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armagician
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Hello,
I am new to illusions, but I really like them. I travel to Atlanta Georgia once a year and perform at a church or some place (since I’m a kid I can do it for free.) This year I want to create a new show with only Illusions. I have the manual for Light Storm and was thinking about getting some more plans by Mayne. I have absolutely no money to spend in this, so I was thinking sponsors, does anyone have any ideas on some inexpensive illusions I can perform, or some ways that I can raise my budget.
P.S. Yes I would like some stuff that I can use my assistant.
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Since no one has responded, I will be the first to recommend the "ol' standby" for the low-no budget illusionist, Grant's Victory Carton Illusions book.

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I have to agree with Nfox. You could also see about getting Gary Darwin's Inexpensive Illusions. Since you like Mayne and are on a budget here's what I would do if I could get some sponsors. I would get Facelifter, Arm Buster, Pocket Sawing In Half, and/or Bisection. I actually have almost all of them including all his books, downloads, DVD's, and manuscripts. I must tell you this since you are young. If you are looking for a show to do with one assistant and don't want to spend alot. Contact Andrew Mayne and ask him about his Secret Illusion Show. This is the only way you can get it as far as I know because when I got it it was not supposed to be listed on his site. He sent the info to me in an e-mail. I posted a topic on it in the good, the bad, the garbage under Books and lecture notes. It is perfect for the beginning performer in every way. Even though I am a lot older I will still use one of the effects for sure. I have also had a lot of ideas that I can use from it too. It's only 11.95 for the manuscript. Since you have Light Storm, which is also a great effect, I can't say to much but there is an effect where you can utilize something. I won't say which one as I hate exposure. Contact him and ask him about it and read my thread. It will give you some information on it. Let me know if you need any help. By the way, you could build all the illusions in his manuscript for less than $60 if you know where to get the materials cheap. Hope this helps.
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Even though the Grant Victory Cartons Illusion book has been around for a long time, there are principles in there that are still valid.

Also, consider Burling Hull's Illusions for the One, Two and Three Person Show. I got a lot of ideas from those books when I was just getting into doing illusions.

Some of the best illusions I performed at the Texas Renaissance Festival depended not on budget, but on brains. This is not to say that a budget doesn't help. It definitely does, but your brain is much more important than your bucks.
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OK, I'm late getting here, but perhaps I can help. Gary Darwin has a book called Inexpensive Illusions, that fits your need perfectly. The book is about 1/2 black art and easy to build and do. All the illusions in this book (about 40) can easilly be built for under $200.00! You can get the book from your magic dealer (or my website <G>). I do recommend using black art, because the money you spend for a blackdrop and gimmicks is less than half the money you'd pay for one big illusions ( A complete black art stage can cost you anywheere form aobu $400 (with one curtain) to $1295 (three overlaping curtains and a floor piece will form a complete black art stage. If you e-mail me privately, I will give you more informaion on this. I am NOT trying to sell you anything. But with black art you can perform almost any illusion you can think of, and it's easy to put in the trunk of your car! It takes very little material to create a black art table. I won't give the secrets here, because this is an open site, but if you contact me I'll explain it to you, and it doesn't cost a cent to listen. My goal is to promote black art and help the young magicians starting out, DONDRAKE
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Don tells the truth. Without his advice I would be lost. Because of him I now have a way to win my magic competition here in November. Thanks again Don.
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I did my first backyard magic show at age 6... the kids in the area paid a quarter to attend and the "big trick" was making my pet beagle vanish. Slowly I started adding more and more "bigger" stuff, most of which came right out of the dumpster e.g. cardboard boxes, paper mache', and lots of latex paint!

Once you have cut out all the little doors, etc. in a cardboard prop, reinforce them with a quality tape. I do not suggest "Duct Tape" but rather, a cloth tape that will allow you to paint over it.

The inside of these props were lined with a special kind of contact paper that had a felt-like finish. For an example, I had a Cardboard Modern Cabinet with a vertical striped interior.. the black stripes were felt or "veleveteen" to be more accurate. They were lined up in a way so as to best conceal the back trap.

By using contact paper you are adding strength as well as durability to your prop. The next step is to protect the exterior by painting it with several coats of LATEX paint. Do not use anything but latex! This will deliver a rubber-like coating to your prop, which strengthens and protects its delicate construction material.

In some instances I would reinforce a prop of this kind by either adding a thicker cardboard trim that would be applied using contact cement, or actually using 1/2" lumber so as to construct a frame either inside or on the exterior of the device. This is only to improve the props sturdiness, which can be a very serious issue in certain situations.

The irony is, I made many of these props over the years, some of the first were completed in the mid-1960s and remain viable. That is to say, a quick cleaning and they are ready for the stage!

In recent years (well, since the mid-80s at least) a new advantage has come to the fore when it comes to this kind of "insta-prop". I refer to that wonderful magical fabric known as Spandex.

If you make "slip covers" that fit around your prop's shape, etc. spandex allows you to change the look at the drop of a hat. All you need is some more cardboard that's been painted appropriately and a bit of velcroe glued to the backside. This will stick to the spandex with amazing ease and therefor allows you to modify any of your illusions so as to fit a show theme, company product, etc.

Hope these insights help you out.

BTW... the back of the original Mark Wilson Course in Magic as well as Tarbell, has some great bits that can be easily constructed for nominal cash. It's well worth looking into.
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Thank You guys
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