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I sincerely hope that I have answered at least a few of your questions concerning the planning, building and performing of illusions. Illusions were my "first love" in the art of magic and this love affair has continued to this day. You might say I'm hooked on illusions. I don't mean the physical prop itself, but rather the thrill, excitement knd joy that can be created and given to an audience. The illusion is merely a tool a device ...as a song is to a vocalist. '

Illusions and illusionists are the mainstay of magic, keeping it out front, in the minds of the public. This will always be the case. How many times has someone approached you and asked, "You're a magician? Can you really saw someone in half or make me float in the air?". And each time, even in this day and age, there is a marvelous sincerity and wonder in their voice. I have yet to be asked, "Can you really do that rope trick, or the card trick with four aces?".

Devote the time and energy to learn the intricacies and subtle points of your illusions. Strive for unique touches and bits of business. There is so much more to an illusion than what is found in the blueprint.

Since I did not touch on the presentation and staging aspects of illusions, I would like to recommend the reading and careful study of the following books:

"Magic And Showmanship" by Henning Helms

A comprehensive treatise on showmanship, stage deportment, misdirection, use of assistants, and dramatics.. .and how they apply to the art of magic.

"Showmanship For Magicians" by Dariel Fitzkee

Part of the excellent "Fitzkee Trilogy"... three works that should be in every magician s library.

"The Art Of Illusion" by Will Ayling

Many years ago, I met Mark Wilson and told him of my interest in illusions. He recommended I purchase this book...which I did. I did not regret it, as it is one ot the finest publications on the presentation of illusions.

"Forging Ahead In Magic" by John Booth . it does

While this book does not cover the presentation and staging aspects n de all it doe^

offer valuable advice on the "off stage" aspects of becoming a successful, p magical entertainer. gt

"The Success Bnok" Volumes I, TI & III by Frances and Jay Marsh all ^ deparCTnents, Again, these works do not deil too heavily in tne P^^aaonjmd s"practical but they do offer a w^lth of knowledge gathered f", "f sion it...it's advice on promotion, make-up. publicity, bookings, costuming, etc.

in the Success Book.

i ted "theatre arts", as magic is I would also strongly urge that you study the reiat coachlng or lessons you becoming more and more a "total entertai^nt medium^ny^^^^ Th^nulti-

can acquire in dramatics, music, dance and voicejl-

magician will he the magician of tomorrow..

Marriotts GREAT AMERICA

RT, 3 LIMESTONE. TENN.

Well known as a builder of custom stage magic and illusions, George Kimery is in charge of the Chalet Magic Company in Limestone, Tennessee. Having bought many illusions from George, I can verify what you have probably already heard - excellent quality at reasonable prices. I am honored that George would let us in on a few pet secrets:

BUILDING TIPS:

"Use TITE-BOND glue or the yellow professional woodworker's glue for assembling. It works much better than the white woodworkers glue. Your local Sears hardware department sells the TITE-BOND. Also, mix the glue about half with water to make a solution to seal the edges of plywood before applying the sealer to the wood. This gives you a much nicer finish on the edge of the plywood."

"To prevent wood from splintering when you cut it, use sixty or seventy-two tooth carbide blades. Also, use masking tape or duct tape where you are making a cut. After the cut, peel the tape up."

"If your wood is sanded, filled and sealed properly, and you want a super paint job, take it to an automotive body shop. They will spray it at a reasonable cost if they don't have to get it ready to spray. Just use regular automotive enamel or lacquer. It will work fine on wood. Just make sure the sealer is compatible to the paint being used.11

CLEANING ILLUSIONS:

"Household LEMON PLEDGE spray-on wax applied, then wiped off gives a nice look to illusions."

"A product called the TANNERY, much like a spray-on vinyl top dressing for autos is excellent for cleaning and giving a sheen to illusion bases covered with vinyl or imitation leather."

"A product called SIMI-CHROME, available at motorcycle shops, is made for cleaning and polishing polished aluminum. Great to clean up those polished metal and chrome pieces on illusions."

MISCELLANEOUS:

"Use a carpenter's nail apron to put your bolts and nuts illusion. Have a different apron for each illusion with all the P P

etc. in place. This will make all the items you need readily accessibl

"Use a mechanic's 'speed1 handle to assemble. This is a wrench shaped much like a brace and bit tool. It takes socket type fittings and is really fast."

"You can buy a roll of 1/2" or 9/16" carpet foam at a carpet store to use to line cases to haul your illusions. It cones in 6' x 60' rolls and is quite economical if you have several cases to do."

George Kimery

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