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On 2011-03-27 14:29, worldofwondermagic wrote:
I am hoping to begin to build a few mirror boxes from sale. I want to use finer woods like oak or teak and finish them to look like expensive furniture...perfect for a professional or collector. Any suggestions on proper sizes of boxes for stage vs. parlour vs in-home (like b-day parties)?


You sound like a man after my own heart. I have seen way too many poorly constructed, garishly painted props. I too like to work in naturally colored hardwoods. As for size, it depends more on what you want to vanish or produce (finger rings or elephants) than anything else. Of course you can get too small for stage or too large for living rooms. Let the size of other props for the same venues be a general guideline.
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Thank you, Tom. My son is an excellent woodworker, and I am performing magician. Together, we hope to build some standard props, but with a classic look. We will do this under our new company, WoW! Magic.

I will likely start with a mirror box and a silk cabby.
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Thank you Michael for the clarification that helps allot. as did the link thank you when I start my project with the foamcore I will post a build thread for it.
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Here is a guy who shows how to make a basic mirror box from wood, but foamcore could be used successfully. The design is very deceptive on this, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiFzWTyEKU&feature=relmfu

Stripes, checks, plaids all work well for interior linings, but ambiguous patterns can work well, too.

I REALLY like his design. Big doors, and the stripes, which I hdn't seen before, work really well as they carry the eye from the front up to the top in what seems a very continuos way Smile

Posted: Mar 28, 2011 2:30pm
You know, I've been looking for a good way to build an appearance for a macaw that didn't require training the bird (and me) for a steal. I was thinking a big tip over... but a Large version of that mirror box could work really well...
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Anyone know of a box similar to the old Abbott's mirror? Was not decorated, just stained wood. Item loaded in top. Had a handle on the side which turned the open bottom toward the audience. I am in the market for a non "magic prop' looking item. Builders? The idea of an edging around the opening is fantastic!

I just want to flash that the item has vanished.
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Abbott's still makes this. I linked to it on the other thread where you asked.
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Hi all,

My kids have a dwarf bunny now, so I have been thinking about humane and safe ways to introduce this new pet to the world of show business.

Has anyone thought about a box where the mi**or(s) can swing out of the way? Then you could make a bunny disappear and then re-appear.

I have seen this done where there is a sword or something down the center. The geometries are tricky. The mi**ors MUST be 45 degrees for this to work, right?

thanks in advance
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Bill: Sounds like you might be interested in a "Protean Cabinet" or a variation on that technique. I'm sure it could be shrunk to box size. You'd likely have to come up with some system for moving the m*****s from outside the box, but it shouldn't be too hard.
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YES! The "Protean Cabinet" is a great idea.

I think this would be awesome.

I want a simple way for Coco to hang out during the show, make an appearance, and then vanish.

I don't want two boxes...
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Definately a Protean Cabinet would be the way to go, then. Lotsa room for your fuzzy friends to chill until needed, and only one box to worry about.
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On 2011-05-26 01:16, Michael Baker wrote:
Abbott's still makes this. I linked to it on the other thread where you asked.


Ordered and received it, Michael. Thanks for the tip. Very cool.

Barry
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On 2011-05-26 01:16, Michael Baker wrote:
Abbott's still makes this. I linked to it on the other thread where you asked.


Ordered and received it, Michael. Thanks for the tip. Very cool.

Barry


Hope it works well for your needs. It's a really good effect with many advantages over other methods.
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Yep. I ordered it with plain medium stain. I can temporarily put any type of front on it I may need. First use will be a tomb looking drawing to represent one Christ was put in. He will vanish (be raised up), etc. The unexpected picking up and showing the bottom takes people by surprise. I just have to be sure I'm doing it on a black surface, otherwise they may get a glimpse....

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