Phantom Black Art Platform

This is an important piece of apparatus. Though simple in working, it is very effective. It lends itself as a utility piece around which many effects can be performed. Its purpose is to act as a table upon which magician or assistants stand and it contains the essentials for creating an illusion. It consists of two parts: the framework and the top.

The Framework: This is a skeleton-frame construction, consisting of two frames hinged together. Each frame is 26 inches high and 36 inches long. The boards are three inches wide and an inch and a half thick. The two frames are painted white on the front and sides and dull black on the back. The frames fold together flat for packing, Figures 1, 2, and 3.

Simple as these frames look, they are tricked in the following manner:

Hidden in the upper board of each frame is a roller curtain. It is so arranged that when the two frames are opened at right angles and placed on the floor with the top over them, the doors or panels concealing the curtains automatically fly open and cause the curtains to fall down and cover the open spaces in the frames.

Audience can see through the frames before they are opened. Then when they are opened and placed in front of the back drop, the two small curtains fall down to cover the openings. Audience still believes that it sees open frames with the back drop showing through, when in reality it is only an illusion created by the Black Art frame.

Figure 4 is a diagram of the position of the frame in relation to the back drop.

Figure 5 shows the frame as it appears to audience.

Figures 6, 7, 8, and 9 show diagrams of the frame construction for the curtain arrangement. The inside top edge of each frame is cut out to allow for the curtain roller. A hinge joint is then attached. One edge of curtain roll is tacked under top of frame and roll is secured under a panel.

When the two frames are folded flat together, the hinge joint on each remains up and holds the roller curtain in place. When the two frames are opened at right angles and the top placed on them, the hinge joints lift the panels and release the roll curtain so that it falls down straight and covers the opening in each frame.

Figure 10 shows the frame as it appears with the curtain rolled up on the inside.

Figure 10 shows the frame as it appears with the curtain rolled up on the inside.

Figure 11 shows the frame as it appears with the black curtain covering the opening. This when placed in front of the back drop gives the illusion of looking through the open space to the back curtain.

Figure 11 shows the frame as it appears with the black curtain covering the opening. This when placed in front of the back drop gives the illusion of looking through the open space to the back curtain.

The Top: This is a triangular piece which fits over the top of right angle made by open frames. It has a ledge on two sides, top and bottom, to brace the frames.

Figure 12 shows top. Figure 13 shows top adjusted on frames.

Figure 12 shows top. Figure 13 shows top adjusted on frames.

In the top there is a trap door. This extends inward from back of top about 12 inches and is about 18 inches wide. This door is hinged in the middle of the top so that it opens upward. Under the door there is a half-inch ledge to support it when someone stands on it, Figures 14 and 15.

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In order to disguise trap on top of platform, it is well to paint lines in black over top as shown in Figure

15A.

If desired, trap may be secured on outer edge with two catches between trap and rest of top to enable it to withstand severe handling. These catches may be opened when top is placed on framework during performance of the illusion.

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