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Has anyone ever had success in using a shadow box outdoors in daylight, in a shadded pavilion or stage. If yes what type of light for the inside of the box would be strong enough to cast a shaddow?
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I think that the type of light that they use in automotive shops, that have the wire on one side and solid metal on the other. Not sure what they are called. That way you won't blind your assistant, or burn her with the bulb.

I doubt there would be a problem performing it outside. Remember the light is inside the box that has a top, so there would be no light in between the assistant casting the shadows and the screen.
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I think only head-on sunlight would wash the shadow effect.

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You'll have to be very careful about any sort of backlighting with this illusion otherwise when you open the front door to show the prop empty you'll be doing a magic lecture instead of a magic show!!

If this won't be a problem, you'll need the strongest light you can get to use for the routine, daylight is much stronger than most people think when it comes to outdoor style shows, even in shaded areas.

Be careful, however, to make sure the light doesn't pull too much power, otherwise, when you turn it on to show the box empty you'll take out the sound system and anything else that is plugged into the same circuit!

Just some words from experience, especially the power problem!!!!

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