THE LAMENT CONFIGURATION

"The Box Of Sorrows"   

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LeMarchand's first and arguably most classic, puzzle construct.
Its complexity was managed by expanding on the design of a similar box
designed and constructed by Albertus Magnus in the thirteenth century.
When operated properly, a pleasing melody issues from within which
belies its true nature.

- excerpted from "Tucker's Encyclopedia of Mass Murderers" -
 




 

"The boxes, known in some circles as LeMarchand Boxes, were each one of a kind
creations which were also puzzles, with the answer to one's ultimate hearts desire as
their solution."    - excerpted from "Tucker's Encyclopedia of Mass Murderers" -




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."The box is itself more than just a key to a doorway to hell; the box is a masterfully
constructed puzzle box.  It is the embodiment of forbidden knowledge; 
a secret that can only be solved through obsession.
With it's secrets solved and it's pieces in final place the puzzle 
reveals something that was not evident before - the reality of hell."

- Isadore Klauski "Of Hell" 1928, Leviathan Press

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The circular dial, described in LeMarchand's notes as The Schetrum of the Vamacharins is now 
a movable/wind up feature in Pyramid-Gallery's musical replica of The Lament Configuration.

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"Each box is unique for each person, a different puzzle requiring a different solution,
a solution that is a ritual.  It can never be easy to solve the box; it is something someone
has to work at, and something someone has to want."

- excerpted from "Bolinger's Encyclopedia of the Occult" -

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"It is believed that LeMarchand constructed more than 270 of his puzzle boxes before he vanished.  These
boxes change hands rapidly, as is expected, though there are a few collectors, who are interested in the boxes
     as objects of admiration,  and have no interest in working their wonders."

- excerpted from "Tucker's Encyclopedia of Mass Murderers" -
 
 
 


 
 

 "...By his 88th year, Phillip LeMarchand had gone far beyond that first small puzzle.
He had become one of hell's most prolific prodigies, eventually returning to his architectural
education to design entire buildings that were puzzles in themselves."

- Valentina Sprague, Architect of the Damned. Pentacle, June 1967

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Philip LeMarchand allegedly murdered fourteen
 persons in order to construct his first box.

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