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Topic: The most expensive Illusion?
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Aug 7, 2013 02:30PM)
Hi.

Im curious, which Grand Illusion is the most expensive ever built?
I can guess, but Im not sure.
If you have the answer let us know.

Mats Kjellstrom
Sweden
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 7, 2013 04:29PM)
Criss Angel's career?

:D
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Aug 7, 2013 04:38PM)
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On 2013-08-07 17:29, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Criss Angel's career?

:D
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Yes. :ohyes:
Message: Posted by: DavidThomas (Aug 7, 2013 06:32PM)
This is very difficult to say...high end custom illusions can be very pricey. I am sure there have been some that are more expensive..but I would throw out Death Drill at 85,000.00
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Aug 7, 2013 07:02PM)
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On 2013-08-07 19:32, DavidThomas wrote:
This is very difficult to say...high end custom illusions can be very pricey. I am sure there have been some that are more expensive..but I would throw out Death Drill at 85,000.00
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Is that the big drill that Melinda use to perform?
Message: Posted by: MagicalFreak3 (Aug 7, 2013 08:11PM)
Good lord 85,000.....

By the way believe it or not, the method and if I shall say "props" or "prop" rather that David Copperfield used to vanish an airplane is available on a website, I talked to the magicians behind it, and they claimed it is over 1 million dollars, and that the magician would have to actually travel there and stay for a while to have the illusion custom built for his design/specialty...
Message: Posted by: DavidThomas (Aug 7, 2013 08:13PM)
Not sure what Melinda spent on hers, but that is the price Mendoza charged for the second one.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 7, 2013 10:32PM)
And I thought my 5-way wand was expensive.
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Aug 7, 2013 11:23PM)
Copperfield's Flying was in the 100k range

Some of Siegfried and Roy's props cost 100k


TR
Message: Posted by: Magic Man 997 (Aug 7, 2013 11:45PM)
Most expensive pre-owned illusion http://www.ebay.com/itm/Paris-Hilton-Magic-Trick-Seen-on-The-Simple-Life-/260660669985?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb0962e21

~Tyler
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 8, 2013 10:16AM)
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On 2013-08-08 00:45, Magic Man 997 wrote:
Most expensive pre-owned illusion http://www.ebay.com/itm/Paris-Hilton-Magic-Trick-Seen-on-The-Simple-Life-/260660669985?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb0962e21

~Tyler
[/quote]Err, wow. I hope they realize Paris herself isn't included.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Aug 8, 2013 10:24AM)
The most expensive illusion is the one that you don't use.

Kent
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Aug 8, 2013 10:29AM)
:)

B
Message: Posted by: David Nathan Magic (Aug 8, 2013 10:59AM)
Floatin lightbulb - Blackstone : 100,000.00
Message: Posted by: Kendrix (Aug 8, 2013 08:49PM)
Melinda's Drill was more than $85,000.
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Aug 9, 2013 09:44AM)
I'll bet Copperfield's Statue of Liberty cost a living fortune, as well.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Aug 9, 2013 11:54AM)
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On 2013-08-09 10:44, Mike Maturen wrote:
I'll bet Copperfield's Statue of Liberty cost a living fortune, as well.
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I believe reading that it was in $500,000 range at the time. Adjusted for inflation that would be $217987.68 in 2012.

John
Message: Posted by: magicalmilton (Aug 9, 2013 12:08PM)
I reckon, if you take into account all of the costs involved, even though the magician himself probably didn't spend that much on it, James Randi's Card trick in Space is probably the most expensive trick ever performed (bearing in mind the cost of a space shuttle... definitely tops the $1 million mark easily, probably more into the $5-10 million range or more) however it is in nowhere near as captivating as most of the aforementioned effects, and I'm not sure if it technically counts as an illusion :-/
Message: Posted by: blackandwhiteillusions (Aug 10, 2013 01:34AM)
Criss Angel's Claw Illusion is the most expensive stage illusion being performed live. It comes in just under $500,000.00 and was built by ShowFx.
Message: Posted by: pepka (Aug 12, 2013 12:35AM)
More $ isn't always better. Today I went on a limo ride with 2 young recovering cancer patients. They asked to see some magic. Deck of cards...$3, Sharpie Marker...99 cents, the look on their faces....priceless. Wouldn't trade that for all the $85,000 drills in Vegas.....which is probably only 1.
Message: Posted by: Octarine Prince (Aug 12, 2013 06:52PM)
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On 2013-08-09 10:44, Mike Maturen wrote:
I'll bet Copperfield's Statue of Liberty cost a living fortune, as well.
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I specifically remember in the early-to-mid nineties when he said that he would tell anyone how he did this illusion if they reimbursed him for it. I remember because I was trying to convince some very religious people that he wasn't demonized, and simply a magician/illusionist with a large bankroll. For some reason, I don't remember half a million for the price; I have $250,000 in my mind. Not sure about that part, though.
Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Aug 12, 2013 09:54PM)
Math check John..... ;)
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Aug 13, 2013 09:49AM)
W_S: I think was getting at the now lower value of the dollar compared to then! ;)
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 13, 2013 10:03AM)
Harry Jr.s' Light Bulb>>> --$100,000--???

I knew Harry, I know his 'method'. a hundred K ???
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Aug 13, 2013 11:13AM)
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On 2013-08-12 22:54, w_s_anderson wrote:
Math check John..... ;)
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Apparently my inflation calculator spits out other useless figures which I posted above. $500,000 (which I'm going to stick to) is actually [b]$1,134,629.57[/b] in 2012 dollars. Still a bargain!! I'll take two, please. :)

John
Message: Posted by: martialartsmagic (Aug 13, 2013 04:40PM)
All tax deductible!!!!
Message: Posted by: MagicalFreak3 (Aug 14, 2013 01:13PM)
Oh sorry I thought you were asking for the most expensive illusion available to buy, if your talking about ever performed, then I would have to say David Copperfield's Airplane Vanish in 1982. I've spoken with some of the people that helped build the props for DC and some of them claimed, the manufacturing of the props alone cost more than 8 million dollars. Let alone the directing of the illusion with the music, lighting, etc.. I doubt there was any illusion ever more expensive than that....
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Aug 14, 2013 03:11PM)
That's precisely what I was thinking, Dick (well, with the exception of the "I knew Harry" part...and the "i know his method" part).

But, $100,000?!?!?!?!? I'm guessing not.


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On 2013-08-13 11:03, Dick Oslund wrote:
Harry Jr.s' Light Bulb>>> --$100,000--???

I knew Harry, I know his 'method'. a hundred K ???
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Message: Posted by: Chad Sanborn (Aug 14, 2013 06:32PM)
Why on earth would the vanishing airplane cost $8million? Unless he actually bought the airplane outright.
Maybe in the $50-$100k range. But $8mill? No way.

I would think the vanish of the lady liberty was probably the most expensive with regards to props, production value,
etc. And I bet that was over $1million.
Message: Posted by: illusionman2 (Aug 14, 2013 06:49PM)
I would think one of Franz Harary's illusions would be most expensive, His stuff is huge.
Message: Posted by: MagicalFreak3 (Aug 15, 2013 08:25AM)
Chad S I never claimed so, I said that some people that worked with DC in building the prop said so. I thought vanishing the statue of liberty was going to be the most expensive in terms of just the props alone. This would be my pick for the most expensive illusion.
Message: Posted by: krille (Aug 15, 2013 01:02PM)
The Bermuda Triangle illusion must have been quite expensive too.
Message: Posted by: Chrisdev (Aug 15, 2013 07:48PM)
The Erix Logan Engine?