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scolman
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Anyone know where these can be found?
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No-one has any ideas on this?
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Check with Alan Zagorsky at Owen Magic Supreme. They've published a couple of books--"Keep The Wheels Turning" Volumes 1 & 2--that may have plans for a Nixon-style checker cabinet in them. Volume 1 has blueprints for some Carl Owen apparatus, and Volume 2 has blueprints for some classic Thayer apparatus.
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Are you talking about the Orange, Checkers, and Rice Cabinet? I know my father has a book in his collection that has this in it if so... Its a book that has detailed plans and you can purchase a second book that shows the finished product with a description as well.

-Bryan
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I checked with Alan and - it appeared as if volume two was most likely to have the blueprints but upon examination of the contents of both books it was not included.

Bryan, there have been many variations of the cabinets (I think Okito produced several as have several other magicians) but if you could PM me the details of the book you refer to and any idea of cost if your father is willing to sell it, I'd be more than happy to purchase it (subject to the economics of the deal of course!)

Thanks for the comments guys.

Simon
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The Albo books would probably have several types with sketches.

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At one time Thayer sold plans for several of their smaller items. I picked up copies of these about 40 years ago from a magician in India of all places. Then about 20 years ago I was in contact with Richard Buffum who at the time was considering writing a book on the Thayer small plans. Apparently it never got finished.

I have my copy of the Thayer plan #508 (at least the last number looks like an 8). The title is: The Haunted Cabinet and Blocks of Quong Hi - Thayer Magic Company.

Also, somewhere in my library I have a copy of Doc Nixon's plans which he sold. I can not put my hands on these plans right now; but they are here slipped into one of the many books. I do not have time to hunt them up right now to get the details.

Either of these plans will do for you if you can locate them. I have written this to let you know that the plans are out there - you just need to find copies that someone is willing to sell. I am not willing to sell my copies. Please do not ask.

Truth be told, plans are not really necessary to build a nice unit. The improvement that Okito added certainly is worth considering if you build your own. Norm Neilsen at one time made nice copies of the Okito version. He might still have a unit sitting around or be willing to build you one.

Good luck with your quest.
MR
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