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Topic: Materializing
Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 10, 2007 12:19AM)
If a person were to slowly materialize,would his head appear first and then to his feet or would his feet appear first and then upwards to his head?
Which looks more magically and visually pleasing?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Oct 10, 2007 05:43AM)
I think he would slowly appear "all over".
Message: Posted by: Kyle^Ravin (Oct 10, 2007 06:12AM)
Hey Frankie, honestly, if ur thinking of developin such an illusion, it'll be awesome...anyways, appearing all over would be cool but feet up is also an option. Looking forward to seeing ur deceptive bases. email pics to me if ur done. cheers!
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Oct 10, 2007 06:42AM)
I think you are not necessarily looking to be artistically pleasing here. The startling appearance would be just the head floating in space- eyes open, perhaps they blink so we know the person is alive and this is not a photo. If possible, the next thing to appear should be the hands- reaching or clutching. Then the rest. My opinion.

In his "Eisenheim's Ghost" Illusion (The Wizards' Journal #13 on my site), Jim Gerrish has been experimenting with flaps that uncover the head first, then the hands, then the rest of the upper body (which is all you get with thie illusion). It makes a much better appearance than having the whole ghost fade in at one time, so I know you are on the right track. Our test audience (Wiz Kids) screamed when the head first appeared by itself, even though they had already seen the illusion performed with the entire upper body (they have all volunteered to be Ghosts on Halloween).
Message: Posted by: Sandwichical (Oct 10, 2007 10:17AM)
There was an illusion called Biotron in Paul Osbourne's Illusion Systems (Volume 2). It was rather big, but it involved a wireframe morphing into a real human. You could adapt it to a frame or a smaller box for only one transformation.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 10, 2007 10:40AM)
Girl to Gorilla method could be used to cause a person to slowly fade in.
Message: Posted by: Joe Mansfield (Oct 10, 2007 10:58AM)
In a lecture, Don Drake once mentioned working on an interesting method of making someone materialize or dematerialize on stage. I don't know if he ever tried it, but it was a very unique princible.
Message: Posted by: semo (Oct 10, 2007 12:28PM)
The Blue Room concept could also be a method for this, but the slow materialization may be from side to side rather than head to toe.
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 10, 2007 12:48PM)
Theoretically you could do Blue Room head first or feet first..

I've seen standing versions that use Blue Room..
Message: Posted by: Lyndel (Oct 10, 2007 12:53PM)
Didn't they go from the middle toward the head and feet simultaneously on Star Trek?

That always looked cool IMHO, plus if performed this way as an illusion - it would eliminate a spectator thinking that the person came from the base or the top of the illusion...

Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Oct 10, 2007 01:00PM)
Great idea!

Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Oct 10, 2007 02:51PM)
Harbin had the "Invisible Man" in his book, and I know Wellington has produced versions of it. A total fade-in is cool, but from the feet up is the way to go IMHO. Depending on how slow the appearance, it would add to the suspense, the audience not knowing who was about to "appear". Osborne also has plans for this illusion, I believe.

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Fabricem (Oct 11, 2007 02:24PM)
I have my personal version on this fx, I don't use blue room or B. Art but is possible, you see slovy slovy the performer appearance, and I sell it!
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Oct 11, 2007 02:50PM)
Is anyone perfoming it?? Is there a video up somewhere? Or photos?

Blair Marshall
Message: Posted by: Fabricem (Oct 12, 2007 10:01AM)
Mashall ,you mean mine?
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Oct 12, 2007 01:24PM)
Yep, yours.

Blair Marshall