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Nameless_Man
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I'm not a good builder or a professional magician. I'd rather keep the effect to myself until I can build it. What can I do? I suppose this is really a woodworking question...
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Well, you should write down the plans, make sure you have all the measurements and stuff. Maybe make a small prototype to see how it will look. Then you go to your hardware store, get the materials, and build it. Paint it if you want to.
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On 2007-06-28 14:44, Greedo wrote:
Well, you should write down the plans, make sure you have all the measurements and stuff. Maybe make a small prototype to see how it will look. Then you go to your hardware store, get the materials, and build it. Paint it if you want to.

Thanks. After reading this, I suppose I need to ask some more in-depth questions:
- How can I learn to build something durable? Might my library have books ont his?
- Where can I see some sample illusion schematics so I know what mine should look like? (Please don't link me to conntent I shouldn't be seeing...)
-How much can I expect to pay for parts? I suppose this wouldn't be much more complicated than a sawing-a-woman-in-half table and box...
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You should certainly learn about constructing with the materials that you plan on using. I suggest you visit the "Workshop" section on this forum. There are plenty of tips to be had there.

Enjoy,

Mike
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You can also get a cabinet maker to build the majority of it for you, (to make sure its done well) and if you're that concerned with keeping the secret to yourself, you can add in the secret parts later.
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Well, if you want to learn how to build something, you have to start from scratch. There is no instant route . . Start reading books on the craftmanship, join a local wood-working club etc. Practice and ask a lot of questions.

You might find a cabinet maker who will let you watch, while he is builidng your order.

Andy
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pradell
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You might want to look here:

http://www.magiclegends.com/paulosbornemagicillusion.html


llusion Systems - Book 1 [Paul Osborne] $44.95 which contains over eighty pages of building tips, what tools to buy, how to paint, and even the inner working of illusion.

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mrunge
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Yep...Paul Osborne is the place to start.

Good luck. Mark.
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Andrew Mayne has a good book on illusion design. I would recommend reading it or something similar before you start as it will point out various pitfalls and highlight good and bad aspects of illusion design. Much better to make your mistakes on paper rather than rush into the build.
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I think Paul Osborne's books are the best place to start too.
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Start off by making small items first. Then progress to bigger items. You can't just move into building illusions straight away without even knowing how to build smaller items.

The Café's workshop section is a good place to be in. You would see discussions on people building almost anything in magic. Those guys there may help you out.
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The illusionworks series, by Rand Woodbury is available on video. Check out http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/iltap1.html
There is also Professional Illusion Building For The Home Craftsman - Dick Gustafson. See http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/profilbuilfo.html

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Illusion Works should help a lot.
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