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He Reveals How You Can Use JJ Abram’s Mystery Box To Nurture Your Potential.

There's a 2007 TED Talk with J.J. Abrams that you may have seen before. The subject of his talk was a mystery box. When J.J. Abrams was young he had a fascination with magic tricks. One day while visiting a local magic shop, he came across a box called "Tannen's Mystery Magic Box" with a huge black question mark drawn on the side. The idea behind it was that you'd get $50 worth of unknown magic for $15. But Abrams never opened the mystery box and even after years of owning it, he couldn't understand why he kept it or why he hadn't opened it.

Eventually, Abrams realized that he kept it because of what it represented to him. The mystery of the box itself symbolized infinite potential, hope, and creativity. He discovered that mystery is a "catalyst for imagination" and is a key ingredient and a driving force behind nearly everything he does. This distinction came about at a time when he began to believe that sometimes mystery is actually more important than knowledge. From there it was obvious that "mystery boxes" exist in many forms, especially in movies. From Star Wars to his television series Lost and to virtually every great story in existence.

A blogger by the name of Blightdesign was so inspired by the story of Abram's mystery box that he wanted to construct one himself. He used items he found around his house.

Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools

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Step 1: Cut the box down the center opposite to the side with the little flap in the top center.

Step 1: Cut the box down the center opposite to the side with the little flap in the top center.

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Step 2: Fold the box in half. Don't worry about making all the folds line up exactly.

Step 2: Fold the box in half. Don't worry about making all the folds line up exactly.

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Step 3: Fold the bottom half in half and cut 4 creases like so.

Step 3: Fold the bottom half in half and cut 4 creases like so.

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Step 4: Fold the top middle flap in half.

Step 4: Fold the top middle flap in half.

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Step 5: Cut away the excess cardboard. Careful with this step.

Step 5: Cut away the excess cardboard. Careful with this step.

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Step 6: Now flip the box to the colorful side and fold the bottom flap (with the tab insert) inside and hot glue it.

Step 6: Now flip the box to the colorful side and fold the bottom flap (with the tab insert) inside and hot glue it.

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Step 7: Fold and glue the top side flaps in.

Step 7: Fold and glue the top side flaps in.

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Step 8: Bring the loose bottom flap up to form the back of the box. Glue the two side flaps to the back section.

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Step 8: Bring the loose bottom flap up to form the back of the box. Glue the two side flaps to the back section.

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This is what the box should look like after gluing the back flap. The lid's crease should have been there from the initial folds.

This is what the box should look like after gluing the back flap. The lid's crease should have been there from the initial folds.

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Step 9: Fold the top section of the lid forward so it looks like this.

Step 9: Fold the top section of the lid forward so it looks like this.

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Step 10: Close the lid. Decorate the box with a design or logo.

Step 10: Close the lid. Decorate the box with a design or logo.

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Go on, create a mystery box. You can use it to gift someone or to remind yourself that the unknown can represent infinite possibilities awaiting to be filled with something great.

Source: instructables.com

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