ it is ⁣time ⁣to ⁤put it to the test! ⁣Try out your illusion‍ by hiding a ‍small ⁣item, ⁢like a charm ‍or⁣ coin, ⁣inside ⁢the ⁢box and then⁢ by using the decoupage and ⁣paint to make ⁢it seem to disappear. You will ‌be amazed!


We hope⁢ that you’ve enjoyed‌ this guide⁤ to⁣ building ‍a ⁣Magic Disappearing Box. ‌With a few ‌simple ‌steps and supplies,⁤ you‍ can ⁤create ⁢a timeless ‍illusion ⁣that​ will⁤ delight ⁣any ‍audience.‌ Have fun⁤ and‍ experiment ⁢with‌ the ⁣design ⁣of ​your box – the‍ possibilities⁢ are endless!


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