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pbg739
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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but it applies to an illusion, so here it goes. I am working on a show, where I take the audience with me on a trip down memory lane. I explain that I have tried on many hats in my magic career. I go to a clothes hamper onstage, and take out a Merlin hat and cape. I don both and do some mystical work.

I reach into the hamper again and say I also wanted to be like David Copperfield and take out Copperfield-esque clothes (whatever those might be.)

I show about 2 more styles, removing them from the hamper... etc. At the end, I wanted to climb into the hamper, and close the lid. After about a minute I wanted the hamper to fall forward and open, revealing it empty, and I have reappeared in the back of the audience.

Here's where I need help: 1) I am on a budget, hence the hamper. I have searched and not found a wicker hamper large enough to fit me. I am 6 feet tall, and the tallest hamper I found was about 4 feet.

2) I am doing this at a multi purpose rec room at a college campus. The access to doors to get to the back is ok if I move the platform stage, but I don't have any side wings, or backdrops to escape to.

Any tips?

Pete
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Not sure what your budget is, but what about building the "hamper" out of wood on a small non-gimmicked base. Paint the box in a wicker design or even better a costume trunk. Start by having an assistant wheel out a cloths hanger/rack (do you know what I mean?) with all sorts of costumes or cloths on it. You pick out the ones you want, dump them in the trunk and you climb in. The trunk has a trap in the back. You sneak out the trap and take a free ride back stage on the cloths hanger/rack hiding behind the remaining cloths on the rack. Have your assistant come back and collapse the trunk or what have you and you have vanished only to reappear back stage.

Just an idea.

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Peter,

I like it. Thanks for the tip. I have about a hundred bucks or so on this. I can go over. I'm just a poor starving college student, trying to entertain my peers. Oh, one other thing. I was hoping to close the show with this. OK!

Pete
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Your school's drama department might already have the Clothes rack. You could get a local high school (their shop class) to build the trunk for you. Grab some paint and your set to go.

You could even dress the trunk up as some sort of time machine box thingy. That tells the story as to why you are putting in all the different eras of magic costumes worn by the greats in the box.

Except unfortunately the time travel doesn't work as expected and only teleports you a few seconds in time where you arrive at the back of the theatre. A little silly, but just another idea. Or you could reappear at the back of the theater with one of the costumes on. Perhaps the audience can pick the costume or something along those lines. Anyway I’m sure you will make out just fine, and have fun!

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While I think the concept is fine, I respectfully suggest that you might rethink the presentation a bit.

If you were in your 40s or 50s, talking about all of the hats you've worn during your magical career seems legitimate. But as a college student (in your early 20s?) this really doesn't seem reasonable.

Perhaps you could focus on how you might like to be like some famous magicians from history, or talk about how you had a dream of yourself as being 90 years old, looking back at all of the things you've done.

Good luck!
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Peter,

Great idea! That's a perfect way to do it simply. All it needs is practice, practice, practice!

Michael
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Thank you to everyone who PMed me. I'll work on it in the coming weeks.


Peace
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I have looked at and thought of using a Portable Wardrobe made of canvas for show prep or as an Illusion. Is $25.00 too much?!!
Here is one:

Storage Closet Wardrobe

There are all kinds of these. Very lightweight, tubular frame packs small. I have seen bigger ones to get in and prepare the show where a backdrop or room is not available.
Photo specialties also sell a $30. dressing room tent for photo models. Imagine the possibilities.
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Nice storyline... I like it...

I would suggest ending with "But in the end I decided to be... myself..." then vanish and reappear in the audience.

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I was thinking tip over box. I love the idea of the clothing rack but I would use it as cover for the angles on the tip not for the ride out (I just think the audience would assume you where riding it out) but maybe not.

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