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Hello. What would be an amazing, easy illusion to build?
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Just to preface, IMHO, it is not the illusion itself but the presentation that makes any trick amazing.

Depending on the skill, tools, materials and access to plans you have, these will dictate what project you can tackle.

Off the top of my head, I would suggest a Square Circle, Square Square, Circle Circle or any geometric shape you can make work. Even though the concept is very simple, I enjoy thinking of new ways to make it pop. It can be made in may sizes. My first (1967) was a small white plastic planter with a tin soup can and a hand made gimmick to fit. My latest is a 10x10x16" western jail with leather circle with conchos. Working out of it in my western theme allows me to pluck not just stuff, but the objects needed for the next trick.

Consider......at the end of the routine, finish by showing square empty, reach over and take circle off stand and a large arrangment of flowers appear. This is just one idea. Going through Hoffmanns, Tarbell, Gibson and other older books yeild a wealth of ideas and prod the imagination.

Just one idea, hope is helps.

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MuleePete: Thank you! I already have a square circle though. Thank you for your help though! I was leaning toward stage illusions though. Any tips? Smile Have a nice day!
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A simple appearance illusion to build and operate is Flash Appearance from Osborne Illusion Systems. Look at his "collections" books for some other ideas.
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ClintonMagus: Thank You! I will definitely check into it!
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Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is also 15 years old. On his own (no help from adults) he was able to build Jim Gerrish's "Utility Cabinet" from PVC Pipes and connectors from Home Depot and plastic shower curtains from the Dollar Store. He uses it to make his appearance when he has two Wiz Kid assistants helping him. It cost about $20.00 to construct. The plans for the Utility Cabinet are on my site in Jim Gerrish's PVC Pipe Illusion Book 1.
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On 2011-06-22 21:03, Michael Baker wrote:
Seems like we are on a mobius strip disguised as a forum. Deja Vu.


lol...boy, I can agree with that!

I always like to say that when I build a prop or illusion... depending on the complexity and theming...It's not an effect, it's just a method. The amazement (if any) comes from the combination of method, presentation and psychological attack on the senses. Then again, that is the difference in demonstrating an effect (or in some cases just demonstrating a method) and actually creating a presentation designed to amaze your audience. Yes, the prop is a part of that but just the start on the road to amazement!

Also, the term "easy" means vastly different things to different people. I view most basic illusions as pretty easy to build as I have a big shop but that was not always the case. Ultimately, I would be less concerned with what was easy than what was the most amazing. Then it will be worth the effort!

Also, easy does not always produce the right image for you on stage. As an example, Grant's Victory Carton production (or many cardboard effects by Andrew Maine) are technically very easy to build. If I was doing an effect for a school talent show that needed to look "home built" it would be great. On the other hand if I'm opening a new show in Vegas, they buyers might be concerned when all of my props were built from cardboard boxes. There are many exceptions of course. Larry Wilson's great act used the Victory Cartons effectively for years in a brilliantly justified routine that fit perfectly in his show.

Seek great presentations, then select an easy method to build that will fit your needs!
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Much of Andrew Mayne's stuff can be adapted to sturdier materials. Great methods...up to you to make 'em work!
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Thank you everyone for your advice! I appreciate it! I was just on Andrew Maynes' site today. He does have some very neat stuff!
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On 2011-06-23 13:27, Ray Pierce wrote:

Also, the term "easy" means vastly different things to different people. I view most basic illusions as pretty easy to build as I have a big shop but that was not always the case. Ultimately, I would be less concerned with what was easy than what was the most amazing. Then it will be worth the effort!


I'd start off with "Impaled" if I had the funds and shop to build the thing. Easy is a relative word.
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