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From the 1976 Cosmo show - Johnny Gaughan built this Mismade for us at the last minute because all 14,000 sq. ft. of our studio was filled with puppet shows for Kings Dominion, King's Island, Busch and Valley Fair amusement parks. From the 1975 Cyrus Cosmo show at Six Flags - Robert Harbin's Upside Down Girl. A most unusual illusion because, although we presented it many different ways, the audience never applauded at its conclusion. Why They were too busy trying to figure out what they had...

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From my files I have selected the following seven illusions because they are easy to build, travel well and audience tested. Within these plans you will find uses for many of the subjects discussed in previous chapters. I sincerely hope you will find this chapter a good starting place to. . . . Build Your Own Illusions.

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I have always felt an 'fexpert is a person who has made all the mistakes and learned from them. By that definition, I am an expert. I have designed illusions that didn't fit through stage doors and floating devices that didn't float. Obviously, for you to grow as a magic craftsman, you must make your own mistakes and, more than likely, they will be just as painful, at the time, as mine were. There are, however, some problems you can short circuit before they happen. The most common of which is...

Introduction

I have always thought this effect intriguing, primarily because of it's simplicity. In the past, it has been modified to be a glass -lined trunk and Oriental chest, but the effect has, basically, remained the same. I believe Percy Abbott was the originator of the first chest and, to this day, his manufacturing company still makes his original version. For the beginning craftsman the construction of this illusion is relatively simple and inexpensive. The prop can break down flat for shipping and...

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The next category would be the workshop drawings1'. These plans are not generally drawn to scale, but all the pieces have measurements and basic building methods are indicated. Often perspective views, (still no scale), or exploded views show the completed illusion. This style of plan is found in the Harbin books, the Robert Veno book and Abbott's sells them for their illusions. I think most people usually prefer the blueprint type plans to the workshop drawing, primarily because the former...

Marvelli Magician

Modern Playing Apparatus For Park

Paul Osborne's magical career began at age five when he was presented a magic kit by then local magician, Mark Wilson. Through the high school and college years, Paul performed professionally, often touring with bands, and was awarded Best Club Act and Best Act trophies by the Texas Association Of Magicians in Corpus Christi. Francis Ireland Marshall published his first book on puppets as he graduated from college to become a local disc jockey and TV's Bozo's Ringmaster, a show which was later...

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The most popular Osborne fantasy magician was Merlin Rainbow. Appearing here at Elitch Gardens in the 1977 '78 seasons. Merlin, his props, costumes and scenery were all designed by Paul and built by the Osborne Studio. In this instance, the entire stage was also designed and built in Dallas, then trucked to the popular Denver, Colorado amusement park. I know many of you want to learn how to begin building your own magic props, or at least know enough about cabinet making and plan reading to...

Effect

Once introduced, your lovely assistant takes her position beneath a frame work supported box. Her face is visible through the opened front door and a sliding back panel is inserted to keep her in place. Next, you introduce fifteen shining knives and quickly close the front doors. Begin inserting the daggers into the box with the fifteenth sword plunged down the middle of the small cabinet. As the front doors are opened, the mystery continues. . .the head is gone All that remains are the...

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If you are a collector, hobbiest or just lover of magic, this chapter isn't necessarily for you. On the other hand, if you are a working pro, full or part time, and make income from your efforts, you are probably a bottom line illusionist. Over the years man has done an excellent job of confusing the very basic accounting and profit principle, If you want to make profit, don't spend more than you make, and don't owe more than you have. Isn't that simple Aren't I a genius This logic, of course,...

Bevel Base

Although this book deals with beginning to build your own illusions. I have had so many questions concerning the construction of bevel bases, I feel obligated to a least explain the process in this publication. To get that deceptive slant on the top or bottom or both of your base you will be executing what is called compound miters which basically means more than one angle is cut as you run your lumber through the power tool. To determine the angles to be cut you will need a protractor and, of...