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Lou Hilario
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How effective is this illusion to the audience? I have one but I never seem to use it. It doesn't give me a strong audience impact. To me, it just seems like something funny to my audience. I am refering to the body twister. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Bill Hegbli
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I have seen this effect many times at shows and magic conventions. They usually present it in a very fun and 50's type effect.

It is funny, not mystifying type of effect. Set back and look at your effect. Are you in awe or is it funny?

I always enjoy the effect being presented, I have not seen a bad performance of this illusion yet. It seems from your question, you are expecting something else then the illusion was designed for.

If you are into the macob or serious type of presentations, then maybe the twister is not for you. Your vivatar is not of a fun type of magician, if this want you want to present to your audience. Then a mystery type of illusion would be better. There are a lot of illusions to pick from and some never seen in the last 50 years by audiences.

I think you are very lucky to have such a nice illusion.
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I agree. I don't think this would be good for a mysteries type of presentation. It would work better as a comedy type.
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We've used the Twister for years and have always done very well with it. But, as has been pointed out, it's a funny thing, more a puzzle than an illusion. We tend to do it "in one" and almost sort blow it off. It's very good to lighten-up with if you've done something slower paced like a shadow box or zombie.
Lou,in your case, because you seem to be a serious guy, maybe your audience isn't aware it's okay to laugh at the twister. So you end up with that odd spotty, uncomfortable laughter. I've not seen you preform it so I'm just making a guess. Might be why it's not working for you.
But, keep in mind it's okay, even good, for a serious performer to break from that once in a show. The audience will love you for it. If your going along all serious then something like a twister comes out of left field, and you enjoy it, laugh at it, so will they. Don't be afraid to break the mold in your own show, it will be a better show for it.
Okay, enough of me running at the mouth...Smile Just something to think about.
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Kevin Ridgeway
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We happen to own the very first Twister ever built. It made it's way thru Canada for awhile and ended up with us. We present it fairly quickly with some hard driving music...definately not the '50's style. It isn't the one the audience remembers the most, but it does get a good reaction. Just remember, the reaction is very short and sweet...and can be pretty anti climatic just bringing her back to normal.
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The Twister is a fun bit .. it goes fast but the audience does like it. Some are built well and some are junk... the actual depth in the box is very important to create the proper illusion.

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Lou -

If you wanted to do twister in a kinda bizzare -- but still comic relief (I think that is the prop's strong point) redeckl it out to be a medeval torture machine from the inquisition -- and have your assistants twist you (as a Galileo type) wizard in costume (pointed hat and all) and you can magically untwist with some smoke and fire -- step out triumphant.

The Valenties (cruising your neighborhood) have a great biot where she gains 300 or so pounds -- and use it as a reducing cabinet -- with steam from her ears......

Of course if you know the svelt Mrs. Valenti -- when she gets out there has also been a costume change.

Gregg------ still in Tucson -- waiting to hear how yoiur move to the provinces went????
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Just a thought....The most important part to this illusion is a good form. I have seen so many forms that are too flat and look nothing like a twisted body. It really can make or break this illusions.

Chris Murphy from OZ illusions makes a really nice one.
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I own a Twister made by Bill Smith, Magic Ventures. It is beautifully made and because I do a lot of comedy, it is always well received.
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