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mroek
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After seeing the trick "Perplexing Bolt" by Magic Wagon (which took inspiration from Massey's Chinese Flame Clock trick), I felt a sudden desire to make my own version.

However, I felt that Magic Wagon's version was a bit on the large side, and also that it was difficult to come up with a good patter for the bolt (as opposed to the story with the Chinese Flame Clock), so at first I decided against going further with the project. Then I was approached by J. M. Talbot with the idea to make it all be about the plates and not the bolt, and this was the trigger I needed, so a big thanks to John and his creative mind! I took his conceptual idea and developed my own patter to go along with the props I designed.

The design process ended up more difficult than I had hoped (which isn't uncommon...), but in the end I am pretty happy with the visual aspects of my creation. It is unfortunately a bit finicky to operate, and also somewhat fragile, but for my personal use that's OK.

Without describing the patter in any detail (it isn't fully developed yet), suffice it to say that it revolves around the new and top secret concept of "Biokinetic nuclear radiation", and that two newly (but yet secret) elements has been discovered (and not yet included in the periodic table) that can cause (and shield from) such a radiation. This radiation can cause steel to become both invisible and penetrable, but only in a very special test chamber.

Here are some images:

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Test chamber with bolt and plates

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Front view of test chamber with cover in place

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Viewed from the rear with the peek-through window

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Front view after mounting the bolt in the test chamber

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Front view with both plates inserted and bolt middle section vanished


As you can see, I even invented a new hazard symbol for the biokinetic nuclear radiation, which is imprinted on the knob on the front cover. I am going to make a video too, hopefully in the near future.
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Very cool mroek! Can hardly wait to see a video of it in action!

John
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Thanks, John! This would most likely not have seen the light of day without your inspiration!

After a whole lot of takes, I was finally able to get a video that is acceptable. As usual I'm a bit embarrassed with my own voice and pronounciations/accent, but it is what it is. This video is a bit lengthy, and there is a lot of patter, but hopefully it isn't too boring. If so, you'll just have to fast forward to the interesting parts. And with that said, here's the video:



I apologize for the less than optimal lighting, but it was the best I could with what I currently have.
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Excellent! Well done. Am amazed how quickly you put this together. A lot of nice elements at play to make for a very deceptive presentation.

John
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Good to hear you liked it! My story changed quite a few times until I finally landed on the version shown in the video. If you look carefully on the first images I posted, you can see that the plates are one solid color, but in the video they are two colors. That's because I found out that this gave me a better story and also a slight twist to the handling that possibly makes it more deceptive.
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@ mroek: You have undoubtedly, in a short span of time, proved your great potential in the field of illusions. Your thinking and creativity is outstanding. Make hay while the sun shines. Smile

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This is truly amazing. Very well done Mroek!!!
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Well done @mroek, very clean, great talent.
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This is another incredible effect, after your amazing Ribbon Clock Time Machine...

You seem to be able to reach for the impossible !
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Absolutely outstanding mroek! The prop looks great, obviously operates flawlessly, and your routine and story telling are creative and sensible. Even though the premise and plot are pure folly, everything has a reason for being.

You totally rocked this one.
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