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Topic: Illusion Building DVDs
Message: Posted by: paradize (Jul 24, 2010 12:30PM)
Greetings Magician Friends,

I am wondering if there are any DVDs in the market which guides and teaches you how to build illusions.
Books and blueprints are harder to digest and produce.
Message: Posted by: Kyle^Ravin (Jul 24, 2010 12:56PM)
Bro...give me a call. I hve what you need
Message: Posted by: MrBadGuy (Jul 24, 2010 12:59PM)
Doesn't Rand Woodbury have some DVDs about illusion building and about building steps and bases. You should look into those.
Message: Posted by: chuckn34404 (Jul 24, 2010 01:05PM)
Rand Woodbury has ILLUSION WORKS 1 & 2 on "Steps & Bases" and "Special Secrets". He also has ILLUSION WORKS 3 & 4 on "Tricks of the Trade" and "Professional Illusion Builders". I have both and they are great.
Message: Posted by: MrBadGuy (Jul 24, 2010 01:59PM)
Yup, those are they. Thanks Chuckn. I have them as well but only remember watching the steps and bases one, which is excellent.
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Jul 24, 2010 02:18PM)
The Pendragons have set out too.
Message: Posted by: Swann101 (Jul 25, 2010 10:53AM)
Also Mark Wilson & Dennis Loomis.
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Jul 25, 2010 11:07AM)
I highly recommend David Seebach's book "So You Want to be an Illusionist" before you even consider building anything. The book covers the best choices for your first illusion.

The book is available directly from David or from Abbott's Magic. Research before you do anything ...

Steve
Message: Posted by: paradize (Jul 27, 2010 05:32AM)
To summarize, these are the illusion building DVDs in the market.

2. Illusion Works - Volumes 1 & 2 by Rand Woodbury
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyn2_rzkewI

2. Illusion Works Volumes 3 & 4 by Rand Woodbury
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8-04Kk75fo

I believe Mark Wilson DVDs are only showing you the secrets rather then building. Am I right?
http://www.markwilsonmagic.com/illusionsCol.htm

Dennis Loomis has also book plans only.
http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/denloomdolho.html

couldn't find David Seebach's book "So You Want to be an Illusionist."
Only managed to see some of these plans at Abott.
http://www.abbottmagic.com/Abbott-Plans_c42.htm
Message: Posted by: Matt Adams (Jul 27, 2010 09:51AM)
Here's a link to Abbotts for the Seebach book:

http://www.abbottmagic.com/Subject-Illusions-The-Seebach-Combo-ABBseebach100.htm
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Jul 27, 2010 10:12AM)
Oops .. the lecture David presents is called "So You Want to be an Illusionist." The book that accompanies the book is called "Subject: Illusions."

All I remember is an old book called "Illusion Show Know-How" or something like that, when I was first starting out. I wish I had David's book .. the years of knowledge within the pages are priceless. It would have saved me a lot of time and money spent on less practical props.

Heck, I still have some sitting in the basement ...

Steve
Message: Posted by: wanmagic (Jul 27, 2010 03:12PM)
Def the Rand Woodbury DVD's and Pendragon DVD, a must for anyone. Also a good book is Illusion Projects by Tim Clothier is a must it is the most detailed illusion book out there.
My favorite hands down!!
Message: Posted by: Dennis Loomis (Jul 28, 2010 08:40AM)
My Doll House Workshop plans come as a DVD:
http://loomismagic.com/item18251.htm

Dennis Loomis
Message: Posted by: videokideo (Jul 28, 2010 09:29AM)
I would love to produce some video/interactive cd/dvd for illusion design if anybody out there has thought of going this direction. I think its a big market that has been waiting for technology to step up. Would be great to interatively teach the what to do's and not to do's of illusion design. Bad vs good bases. How to accomplish a person for person switch. The beginnings of an illusion to the final piece. What I would love to see the most is how a professional designer begins to create an illusion in his mind all the way to the finished project. There are so many illusions out there that have made me ask "how in the heck did you even begin to think of this"!

I have the Woodbury DVD's and they were 100% helpful in building steps at one time. Learned some neat tricks on bases as well. Highly recommended.

I think the big problem today is you put out dvds like this, they end up on youtube.

Dennis....that is awesome!
Message: Posted by: Keyser (Mar 29, 2019 09:15AM)
Is there any book or place where I can learn how to build topaz backstage with magician ( I have built many illusions from dan harlan's tarbell vids before )
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 29, 2019 09:33AM)
[quote]On Mar 29, 2019, Keyser wrote:
Is there any book or place where I can learn how to build topaz backstage with magician ( I have built many illusions from dan harlan's tarbell vids before ) [/quote]

I don't believe so, as you have to buy from an authorized Illusion Builder, if there is one for the Topas verson. It may be his and his alone.

Authorized builders are licensed. Not just anyone can build illusions.

Look at the top of this forum, there is a list of books with illusion building plans. Those you can build.

I take it you have a complete woodworking shop and metal shop along with the knowledge and experience of each craft.

Illusion building is nothing like Dan Harlan's Tarbell small prop ideas.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Mar 29, 2019 03:11PM)
Why would he need a woodworking shop for this trick?

This is backstage meets victory cartons. Do you have the Mark Wilson build your own illusions tapes?
Message: Posted by: Keyser (Mar 30, 2019 11:30AM)
[quote]On Mar 29, 2019, Bill Hegbli wrote:
[quote]On Mar 29, 2019, Keyser wrote:
Is there any book or place where I can learn how to build topaz backstage with magician ( I have built many illusions from dan harlan's tarbell vids before ) [/quote]

I don't believe so, as you have to buy from an authorized Illusion Builder, if there is one for the Topas verson. It may be his and his alone.

Authorized builders are licensed. Not just anyone can build illusions.

Look at the top of this forum, there is a list of books with illusion building plans. Those you can build.

I take it you have a complete woodworking shop and metal shop along with the knowledge and experience of each craft.

Illusion building is nothing like Dan Harlan's Tarbell small prop ideas. [/quote]

Oh I didn't know that topaz owns it :/ btw I don't think I would need that for that specifical effect since he uses boxes like in mark wilson dvds . I don't have any experience with professional building of illusions.
Message: Posted by: Keyser (Mar 30, 2019 11:31AM)
[quote]On Mar 29, 2019, thomasR wrote:
Why would he need a woodworking shop for this trick?

This is backstage meets victory cartons. Do you have the Mark Wilson build your own illusions tapes? [/quote]
I only have vol. 1 of Mark Wilson's Illusions
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Mar 30, 2019 12:01PM)
I was going to say I think there are some ideas better than this (and similar in method) in Mark Wilson 1 & 2.
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Mar 31, 2019 10:14AM)
[quote]On Mar 30, 2019, Keyser wrote:
Oh I didn't know that topaz owns it :/ btw I don't think I would need that for that specifical effect since he uses boxes like in mark wilson dvds . I don't have any experience with professional building of illusions. [/quote]

Just want to add a different perspective. This is the illusion/routine you are interested in, correct?:

[url]https://youtu.be/gUbKYybFDys[/url]

Obviously, the method used is a classic for which no-one can claim exclusivity. Ethically (not legally) the specific presentation of the illusion may be claimed but it is not clear that any such claim has been made. So just drop them an email and ask them if the routine is origional to them and if so would they mind you using it. 95% of the time magicians are happy with others using their routine as long as you do it competently and make tweaks to make it your own. We should never be afraid to reach out to others. Some great friendships can form that way and some amazing magic discovered as shown in this story from Dai Vernon:

[url]https://youtu.be/tEbuXbwSZ_U[/url]
Message: Posted by: Keyser (Apr 4, 2019 06:33PM)
Thank you Frank , will do . And whoever posted that video of Vernon is a hero .