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Okito Coin Box

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A versatile coin magic prop. Can be used to make coins vanish, appear, multiply, travel, etc. The prop itself is ungimmicked and examinable.

Invented by Theo Bamberg (also known as Okito) some time around 19111at his magic shop in New York City.

His partner Joe Klein, who suffered from indigestion, had a pill box full of pills. One day, while Theo was idly toying with one of the boxes, he discovered that the lid would fit on the bottom as well as the top. He started using this idea to make the pills disappear and reappear elsewhere. Theo then conceived the idea of making the box a size to fit a fifty-cent coin and the coin box was born.

The boxes were manufactured by Roterberg, Yost and Company, Sam Bailey, W.D. LeRoy, and Martinka and Company.

1One of the first explaination of this box was in The Magic Wand, Vol. 5, No. 49, sept. 1914, page 30, entitled A Novel Coin Box but not attributed to Okito.


Variations of the coin box, both gimmicked and those that can be switch in for a kicker ending include

Commercial versions

  • Aqua-Okito Box by Eddie Gibson
  • Beyond Okito Box (BO-Box) by Definitive Magic (gimmicked, not examinable)
  • Buddha Boxes by Chazpro
  • David Roth Boxes
  • Dragon Boxes by Dr. Bob Dogget
  • Duvivier Coin Box by Dominique Duvivier
  • "O" Kito Box by Dean Dill and manufactured by Jamie Schoolcraft Precision Magic
  • Star Okito Box by Viking Manufacturing
  • T.C. Coin Box at Hank Lee's Magic Factory
  • Mojo Boogie Boxes by Bob Farmer - set of 3 aluminum Okito boxes.