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Hansel
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If I had the opportunity to add to my parlour magic show only one Grand illusion, only one...wath are your recommendation?
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SpellbinderEntertainment
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Hi Hansel,

-What type of venue do you usually perform in?
-Size of audience, sight-lines, and angles?
-Do you always / often have an assistant"
-Do you travel by car / truck / air?
-What is your illusion budget-- hundreds, thousands?
-How much experience do you have with larger illusions?
-What style of magic do you generally perform?
-What are some of your favorite effects?
-Are you looking for something serious comic?
-Mainly adult, family, child, or corporate work?

When you give use more info we can give you much better clearer ideas!

Magically,
Walt
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Weeeeeeeell... that all depends on your show...

Do you have a theme? Do you have an assistant? What's your space limitations? Do you need to perform surrounded? What's your necessary set-up time? How much space do you have to transport your equipment? There's many questions that need to be taken into account before adding an illusion to a parlour show.

Most magicians start with an illusionette- a small illusion that plays big, without the hassles of a full-sized illusion. Some examples of these include the bow saw, the wrist chopper, even the flaming head chest.
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Blair Marshall
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"add to my parlour magic"......I will assume NOT a children's show.

No assistant.....a guillotine...a six foot one or a good head chopper

With assistant.....Modern Art....Kube Zag....both mysteries close-up.

All of the above would serve you well in parlour conditions, right up to the stage performance. (As a note..I used to use a Zig-zag close-up and surrounded in a restaurant between tables...it played very well and really baffled.)

Blair Marshall
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Magic Patrick
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I would do the Konundrum Kube, Kube Zag, or the like. These are small enough for most areas and can be done completely surrounded. Every venue I have done the Konundrum Kube at it has been an instant hit. It packs flat and plays big. I ca fit it in the back of my wife's Honda Pilot with my suitcase table. Good luck.

BYUDAD
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