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funemagic
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A visual vanish of a motorcycle in midair.

Done before a live audience during a monster truck show so it’s done surrounded. A motorcycle comes racing down a dirt track, hits a ramp, goes air born about 100 feet. As it goes sailing through the air it just vanishes in mid-air. No covers, no puff of smoke…just gone. A second later the bike comes roaring in from outside the track.

Any thoughts how this might be done? I’ve booked a fair show next week and that’s the trick that sold the show for me.
Rob Johnston
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OK, you booked a show on the premise of an illusion which you don't know how it is performed? Bad form.
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OK, the part about booking the show based on the vanishing motorcycle idea was a joke (fooled ya!). I just put that in to see what kind of reactions I’d get. I do think the illusion would be fun to see though.
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Congratulations funemagic!

Your prize for being so brilliant is to provide a workable solution to your own illusion/question. You have 72 hours, ready, set, go...
funemagic
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Boy Ron, you sure now how to put the pressure on a guy. Do you work in state government? Smile
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There was something in the book Carter Beats the Devil that might help you with this trick.

David Copperfield has some consultants who work in this stuff.
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Here are two obvious elements which could play a major role in your solution:
  • Blended backgrounds
  • Strong directional lighting (ala Copperfield)
While I'm not sure exactly which segment Jonathan is referring to from David Gold's novel, Carter Beats The Devil, it has an intriguing plot involving a professional magician. The film version, starring Jude Law in place of the originally slated Tom Cruise, is scheduled for release next year.
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Didn’t know they were putting that to film. I’ve heard about Cruise playing The War Magician though. I’d think that if the bike had something to land on which could be hidden from the audience than a dup. bike comes in from the outside it might work.

I’ve seen some fabric used as backdrops in theater that when light is shown directly on it from the bottom and front of the fabric you can’t see through it but if light shines from the top down you can see through it. Maybe the bike could jump into something like this?
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