There’s a line between solvable puzzles and absolute infuriation. Puzzle boxes are where that line is drawn. I guess if you were an evil magician and you needed to keep a soul in anything, some kind of demonic hellraiser puzzle box would be it. Anyone who could get past step five for any of these boxes without instructions, I’d buy them a nice 30-year islay.
Wikipedia: “Modern puzzle boxes developed from furniture and jewelry boxes with secret compartments and hidden openings, known since renaissance time. Puzzle boxes produced for entertainment first appeared in Victorian England in the 19th Century (Hoffmann 1893; Sanders and Sanders 1997) and as tourist souvenirs in the Interlaken region in Switzerland (Arenski et al. 2005 provide details of the Swiss carving tradition but do not cover trick boxes) and in the Hakone region of Japan at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Century (Iwasaki 2003). Boxes with secret openings appeared as souvenirs at other tourist destinations during early 20th Century, e.g. Amalfi Coast, Madeira, Sri Lanka (Hajek 2008, 2012) though these were mostly 'one-trick' traditions. Chinese cricket boxes represent a remarkable example of intricate boxes with secret openings (Hajek 2011, deVreugd 2013).”