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Tor Egil
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Right now Im in the process of making an illusion, the Walking thru a Mirror. I've been thinking about using it in an event or something. When it comes to music, I have no clue what to use. What kinda music would go well with this illusion?
Any help is appriciated.

Tor

Do you guys know where I could get a pleximirror?
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Plexiglass mirrors are availble at any plastics dealer. Most of the plastics dealers that carry plexglass or acrylic plastics will also carry the plastic mirror in various thickness.

Look up plastics on the net or the yellow pages.


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I would suggest an Acrylite Plus or higher, especially when using mirror that you are travelling with.

It is much stronger, crack and scratch resistant.

This is the material we use in our illusions. Keep in mind though that Plexiglas is very very expensive even when you buy it at wholesale.

A good quality of plexiglas is usually a great deal more money than real glass.

Get your wallet open.

Also keep in mind you are going to need a special blade with at least 80-100 teeth on it for your table to saw to cut it.

Lates,

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Tor Egil
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Also keep in mind you are going to need a special blade with at least 80-100 teeth on it for your table to saw to cut it.

Wont it crack when I saw it?
I cant find any mirrors in norway. If I order from the us, do you know if they will ship it to norway?
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Another reason you wouldn't want to use plexi mirror is that it scratches very easily. I have no personal experience w/ it but this is what I have been told.
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Tor Egil, It won't crack if you use the right blade, the proper horse powered table saw and the right plexiglas.

Brian, yes it can scratch easily but it usually on the back of the plexiglas. If you use the good stuff the mirror side won't scratch that easily, but if the back grey finish is scratched then you will be able to see thru that scratch from the front. So what we do with our Devil's Reflection illusion is that we cover the back of the mirror with a scratch resistant vinyl covering that is still grey in colour so the mirror still appears untampered with.

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Tor Egil,

I understand your problems with finding everything you want in Norway. People unaware of that part of the world would never understand that there are parts of the world where the insistance on quality has resulted in little to no "throw away" mentality. In the USA we think everything is disposable, and therefore everything is always available for replacement. I was very impressed on that quality in Norway when I served on the board of directors of a corporation there. I believe it results in better quality purchasing decisions and a tougher market in which to sell inferior goods.

Yes, what you want is available in the USA. However, it would be slow in coming to you. My suggestion is to look to a French supplier. I don't recommend their plastics because my experience with them has been very poor. However, if this is an illusion that will spend most of its life in storage, availability for your event may be more significant than quality. The show must go on. (I would still use glass, if it is possible. However, it is very heavy.)

Good Luck!

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Tor --

Regarding your original question about music, doesn't it depend on the venue? In some situations, something quiet and eerie might work best. In other situations, something rock and loud might be better.

There are always questions of "rights" to music which is not in public domain and for which royalties must be paid if used in a "paying customer" venue.

If you know any musicians, it can be wonderful to work with them once your routine is set. They can "compose" to your work, "punctuate" moments in the routine, etc. Once their work is set, it can be recorded and used again and again.

Perhaps the most effective theatrical music I've heard in contemporary performances is the music from any Cirque du Soleil production. You cannot (legally) use the music, since it's not in public domain. But much of it is available on CD and it's all brilliant and evocative.

Classical composers are usually a good bet (even though recordings by a particular artist or orchestra are copyrighted). The more obscure, the better.

It all depends on the mood you're trying to achieve.

There is some wonderful Arabic music, for instance, that's hugely exciting and "exotic" and dramatic and full of sensual percussion. "Port Said" is one such album, from the '50s, I believe. I could actually see "Walking Through a Mirror" very effectively performed to a musical background from "Port Said."

That type of music in itself provides its own misdirection because it is so viscerally exciting and rhythmic -- and LOUD. It can cover a lot of stage "noises" you might not want noticed.

And of course, if you have absolutely no scruples, you can download ANYTHING from KaZaa (I would recommend KaZaa Lite, since it's ad-free and spyware free), burn in to a CD, and take it from there.
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Plexi mirror is really ugly. I would try to find something like stainless steel. It is heavy, but it looks fantastic onstage.

And if you get a sheet at a small gauge you could get any type of sheet metal chromed. That makes for a mirrorlike finish with no chance of cracking. Oh... and Andrew Mayne has a version of the walk through.
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