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Topic: Compressed illusion
Message: Posted by: illusionman2 (Feb 19, 2005 04:27PM)
Does the Compressed illusion no longer use the hand sticking out feature?
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Feb 20, 2005 07:34PM)
From any photos I've seen it never did. You're most likely remembering hands sticking out in a knocked off copy of the illusion. The original illusion is still available at http://www.danielsummers.com Maybe earlier models did include the hand feature. Why not email Dan Summers and ask him.

Best,

Tim

P.S. Just checked out your website...Howdy to a fellow Zimmerman hoops performer.
Message: Posted by: illusionman2 (Feb 21, 2005 04:44AM)
Thanks, I love that trick.
Message: Posted by: redwine (Apr 10, 2005 10:05PM)
Regarding the Hands for Compressed:
After the girl is fully compressed the Magician has the option of removing the roller blind and neck stock. The audience sees her "compressed body" and both of her real hands. Not everyone does this bit, but it is possible with all Dan Summers Compressed.
Owen
Message: Posted by: Magic Monkichi (Jun 21, 2005 12:40AM)
Hey all;

Just my two cents on this one. I've seen [b]a lot[/b] of un-authorized compressed illusions. And well...they are very...sad. In that the method is being ostracized and the props are just...not up to par.

The removal of the blind and showing the hands for me is the kicker. It looks great! when you remove the blind and show the hands. And there's not but an inch or so from head to toe. It is a great illusion.

I have seen a few where when removing the blind....the idea is to show the girl 'compressed'. I feel these "new" ways do more harm than good.

when moving the blind they make the illusion [b]bigger[/b] than it is!!

If you have an original Summers Compressed, then worship it! it's a true piece of beauty. Anything else...just makes me cringe.

Matt
Message: Posted by: Lyboel (Mar 23, 2008 07:42PM)
Can the Summers Compressed be peformed surrounded in a circus...?

I will have one...;)
Message: Posted by: RVH Magic (Mar 24, 2008 06:49PM)
No, unfortunately it can't be performed surrounded. :(
The method doesn't allow this and also you need to see the face & feet for maximum effect.
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Mar 26, 2008 09:40PM)
[quote]
On 2008-03-24 19:49, el rafael wrote:
No, unfortunately it can't be performed surrounded. :(
The method doesn't allow this and also you need to see the face & feet for maximum effect.
[/quote]
Actually it [b]can[/b] be done surrounded. You need a special gimmick in addition to the regular prop. If interested you have to ask about it when purchasing as its not a promoted item.

Best,

Tim

Day 26
Message: Posted by: RVH Magic (Mar 27, 2008 06:48AM)
Yes, I know about the special gimmick, but still you don't have the same visual effect as watching it from the front. (And it gives the method away as there is to much attention to that strange gear box at the back).
It's like adding the side and back panels to the head box of the twister illusion so you can perform it surrounded. (It doesn't look as good).
If you want you can do most illusions surrounded. (Remember the dancers with the capes to cover the bad angles).
I don't recommend this version for a circus, the Andre Kole version might be more suitable (squeeze box).

Best,
Rafael
Message: Posted by: leoillusion (May 21, 2008 12:13PM)
Now what was the final verdict with Andrew Mayne's 'Shrink Boy' and Dan Summers' 'Compressed'? I built the Shrink Boy from Andrew Maynes book and then I re-built it so that it looks really good, It look thinner than Dan Summers version now. I do not know how Dan's version works but is it ok for me to use my version in my shows without people screaming fake or knock off?

Leo
Message: Posted by: The Mirror Images (May 24, 2008 08:43AM)
Do a search and you will see Andrew Mayne talked about the effects. Love to see pictures of your shrunk boy if you have any?
Message: Posted by: Knight Magic (Jun 1, 2008 04:38PM)
We had Daniel Summers' Compressed illusion in the show for years, and we've always opened the roller blind to show her hands visible. I made the gimmick myself and it makes it a much stronger effect. I have done it surrounded before, but it wasn't something I'd recommend doing because it made it much more complicated. The key to making this effect powerful is walking underneath it, and that's something that most people never consider. Lay people believe that she is just lying straight back. You have to turn it considerably to each side to be convincing that she's not. We always got a great response for it. You can see a couple pictures of the illusion on our website under "The Show." Ours is built by Owen Redwine, the original builder for the Compressed, and I believe Bill Smith is also building them now as well. You can definitely tell the difference between an original and a knock off. We're actually hoping to sell our Compressed, so if anyone's interested feel free to contact us.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jun 1, 2008 05:05PM)
I'd love to buy it - This is my favorite illusion. But I know it's out of my price range.

Jim
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Sep 13, 2008 01:48PM)
I would say that this Illusion is up to the fooling standards of Origami..
Out of all the Illusions that I have performed.... These are the best when it comes to fooling the audience...The compressed is very deceptive..

Taylor
Message: Posted by: maharajademagia (May 30, 2010 08:03AM)
Where can I buy the plans of this wonderful illusion?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (May 30, 2010 11:20AM)
There are no plans available for Daniel Summers' Compressed. It is available only through him and Bill Smith Magic Ventures.

http://www.danielsummers.com/

http://www.magicventures.com/
Message: Posted by: j.i.s. (Aug 15, 2016 07:07AM)
About performing Compressed surrounded is this model of Luis enabled for surrounded performance ? I ask this thing because I guess the back side roller blinded covers the things you don't know to be seen it
. Or I am wrong ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B09W3KalKc&list=RD8B09W3KalKc

Some times you could do it in ball rooms or other stage from malls markets and some guys from technical stage crew of a band or others could se some things and I don't like at all .
Message: Posted by: j.i.s. (Sep 15, 2016 10:13AM)
[quote]On Aug 15, 2016, j.i.s. wrote:
About performing Compressed surrounded is this model of Luis enabled for surrounded performance ? I ask this thing because I guess the back side roller blinded covers the assistant during performance. I know that will remain the sides wall uncovered.
. Or I am wrong ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B09W3KalKc&list=RD8B09W3KalKc

Some times you could do it in ball rooms or other stage from malls markets and some guys from technical stage crew of a band or others could se some things and I don't like at all . [/quote]
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Sep 15, 2016 03:43PM)
Forget about the techies and stage crew and just do your magic.
Message: Posted by: Zlwin Chew (Sep 18, 2016 11:59AM)
[quote]On Sep 15, 2016, jimhlou wrote:
Forget about the techies and stage crew and just do your magic. [/quote]

You definitely have to if you work in the cruise ships doing illusions! :)
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Aug 8, 2019 04:54PM)
Is it possible for the magician to perform this illusion the way Andrew Mayne’s shrink boy was designed?