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On your ruler some of these scales will read from right to left (3 and 1 2) but I have drawn them all to read from left to right. The divided areas to the left all equal one foot. I have divided the inch indicators into inches (1 - 12) and on the 3 and 1 2 scale your ruler will break it down more, often into 1 8. To use your cut-out scale, lay it along side the area to be measured. Begin at 0 (unless the area you are measuring is less than 1'. If it is, use the 12 indicator to the left. )...

Method

This effect could easily be the least expensive and fastest illusion you'll ever build. Cut from 1' x 6 the two uprights as drawn. From spare 1 2 ply cut out the two back braces that support the uprights and attach pin hinges. The top cross bar is cut from 1 2 ply and hinged in the middle to fold flat. The base is made from 3 4 ply with 1 2 skirting and 1 half-round trim. The casters are attached to 4 x 4 blocks. Within the base, mount your flash pot. wired to any standard on off switch and...

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In 1978 Paul Osborne created a twenty minute custom illusion show for Libertyland in Memphis. The show ran for two seasons and was a top rated attraction in the park. Among the many illusions highlighted was this Mismade Lady which featured a unique Victorian paint theme with each box color-coded to register only when the boxes were staeked correctly. in magic building, just like everything else, there are certain standard things that keep popping up, over and over. You can't build magic unless...

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...

Thayer Silk Cabby

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...