The performer presents a beautiful gray marble looking table
with a wood inlay top and an ornate box/square tube, which has the look of black
granite. This black box/tube has a lid
at both ends and fits in the center recess of the table. Alongside the stand, another smaller box is
presented with a red dragon head design on the cover.
The black box/tube is removed from the stand to show that
the same red dragon design can be seen on all four sides and then placed back into
the recess of the table. Next the
performer lifts the box/tube from the table, leaving the lower lid in the
recess of the table, revealing a stack of three blocks (dragon tower), resting
on inside of the lid. The stack of
blocks is seen as follows; red (bottom), gray (middle), red (top).
At this point, the smaller black box is shown and opened to
reveal another gray block (dragon block) adorned with red dragon heads on four
sides and inlaid with a black symbol matching the symbol on the outside box/tube
lids (silver inlay on one lid and golden inlay on the other). This block represents the dragon and once it
is placed on top of the dragon tower (stack of blocks) the dragon will be
stripped of its powers of flight, fire and fight. The dragon block is removed from the smaller
black box (cage) and placed on the top of the dragon tower as the fourth block. The dragon is now held captive on top of the dragon tower.
The performer covers the stack of blocks with the black
box/tube and, with both hands, picks it up off the table with both lids in place.
The performer then explains the only way
the dragon can get free is to regain its powers, escape and touch the
earth below the base of the dragon tower (block stack). The dragon believes if it shakes the dragon
tower hard enough, it would eventually tumble off the top of the dragon tower thus
allowing the dragon to escape.
The performer shakes the entire box so all of the blocks can
be heard tumbling around. Surly the dragon has accomplished what it had planned and shaken free of the dragon
tower. The performer places the black
box back onto the table, the same way as it was prior to picking it up and removes
the black box/tube to reveal the blocks again.
But, instead of the blocks being all jumbled up and the dragon gaining
its freedom, the dragon tower stands perfectly stacked as it was before with
the dragon still imprisoned at the top.
The black box/tube is replaced back over the stack of blocks
and the performer continues to explain that as the dragon was shaking the dragon
tower, it had noticed cracks forming that led downward through the tower. All the dragon would need to do is shake
harder to create an opening large enough to get to the base of the tower with
the hopes of regaining its powers and becoming free.
The performer picks up the black box/tube (with both lids in
place) and starts to shake it and, once again, the blocks can be heard tumbling
around. As the performer shakes the
black box/tube, he/she turns the entire black box/tube upside down so as to
show what the dragon is trying to do by getting to the bottom/base of the dragon tower.
It can be clearly seen that the entire black box/tube has
been completely rotated upside-down as the dragon designs on all four sides are
obviously upside-down and the inlaid symbol on the lid is now the gold inlay
where it was silver prior.
The performer points out that by rotating the entire black
box/tunnel along with the dragon tower, the tower/stack of blocks should now be
inverted with the dragon block now at the bottom so that the dragon may regain
its powers and freedom. The performer
removes the black box/cover to reveal the stack of blocks to beeeeee . . . in
the exact same order as before, with the dragon still imprisoned atop the dragon
tower. How can this be?
Perhaps the dragon miscalculated or became confused going
through the dragon tower. The performer
again covers the stack of blocks with the black box/tube and again shakes it,
so the blocks can be heard tumbling again, and rotates it 180 degrees again, so
the dragon designs are up right and the silver inlay on the lid is visible
again. The black box/tube is again removed
and the stack of blocks is still in the same order with the dragon still
captive and powerless at the top. The lid
on the black box/tube is removed and the tube shown to be empty.
The dragon is truly "Trapped" !
The light brown parts of this set are 3D printed using a beautiful filament that has been infused with genuine wood. The black sparkle pieces are printed with specialty filament created for a granite appearance. The gray pieces are printed with a specialty filament created for a marble appearance.
~ Quarter is shown in last picture for the purpose of size comparison only.
"Thank You!" Madison Hagler for your
original presentation of "Trapped"
See Mr. Hagler's demo of "Trapped" below.