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Chris H
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Okay guys, got something to ask you.

I work in a cabaret venue called Draculas, in Melbourne, Australia. It's easily Australia's most popular theatre restaurant, and has been running for 24 years.

One of the highlights of the show for me is the illusions (obviously). In our last show we did Asarah and Missmade, and in this one we're doing the Impale, which looks so cool. But that's not the point really.

There's one more illusion in this show that we're doing, and we don't know the name of it. It's a wooden platform that is wheeled out onto the stage, and an aluminium box frame is assembled on top of the platform.

Six sheets of glass are inserted to make up each side of the box (bottom, 4 sides and top), and then a curtain is thrown over the top of the box. 5 seconds later, the curtain is removed, and the box now contains one of our cast members.

If anyone knows the name of this illusion, we'd love to know. We've started calling it "The Fishbowl", for want of a better name. Thanks guys! :thanks:

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Don't quote me on this, but I think it's just a modified crystal casket. That's basically what it is except your assembling it before hand. And I'm assuming it's vertical too. So my guess is it's a vertical crystal casket.

Hope this helps,


PS: Is it the Melbourne Draculas that has the ghost train ride into the theatre or the Queensland one?
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Mike is correct. This sounds like a Crystal Casket. You were calling it "The Fishbowl." Is it close to a cube in shape, or appear like an empty aquarium? If so, it fits the classic crystal casket in shape.

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Draculas! Cool. I am part of a theatre group in NZ that is doing a 'Draculas' type of show for our christmas show next year. Basically doing it becuase one of our Directors went and saw the show and loved it. We will be decking out the whole theatre. I have been looking at suitable illusions for this sort of show, Impaled is a great idea!!

Sorry, that was a bit off topic, but I agree with the other two, sounds a bit like a modified crystal casket.
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How tall is the prop, from top to bottom?

Does it use a table top, or a pedistal stand?

What shape is the Aluminium- frame box, square or something different?

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Doesn't the Paul Osbourne crystal casket work that way? I mean assembled from pieces on the base to produce the girl?
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It's the magician's preference. Some have it onstage already assembled for a 'fast and flashy' production and others assemble the box in front of the audience, then produce. It depends on the magicians preference, style, and alloted stage time.

I don't know of any caskets that don't allow you to assemble them onstage. It would be just like you assembling the box backstage, only loaded.
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It sounds like a crystal casket or crystal box as some call it. Some people bring the trick out on stage assembled and some don't. You can do it both ways. In most cases it looks like a rectangle with wheels, that's what mine looks like.
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Actually the Illusion you described is a Crystal Box although some people call it a Crystal Casket. The Crystal Casket is a different effect.
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