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Ezzet
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Im gonna buy the growing and shrinking head illusion and was wondering if top hats
plastic version is good cause the only other ones I find are bruce kalvers extreme version
which I don't need cause I don't perform on big stages.

Thanks for your help
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Top Hat IS Bruce Kalvers site. He made the plastic version so it is more durable than the original cardboard version he first came out with. I open most of my shows with it. You GOTTA get one Smile
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I'd also be interested to know if there was a version suitable for living rooms. I have the cardboard version by Kalver which is great for stage. I've also seen close up versions in toy/gadget shops so there must be something between the two that works at about 2-10 feet?
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I use both, but the large one just kills audiences....the small one could work in smaller venues but not too sure about the living room area...
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I have the large plastic version and it works great on stage. I use a portable electric screwdriver to make it spin.
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I've been using the Kalver stage version for years, and it kills! Last week I found a close-up version that you spin on a table, and then you tell the spec to stare at their hand, but when I try it on myself the fingers on my hand don't get larger or smaller, but they do morph in some strange way which is hard to describe. Still experimenting with it... it's called SPIRAL METAL ILLUSION, and it's made of steel.
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Last week I found a close-up version that you spin on a table, and then you tell the spec to stare at their hand, but when I try it on myself the fingers on my hand don't get larger or smaller, but they do morph in some strange way which is hard to describe


This was originally released as Jerry Andrus's Tri-Zonal Space Warper. Stevens now lists a version as SPRIAL METAL ILLUSION. The description says it make your head grow which clearly it does not. It creates a wobbling illusion on the back of your hand.
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Hawkins bizzare in the UK sell the close up version. They supply you with a plastic rabbit as well which you are suposed to look at after the spiral to see it grow.

The first time I ever saw this illusion was as an animation on the computer. And yes it did trippy things to my hand. Although I think it is the same thing. I think in the stage version if you looked at your hand rather than the performers head the same thing would happen.

I think the spiral needs to be roughly about the size of the thing you want to grow. Which means to perform this in a living rooom not only will I need a smaller spiral I'll also need a smaller head.
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All considered (without actually buying this thing), I gather that this could easily be made with a printout of a spiral glued onto one of those cheap hand held fans. If this is correct then lookout for my new DVD - 'FanHeadGro 2.0' retails for £40 (cheap!).
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The Tri-Zonal Space Warper has three different zones with the spiral alternating direction. It produces the wobbling illusion. Steel Sprial illusion is the same at Stevens.

The growing head illusion is a simple spiral. Grows or shrinks heads depending on direction.

The small version with the rabbit is also a simple spiral. Thus it makes the rabbit grow or shrink depending on direction.

Yes you can make your own but the Bruce Kalver has already done all the work for you and produces an amazing plastic version. You can also get a motor which spins at the optimum speed to produce the illusion:

http://www.tophatprod.com/store/product.php?productid=16136
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I use the large Kalver version often in living rooms. If the room is large enough, I find it usually works well. It depends a lot on the layout of the room. People on the sides often don't get it; but I've found that even 7 and 8 year olds enjoy it in a living room setting if they are in front of me and at least 10 -15 feet away.
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On 2011-05-24 21:22, prestopresto wrote:
The Tri-Zonal Space Warper has three different zones with the spiral alternating direction. It produces the wobbling illusion. Steel Sprial illusion is the same at Stevens.

The growing head illusion is a simple spiral. Grows or shrinks heads depending on direction.


Ah yes, you're quite right. I had assumed the difference was because I was looking at something closer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKXZhLuNH2k

I still get a bit of a head shrink with Jerry's 3 zoner if I look at something a bit further away, but there is other stuff happening too and seems to fade away into a confused wobble.

It also works a lot better if you put some Pink Floyd on.

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Has anyone tried the big one in a living room? I own one but haven't used it yet.

Also, so you put it on a stand, or use a hand-held motor (e.g. a cordless drill)?

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I've used it for adults in rooms the size of a pretty large living room and it's only the back half of the room it works for.

Also, I use a hand drill (mechanical no power) which I think looks way better, it makes the whole prop look a lot more fun. OK maybe it takes a little practice to get the speed right but hey nothing wrong with adding a little skill to the world's most self-working trick.
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My experience is similar to George's. I had done it for classrooms of kids and the it worked better for those in back. I also operate mine by hand; I build a wooden stand and attached a hand crank which fits my "Medicine Show" character just fine.
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George and Starr, thank you. those are exactly what I need. I love the idea of using hand power--especially a visible crank. Cool!

John
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I went to the eye doctor and they tested my vision by having me read a chart that was projected into a mirror. I asked about this and they explained that the test has to be done at 20 feet so by using mirrors they could effectively have the chart 20 feet away from your eye even in a small room.

This got me wondering so when I got home I got out my Growing Head illusion and tried holding it as usual but looking at a mirror on the opposite wall. It worked very well and I was able to see the effect on my own head in a small room.

I haven't tried it in a show yet but if I'm ever in one of those rooms where one wall is a mirror I'm going to stand with the audience and have them look into the mirror. After the correct amount of time everyone can look at their own head and see the change!

Bye the way, here is a brainteaser: Assuming the forward button on your electic drill ordinarily causes the head to grow, what will happen if you use the same setting but look in the mirror?
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Interesting idea Mike.

I have tested mine using a mirror in a fairly small room but never thought of using a mirror in performance.
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Where else can I order this prop? His site (Bruce Kalver) does not ship overseas.
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Here's my issue with the Growing Head...

The drill.

it's bulky.. it's ugly... and everytime I've seen it.. it's unwieldy.

The other thing is that virtually every time I've seen it done, it was done as an opener. So.. the first thing the performer did was break out a drill, put the disk on, and count backwards from 30... then... once the head was done shrinking.. THEY DID IT AGAIN.. in the other direction!! Counting backwards from 30... OUT LOUD!! What a GREAT way to KILL a show. They spend a minute, right at the beginning, counting backwards TWICE.. I wanted to get up and walk out.

To top it off.. one magician said... "You know how that was done... science!!!"

and went on with her show.

I understand that it's a fun effect... but is the magician having more fun than the audience.. and is anyone making a spinner that's a bit easier to handle than an electric drill?
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