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Ken Northridge
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I understand that this is best suited for schools and shopping centers. However, has anyone actually tried it at a birthday party? Nick Britt above said he now offers it as an add on to his birthday party package but never actually said if he tried it. As a life long children's performer I know kids, and I am fearful of the "I know how to do that" and then go on to explain exactly how its done. That would make me angry. Smile
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Chris Murphy
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Hi Ken, probably costing myself sales here, but I'd suggest that it's best done in a formal stage show environment - malls, camps, school assemblies that sort of thing - Nick uses a backdrop for his kids birthday parties I believe, so his performances might be a little more 'formal', even if it is a kid's birthday party show. You want that element of control, you can't just drop this thing into your case and get it out of sight once the performance is completed! So, it's possible, but you'd want to really monitor the conditions first.
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Ken Northridge
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I appreciate your honesty. Something that large is probably not practical for birthday parties no matter how deceptive it is. Sure, sometimes you'll run into situations where the room is large enough, but not too often.

Chris, while I have your attention, do you usually have these in stock and how long would it take to receive it? (I'm in the US)
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Chris Murphy
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Hi Ken, no worries Smile I am trying to get them in stock, but so far I'm selling them before my build batches have been completed. I'm just starting on the next batch and I'm anticipating end October or into November before I would be done (they don't all complete at once, so some orders will be filled earlier than that). Once I ship it, it seems to be about a week on the turnaround. Some have been faster, but it's dependent on whether US Customs decide it sounds interesting enough to inspect... So, if it's in stock, you'd have it in a week or 2, but getting it in stock seems to be the very pleasant problem I currently have. If I can get it in stock, I'm not finalizing the artwork until it gets sold, that way you can get a choice of a number of different color schemes or also we can do something custom.
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Ken Northridge
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Thank you Chris.I'm seriously considering this.
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coachc
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What is the ata cost and approx. shipping to eastern USA
Chris Murphy
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Hi Mark, thank you. I've emailed you direct regarding case and shipping!
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KeirRoyale
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Just received mine and it’s beautiful! Well made and everything is as advertised. Can’t wait to perform it!
Zendor
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Hi,. I am also interested in the crate cost and approximate shipping.

Thanks.
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Interested in hearing some updates on new owners and performances?
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On Mar 4, 2017, Gerry Walkowski wrote:
Seeing that video does give one an entirely different perspective on that illusion. Visually I think it looks VERY GOOD.

No measurements were given on the first link, at least I didn't see any, so the illusion looked A LOT BIGGER. Seeing it on the video, though, the illusion seems more compact than I originally thought.

Still, here are my thoughts on this particular illusion for you to consider:

Get the general measurements of the illusion upright and when it's condensed down for packing. Also, what is the weight with and without the transport case? (Also, how comfortable would you feel lugging that thing around without a transport case?)

If you don't have an assistant, can you physically handle lifting and carrying that illusion? Would you be able to carry it up several flights of stairs? I don't know your age, but could you handle carry that weight in say 5 years?

Will that illusion fit inside your normal transport vehicle? About how long does it take to set it up and then strike it? Realistically, could you handle that if you had several back to back shows on the same day?

One problem with the illusion might be the sight lines, and you really should consider that as well. If children are sitting on a floor, or you're working on a stage or elevated platform, that shouldn't be an issue. However, if people are sitting on regular chairs, I doubt that anyone sitting beyond 5 rows back will be able to see this illusion because it isn't highly elevated like most sawing thru illusions.

If you haven't read Dick Oslund's book, Road Scholar, I would highly suggest that you pick up a copy. Dick knew the ins and outs of working school assembly programs. He had no big props, but his stuff was highly visible and could set up and strike his show within a few minutes.

I've always been of the opinion that there's nothing wrong with transporting a few bigger effects, especially if they truly complement the performer's style, personality, etc. Unfortunately, too many performers use bigger effects as crutch to compensate for other shortcomings.

Gerry


Thank you Gerry, for recommending my book! As you are well aware, I "tipped the real work" in the book. The school show "business" (booking, etc.) has evolved, since I retired, but the logistic, and staging problems still exist, particularly for the single performer!

Your comment about using bigger props to compensate for other shortcomings, is, unfortunately, so true!

Too many performers, can't seem to grasp the fact that ENTERTAINMENT, DOES NOT "COME" BY THE YARD, OR THE POUND! IT'S NOT THE "SIZE OR WEIGHT OF THE PROPS! IT'S NOT WHAT YOU DO, IT'S HOW YOU DO IT!
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