There are different versions of this trick!
I believe Kuda Bux was the first to put Tubes in an Illusion which he called "Seeing Through the Girls" back in the 40's
The Zig zag was of course invented in the mid 60's by Robert Harbin.
The first to combined the zig zag & Geometrick illusion was Gunther Puchinger.
In 1974 he created the Kubus illusion which was his version of Geometrick using a tall kabinet & 4 tubes that were inserted in criss-cross fashion.
Later (in 1987) he cut down the box in size & the Mini-Kub-Zag was born.
After this many variations where created like the Mini 3 cube (also called mini cube zig zag), Jam, Konundrum Kube,...
Paul Daniels performed the geometrick on TV and in his live shows:
But in more recent years he also performed an illusion called 'Mini 3 Cube':
Me too, I never liked this illusion until I heard Raphael talk about it during one of his lecture's.
He used the Mini Kub Zag during a 2 week gig and everyday he changed some things in his presentation looking for the flaws of this illusion and how to solve them.
In this process he found what works and what doesn't.
Like he says, most magician think that it is an easy illusion to perform but it is one of the most difficult illusions especially how to find a good presentation and how to perform it correctly & Deceptively.
Most Magicians don't know how to present it and make the modus operandi very obvious to an audience.
and like Raphael points out a lot are build wrong, especially the rip-offs - a black box, with black tubes and with a white roof is not very deceptive.
on a side note: I am a bit surprised why he hasn't been featured in Genii magazine as he has he is one of the most creative performers out there and he has some great idea's... Ok, I admid I am a big fan of his work but I am sure that I am not alone ;-)