Lou Leventhal along with Doug Malloy of Malloy Modern Magic have come up with a beautiful piece of apparatus with this item. In addition to the quality construction and materials, a lot of behind the scenes designing has been done. The non-glossy finish on the wood adds class and will be appreciated by pros. As I have mentioned to Lou, I particularly like the way the "chute entrance" is concealed and how the cage bars themselves assist in the working of the effect. I appreciate apparatus which can be adapted or modified to fit to a performer's own needs and performance style. This is such an item. Lou does the effect as a ring in racquetball effect with the ring vanishing at the beginning of the routine. I mentioned to Lou that I might prefer to have the ring change into a key. A lock would be installed on the inner wooden chest (not required for Lou's routine) and the key would open this lock to reveal the missing ball with the ring inside. For Mother/Daughter or Father/Daughter banquets, Husband/Wife/Family affairs, Sorority banquets, etc. I'd most likely vanish the ring to have it appear in a small bag around the neck of a stuffed animal inside of the cage (King Kong gorilla animals are hot items right now this can be changed with the season). The female assistant (ring owner) would get to keep the little animal. This would make things absolutely silent in working and allow a label to be added to the animal/bag with the performer's info on it. This little animal would be kept for years! I realize that the stuffed animal adaptation would not utilize the inner wooden chest from Lou's version. This is hard for many performers to do. It's like buying an 8 ring set of linking rings and using only 5 rings. Many performers think things like "I paid for 8 rings - so I'm using all 8". Real pros will look at the end effect and do what is necessary. In short, Lou's apparatus can be a very classy looking versatile item for the creative performer. I like it.