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paradize
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Greetings Magician Friends,

I am wondering if there are any DVDs in the market which guides and teaches you how to build illusions.
Books and blueprints are harder to digest and produce.
Magic is the residue of pre-design fantasies.
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Kyle^Ravin
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Bro...give me a call. I hve what you need
MrBadGuy
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Doesn't Rand Woodbury have some DVDs about illusion building and about building steps and bases. You should look into those.
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Rand Woodbury has ILLUSION WORKS 1 & 2 on "Steps & Bases" and "Special Secrets". He also has ILLUSION WORKS 3 & 4 on "Tricks of the Trade" and "Professional Illusion Builders". I have both and they are great.
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Yup, those are they. Thanks Chuckn. I have them as well but only remember watching the steps and bases one, which is excellent.
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The Pendragons have set out too.
Swann101
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Also Mark Wilson & Dennis Loomis.
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I highly recommend David Seebach's book "So You Want to be an Illusionist" before you even consider building anything. The book covers the best choices for your first illusion.

The book is available directly from David or from Abbott's Magic. Research before you do anything ...

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paradize
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To summarize, these are the illusion building DVDs in the market.

2. Illusion Works - Volumes 1 & 2 by Rand Woodbury
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyn2_rzkewI

2. Illusion Works Volumes 3 & 4 by Rand Woodbury
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8-04Kk75fo

I believe Mark Wilson DVDs are only showing you the secrets rather then building. Am I right?
http://www.markwilsonmagic.com/illusionsCol.htm

Dennis Loomis has also book plans only.
http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/denloomdolho.html

couldn't find David Seebach's book "So You Want to be an Illusionist."
Only managed to see some of these plans at Abott.
http://www.abbottmagic.com/Abbott-Plans_c42.htm
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Matt Adams
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Here's a link to Abbotts for the Seebach book:

http://www.abbottmagic.com/Subject-Illus......h100.htm
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Oops .. the lecture David presents is called "So You Want to be an Illusionist." The book that accompanies the book is called "Subject: Illusions."

All I remember is an old book called "Illusion Show Know-How" or something like that, when I was first starting out. I wish I had David's book .. the years of knowledge within the pages are priceless. It would have saved me a lot of time and money spent on less practical props.

Heck, I still have some sitting in the basement ...

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Def the Rand Woodbury DVD's and Pendragon DVD, a must for anyone. Also a good book is Illusion Projects by Tim Clothier is a must it is the most detailed illusion book out there.
My favorite hands down!!
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My Doll House Workshop plans come as a DVD:
http://loomismagic.com/item18251.htm

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I would love to produce some video/interactive cd/dvd for illusion design if anybody out there has thought of going this direction. I think its a big market that has been waiting for technology to step up. Would be great to interatively teach the what to do's and not to do's of illusion design. Bad vs good bases. How to accomplish a person for person switch. The beginnings of an illusion to the final piece. What I would love to see the most is how a professional designer begins to create an illusion in his mind all the way to the finished project. There are so many illusions out there that have made me ask "how in the heck did you even begin to think of this"!

I have the Woodbury DVD's and they were 100% helpful in building steps at one time. Learned some neat tricks on bases as well. Highly recommended.

I think the big problem today is you put out dvds like this, they end up on youtube.

Dennis....that is awesome!
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Is there any book or place where I can learn how to build topaz backstage with magician ( I have built many illusions from dan harlan's tarbell vids before )
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On Mar 29, 2019, Keyser wrote:
Is there any book or place where I can learn how to build topaz backstage with magician ( I have built many illusions from dan harlan's tarbell vids before )


I don't believe so, as you have to buy from an authorized Illusion Builder, if there is one for the Topas verson. It may be his and his alone.

Authorized builders are licensed. Not just anyone can build illusions.

Look at the top of this forum, there is a list of books with illusion building plans. Those you can build.

I take it you have a complete woodworking shop and metal shop along with the knowledge and experience of each craft.

Illusion building is nothing like Dan Harlan's Tarbell small prop ideas.
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Why would he need a woodworking shop for this trick?

This is backstage meets victory cartons. Do you have the Mark Wilson build your own illusions tapes?
Keyser
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On Mar 29, 2019, Keyser wrote:
Is there any book or place where I can learn how to build topaz backstage with magician ( I have built many illusions from dan harlan's tarbell vids before )


I don't believe so, as you have to buy from an authorized Illusion Builder, if there is one for the Topas verson. It may be his and his alone.

Authorized builders are licensed. Not just anyone can build illusions.

Look at the top of this forum, there is a list of books with illusion building plans. Those you can build.

I take it you have a complete woodworking shop and metal shop along with the knowledge and experience of each craft.

Illusion building is nothing like Dan Harlan's Tarbell small prop ideas.


Oh I didn't know that topaz owns it :/ btw I don't think I would need that for that specifical effect since he uses boxes like in mark wilson dvds . I don't have any experience with professional building of illusions.
Keyser
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On Mar 29, 2019, thomasR wrote:
Why would he need a woodworking shop for this trick?

This is backstage meets victory cartons. Do you have the Mark Wilson build your own illusions tapes?

I only have vol. 1 of Mark Wilson's Illusions
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I was going to say I think there are some ideas better than this (and similar in method) in Mark Wilson 1 & 2.
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