You’d think it would be pretty difficult to develop a love/hate relationship with a little wooden crate. But that’s exactly how you’ll feel about the Magic IQ Box because this infuriating receptacle is virtually impossible to open. Oh well, at least you can look at the accompanying instructions. What’s that? There aren’t any? Aargh!
Although it’s a phenomenally frustrating standalone puzzle, this devious box is also designed to accommodate small gifts. Simply put your goodies inside, present it to your unsuspecting recipient and point and laugh as they struggle to open it. Haha! But hang on; if there aren’t any instructions how do you open it in the first place? Double haha! It’s the reusable gift that keeps on giving because before you can make someone else suffer, you must first feel their pain.
With no obvious openings, hinges, keyholes, latches or moving parts, the Magic IQ Box is unlike any other ‘release the pressie’ puzzle you’ve ever seen. Initial curiosity and mild amusement will soon be replaced by utter fury and plenty of expletive-packed yelling as recipients fiddle with this tortuous box for hours on end. You’ve got to laugh.
Play hard to get – the fun way!
Obviously we’d hate to see our loyal customers suffer too much so we’ll give you a clue: the Magic IQ features a simple mechanism that’s a doddle to open once you know how. The trouble is you don’t. And we do. Triple haha! Don’t worry, you’ll get there in the end.
For the ultimate joke, once you solve this vexing brainteaser, may we suggest filling it with – wait for it – nothing. Nada. Now’t. Zilch. Now that really is funny. And we should know because we’ve fallen for it. You can even put in an IOU or a bit of paper scrawled with a suitably deflating message. ‘My friend went to Firebox and all I got was this lousy box.’ Aargh!
Bought this last year for my boyfriend for xmas. When he opened it he wondered what it was and I told him that it had something inside for him if he managed to get it open. He tried for hours to get it open and had me roflma and after a good few hours he gave up and I showed him how to open it. We took it to my family's for xmas and everyone tried to open it and my Nana who was 80 managed it no problem. Still after showing my boyfriend how it was done he cant open it hahahaha. , Aberdeenshire - 1st December 2011
Just a question, would a Hohner Little Lady Harmonica fit in there!?
Was thinking of combining the two gifts as a Christmas pressy. Sam, Bucks - 30th November 2011
Firebox says: Absolutely Sam. And what a great idea!
Would a gift card fit in the box? John Chambers, Derby - 20th November 2011
Firebox says: You might struggle, you could put a photocopy folded up though!
Do you think you could you fit a moderately proportioned engagement ring inside? Rob, Sussex - 9th November 2011
Firebox says: What an amazing way to do it! I'm am sure a ring will fit fine!
Bought one of these last Xmas and put a handwritten note in for my boyfriend telling him I had bought Lee Evans tickets (the tickets themselves wouldn't fit!). At first he found it amusing, it got passed around my whole family (all 11 of us) and no one could help. Then he started to get frustrated, then there was talk of getting the hammer out to smash it.... Finally he figured it out and all was well! It was great fun watching him get wound up! Meghan Betts, Bromley, Kent - 20th September 2011
This is a really nice item! I had a few people over when this arrived and they all loved and hated it :D This offcourse made my day! The thing that annoyed them more what when I finally got a go I solved it really easily! Then didn't tell them!! :D I'm definatley a fan!! :D. Laura, Wisbech - 5th September 2011