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ldl1017
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I'm looking for some single person illusions that I can buy or build. I am expanding my current fair/festival show for next season and would like to include a couple of small illusions or "illusionettes". If anyone knows of some sources, let me know. I am a woodworker, so please eel free to point to plans or building sources.
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Michael Baker
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There are several "illusionettes" that Abbott's makes, and I think there are plans for some of them. They also have booklets that contain some of these.

Look also for a book called, "Illusions for the 1,2, or 3 Performer Show", by Burling Hull.

Also check into the stuff by U.F. Grant.

There are many such illusions that can be done with an audience volunteer. Things like Dagger Head Chest, Boy to Rabbit, choppers and guillotines, Hand Cremation, Frame of Life and Death, Stocks of Zanzibar are just a few that immediately come to mind.

Paul Osborne has also had many plans for illusions that fit your needs.
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Brad Sheppard
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"Solo-X", a book by Andrew Mayne, has plans for 10 one man illusions that don't require volunteers. Some require little carpentry skills. He is quite creative.
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Paul Osborne has a fine book called 1-Man Illusion http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/1manillusions.html

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“So you want to be an Illusionist” by David Seebach is a great book that will tell you how to get started doing illusions. The first chapter is about one man illusions, and which ones are good for beginners and which ones are not. The pros and cons to building your own and so on. This is a must read for anyone who thinks they want to add illusions to their show.

http://www.bigguysmagic.com/so-you-want-......ch-book/

But don't take my word for it. Here is another thread about the book.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rt=30#18
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One of my favorite one-man illusions is the "Rip Van Winkle Illusion" that was invented by Edwin Brush (c.1940) and used by him on the Chatauqua stage. I liked it so much that I revised it for modern day audiences and it's in PVC Pipe Illusion Book 4. The funny thing about it is that it SEEMS to be performed by two separate people, while actually it is only performed by one person playing both roles.
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I'd highly recommend Jimmy's little wonder! A good value and investment.
http://www.jimmyfingers.com/magellanlevitation.html

It must be carefully rehearsed, performed with imagination and good presentation,
but it's amazing to laymen.

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MagicJim
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My recommendations are the chair suspension, dagger chest, guillotine
MagicJim
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If you also perform kid shows, you could substitute balloon head for the dagger chest illusion...it makes it a bit more kid friendly.
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Wellinton's Executive Bow Saw is very cool one man illusion too.

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