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Hi.

Im curious, which Grand Illusion is the most expensive ever built?
I can guess, but Im not sure.
If you have the answer let us know.

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Criss Angel's career?

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On 2013-08-07 17:29, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Criss Angel's career?

:D


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This is very difficult to say...high end custom illusions can be very pricey. I am sure there have been some that are more expensive..but I would throw out Death Drill at 85,000.00
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On 2013-08-07 19:32, DavidThomas wrote:
This is very difficult to say...high end custom illusions can be very pricey. I am sure there have been some that are more expensive..but I would throw out Death Drill at 85,000.00


Is that the big drill that Melinda use to perform?
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Good lord 85,000.....

By the way believe it or not, the method and if I shall say "props" or "prop" rather that David Copperfield used to vanish an airplane is available on a website, I talked to the magicians behind it, and they claimed it is over 1 million dollars, and that the magician would have to actually travel there and stay for a while to have the illusion custom built for his design/specialty...
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Not sure what Melinda spent on hers, but that is the price Mendoza charged for the second one.
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And I thought my 5-way wand was expensive.
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Copperfield's Flying was in the 100k range

Some of Siegfried and Roy's props cost 100k


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Most expensive pre-owned illusion http://www.ebay.com/itm/Paris-Hilton-Mag......b0962e21

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On 2013-08-08 00:45, Magic Man 997 wrote:
Most expensive pre-owned illusion http://www.ebay.com/itm/Paris-Hilton-Mag......b0962e21

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Err, wow. I hope they realize Paris herself isn't included.
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The most expensive illusion is the one that you don't use.

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Floatin lightbulb - Blackstone : 100,000.00
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Melinda's Drill was more than $85,000.
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I'll bet Copperfield's Statue of Liberty cost a living fortune, as well.
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On 2013-08-09 10:44, Mike Maturen wrote:
I'll bet Copperfield's Statue of Liberty cost a living fortune, as well.


I believe reading that it was in $500,000 range at the time. Adjusted for inflation that would be $217987.68 in 2012.

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I reckon, if you take into account all of the costs involved, even though the magician himself probably didn't spend that much on it, James Randi's Card trick in Space is probably the most expensive trick ever performed (bearing in mind the cost of a space shuttle... definitely tops the $1 million mark easily, probably more into the $5-10 million range or more) however it is in nowhere near as captivating as most of the aforementioned effects, and I'm not sure if it technically counts as an illusion :-/
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Criss Angel's Claw Illusion is the most expensive stage illusion being performed live. It comes in just under $500,000.00 and was built by ShowFx.
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More $ isn't always better. Today I went on a limo ride with 2 young recovering cancer patients. They asked to see some magic. Deck of cards...$3, Sharpie Marker...99 cents, the look on their faces....priceless. Wouldn't trade that for all the $85,000 drills in Vegas.....which is probably only 1.
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On 2013-08-09 10:44, Mike Maturen wrote:
I'll bet Copperfield's Statue of Liberty cost a living fortune, as well.


I specifically remember in the early-to-mid nineties when he said that he would tell anyone how he did this illusion if they reimbursed him for it. I remember because I was trying to convince some very religious people that he wasn't demonized, and simply a magician/illusionist with a large bankroll. For some reason, I don't remember half a million for the price; I have $250,000 in my mind. Not sure about that part, though.
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Math check John..... Smile
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W_S: I think was getting at the now lower value of the dollar compared to then! Smile
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Harry Jr.s' Light Bulb>>> --$100,000--???

I knew Harry, I know his 'method'. a hundred K ???
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On 2013-08-12 22:54, w_s_anderson wrote:
Math check John..... Smile


Apparently my inflation calculator spits out other useless figures which I posted above. $500,000 (which I'm going to stick to) is actually $1,134,629.57 in 2012 dollars. Still a bargain!! I'll take two, please. Smile

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Oh sorry I thought you were asking for the most expensive illusion available to buy, if your talking about ever performed, then I would have to say David Copperfield's Airplane Vanish in 1982. I've spoken with some of the people that helped build the props for DC and some of them claimed, the manufacturing of the props alone cost more than 8 million dollars. Let alone the directing of the illusion with the music, lighting, etc.. I doubt there was any illusion ever more expensive than that....
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That's precisely what I was thinking, Dick (well, with the exception of the "I knew Harry" part...and the "i know his method" part).

But, $100,000?!?!?!?!? I'm guessing not.


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On 2013-08-13 11:03, Dick Oslund wrote:
Harry Jr.s' Light Bulb>>> --$100,000--???

I knew Harry, I know his 'method'. a hundred K ???
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Why on earth would the vanishing airplane cost $8million? Unless he actually bought the airplane outright.
Maybe in the $50-$100k range. But $8mill? No way.

I would think the vanish of the lady liberty was probably the most expensive with regards to props, production value,
etc. And I bet that was over $1million.
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I would think one of Franz Harary's illusions would be most expensive, His stuff is huge.
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