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Floyd Collins
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Hello All,

This is my first attempt at creating my own illusion prop since I was in scouts and my dad helped me build my first square and circle for a scouting show I did, I was 10 at the time and after doing this project my gosh I did not give my dad enough credit for helping build my first illusion.

So let me give you some background as to why I built this prop. I received a call from the local parks department asking if I would be willing to help with a fund raiser this summer, because of funding cut the parks needing money for little league diamonds.

I agreed and asked what type of show they would like, while talking to the guy he said it would be neat if I produced a very old collectors baseball that they would be selling for a donation bids the next day.

I knew there were many ways to do the production but I wanted this to be special and include a childhood story of losing my first baseball that I treasured. Really get the emotions going for this baseball sale. This got me thinking of how I could do this, and I recalled many years ago reading someplace about a box that could do what I needed.

I found a pre-made box at our local craft store that I felt would be perfect for this prop. Good thing too because no way do I have the talent to make a box look this good.

Not being a prop builder I turned to the Café here and asked Michael Baker for help, someone who I have read a lot of his posts on building props and over the years checked out many of the fine props that he has created.

He drew up some plans and e-mailed them to me. Once I looked it over it dawned on me where I saw this before. So to my library I went to dig out the good old Tarbell books. There is was, just what I wanted to build “The tar bell tip over treasure chest”.

With the suggestions from Michael and Tarbell I was all set. Creating the needed gaffs to make the tip over load area was a little more difficult then I first thought, but I just sanded and worked it till everything came together.

I also wanted this box to be handled in the hands and not need a table so I made a few more adjustments so I can operate the box with no table needed.

I stained it, buffed it, made it look real nice then beat it up! You will see some scuffs and marks on this box in the final photos. I need this too look aged some due to the routine I have put together.
Please don’t flog me too bad for what you see. I truly bow to you all who make props look so nice.

Total cost of this box came in around $30.00 it is worth a lot more to me just to have something I built the way I want it that works perfect.

Thank You Michael for all your help

Here are the photos of the box before and after.

http://www.collinscomedymagic.com/TipOverPhotos/


Floyd
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tomsk192
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That looks terrific, good for you!
Loopback
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Great job Floyd.
Wizard of Oz
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Looks awesome!
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chill
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Nice work Floyd! using props you've built adds depth to your show. what's next in your workshop?
bob
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And you thought performing MAGIC was addictive...welcome back to the workshop! :o)

That is a dandy looking prop, and -- from your brief description of your routine -- a nice presentation as well. I'll bet you will knock/have knocked that ball straight outta the park!
borderjs
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Awesome, this is something I would like to start doing myself!
Floyd Collins
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Hey guys thanks for the complements. I am not sure what my next project will be but now my mind is humming with ideas. Again thank you for the comments, I appreciate it.

Floyd
No one said it would be easy, or did they?

Check out my all new book "Chicken Scratches" visit my lulu store for more information.

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/thecenterstage

http://www.collinscomedymagic.com
calimagician
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Very nice job!
Dynamike
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Excellent job Floyd. I did not know you were a carpenter.
Mike Maturen
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Floyd,

You give yourself too little credit. That is one beautiful prop! I would consider making them for sale if I were you!
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MichaelDouglas
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Hey Floyd, did you take the pic down? The link no longer works?
MichaelDouglas
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Hey Floyd, did you take the pic down? The link no longer works?
maharajademagia
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I don't see a thing on that link.
MRSharpe
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Nothing but a 404 error. It's a dead link maharajademagia.
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