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Magicjg
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What Paul Osborne book has the plans for the Crystal Casket Illusion? I would like to buy this book rather than the single plans.
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I don't think the Crystal Casket is available in a book - only on an individual plan.
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Magicjg
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The crystal casket is in a book its in The Classics vol 1 its on his website.
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I stand corrected. It's called "The Glass Box" in the book...
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Does it offer the same details as it is in the plan?
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Most of the plans Paul puts in his books are the ones you buy. However, that being said, they are (in many cases) reduced so small that many of the dimensions are hard to see. In any case, as with most of Paul's plans, you really have to be a builder with some knowledge to be able to just pick up a plan and build from it.

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Zaprig1
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I couldn't agree more Blair. Especially with something like a Casket. I know I wouldn't ever want to try building mine!
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I don't know in what book is but Rich Hills do a gorgeous one!
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Rich's "Casket" is nice, I'll stick to my Gaughan one though!

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Rich's is pretty nice.

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If I had a choice I would get Rich's casket in a heart beat. It's beautiful.

Blair I don't think I've seen a casket as built by Gaughan. Got a pic of yours?
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I really like my Chalet Casket.
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I had a pretty lengthy conversation with Seebach about the casket when I bought mine. One major point he talked about (and I agree wholeheartedly) is that with most of the newer caskets, they are not assembled as a 6 sided glass box w/bottom etc. on a table in front of the audience during performance making the production seem most impossible to laypersons. He believed this made up over half the deception to the illusion itself! Again, I agree with his points......after all....he's seen it all!

While I do love Rich's casket, I don't think you can assemble it for the performance. If only it did...
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Wish I still had the Gaughan made crystal casket. It was incredible.

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Wow Christopher.....that is gorgeous! When/why did you sell it? I can understand if you'd rather not say, but what a piece!

Could these be assembled for the routine? Are they still made???
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Here is the Gaughan Crystal Casket that was displayed in his shop during the Magic History Conference.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKJOpYNey9M
It is brass with beveled edged pieces of suspended plexi. Olive in color with hand-painted pinstriping details.The Wakeling principle become see through after the production. Unbelievably deceptive up close.
More of a stylized jewelry case than the usual look.
Doug Henning featured the Owens model on the Magic Show with the plexi being inserted into the frame. I agree with David Seebach that it adds an extra punch to the effect.
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On 2009-11-22 14:32, Zaprig1 wrote:
I had a pretty lengthy conversation with Seebach about the casket when I bought mine. One major point he talked about (and I agree wholeheartedly) is that with most of the newer caskets, they are not assembled as a 6 sided glass box w/bottom etc. on a table in front of the audience during performance making the production seem most impossible to laypersons. He believed this made up over half the deception to the illusion itself! Again, I agree with his points......after all....he's seen it all!...


Jim Steinmeyer has some very interesting thoughts on this topic in his excellent new book Technique and Understanding. It definitely bears some consideration. You might very well find yourself changing your mind here in the twenty-first century!
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Interesting Frank! Does he really contradict David's thoughts on this in the book? That actually BUILDING a 6 sided solid glass box for this routine does not add value to it's deceptive quality???

My casket goes a step further in which there are four nylon straps laid (two going lenght and two going across the width) under, over, and around the glass and the glass box is strapped/tied closed so to speak.

Not only does this give the illusion much longer stage time, I really feel it adds to the mystery of the illusion as well. Just an opinion, but I'm open minded enough for someone to try and change my mind on this........
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