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Hello community,

I will be including a Fast Food Act in my future performance. I purchased a POP UP/Collapsible Laundry basket with a 16 inch circumference that collapse to 1 inch. I have not pinpoint as to how this basket will be produced during the show. My act already entail a mirror box and a box disappear for a stratosphere act.

Any ideas? This basket will represent a LARGE drink where I will produce an 8 foot straw for it.

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What about a shallow box table top? The "drink" can be collapsed in it with a simple cloth cover. Now, using a larger foulard, pretend to "capture" something (same as the appearing water bowls). Pretend to set this on the table and steal away the cover, popping open the drink at the same time.

Another idea is to simply have the collapsed drink in some accessible location where it can be stolen into a quantity of silks (off the back of a table, or chair for example.

The fewer "box-type" props for this production, the better (stage furniture being excluded). A handful of silks is a less tangible production location than a box. It seems less likely that something could be hidden inside, especially if the silks were produced in a manner that suggests them to be otherwise empty.
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I had that idea after posting this as well. Would you say something like this:

A round top (foldable) table with a circular top cut out with the the collapsible sitting in side with a .20 plywood sitting on top of that to keep it down. The Ply would have a little handle where the silk cloth would be use to capture the ply to reveal the collapsible? let me draw a picture. Not sure what you mean (same as the appearing water bowls).

Hmmm... I like your second idea..... reveal it from table using a silk.... where the collapsible is concealed inside the round table top.. Here is a sketch of that:
Slide it out and pop it up... even though everyone knows it is a collapsible, the mysterious is where did it come from....

Thank you much for all the ideas and suggestions as I am figuring and building these props to conform with the overall act!!!

I will share the pics after I build it Michael!!!

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Your design is good. In one of my acts, I produce a giant 13" diameter pocket watch from a silk fountain. It is stolen from a table, although I have the watch hidden vertically and edge-on to the audience. The watch comes straight through the front of the table, which has a spring-type flap that closes again after the watch has been stolen. It is a stage effect, and relies to a minor extent on black art, which serves to minimize the apparent width of the table base. The depth of the table (front to back) cannot be easily determined. So the size of the watch is incongruent with any perceived space in the table. I am also away from the table when it is actually produced to further disconnect the two.

The water bowl production tables use a false table drape (initially hiding the bowl) that is stolen away. A second, table drape drops down UNDER the bowl at the same time. This created the illusion that the bowl appears ON TOP of the table. That new table top is also smaller in diameter, dispelling the notion that the bowl was in the table. Visually, it won't fit. I am in the (slow) process of making a similar thing for myself to produce two trays (one on table, one in hand) with several mugs of beer. The basic plans are in Byron Wels' book(s) The Great Illusions of Magic. It's an old Thayer idea.
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Giant McDonald's folded "flat" white paper bag.
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Long ago, I made a Halloween costume and went as a giant bag of fast food. Some of this reminds me of that. One thought was to make spring snakes into French fries. A giant empty fry container could suddenly become filled with fries.
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Spring fries would be difficult to make..... I already purchase Squishy fry and burger for the act!!!!

Empty large fry container to full is a fabulous idea. I will work on its' incorporation in the future.

Hmmmm..... Empty container, lever fries pop up. I can't see this being made out of wood... or can it? Round dowels would be fries?

Any thoughts Mister Baker? Smile

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Wood will be too heavy I think. Make the fry box from lightweight plastic panels or mat board. Use a real fry box as a template. That's what I did. Once put together, it is mostly self-supporting and rigid. Spring fries would not be that hard to make if you can sew, or have someone who does. Just make the outer cloth tubes, and fill them with the springs stolen from cheap spring snakes. They can hide under a false bottom that hinges open to release them all at once.

For my costume, I used long strips of 2" x 2" foam. They did not collapse, but they weren't meant to... just not weigh a ton.
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