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I don't know if this has been done before or if anyone does anything along similar lines, but it's an effect I've never seen as such.

I thought it would be a really nice idea for the opening of a show.

The effect is basically this . . .

Two dancers dance on stage and unravel a large sheet of cloth (material). They then hold it at each side of the stage so that it effectively forms a cloth wall about 6 or 7 feet high, facing the audience.

The cloth ripples slightly, and of course there'd be appropriate music, and the magician (star of the show), penetrates the centre of the cloth - walking right through it - much to the amazement of the audience.

Well, that's the effect. As I say, I've never seen it done before, and I've no specific idea as to how it could be achieved (although I've a few thoughts on it).

Any comments on possible methods, or even just what you think of the idea would be appreciated (although nicking my idea to use yourself wouldn't Smile )

Look forward to reading any responses.

Best wishes,

Brian
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I've seen it done, although not exactly the way you mentioned and it is a relatively powerful effect. And if nothing else, it is definitely different!
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Thanks. I thought it was something different which I guessed would have a good impact to the start of a show. I think careful thought would have to be given to as to what followed it, and as to the method itself so as to make it baffling.

Cheers,

Brian.
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Doug Henning opened one of his TV specials with that. His dancers had a fireman's "trampoline" (the round thingy they catch people jumping from buildings on) which they showed all around. They then held it in a verical position, NOT TOUCHING THE FLOOR, MIND YOU, and Henning burst through the paper. A great opening effect.
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There's a peripherally similar effect in the illusion collage video on the website of Jack Stephens (Magic Café' handle "Illusion Jack"). He might give you some suggestions.

http://www.jack-stephens.com

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Yeah, but Henning's was a production, breaking through the "cloth" like the covers on a tamborine production. I think what Trickster has in mind is a penetration effect, not an appearance.

David Blaine could do it, like when he reached through the glass window on TV. Oh, yeah, I forgot ...his magic only works when he can use camera tricks. Foget I said anything ...
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Hahahaahah... David Blaine could do it... good joke!! hhahaha

But seriously. Brian, something important before proceeding with this effect. I think you should keep in mind that you really have to convince the audience that you didn't just walk up from the back of the theater when the assistants were holding it.

Here's an idea of how the effect might play out if I designed it. You can laugh at this... and the utter simlicity of it too... but I LIKE it so there... hehe

Two assistants come on stage and do their little dance number which includes openly showing the cloth on both sides and staying away from the back of the theater when the cloth is held up, at least a foot above the ground so that the audience can see beneath it. Next the cloth is held in front of lights which seem to illuminate the white cloth. One light is on the left side and the other on the right side. All of a suudden, in the middle of the cloth the audience sees the shadow of a hand appear and immediately start pushing on the cloth. Then the rest of the shadow of the magician appears and then... BAM... he breaks through.

Oh I love lights and cloth work. It's so.... interesting. Granted, you'd have to spend time figuring out angles and such, if you know what I mean, but that would look neat. Interesting concept.

Keep up the good work,

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You are gonna need a lot of spandex to begin with Trickster.
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Waitaminute! Unless I'm mistaken (it wouldn't be the first time), Magictrickster's original idea was that of a PENETRATION, *not* an appearance. Everyone seems to think he was refering to a "sneak on" appearance, but that's not what the posting nor the heading states.

Re-read the post ... he describes an osmosis effect, mysteriously passing through the cloth, not "breaking" through it.

Correct me if I am wrong, Trickster ...
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Yeah - the idea is of a PENETRATION where the magician magically appears to penetrate through the material.

Cheers,

Brian.
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Gotcha. I misunderstood what you were looking for. The way you first described it, the magician wasn't part of the equation until he penetrated the cloth.

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Exactly...think "Walking Through A Mirror" with no frame, and no mirror...just cloth. It gets a great response!
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Marco Tempest's act might give you some ideas trickster.
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Sounds like a great idea. I'll think on it. I know how you feel. I come up with awesome ideas all the time, but just get stumped on how to do it. I would be very interested in the method to this. Another thing I could probably use.
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