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When performing the regular Aga levitatlon we found that a strong fan in the wings added much beauty to the effect. The air blows the girls hair and dress, giving the appearance that you have the very winds at your command. The fan should be blowing at the girl's head so as not to lift her dress. Not only does this add beauty, but It leads the spectators on the wrong track as to the workings of the illusions. It is also nice to perform it under colored lights and with appropriate music. Even...

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Greg Franklin and I go way back to the seventies when he was a performer in one of our smaller productions near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Since those days Greg has polished his performing techniques and now manages and stars in a giant theme park illusion spectacular. Greg also has the benefit of having a woodworking background which is enormously helpful when you are performing illusions five shows a day all season long. I was really impressed with Greg's innovations in rigging the Asrah form and...

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Presenting the first in a series of illusion plans from Paul Osborne and Associates EFFECT Based on the old Mignon illusion, this current updated version features a hatbox resting on an upright 4-legged table with a clear view beneath. The hatbox lid is removed and the four sides are lowered to reveal a large magician's top hat The hat is taken and shown completely empty. As the hat is placed back on the table top the four sided box is folded back up, and the lid is replaced. The entire unit is...

Illusions

The name of Paul's smallest books is Illusion Planning If memory serves me correctly, ( I can t check my copy as at the time of this writing, I'm on a ship en route to Cairo, Egypt ) Paul mentions some locals trying to book a show at a nearby theme park. They wanted to feature the Lion's Bride, but were unaware where to get the cat, where to house it, and if they had enough room on stage and backstage to perform it. The point The same problems exist on cruise ships increased ten - fold. Before...

The Subtrunk

When performing the Sub-Trunk have a second assistant hidden behind the trunk. When doing the switch, the person who was on top of the trunk goes behind it and the person who was behind it gets In the trunk for a surprise change of assistant. If you would like, you can do the regular switch then close the trunk, hold the curtain up long enough for the second assistant to get on top of the trunk and drop the curtain. The second assistant has appeared. If the trunk is big enough, both assistants...

Guillotine Illusion Female Assistant

s . yo c& M S& it bbavod Back in 1950 I produced the FIRST shopping center or mall show. It featured illusions. The show was called THE MAGIC WORLD OF FORD. At the time, there were only about twenty-five malls in the country. Today there are over 25,000 malls flourishing, and more being built every day. There were six touring units of the show, and since the client was an automobile company, the show could also be considered as the FIRST auto show of Illusions. The show was presented on...

Female Illusionist Sawing

Here's a doozey of a problem I had my lunch plate and a glass of iced tea sitting on a table. I looked down at it and, without anyone touching it, it slid off the table The ship had suddenly lurched and leaned way over to one side. Now, imagine an assistant, supposedly in a trance, with the nape of her neck resting on the point of a sword, and that happens Anything top heavy or on casters is a potential danger. I'm not saying you can't do these things, only that if you are booked to do a show...

Frokt

Again, this is a basic size 40 so you'll want to adapt the size to fit your needs. Our insert drawing shows the gimmick that allows you to get extra slack in the restraint. The leather cuff hides from view the fact that you are pulling up the arm strap prior to you being buckled in. Once you are pulled as tight as possible into the jacket then you merely release the slack which enables you to separate your arms and reach back, unbuckling the top buckle which gives you enough space to wiggle out...

Strait Jacket

Michelle came up with this idea and I think it's fabulous. At last something new in escapes Imagine out doing Houdini and telling your audience that they will have a clear view of your body at all times as you escape from the jacket. Often Houdini was accused of hiding tools in the jacket to help him escape. Often he was accused of not even putting his arms in the device at all With the See Thru Strait Jacket you can overcome all of these accusations and have an all new sales pitch that puts...

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The Passkey is one of our most popular illusion concepts. Mark Evans sends us this photo of his, and a recently completed Gorilla Cage. I would like to offer the following ideas about making scale models of 1) You as the builder must decide the degree of realism you want to create in your model Illusion models can be one of three types, depending on how elaborate you want them to be The first type of model can be described as mostly a toy or decoration for a magic buff's room. In this case, it...

The mmes

When I was nine or ten years old I saw my first professional magic show. Naturally, it was a most exciting event for me. I remember the theater, a circus-type tent with seating in the three-quarter round. I remember the tricks, the rice bowls, the hip-hops, the feather flowers, and the nail-biting excitement of the Guillotine. I remember the friend I went with and I remember what the magician looked like and his impressive black cape with red satin lining. The only thing I can't remember is his...

Ket

The robe the girl wears should be large and billowy as per our sketch. Within the sleeves are sewn the false hands that grasp the front uprights. Around the neck of the robe is Velcro that corresponds with Velcro placed under the upper table. The magician makes sure the robe's Velcro is connected to the props' once the girl is in place at the alter. Once the magician has placed the tubes over the girl's head, she attaches the fake hands onto the upright posts and she is then free to work her...

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EFFECT On an Incan stage setting the magician introduces his beautiful robed assistant. She is hypnotized and takes her place at a stylized alter. Two canisters are placed over her head as a mysterious incantation is heard. A torch is brought out and the magician thrusts it down into the tube, which instantly bursts into flames. Once the blaze has died down, the inner tube Is removed, revealing a view of what was once his beautiful assistant's head. It's now an eerie skull. Quickly the tube is...

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I must express my special thanks to those wonderful people in the magic world who have helped and encouraged my efforts over the years. Thanks to Tony Spina and Jack Ferero for their restaurant selections. To Greg Bordner for his generosity. To Bill and Irene Larsen for their continued support. Thanks to all our amusement park magicians, managers and performers. Their talents and expertise free me up to write books. Thanks to Stan Allen for his kind words and Jay Johnson for a fabulous Friday....

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The Caterpillar is a novelty illusion styled in a fantasy theme. We perform this one against a large scenic painted backdrop of a cartoon forest with larger than life, fat, cut-out mushrooms, tree stumps, etc. The effect begins as the magician hypnotizes one of his male assistants until he begins to fall backward into a trance. He is carried over to a brightly painted oblong box and placed in same, so that all but his head is resting inside. Once the top lids are shut and the head cover is...

Plaster Cast Light Illusion

For illusions such as the Disembodied Lady, where an accurate life casting is required, the following may be helpful to those wanting to create a lifelike face First there is more than one type of prosthetic grade cream, (PCG for short) often known as MOULAGE. Moulage is a powder which must be added to boiling water, mixed and allowed to cool to 42 degrees centigrade, then applied. There are two types I am aware of one being reusable, the other not. Personally, I have never used these. I think...

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This is the second in a series of illusion plans from Paul Osborne and Associates EFFECT A quick and easy vanish of your girl assistant, the Goodbye Girl is exactly that On the stage is a thin modernistic table resting on an unpretentious base. Your assistant assumes a sitting position on the table, quickly she is covered with a cloth and the entire unit is revolved to show all sides. A shot is fired and the drape is pulledvoff Goodbye Girl. METHOD The speed with which this illusion can be...

Thoughts

Peter llyich Tchaikovsky wrote the ballet Swan Lake. To the best of my knowledge, he never choreographed it cr danced it. So, if you are like me, and find that inventing and building illusions is not easy, please don't give up There is room for those who only perform them well. builder does best. Anyone who has seen my show knows how much entertainment comes from by Abbott Giant Guillotine I bought that prop in 1971. It's about due for retirement and, with thirteen years of experience, I have...

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So much has happened since I published Book III. I was shocked to find that I completed that publication in 1983. Three years ago Book Four is my biggest publishing endeavor more pages more photos more art no wonder it's taken so long So much has happened since I published Book III. I was shocked to find that I completed that publication in 1983. Three years ago Book Four is my biggest publishing endeavor more pages more photos more art no wonder it's taken so long I am excited to include the...

Musions

Liquor and magic have a lot in common. There are countless varieties of each. I'm not going to bore you with a lesson in mixology.J'm going to bore you with my thoughts on illusions. I want it understood that Paul Osborne approached me with this project as I quote from his letter, Mention things illusionists do that bother you things you like things you'd change what type of illusions would you do if you did them, etc. Like most magicians, I've tried it all Mentalism, illusions, close-up,...

Deceptive Steps Illusion

This is the fourth in a series of illusion plans courtesy of Paul Osborne Illusion Systems METHOD Continued As you'll recall last month, we began our series on the Shooting a Girl from a Cannon Illusion . After looking at the cannon itself, now it's time to study suspended box the girl is shot into. In most cases, our shooting is performed at amusement parks in various outdoor staging conditions. For this reason, our box is built with weather conditions in mind, although we try to lower it as...