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magibrad
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Anyone heard of it? I wanna purchase it...but I want some suggestions regarding it. I figured out a way to make its introduction to my school as a fundraiser...anyway...heard anything about it?
-Brad
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Although I've never seen this illusion performed live, I have heard many good comments about it. From what I've heard, it has a good effect, and not a lot of people expect the vanished head. I'm not sure how close-up you can get with this illusion, but from what I've heard the audience can be pretty close. Hope this helps, but I'm sure a lot more people could help more Smile
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Yes...I heard about the disappearing head. Its just that...wouldn't that reveal the trick to the spectator in the box? Thanks for the input by the way

-Brad
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Brad, Murder Inc. is just one of many of the head chest illusions available. It is a particularly well made one. Abbotts Arrow Head Chest is another very nice one. There is a Spike Head Chest on http://www.magicauction.com right now.

In fact, I just sold a homemade version to a member of our own Café’. I built mine dozens of years ago from the plans in a Popular Science Magic Book that was sold to the general public. It was simplicity itself to make.

They all work pretty much the same. It uses the same principle as the Square Circle (a use of BA). While you can use a spectator from the audience I don’t recommend it. You will have to brief the spectator on what to do and YES, he/she will know the secret. Remember two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead!

If you are a one-man show, I wouldn’t recommend this illusion. I would suggest that you get a sword or spike through neck instead.

Finally, in most School Districts weapons of any kind are not allowed on the school grounds. Here in Maryland re-enactors are not allowed to bring their props into a school for their lectures. I have had to change several tricks in my school assembly act because they used prop weapons. For example, I use torches with my Hindu Sword Basket rather than the swords.

Before you invest any money in a prop that you are planning to use at school shows do check to see if it will be allowed.
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Good point about making sure you are aware of the school regulations before you bring your props. With the new laws concerning Safe Schools Act, one should be careful. I guess that is why I now see the balloons through head box instead of swords through head box? But how does one put a balloon through a neck?
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A similiar style effect would be Andrew Maynes "Anything Goes". Much cheaper than Murder Inc and could be put together with things from around the house or flea market or a garage sale or.....

Basically you put your assistant into a box and then various objects are thrust into it. Umbrellas, rakes, ski poles, ect. It could be quite the entertaining piece if presented correctly. I would forget about trying to fool everyone, and just work on entertaining them. If you fool them along the way, it's a bonus but not really neccesary for a school fundraiser or any event.

For someone that wants some really good illusions and save money by making them yourself, check out Andrews Webpage
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There is a thread elsewhere about this trick. I owned the prop and sold it pretty quickly. It's a relatively transparent trick. Obviously, the head's there; it's not a stretch to figure out it's hiding behind something. Unless you REALLY need to perform this for some reason, I think you could find better effects.

And, it IS necessary to fool them. You're a MAGICIAN. By definition, you're supposed to do MAGIC. If you don't fool them, it's not MAGIC.
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