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Publication numberUS2127412 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 16, 1938
Filing dateDec 4, 1937
Priority dateDec 4, 1937
Publication numberUS 2127412 A, US 2127412A, US-A-2127412, US2127412 A, US2127412A
InventorsLe Fevre Walter I
Original AssigneeLe Fevre Walter I
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Illusion producing device
US 2127412 A
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ug- 13, 1938. w. l, LE FEVRE 21,127,412

ILLUSION PRODUCING DEVICE Filed Dec. 4, 1937 sheets-sheet 1 ATTORNEY.

Augo 16, 1938.

w. n. LE FEVRE ILLUSION PRODUCING DEVICE .Filed Dec. 4, 1937 5 Sheets-Sheet 5 Patented Aug. 16, 1938 i UNITED `STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,127,412 l ILLUSION PRODCNG DEVICE Walter I. Le Fevre,` Cleveland Heights, Ohio Application December 4, 1937, Serial No. 178,144

` 5 Claims. This invention relates to an illusion producing device having also utility as a carton, the same' being designed for use as a `package for the sale of merchandise to be followed by use by the pur- 5 chaser for producing illusions inthe nature of magic for the entertainment of persons not familiar with the construction of the device.

The principal object of the invention is to provide a device of the kind indicated which is simple and cheap and at the same time effective for its intended purposes.

A further object is to construct such a device from a single blank of cardboard or other sheet material.

Other and more limited objects will be in part apparent and in part pointed out hereinafter in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein Fig. 1 is an end View of the carton open, the outer compartment being hidden behind a hand; Fig. 2 is an elevational view of the device closed; Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the device open and with the inner receptacle moved to the same position as in Fig. l; and Figs. 4 and 5 are developments of single blanks adapted to produce the device substantially as indicated in Figs. l., 2 and 3, the cover for the inner carton being omitted, some of the details being omitted in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 for clarity.

Referring now to the drawings, the reference :to character A indicates generally an outer receptacle while the reference character B indicates generally an inner receptacle received therein and having a wall Il) in common with the outer receptacle. The wall lll which is common to the two receptacles and the wall II taken together make up the fourth side wall of the outer receptacle. The walls I and II are connected by a hinge line or fold line I2 dotted in Fig. 4. The wall l0 is connected to the adjacent wall I3 of the inner receptacle by a hinge or fold line Ill (shown offset to make the inner receptacle receivable in the outer) at right angles to the hinge line I2. The remaining three walls I5, I5 and Il of the outer receptacle are connected by .s hinge links I8, I9 and 20 and a tab 2| is pron vided for attachment to an edge 22 of the wall II.

The heavy lines in Fig. 4 indicate complete severance of the material so that it will be obvious that the edges 23 and 24 are free forming an opening through which the inner receptacle B is moved to a position within the outer receptacle A as indicated in Figs. 2 and 3. The closure for one end of the outer receptacle or carton is formed by means of straight tabs 25 and 26 to therefor.

bev folded in from the sides and an end wall 27 formed with a tab 28 adapted to pass down alongside the adjacent end of the wall IB, the flap 29 being `pasted down on the end Wall I6 as indicated. The other end of the outer receptacle is 5 formed by the flaps 30 and 3l foldable in from the side walls I5 and I'I and an end wall 32 carrying a tab 33 adapted to pass through an open* ing in the bottom of the inner receptacle formed either by means of notches 34 and 35 or suitable spacesformed at corresponding edges of the walls 36 and 3l, the wall 38 being pasted down to a wall 39 of the inner receptacle, as indicated. The walls 40 and M are also pasted down to the walls t2 and I3, respectively, and the wall 43 is pasted to thewall 39 for a portion of its length, that is to the hinge line M, the free end being turned out at right angles to form a stiffening means for the inner receptacle. The tab I5 is provided for attachment to the free edge 46 of the wall lil. The wall III is also pasted down to the wall IB as indicated. The inner receptacle, thus reinforced by double thicknesses of material is formed by folding up the walls IIB, I3, 39 and 42 toa square form and attaching the tab 45 to the edge G5. The end of this receptacle is formed by the walls 3B and 31 which preferably are pasted together. The above described disposition of the outer walls of the inner receptacle leaves no cover If a cover is desired, the same may be formed by attachment of a suitable sheet 48 by a suitable tab 49 along the hinge line I2, as indicated in Fig. 3.

In Fig. 5 I have shown a blank somewhat different from that shown in Fig. 4 and providing for a cover corresponding to the cover i8 but formed as a part of the single blank. In this form I provide somewhat greater rigidity by the use of an extra wall at the junction of the portions of the blank which form the inner and outer receptacles respectively. It will be noted the the wall C of the inner receptacle is overlapped with and pasted to a portion of the com- 'mon wall while the wall portion D at the extreme right of Fig. 5, forming a part of the outer receptacle, is pasted to a wall D at the junction of the two receptacles.

The outer receptacle in this case is made up of. walls 50, 5I, 52, 53 and the wall D, the wall D being a portion of the wall 50. 'Ihe group of tabs 54, 55 and 56 form a closure for the end oi" the outer receptacle which receives the inner receptacle, a tab portion 51 being adapted to be received in an unpasted portion 58 between the wall 59 and the wall C of the inner receptacle. 55

The group of tabs 60, El and 62 form a closure for the other end of the outer receptacle. 'I'he tab 6| is adapted to swing down to the position of. the tab 21 as indicated in Figs. l and 3 and for the same purpose. The inner receptacle is made up of the walls C, 63, 64, 65 and 59 together with tabs 66, 61, 68 and 69, which are pasted together to form the bottom of the inner receptacle and the group of tabs 10, 1| and 12. The tab 12 is pasted to the wall 64 While the tab 1| is pasted to the cover in order to give the same greater rigidity. If desired a small tab 'I3 may be struck out of the tab 'l0 for engagement by the finger of the operator to open the cover. It will be noted that the wall 53 is common` to the two receptacles and that the wall 59 ofthe inner receptacle is adapted to complete the outer receptable when received therein.

Directions ,for operating magic carton First load the inner carton with articles to be produced (three silk handkerchiefs make a nice production). See that the lid of the inner carton is closed. Close both ends of the outer carton, holding it as shown in Fig. 1, It can be shown on all sides. First open the upper end, outer cover and let it fall down at right angles to the carton so that it conceals the inner carton which has been dropped out into the palm. Next open the bottom lids of outer carton, letting the inner carton drop out into the palm. Then open the two top side-lids, so the spectators can look through and see that the carton appears empty. Close these two top side-lids first, then swing the inner carton into the outer one. Close all lids of the outer carton, then holding it upright in the left hand, open the top lids, reach in with two fingers of the right hand, open lid of inner carton and produce. the top silk handkerchief. Then close the inner lid, also the top lids and repeat as above. (I prefer to take out a red handkerchief iirst, then a white and blue together, having tied the two corners together before putting them in.) After producing the handkerchiefs as above, they can be made to disappear into the carton.

While I have shown and described the present preferred embodiment of my invention, I wish it understood that I am not limited to the details of the disclosure but only in accordance with the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what 1 claim is:

1. An illusion producing device comprising a carton having end closures and an incomplete side wall, a receptacle hinged to and movable into and out of said carton and having a Wall adapted to complete saidY incomplete side wall in one position of said receptacle.

2. In the combination recited in claim 1, said receptacle being provided with a cover adapted when closed to lie in the plane of said incomplete side wall in an open position of said receptacle.

3. In the combination recited in claim 1, the bottom of said receptacle lying substantially in the plane of an end of the carton in one position, said receptacle having a slot formed in its bottom and one of said end closures having a portion adapted to enter said slot.

4. An illusion producing device comprising a single blank of sheet material foldable into a pair of receptacles, one adapted to be received within the other, said blank comprising a group of wall elements adapted to form the outer receptacle, a second group of wall elements adapted to form the inner receptacle, one wall element being common to said groups and joined to said groups respectively by two hinge lines at right angles to each other.

5. An illusion producing device comprising a carton having end closures, and an incomplete side wall, a receptacle hinged to and movable into and out of said carton and having a wall adapted to complete said incomplete side wall in one position of said receptacle, the end closure for the end opposite that which receives said receptacle being attached to the same wall as said receptacle whereby to overlie a portion of the hand which conceals the receptacle to assist in concealing the same when the device is held loosely in the hand.


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US3363360 *Jun 11, 1964Jan 16, 1968Mattel IncDoll house structure including foldably connected portions
US4326356 *Sep 15, 1980Apr 27, 1982Western Publishing Company, Inc.Cardboard food tray and puppet device
US4565364 *Jul 25, 1984Jan 21, 1986Tenyo Co., Ltd.Implement for magic trick for falsely cutting card or the like
US20030029927 *Jul 8, 2002Feb 13, 2003Joseph SpanoScenery for toy track layout
U.S. Classification472/71, 446/80
International ClassificationB65D5/4805, A63J21/00, B65D5/48
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/48002, A63J21/00
European ClassificationB65D5/48A, A63J21/00