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gitty
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Is it worth to buy the illusion plans for MODERN AMPUTATION?

A modern-design cabinet, as shown ... open at the front at both ends ... front center section fitted with a hinged door. A member of the audience inserts his or her arm into the cabinet in full view. Two solid steel blades, that completely fill the cabinet, are inserted through the top of the illusion and, apparently, through the arm. The front door is opened and a portion of the spectators arm is missing! The magician pushes his hand and arm through the open space! Members of the audience can look through and they are still completely mystified. The front door is closed, the blades are removed and the uninjured arm is removed.

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http://www.magicgettogether.com/mm5/merc......Code=IP8
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The demo is awesome, I remember seeing a half dozen of these things in the showroom. I always wanted one just out curiosity.

As far as buying the plans, I don't thing this is something you would want to build unless you have advanced woodworking skills. It looks like Abbott's still makes this one and it will save you a lot of time and frustration.

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I have the actual prop and pull it out from time to time. It's quite an interesting piece and I know some people don't think much of it, but it does get quite a good response. I have used it as an in-one piece, in between larger segments. As far as building it goes, I am with Steve on this one, it is actually pretty complicated. I've had one apart that badly needed repairs and there's more to it than meets the eye. But of course, I am sure the plans cover most of the details. Good luck either way!
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The plans were like $5 on the site. Even if you never build it, it might be worth the investment to learn the principles behind it.
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Of course it's nothing to buy the plans and actually it's a good idea just to see what you would be getting yourself into. Then you can decide if it's really something you would like to invest the time or money into the project.

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I'm not certain, but I think the plans for this might have been included in the "Abbott's Illusions" book. For a little more money you can get a lot more information.
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Do you have a link to the "Abbotts Illusions" book?
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I don't know if it's the same book or not, but there was an old book (might have been Nightclub Illusions, or something to that effect) put out by them that alluded to having the plans, but just had a few drawings and was really more of a catalog description with no method.
gitty
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Thanks to all for your infos!
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Another U.F. "General" Grant creation! (no youngsters, I don't mean "General Grant", the current "dove magician").

Bear in mind - this prop is pretty BIG --good for visibility; bad for transporting.
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Page 19 of nite club illusions which is part of an Abbotts Illusion book pkg which can be found at the link below.

http://www.magicgettogether.com/mm5/merc......ry_Code=
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ClintonMagus
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That package is a pretty good deal.
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I bought one, Greg talks about the pkg on the youtube link below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_PO2DXa2rs
He mentions Modernistic Amputation at the 1 minute mark of the video.
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I have own the illusion for quite some time and never performed it. Honestly I was not really happy with it. Spectator has to be about only few feets to see what actually happen. Also you have some angle to take care of. Honestly, I would really invest on something else.

Just my thought

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Michael Baker
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I bought an old Modernistic Amputation last summer, and have re-finished it. I like it!

And yes, that book package is a great deal. I own some of those books and have built a number of very good illusions from them.
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Alan Munro
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I have a set of the plans. Just buy one that's already made...and refinish it. The paint job is a major sore spot, but it's otherwise a nice prop.
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I just found one, used, at a price I couldn't refuse. Refinishing it shouldn't be a problem, but I'll have to replace the blades. Chrome plated brass doesn't hold up for long.
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