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Topic: Liquid glass
Message: Posted by: allan31 (Aug 28, 2007 01:48PM)
Hi!

what do you think of the illusion "liquid glass" from the great Harry Blackstone?

regards
allan
Message: Posted by: gulamerian (Aug 28, 2007 02:16PM)
I have always liked the illusion. William Kennedy builds it.
Message: Posted by: Joe Mansfield (Aug 28, 2007 04:36PM)
A friend of mine does it in nearly every show and it always gets a great response.
Message: Posted by: sly2272 (Aug 28, 2007 04:45PM)
Can you explain the Illusion please.
Message: Posted by: Paulo Cabrita (Aug 28, 2007 07:39PM)
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On 2007-08-28 17:45, sly2272 wrote:
Can you explain the Illusion please.
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I hope if some body give the explanation, by PM.

Paulo
Message: Posted by: Bryan Gilles (Aug 28, 2007 08:36PM)
Harry did an incredible job with this illusion. I remember him performing this here in Redding when he came through many years ago. His patter was very convincing as he told the story of purchasing the glass from the Wizard of Oz set and the glass having magic attributes since it was from the same window that Dorothy looked out and dreamed of being somewhere over the rainbow.... very nice story... and a wonderful routine as well...

-Bryan
Message: Posted by: RSD (Aug 28, 2007 09:18PM)
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On 2007-08-28 20:39, Paulo Cabrita wrote:
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On 2007-08-28 17:45, sly2272 wrote:
Can you explain the Illusion please.
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I hope if some body give the explanation, by PM.

Paulo

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Why by PM? Please share on the board with everyone. We are interested in the routine not the explanation.
Message: Posted by: Kyle^Ravin (Aug 28, 2007 10:13PM)
Yea, wats the effect like??
Message: Posted by: thefifth (Aug 29, 2007 12:39AM)
How about a Video?

Oh wait here we go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsMNMhAW77M
Message: Posted by: PhDJChris (Aug 29, 2007 09:06AM)
Thanks for the video! I always love seeing Blackstone at work.
Message: Posted by: Paulo Cabrita (Aug 29, 2007 09:47AM)
Ok, I did not understand.
Explain the routine!
Good!
Message: Posted by: allan31 (Aug 29, 2007 01:15PM)
Hi !

This video is taken from a wonderfull french TV show "Attention magie" many years ago...

regards
allan
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Jul 27, 2008 07:17PM)
It's not a bad illusion, but I think it appeals to magicians more than lay audiences.

The reason I am reviving this thread is I inquired to Kennedy about a headhcopper. He said he is no longer making them, and suggested this as the perfect illusion fo a spot in a show where the HC would go.

Now, I am all for suggestive selling, but come on! For comedy, suspense, audience response, this doesn't hold a candle to a HC. Thoughts?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Jul 27, 2008 07:56PM)
I would respectfully say that is why he builds illusions and doesn't perform them. ;)

You are correct, this illusion is filler and a puzzle. The headchopper is a time honored classic audience pleaser.

My 2

Chris
Message: Posted by: gulamerian (Jul 27, 2008 08:10PM)
Starrpower, did he give a reason as to why he was no longer building head choppers.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Jul 27, 2008 08:18PM)
FYI - Bill Smith also told me recently that he's given up on head choppers, and now suggests Wellington. He said that they were "too much work". Too bad, I had always heard that he made a good one...
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Jul 27, 2008 11:18PM)
Just go with the Head Chopper from Wellington Enterprises. The Liquid Glass is a great effect but, you comparing apples to oranges.

I've got both the See-Thru Guillotine and the Lester Lake Chopper from Wellington. Both are beautiful props and stand up to real, professional use. It's understandable why no one wants to build them any more, there is a lot of labor involved.

If my recommendation isn't enough .. go with Bill Smiths!

Steve
Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Jul 28, 2008 07:54AM)
Kennedy said that there was too much work involved in the chopper and it was not profitable.

Steve, I went to Wellington's site not too long ago and they only list the see-through guillotine. I don't like it. I know all the benefits, but there is something innately appealing about a solid, wooden chopper. The plastic one just looks ... oh, I dunno ... PLASTIC. Cheap. Tricky. It just doesn't seem to have that "real" legitimate feeling that I think a headchopper should project.

Of course, I didn't give Wellington a call, so perhaps I can still get a wooden one built there.
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Jul 28, 2008 10:39AM)
I know what you're talking about but the See Thru Choppper is very impressive when its rolled out on stage. Only the stocks are Plexi .. everything else is made of oak and the blade is huge!

I'm sure if you give him a call he would be able to help you out with the classic style chopper. I restored the one I own, so I do know it inside and out. It was over 25 years old .. a fresh coat of paint and its like new again. The design and mechanics stood the test of time .. its a beauty.

Steve
Message: Posted by: illusions & reality (Jul 29, 2008 01:22PM)
I agree with Steve. I owned a Chalet Extended blade guillotine for years. I bought one of the first Wellington See Thru Guillotines and loved it (I still use it almost 14 years later). I bought a used back-up See Thru Guillotine that I keep in the U.S. for my U.S. shows. (I live in Canada now).

The Wellington See Thru Guillotine looks very classy. The metal and oak certainly make it look much more realistic than many red, gold and black head-choppers in my opinion.

Lou
Message: Posted by: JoyJoy (Jul 27, 2015 10:46AM)
[quote]On Aug 29, 2007, thefifth wrote:
How about a Video?

Oh wait here we go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsMNMhAW77M [/quote]
It seams this link is dead. Is there another one?
Thanks in advance.
Message: Posted by: magicmatt (Jan 15, 2016 10:45AM)
Yes is there another link. I feel like there was one posted on Facebook not that long ago and can't find it.
Message: Posted by: Sean McLellan (Mar 15, 2016 01:15PM)
I'd be interested in seeing it as well, if anybody happens to find a link that's working.
Message: Posted by: Sorcerer (Mar 16, 2016 08:44AM)
Sean, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/rlEvQR8gk3Q
Message: Posted by: Fungineer (Mar 19, 2016 11:58AM)
Is the original Peter Warlock version (routine and plan) in print anywhere?
Message: Posted by: natmagic (Mar 23, 2016 01:47AM)
I think pulling the glass out at the end tips the method
Message: Posted by: karvis (Aug 10, 2016 07:32PM)
[quote]On Mar 23, 2016, natmagic wrote:
I think pulling the glass out at the end tips the method [/quote]

maybe,,, I know it is like a puzzle but I hvae no idea about the secret... I and I would like to know... :)
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Aug 11, 2016 03:28AM)
No it is not a puzzle, but it can be Puzzling as all magic tricks should be. It is a [b]NEEDLE WITH A RIBBON ATTACHED THROUGH PLATE GLASS.[/b] In other words a penetration.

Owen's Magic made Harry Blackstone Jr.'s version.

I seen Harry Blackstone Jr. perform this live here locally.
Message: Posted by: Mike Thornton (Aug 11, 2016 09:33PM)
Harry Blackstone's Liquid Glass was made by Willie Kennedy, not Owens.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Aug 12, 2016 12:05PM)
I saw Rick Thomas perform this last year in his Branson show. He did a really nice job with it, as usual.
Message: Posted by: rocky clements (Aug 12, 2016 09:33PM)
I have performed Liquid Glass for many years and I can tell you that lay people do like it very well. It gets more "how in the world does that work?" comments after the show than any other effect in the show. The lifting of the glass through the ribbon at the end always gets a visible and audible reaction from the audience, so I definitely do not think that tips the method. And the reflecting of the stage lights on the glass as it is lifted out looks very nice. I have learned the hard way, however, that you need to have both shutters on when you do "the move" as the inevitable fingerprints on the glass can tip the method. If you want to do a trick that you are confident will fool just about everyone in the room, this is it.
Message: Posted by: mralincoln (Oct 25, 2016 11:18PM)
I've seen Rick Thomas perform this in Branson, too, and his performance of this effect made it one of my two favorite effects he performs. His choreography to fitting music for this effect made it very special. He recently removed it and replaced it when he added his disappearing helicopter (and audience member), and, to be honest, I preferred the Liquid Glass illusion. In fact, I would love to find a good, used (authorized) version of this at a good price. To be honest, IMHO, this is much more "fooling" than a guillotine or head chopper. (I own versions of each.) While the head copper type illusion is funny/humorous, the Liquid Glass is MYSTERIOUS, if performed well. Again, this is just my humble opinion; I'm not trying to spark a debate.
Message: Posted by: Fungineer (Oct 30, 2016 05:52PM)
[quote]On Oct 25, 2016, mralincoln wrote:
I've seen Rick Thomas perform this in Branson, too, and his performance of this effect made it one of my two favorite effects he performs. His choreography to fitting music for this effect made it very special. He recently removed it and replaced it when he added his disappearing helicopter (and audience member), and, to be honest, I preferred the Liquid Glass illusion. In fact, I would love to find a good, used (authorized) version of this at a good price. To be honest, IMHO, this is much more "fooling" than a guillotine or head chopper. (I own versions of each.) While the head copper type illusion is funny/humorous, the Liquid Glass is MYSTERIOUS, if performed well. Again, this is just my humble opinion; I'm not trying to spark a debate. [/quote]

I too saw Rick Thomas perform this in Branson two years ago or so. His staging, music selection, choreography, and overall presentation of this effect was one of the best and memorable things about the show. This is a great illusion.