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I am developing a new illusion that uses two different concepts put together. The only question I have is, after the effect is done, I want the sides of the box to fall without anybody touching them, to reveal an empty box. It has to be sturdy enough to support some weight. Thanks for any suggestions or places where I can find more information about this. Smile
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How much money do you want to spend? Smile

This can be accomplished the old way... via a pull wire (someone off stage pulls a release cable or, the mage pulls on a visible cable). You can use Remote Control release systems or even a pyro-catch (literally small "explosive" loads that ignite and result in release... looks very cool!)

I'd suggest you find plans for the old "Princess of Thebes" cabinet or consider going with Roller Shades Smile
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What is the fabric used with roller shades? Not the plastic kind, but the cloth kind that is sometimes used?
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Most come with a vinyl type fabric. You can change this to just about anything opaque or even paint the original coverings.
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We've used spandex, paper cloth. You can use just about anything.
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Wait a minute.

If you want the sides of a cabinet to fall down why don't you just use little hydraulic arms? That is what we used on a smoke chamber… huge heavy fiberglass doors. Air them up with a little oil and they work great. Fairly cheap too.

It is kind of like the arms on doors that shut by themselves. I am sure you can order them from any Grangers supplier.

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I use a box that has coloured flash paper sides. Instead of the sides falling apart the box burns away - looks pretty neat and dangerous and is cheap!
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Is there any way to use these ideas with the sub-trunk?
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With a sub trunk you could have the sides hinged to the bottom and the lid to the back. If you make a small lip around the lid that could hold the sides up you could have a latch hold the sides together and after the switch the person inside could release the lever and once the box is unlocked the person inside could stand up opening the lid that releases the sides. If you have any questions PM me.
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On 2002-09-24 20:41, Supriemer wrote:
Is there any way to use these ideas with the sub-trunk?

Years ago I did a Reversed Sub-Trunk. (Trunk hangs in the air and switch is made.) The suspended trunk was the classic Black & Chrome "Owen" looking trunk. Yet, the instant I make my appearance on stage and cue the spot to the trunk, a puff of smoke rose and it was suddenly a Crystal Box with the girl within. (We also did a variation with a Cat load.)

HOW?

Well, let's just say I've already hinted at what to do and leave it at that.

Best of luck!
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I understand what you are saying, but am a bit confused about one part (which may not be a big deal but…) were you the one originally in the box, or the one who switched to the box? Not that it makes a big deal, but did you get out and off the box and then cue the spotlight?
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Actually, it does make a big difference. I am originally in the bag, cuffs, and trunk as it is flown up... girl stands on a thin table top you can seen through (no mirrors, or "base" type bits or stage traps)... from scratch, you could probably make the whole thing for about $1,500.00 or less (the trunk is the expensive thing.)

PM me direct if you're interested and maybe we can work something out. Smile
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I use LeeAlex2002's way with the flash paper. It works very good.
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