The New Vic is a great treasure here in NYC, especially for those with kids. It happens to be the city's first and only theater that programs year-round shows for families - quality material that includes, "theater, dance, puppetry, circus, opera, physical theater and other types of performance art ."
When I take my ten-year-old son to the New Vic next week, it will be presenting it's first magician, Jason Bishop. One of his illusions is vanishing his dog, a favorite with the children, I'm sure. Mr. Bishop happened to perform that trick on the Today show and I noticed he used a Take-Apart Vanish box, a classic of magic that has been used in various incarnations by a wide variety of magicians from David Copperfield and Richiardi Jr., to weekend birthday party workers.
As nobody wants to see something vanish without it returning (especially if it's an animal, a lesson I learned in my first version of the Vanishing Elephant), I am working on an accompanying phase to this routine whereupon the object either re-appears magically, or possibly changes into something else, an idea I haven't seen done with a Take-Art Vanish box.
Looking forward to seeing how Mr. Bishop's dog vanish goes over at the venerable New Victory.