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Stephen Williams
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Hi all,
I am looking for some information on this amazing effect. Does anyone know of a source to where I could find plans to the effect? How practical is it? All information is appreciated.
Thanks,
Ste
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An amazing effect...nice article in MAGIC a couple of years ago...you may pm me for more details...
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As James said, there was, as for as I remember an article in MAGIC about it Smile

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Splash Creative have photos on their site. If you know what you are looking for you will see a photo of the Million Dollar "secret", you can then judge how prctical it is for YOU. Let say the gimmick is bigger than a thumb t.

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On 2007-07-07 17:42, Blair Marshall wrote:
...Let say the gimmick is bigger than a thumb t.


...but a tad bit smaller than the 18 wheel semi you'll need to transport it? Smile
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I would recommend picking up a copy of "Walter Jeans: Illusioneer". You can get this at Mike Caveney's website. I think it is the most descriptive book on the subject of the Million Dollar Mystery. There are advertisements, photographs, and diagrams of the MDM. There are only 500 copies in circulation, so I'd jump on it if I were you... It is $50.00 (a great price for such a wealth of information!!!)

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I second Bryans post about Walter Jeans: Illusioneer.
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Buy the book!!! I have it and it is small book yet full of information regarding this effect!

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Though it is a beautiful effect, I wouldn't suggest trying to pull it off unless you have a permanent theater or will be performing in one place for a while. You really have to watch your angles, lighting, and staging quite a bit.

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Get the Walter Jeans book, you'll have answers to all you ask.

It's not a practical effect in the slightest though. It takes a bigger than average crew, a large truck, and a large wallet to get it off the ground........(pun intended).
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... and yet, there IS a working prototype available made from PVC Pipe in Jim Gerrish's PVC Pipe Illusions Book 2 (on my site). It is the most expensive illusion to build, even from PVC Pipe, but you may already own some of the pieces you will need. If not, it could cost as much as $500 to build from scratch.
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I'd love to see a picture of that prototype Professor!!

I'm forced to imagine that there will be limitations over the original design when PVC is the construction material.

Regardless, it's a testament to Mr Gerrish's design skills that such a modification to the original illusion was undertaken, let alone prototyped and made working.
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Can someone describe the effect of the Million Dollar Mystery please...

Or a link where I could watch it / read about it...

Thanks in advance...
Sanjay Subramanyam
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Illusionist shows a small box empty to the audience. The box stands 10 feet from the back curtian and there is nothing to hide below or above. He spins the box around and when it stops automatically the illusionist can make anything appear from a small product up to 20 showgirls.
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Wow...
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A more general definition/description appears in Bart Whaley's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Magic: "Stage illusion where as many objects, animals, or persons as the magician's budget and sense of showmanship permit can be produced from any box-like structure elevated above the stage."

This description is better because it fits all the variations of the Illusion that have appeared since its invention in 1927 by Walter Cerretta Jeans. The least important part of the illusion is the PVC pipe box, which could just as well be made of plastic foam board, cardboard, or popsicle sticks glued together. His version mounts in the middle of the stage on a stepladder (NOT made of PVC pipe) and of course the ****** is not made of PVC pipe, either, which is why it ends up costing about $500 if you buy everything from scratch at retail. The important thing is that this prop is capable of producing the "Million Dollar Mystery" effect as described above.
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If my memory serves me right, I recall that Jeans also patented his invention. If that's the case, does anyone have the patent number? It would be interesting to see. If it exists and someone has the number, drop me a PM as we don't want that to be leaking to lurkers...
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On 2007-10-12 13:15, montemagic wrote:
Here's a version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5SJAhqPcNk


Very nice performance, really like the theme.
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQVQYnLn8w

another version of Luis De Matos
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