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Topic: Mismade Lady
Message: Posted by: abbascup (Feb 9, 2007 06:49PM)
Is it worth buying this classic. Klamm magic sells one for $2000 I believe. Is it a Sommers model? Thoughts on who builds the nicest or best version??
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Feb 9, 2007 06:57PM)
Klamm sells the Jim Sommers version.

I owned one of Jim's Mismades several years ago, and each box is designed to break completely down so that it all can travel inside of one fiberboard case. Vey portable that way, great for the weekend warrior. It did the job and looked fine onstage.
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 22, 2007 06:44PM)
Owens does a nice job, but any of the major builders would do a good job.

I believe J. Gaughan has made a few also.

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Mattillusion (Feb 22, 2007 07:05PM)
This was a favorite of mine when I was a kid but only the best-built ones will do...get a sloppy one and all the heat goes exactly where it shouldn't. In the words of Gary Darwin: "You couldn't get booked into the men's room in Las Vegas with this illusion."
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Feb 23, 2007 12:21AM)
The good old Mis-Made Lady .. this is actually my mothers favorite illusion. The audience really likes this one too .. but it's got to be built right. The depth in the box and the extra "parts" involved must be some-what believable.

You also need to consider where you'll be performing this one. This is a stage illusion, it doesn't play well in the living room.

Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Feb 24, 2007 08:41AM)
John Bundy Has a movie of it on his website:

It really looks good. It doesn't seem to be a "one-man" operation, although John has said he has done it that way.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Feb 24, 2007 08:57AM)
All of John's videos are nice, but the Mismade Girl video shows why the lighting needs to be right to prevent the audience from seeing the "important stuff".
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Feb 24, 2007 05:21PM)
On 2007-02-23 01:21, Chezaday wrote:
The good old Mis-Made Lady .. this is actually my mothers favorite illusion....

Same here, it is also my mom's favorite illusion. I performed this years ago at the Playboy Club for 6 months way back 1986 in my city when it was still there. What my mom hates most is my Monster Guillotine, she says that one day I might really chop off someone's head.

The base must be wide and beveled. I used the Osborne plans but modified the base. I am considering building a new one again in the future. It is possible to perform this surrounded and up close as long as your body parts are realistic and you just expose it for a few seconds.
Message: Posted by: haywire (Feb 28, 2007 11:25AM)
I have a Mis-made Girl illusion myself. Interestingly, I got it from John Bundy. I believe it may have been like one of his spares.

John Bundy and Morgan do an amazing version of it, as shown in the video that Dennis posted. Their style and presentation really sell it, I always enjoy seeing anything those two do.

As far as my Mis-made...

It was more or less ready to go when I got it, but I decided to paint it and change some things. I have never performed it yet but I will soon, we have rehearsed it a few times lately.

I have always found it to be a great illusion, and I always wanted one. Just a warning, it does take a good deal of storage space but I feel itís worth every bit of that myself. I keep ours set up and ready to go in our rehearsal studio.

Itís a time-honored classic of illusion. I won't say what I paid for mine (THANKS JOHN & MORGAN for helping out a starving artist!) But I would have been happy with it even if I had paid the price a previous poster mentioned (2,000$)

I'd say worth every penny, itís a beautiful illusion...

Message: Posted by: erased_over_out (Feb 28, 2007 04:18PM)
Can anyone tell me more about the "crazy lady" from Andre Kole? It's kind of like a Mismade Lady. I like it and am thinking about putting one in my show.

You can see it here on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP9AciGcPRk
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 28, 2007 04:30PM)
Wilcox put out several illusions, some picked up by Henning, many years ago. Not sure if Andre's "crazy lady" is based on one of them, or is one of them (with a different look).

One Wilcox illusion was called "Mad Hat'ter" with three large hats being used in the same manner of Kole's boxes. (Head, hand, foot) I have seen this live and I believe he has added an "additional" touch to it, if memory serves me right.

Would be interested in hearing, which came first. I know Andre is a great inventor, but he has, at times, used other material in his shows.

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Feb 28, 2007 04:37PM)
Before you get your saw out you might think twice about the Crazy Lady. Youíll have to deal with an Angry Andre. He gets a bit protective when it comes to his creations. Very few if any have been released for other performers.

The Crazy Lady patter is the same for just about all his illusions. Same patter for the Zig Zag. "Wiggle your toes, wiggle your nose... She's my Crazy Lady."

Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Feb 28, 2007 05:11PM)
Hey Steve,

Do you remember the Wilcox series of illusions/plans?? They were advertised in Genii with photos of the finished products.

Message: Posted by: Ricardo_magician (Mar 1, 2007 06:17AM)
Isn't the original illusion from Chuck Jones? I think he is the originator of the illusion.

Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (Mar 1, 2007 09:32AM)
Yeah, Chuck Jones is the originator of the illusion. Orson Wells had a variation on the finish where he just rearranged the numbers on the boxes to restore the assistant.

Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Mar 1, 2007 09:47AM)
Seems like one of the Paul Osborne books includes a variation on his Mismade Girl that would allow you to do the number rearrangement restoration.
Message: Posted by: Killed_CZ (Mar 1, 2007 10:10AM)
The Mismade Girl is in Black Book, if I am right. :)
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Mar 1, 2007 10:21AM)
He Mismade Girl modification is on page 59 of Book Two. I don't think the Mismade Girl is in the Black Book. He does publish a set of plans for it, however.
Message: Posted by: Killed_CZ (Mar 1, 2007 12:25PM)
Amosmc... Yeah you're right. I've changed the Mismade girl with Shes Come Undone. I don't know how. :D
Sorry ;)
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Mar 1, 2007 05:35PM)
What is the best Mis-made Lady illusion when it comes to the blades?

Mine used 6 blades, 2 of which were G***ed.

I've seen others with 5, another with 4, and one with only 3 blades. Also, some blades were either g***ed, but some were not.

Indeed, the less blades, the faster the cut and separation of the boxes. But the angles are more difficult to cover, right?

How many blades do you use?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Mar 1, 2007 06:01PM)
I think the number of blades depends primarily on the position of the audience in relation to the illusion. If the audience's eye level is below the tops of the boxes, and the assistants hang on to the boxes I see no reason to even use blades in the tops. That would be three blades.

If the audience is level with or slightly above the base box and multiple assistants can keep the other boxes in-hand, you might need one for the bottom box. So, four blades.

If you are performing it alone, or the assistants are setting all the boxes on the floor, you would probably need six blades.

Best I can remember, John Bundy uses four.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Mar 1, 2007 07:01PM)
I had to do a double-take when I watched John's version of the Mismade. When only 4 blades came out at the end, I wondered if the other two had been removed out of camera shot.

His version sits deep enough on stage that the audience apparently doesn't get a direct view of the top of the bottom box when they are all separated. Also, his routine doesnít allow for all of the boxes to be off of the stack before one is being replaced on top of the bottom cube.

I am now thinking that maybe I can get away with using only four blades.
Message: Posted by: MichaelKent (Mar 1, 2007 07:39PM)
Mine, built by Mephisto in Belgium, uses 7 blades. It has the "number switch" restoration. I'm considering selling it.
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Mar 4, 2007 07:12AM)
Since the bottom box and the box next on top of it, have no blades between them, a simple flap as in the Stack of Boxes would cover up the top of the bottom box.

When the second box is placed on the bottom box, the flap hinges up and into the next box, the flap is black on the bottom and is behind the girls head when she is in position.

With flap.......no angle worry!

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Mar 8, 2007 12:41PM)
I had a design idea that I wanted to share with you all. My current mismade is designed in the stock, primary kindergarten colors, I was talking to Dan Wolfe of Smoky Mountain Magic about a card pip design, and he came up with this:

Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Mar 8, 2007 02:45PM)
Looks good, and very similar to design as Osborne's "Queen's Cut" cutting in sixths illusion. you may want to look at that and incorporate those design ideas into your mismade. A queen costume may help make things easier.