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wizardpa
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I want to add 1 large illusion to my show and I would like your opinion as to what is your favorite for under $2000. I want it to be angle proof.
I'm thinking of the mismade girl illusion or Tora's Super cube Zig Zag.
But I'm open to other ideas as well.
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Let's start with the Mis Made .. first you won't find a decent one for that price. Second thing is .. that's not a very practical illusion. You need some distance from the audience for it to be effective. You may also need a third person to held with the illusion.

Tora's prop sounds like a knock-off version of the Cub Zag .. and again, you're not going to find a decent used one for under two grand. The Chalet Cub Zag is very practical and a very good choice .. as long as it's the real deal.

I would look into a Lester Lake Chopper for that kind of money. You'll get someone from the audience involved, it's simple, practical and packs flat. An excellent choice.

I too would suggest getting David Seebachs book called Subject: Illusions. This has got some great information for someone just getting into illusions. It's available directly from David or from Abbott's Magic.

Good luck .. Steve
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Rings illusion from harold voit .
vj022
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Grant Cartons, Mummy Wrap Switch Curtain, & Mark Wilson's Ghost House, then you can have $1950 left to try and market the show.
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The first piece of information we'll need to help you choose an illusion for your show under $2000 is what types of venues will you most likely be performing this illusion????

Sincerely,
David
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Sword basket can be had for well under $2000 or you could pick up an Owen's for right around that price. If you're ok with buying used the Magic Auction has a Twister Illusion, Harbin style Bow Saw, Vampire Illusion and many others for under $2,000.

Also, with some practice, Losander's Floating Table is a great illusion which fits your price range. Also, no assistant is required like in the illusions you mentioned.

I agree with David, that it would be easier to help you if we knew the types of venues you played.
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Try Brian at "Creative Magic" heck, they can almost sell you a whole show for $2,000.

My fav, which I've had lots of success are the "B-Screns" all of their products pack very small and play very big

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If you understand construction and illusion operation, you can build several nice things using Paul Osborne's plans as a starting point.
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I would Highly Recommend Creative Magic as well:
http://www.creativemagic.net/stage/

They are great to work with and lots of great packs small plays big items. My favorite illusion I own comes from them - it is the Shadow Tent, it has great angles (it can't be done surrounded though if you need one that can be done surrounded I recommend Cube Squared all the way.

I also own the B-screens and that can be done surrounded and the new "random fate" can be done anywhere. (ok can you tell I am a huge fan?)

I also would recommend Losander's Floating table and the Cube Zag (you will need to find a used one)

good luck

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95% of the shows I do are for children birthday parties, but about 4-6 times a year I'm asked to perform a stage type of a show, with a lot of adults in attendance.
I usually have no control over lighting and can not be sure of being angle proof.
I would like 1 large illusion to end my show at this time.
I'm retired from the job I had most of my life and although I've been into magic for 26 years I've only been really active the last 3 years and I've been putting almost everything I make back into improving my show.
My Axtell Expressions Hands Free puppet,(I'm also into ventriloquism) was my first expensive addition last year, and now I feel I need something for my adult show.
My children show is pretty much set.

Posted: Aug 3, 2010 8:17pm
I really appreciate everyone's input, and PLEASE keep the suggestions coming. Right now, I'm thinking of building my own from the wide range of Paul Osbourn illusions.
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Okay, first of all don't try any of the plastic pipe, cardboard, illusions for under a $100 stuff they look cheap.
You'll find quite a number of illusions used under $2000.
Your best bet for the venue you are working in is a good suspension, for $2000 you can pick up a Super X and the Great Hoop. This will play both venues without issue and you can borrow an assistant from the audience. Kids love participation...
Don't buy things like a Blammo Box that needs top be loaded off stage, or some 8 foot monster guillotine that will scare kids half to death.
Don't get a straight vanish that needs to be unloaded off stage, go for a vanish/production like a Temple of Benares type illusion. Jam Cubes etc... are good.
I know where you can get a Abbotts Hindu Basket for around $400 used, a real bargin compared to a wicker one for $2000.
Shop and you will find a lot of material in your price range especially if you are willing to give an illusion a little TLC.
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Check out Jim Sommers site... He has some really good stuff for really inexpensive. I bought his walk-away super-x suspension and it was a great prop. You may want to look into that, as "floating" the birthday child is an excellent marketing ploy.

http://www.klamm-magic.com/cgi-bin/web_s......cart_id=



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Just keep away from klam magic they sell crap don't waste youre money you'll be disapointed like I was when I bought the vanishing bird cage the only thing that vanished was my money .
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Actually, I've had great luck with Klamm over several years.
Commication is open and honest, He will generally customize.
Sommers pieces good for the price, but not really for the pro.

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Jim Sommers makes decent, practical illusions for the weekend warrior. His illusions are designed to fit in most vehicles and are great for the magician who only needs an illusion periodically. They are priced right, and you get what you pay for. I own his Asrah levitation and his Sword Basket and I'm extremely happy with both of them. I've also heard good things about his Chair Suspension. You could probably pick up all 3 of these illusions, band new, for under $2,000.00.

Having said that, I would stay away from Klamm if you are thinking of anything that requires a deceptive base. Bases are extremely difficult to build properly and, to maximize the deceptive qualities of the base, I would definitely look towards a higher end builder.

Also, I have noticed a couple of illusions on the Klamm site that seem to be proprietary to others. For sheer ethical reasons, I would tend away from those.

For the types of illusions you may be looking for, here are a few suggestions:

1. Chair Suspension (Approx. $650)- audience volunteer
2. Sword Basket (Approx. $800)- needs assistant
3. French Guillotine (Approx. $650)- audience volunteer
4. Cube Squared (Approx. $600)- assistant optional
5. Shadow Tent (Approx. $2000)- needs assistant
6. Substitution Trunk (Approx $1000)- needs assistant
7. Double Tipover Trunk (Approx $1000)- needs assistant
8. Foating Table (Approx. 800) - audience volunteer

Hope that helps.

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wizardpa
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I should get my Zig Zag lady Paul Osborne plans Monday or Tuesday. I've already made some smaller illusions like the magic square and circle, and a great circus wagon, bigger then the ones sold, (MY SUPPOSED DWARF RABBIT GOT BIG), so I needed a larger wagon.
If by some chance I decide not to build my own aren't the classic Zig Zag lady illusion around $2000.
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Too bad the figure wasn't $1000... I would have thrown my hat in the ring. Magellan Master levitation's angles are better than the Harbin Gwynne walkaways, it's a one-person, showstopping rising levitation, and it fits in a carryon.

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You should be able to pick up a nice used Zig Zag for under $2000. The best-made Zig Zag I've owned was by Chalet Magic. I don't know if they are still manufacturing them, but they are a great prop, durable, and can be performed from all angles--and totally surrounded. Another great option is a classic Sub-Trunk/Metamorphisis routine. It can be built up to add 7-10 minutes to the show, allows some great comedy and audience interaction, and is always a crowd pleaser. If you want a routine that will last a little longer, and cost a little less than a Zig Zag, go with a sub-trunk escape. It can also be performed from all angles (assuming the t***d*** is on the top. There are lots of well-made sub-trunks on the used market that are great bargains.
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The best illusion for under $2000 is any illusion you can get for under $2000
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