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Hi All,

I thought that this might be of interest to anyone who performs for events…

The event industry is likely the first industry that a budding magician or illusionist will find work in. Unless born into an entertainer’s family, it is unlikely that your first show experiences will come from theatre shows, cruises or casino showrooms. Probably, your first one hundred shows will come from events. For 80% of the professional, semi-professional and amateur magicians in the world, all of their work is from events of all kinds.

Performing illusions in events takes a different skill set than performing in a formal performance venue. Choosing the right illusion that can be staged effectively at an event setting must also be done so with careful thought and planning.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of self-contained illusions and illusionettes that will fulfill the requirements of what I dub ‘The Event Illusionist’. Most of the illusions are available from major magic dealers, authorized illusion builders or the respective creators of the illusions.

180 (Mark Parker)
A Frame (Andrew Mayne)
A Walk Through the Winery (J C Sum)
Arm/ Head Chopper
Assistant’s Revenge (Robert Harbin)
Audience Acupuncture (Jim Steinmeyer)
Audience Dis-member (Jim Steinmeyer)
Balloon Box (Andrew Mayne)
Barstool Levitation (Kerry Pollock)
Broom Suspension & its variations
Bow Sawing (Harbin)
Chair Suspension (Harbin)
Compressed (Daniel Summer)
Crystal Striptease (J C Sum)
Cube Zag (Gunther Puchinger)
Cubism (Jim Steinmeyer)
Cyclone (Andrew Mayne)
Dagger Head Chest
Dismiddlement (Rich Hill)
Chains Through Neck (J C Sum)
Electric Head Chopping/ Visible Sawing
Geometrick (Kuda Bux/ Les Smith)
Girl in Puzzle (Jim Steinmeyer)
Guillotine/ Lester Lake Head Chopper
Head Cremation
Head Twister
Inertia (Mark Parker)
Interlude (Jim Steinmeyer)
Jam (Rand Woodbury)
Konundrum Kube (Jack Murray)
Ladder Suspension (Walter Blaney)
Little (Mark Parker)
Light Bulbs through Girl’s Middle (Jim Sommers)
Modern Art (Jim Steinmeyer)
Mis-made Girl (Chuck Jones)
Origami (Jim Steinmeyer)
Reducer (Mark Parker)
Revolution (Mark Parker)
Ring Illusion
Rubik’s Revenge (Mark Parker)
Strong Box (Mark Parker)
Sub Trunk with All Round Curtain (Various Designs)
Sword Basket (Various Designs)
Sword Cabinet (Various Versions)
Sword Through Neck or Body
Sword Suspension
Temple of Benares
Thin Model Sawing in Half
Thru a One Inch Hole (Jim Steinmeyer)
Thru the Eye of a Needle
Tube & Spear Illusion
Twister (Mark Kornhourser)
Vanishing Radio/ Birdcage
Visual Displacement (J C Sum)
Wakeling Sawing (Alan Wakeling)
Zig Zag Girl (Robert Harbin)

I chose these illusions because they fit my criteria for an Event Illusion, for general events. If you have any other illusions to add, share it with all of us!

Regardless of your level of magic experience, if you are seriously interested in building and marketing an Event Illusion Show, check out my new book ‘The Event Illusionist’. This is the first complete book that deals exclusively with this subject matter.

All the best,

J C Sum
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Pakar Ilusi
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Thanks for that JC! Smile
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Thanks JC. I will try to get my wife to get your books for me for Christmas but if not I will get them after the first of the year. When will you have your simplex car appearance up in the backstage section? I'm very interested in it, anything you could share in a PM would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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A lot of good information in your Essay section. Nice work.

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Thanks JC-very informative

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JC - You missed the Harbon/McComb "Magician's Revenge." They sold the rights to Kovari who manufactured (and improved a little) this original type of upright blade box.

I use it with one assistent and 3-4 volunteers on stage handloing the blades and witnessing. 8-9 minutes.
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