Illusion Systems

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...

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...

Paul Osborne Magic

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...

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...

Thf I Fvitatiqn

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...

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...

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...