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illusionist333
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Hi everyone,
A beautiful illusion if presented properly is the Blue Room. I know the method behind the illusion but was looking for the Gennii Magazine with the article about the blue room illusion. I believe it was back in the early 90's. Does anyone have a copy of that magazine or would be willing to make me some photo copies? Thanks!
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There was a thread on another part of the Café, a couple of years back, about someone making a portable version of it. I know I'd use it.
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Yeah I heard of that too.
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On 2010-12-03 12:01, Harley Newman wrote:
There was a thread on another part of the Café, a couple of years back, about someone making a portable version of it. I know I'd use it.


That would truly be something. The only one I have ever seen is the one built in Tellers house. It looked like he could walk though walls.

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I don't know about GENII but I have the January 1996 issue of MAGIC, whose cover story is the recreation of "The Blue Room" by the Los Angeles Conference on Magic.

The effect is also discussed (under the name, "Metempsychosis") in the 1898 book "Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, Including Trick Photography," which was republished earlier this year:
http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Illusions-Sc......3&sr=8-2

This book was also published in 1976 under the title, "Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography." A paperback version bearing this same title appeared in the 1990s.
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There is also a scanned public domain version of "Magic:Stage Illusions ect..", goggle books if I am not mistaken. Worthy of an Internet search
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There's also a Youtube clip.
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There is also a scanned public domain version of "Magic:Stage Illusions ect..", goggle books if I am not mistaken. Worthy of an Internet search

At your service! Smile
http://www.archive.org/details/magicstageillusi00hopk

This link offers 8 different versions including an online version, PDF and Kindle. The effect appears on page 532.

I just re-read the MAGIC article. Anyone contemplating staging this effect should probably heed the following:
"The greatest drawback to the illusion is that the stage on which it is worked must be built expressly for it , and everything constructed and put together with mathematical precision."

Using a custom-made mirror 7' high and 9' long (costing over $1,000 at the time), The Los Angeles Conference on Magic assembled a room/stage which accommodated an audience of 44.

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On 2010-12-03 21:33, Harley Newman wrote:
There's also a Youtube clip.

It also appears on the Lance Burton THE SECRETS OF MAGIC DVD. Don't let the title fool you, though. This is performance only.
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I saw the Blue Room that was done at the history conference. It was quite wonderful, but the fact that only a couple of dozen people could see it at a time limited its practicality. Unless it was a table top version, there would be no way to make it portable. There are a number of advances in gradated mylar currently available that would allow for a cheap version to be made, but getting the optical effect perfect (and anything less than perfect ruins the effect) is very painstaking. The cousin of the blue room, Pepper's Ghost, is much more practical (though still difficult to do well.)
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I don't see the PORTABILITY aspect of the ones being discussed? Perhaps there's something new we're missing?
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There's nothing portable about a Blue Room set up. It is something that must be built in to wherever it is being done. The one done at the history conference probably took a least a couple of days (or longer) to set up.
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There is a version of Pepper's Ghost in the Haunted Mansion at Disney World and Disneyland.

Does anyone know if it is also used at the new Harry Potter theme park?
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Bill,

I haven't experienced it but my guess is "no". Harry Potter is real magic, but then like you, I am above a certain age and believe in stuff like that.

Beat to you and Alice.

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Darn fingers on the keyboard!!!

BEST to you and Alice!

Back now into the cave in de hidden forest.

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The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is also the LEAST PORTABLE example of the above type of illusion!

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I am curious to hear an opinion. Is the circus cage style illusion of a beautiful girl transforming to a gorilla considered a portable version of the blue room? It was transported from fairground to fairground ans various venues.

Kotah
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That's Pepper at work.
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On 2010-12-05 00:01, handa wrote:
The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is also the LEAST PORTABLE example of the above type of illusion!


I believe it's also the largest.
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Is there any truth to the story that the Anaheim (a.k.a. Original) Mansion has a glass pane with a crack in it, and that the crack has been camoflaged to look like a spider web because they would have to take the roof off of the show building in order to replace the pane?

I read this somewhere once, but can't find reference to it at present on snopes or another credible site.

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TRUE

Apparently some time back in 1973/74 !@#$%^& took a shot at the glass and instead of replacing the entire section they covered it up with spider webs. We seem to have a surplus of these sheetheads.

Source:
http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/disneyland/......ion.html
Read # 66 entry.
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Perhaps , rather than a single large pane of glass or plexiglass, a folding screen made from several frames holding plexiglass panels would make the illusion portable? the frames disguised to resemble prison bars/ portals or windows of some sort.

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