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davemen
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Rand Woodbury has a set of 3 books and 4 videos out there on building illusions.

Any feedback on whether these are the best out there or are there others that folks could recommend?

Thanks!
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I have found them to be really helpful. I only have 2 and 3. Number one is out of print. I can not find it ANYWERE! I also have the videos as well. Very helpful if you want to build your own illusions. However, you still need to be familiar with illusions. As he leaves out allot of basic information.

There are some other wonderful books out there. Such as the Owen illusion plans and Paul Osborn books. There are many others as well. These I fell are a must for any do it your selfer.


Hope this helps,
Mike
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I have all three of Rand's books and all 4 of his videos. The books are terrific but you need to know that many of the illusions are just ideas and sketches without complete plans to make them. That was Rand's intent when he put the books out. They are idea books. (Now, there are several illusions that are completely drawn out with dimensions.)

The first three videos are very good, but the fourth one isn't much help. In the fourth one, Rand visits some builders and shows some of what they do. Except for seeing what some shops are like, you don't learn much. The best part of #4 is that Rand included his promotional video tape. (I worked with Rand on Carnival Cruise Lines in the early 90s so having a copy of his promo tape is cool.)

Hope this helps.

Michael
Dennis Michael
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I have the four videos, and find them great. I am looking for the books.
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mike_york
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Hank Lee sells number 2 and 3. I am still trying to find book number one. However, I have heard that Rand is going to update the books and video soon. I am not sure if this is or when it will take place.


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Mike
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A copy of Book I just sold on Ebay this week. They are few and far between, however.
Blair Marshall
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Rands' stuff was "mostly" good. Enjoyed seeing his building techniques on his tapes. You pick up a little info here and there. Have found recently that these compilation of ideas that some writers are putting out seem to be incorporatiing the ideas of others. There is no real complete book (or tape) out there detailing the "real thing" on how to build, if there is, I am looking for it! Let me know.

Blair Marshall
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The books and videos are great reference tools. Don't limit yourself to just these. There is a lot of good information out there on illusions and design. It really depends on what you want to do, each book/video is different. If your looking for new ideas and concepts try andrew maynes illusion book or others. http://www.weirdthings.com . Of course Paul Osborne and Jim Steinmyer have great books as well. Smile
Blair Marshall
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Dick Gustafson also put out a smaller book on building illusions which had some good tips. I like reading the old Owen/Thayer plans, you can pick up many tips also from there. For building, don't limit yourself to magic books, if you hear of a new material, get the datasheets from the manufacturer. There may be other non-magic ideas that can be adapted. The big illusion shops are always looking at new materials, or are open to sources for them. A couple of good carpentry books in your library wouldn't hurt if you want to build.

Best of Luck!!

Blair Marshall
S T E P H A N
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I sell my ILLUSIONWORKS BOOK VOL.1 - Rand Woodbury - for EURO 300,00 (USD 370,00) postpaid in all the world.

Available vol. 2 and 3 for EURO 115,00 each + shipping.

Shipped from Italy.

If interested, you can e-mail me IMMEDIATELY: stefanopascale@iname.com
ruijorge
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300 euros?

That is a lot of money for the book..
Isn´t ir in print anymore?
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The book is out of print. I know that 300,00 Euros is a lot of money but if you want to buy it... you can! Then... you can sell it on eBay...
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I have all of his books and tapes. The books are good, however you will have to put a lot of thought into building some of the illusions. They are really ideas that need to be put into practice. They will get you thinking differently. The tapes have some useful information in them. If you are serious about illusions they are well worth the investment.
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