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In this culture so much of what we have comes in a box. It's true that box stores sell brand-name products we love which is an important part of the North American dream: Box it and sell it to love-seeking consumers. We put a high price on packaging and most of us believe that the way we package tells a lot about the product's value.

“The cube is a three-dimensional SQUARE; it is a symbol of stability and permanence, of geometric perfection. It represents the final stage of a cycle of immobility, it can be seen as the truth, because it looks the same from any perspective, it is commonly thought of as the counterpart of the sphere. The cube is, in essence, the squaring of a circle. Scientifically, the cube usually represents salt. It is the earth: a square plus the four elements plus three dimensions. Frequently forms allegories with solidity and the persistence of virtues, hence its relation to thrones or chariots. ”

Dictionary of Symbolism

it is a symbol of stability and permanence, of geometric perfection.

See also Matreshka

I’d say a cube has magic. It may be something very simple, has universal meaning and the magician can leverage awareness to raise mystery, surprise and intrigue. I’ve prepared the containers you see using Styrofoam and Masonite with some colour and texture. Always a creative activity with young boys and girls, the child’s wood block inspired this project.  You may be surprised and take it different ways when you see what the magician ends up with when he opens the last box. As simple as it is could all this still be important enough to mean something?

What's in the Box?

Date

October 4, 2016

Author

James Kershaw

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Jim Kershaw says

October 8, 2016,

Looking back I might have dressed up a little more for the part.

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