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Just got the book yesterday! Unreal! I can't put it down......
There are so many great routines.
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And y'all thought it was just us hyping it!

The book really is amazing!

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Jay- I can't remember where it is in Sketchup, but there is a way to render models in a variety of "hand-drawn" styles. Definitely worth looking into!
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I'll have to dig a little and see if I can find that Frank.

Thanks!
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Erik/Jay, your drawings really help to bring Jim's creations to life- thanks for sharing! Does Sketchup allow for animation? How cool would that be?

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Skecthup Pro allows for limited animation. It also costs about $500! With the free version you can make camera animations, meaning you can move the viewpoint in relation to the model, but you can't actually move the model.
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For those who are interested I have some drawings of other illusions in the book. No hightech and no secrets on these... (In my best Englishhhh....)

Infinity Cabinet:
http://94.100.114.22/775200001-775250000......-nO.jpeg
http://94.100.116.47/775200001-775250000......bsO.jpeg
This illusion could be performed in a circus. The secret seems to work... I made a circle on the inside, it is not in the book. I discovered an interesting thing after I made it in Sketchup. And just like many tricks in the book it plays with your mind when you see it.

The Optical Wedge Table:
http://94.100.114.183/775200001-77525000......8Hn.jpeg
I came up with this idea for an appearance. In Kole's Steelplate you float through a plate of steel. David Copperfield appeared on a plate of steel in his imploding house special. You could place a cloth on this plate and a girl seems to grow under it, while you are standing behind the table. It is a great illusion and it can be taken on and off stage if you don't put too much light on the table and the background. (For those who have the book: yes I know something is missing under the table but I want to keep the secret a secret...)

Unexpected Illusion:
http://94.100.113.182/775200001-77525000......CQz.jpeg
I played a little with the principle of his Unexpected Illusion. Just like the one above I came up with the idea of producing a girl out of steel. I replaced the assistents with two pilars.
In my opinion the pilar on the back can't have this form. Or can it? I will play with it a little more.

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Thanks for the reality check Frank. For that kind of dough, the program should manage my stocks and do my taxes too! I'll just stick with the free version and rely on some good old-fashioned imagination Smile

Erik, thanks for sharing the pics; I like the "through steel" idea.

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That's a lot of money for the program but I can certainly appreciate that Google has provided a free version. Bravo Google!

500 bucks for a program isn't that much compared to many of the Adobe suites available.

I'm thinking that these types of programs might make it possible to have less experienced builders produce better results having a 3D concept to work with and understand.

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I would like to see the Cub-Ism Illusion in 3D concept also,Erik, can be possible ?

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Actually I believe a video of the Pendragons performing it can be found online linked in this thread.

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Jay,

Hi,

Yes, I saw the video clip about the Pendragon`s performing the Cub-Ism Illusion and after that I agree with Craig Dickens, the "vertical wall " of the prop looks thick. I love the concept indeed.

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Well, there was a reason for it as well.

Charlotte required more space for her upper body due to recent adjustments...

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"for her upper body due torecent ajustments"... LOL

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Hi,

I think with 7 and 1/2 inches it would be ideal for the vertical wall, measure that I found to hide the upper body in Shadow Theatre of Jim Steinmeyer plan`s. My partner would fit in that space.

However, Bill Smith did a good work on Cub-Ism Illusion.

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Well, this should go on the "Daniel Summers trouble" thread, but what the heck... Dan's version is different from the book, very modern. Took a swing at it looking a bit more antique...

Click here to view attached image.
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That looks great! With all the background and everything.

Are we both using the same free version of Sketchup?

Also the all troubled one is missing one of the blocks being pivoted. The drawbridge piece come off on an angle from another open piece.

:)

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No, I am using 3ds Max 9.

Actually the "troubled" one is correct, the block attached to the drawbridge is pivoted but the camera angle plays a trick there, also its lit from front (save for some fills) so it washes out the slight "v" between the two blocks and there is no shadows for depth there.
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Ah ok!

Well done!

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