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[quote] On 2012-04-20 20:57, freefallillusion1 wrote: Honestly, it's not as simple as saying "attach part A to part B and use this method". There are a million nuances to creating part A and B. You have several options, and many options within those options. Please, don't think that no one here is willing to help- it's just that to answer your question thoroughly would require a whole new thread on the Café, complete with a special hints and tips section! So, if you've never built an illusion before (and want do it right), I suggest you get Paul Osborne's first four books, Dick Gustafson's book on illusions, Rand Woodbury's books and first three videos, and there's also Gerry Frenette's new course on illusion building. Specifically, for the base and steps you mention, Rand Woodbury's first video is the one you want. Now, I could tell you to simply "cut the box frames from plywood and spray paint them, and you're all set", but there's way more to it than that. For instance, do you even know what dimensions you want this box to be? Guessing is not a good way to go. That's the formula that way too many people follow, and what you'll end up with is a bulky, heavy (or maybe rickety) non-deceptive contraption that should not be in your show. Remember, illusion building is a skill set all it's own and cabinet makers are not magicians. Even if someone gave you step by step instructions on how to build this, it wouldn't work because it would be impossible to cover every little detail, and you need to know what to do when those details arise- and with a prop like this, there will be many. So, my advice is the same- get a really good background on how illusions are built, and you'll know exactly what to do. Either that, or hire a professional illusion builder to create what you want. Those are the only two ways to go unless you want to end up with a really inferior result, and you don't. The good news is that anyone can do it. Good luck ! [/quote]
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