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Hey Folks!!! I decided not to call it the Tokyo Towers....... The Pagoda Towers seems more applicable. Have a look!!!! I just stretched the canvas 2 days ago and ready to draw out and paint the mural this weekend!!! It's a fun project!!!



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I am VERY intrigued by your projects.
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This Wall/Tower will have many built-ins for the act!!! Oh I can't wait to get it done!!!! I will video the performance and share it with you guys!!!! It's been too *** hot in California for the past couple days and I have not been able to get myself working on it after work!!!
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I understand about excessive heat in the shop. It really slows me down. Looking forward to your progress.
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Interesting. How do you plan to pack, transport or ship it? All things to consider. But it is a neat concept idea.
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Hey Richard, it's not too heavy, at least not too heavy right now without transporting the props inside of it. It's 7.5 and will fit in my SUV. In one of your video, you had a tier flower wall. You produced your bouquets, then showcased them on the wall.... how heavy was that prop?

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I see this as a dual purpose prop. It serves as both a prop for effecting specific tricks, but also as a backdrop or stage set of sorts. I've done things like that. I once built a set of French doors that hinged together to form a complete set. It contained a flash appearance and vanish for me, as well as load placement and a place to perch doves during the act. They were all essentially, modified scenery flats. The three doors, and the three black panels that stood behind took up a space 4 feet x 8 feet x 6 inches along one wall of my van... leaving the rest of the van open for everything else.
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What became of your backdrops and French Doors Michael? I like the French door ones.... walk through and vanish. Good trick but it looks too be a small payout for such large prop?? 4 by 8... is that just one door?

Richard mentioned it being heavy, as of right now I can handle it since I am somewhat fit, strength train and jog every day.. but in 10 years these prop may feel heavy transporting. Despite where I am with the build, I am already thinking ahead as to how to make this lighter..... the 2 canvas are light, though the 3 towers are heavy without props in them. Their heaviness makes them stable.

The 2 canvas easily connects to the 3 towers with 8 - 7x pounds magnets. they have a really good secure connection. I will post a photo.

Yes Sir, I think it will be a very nice back drop!!!! Audience can even use it as a photo op?

I spent last night watching the Patriot/Chief game and did not work on it at all...... will work on it big time this weekend for sure.

Since the prop is not my lively hood, I have been dragging it along.

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I actually built the French Door system twice. The first time was when I was a hired by a corporation to make an exec appear on stage in a convention banquet room. . Worked like a charm. In fact, with three doors connected side by side, there was enough room to make a horse appear. The back 3 panels which served as the black background were 4 x 8. The doors were about 30 inches x 78 inches... closer to the size of a standard closet door. They became free-standing, like folding screens (like a Temple Screen). Black panels in back, white doors in front (shown red in the drawing).

Top view of the set up configuration...

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The center door was the heaviest because it was set within its own frame, so it could hinge open. The side doors were non-operational, and quite light weight. They could easily be lifted with one hand.

The back panels were built with frames like scenery flats, skinned with 1/8" Masonite covered with black felt. The were light weight enough for one person to easily move, but it was more convenient to have two people set things up and break it all down.

This entire thing was meant to be self-contained in the venue. There were other devices that connected to this (hidden). As well, my doves produced were perched in the various windows. So, it accomplished plenty for the size of the prop.

I lost the unit in a flood. Several years later, I built another for a different type of show. This one did not have the background panels as they stood in front of a black curtain. I also made each to fold in half and lock open via pin hinges.
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There you go! If the door is hollow and MDF Paneled, that would be light. Thinking about your door panels, add some windows for some other acts and we would have quite a show variety.

Yep, I am a big prop type of a guy...... I can't see doing little card, coin acts, etc. for a large audience. I watch Masters of Illusions on Friday.... and these guys go on a large stage doing Rubber Band trick or coin through the bottle, it's doesn't look appealing to me.

I took some photos for you Michael..... Bracket on Canvas stick to Magnet on tower. Very quick and accurate setup. I did consider using some sort of latch brackets rather than magnets, but that would entail some preciseness in setting the pieces together... too time consuming:
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