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Christopher Starr
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Back in the late 70s, Phil Moore sold a portable levitation titled Lighter Than Air. It was similar to the Gamolo levitation, only made of cast iron and weighed a ton. It required 2 or 3 guys to move it. He also offered another illusion which he created and called the Moore Slicer. He claimed that it was the first sawing a lady in half illusion that the magician could remove the covers and show the lady with the blade apparently through her midsection. I had never read of any other magicians owning or performing it, and did a search of this forum with no results regarding the ownership or performance of it.

I accidently stumbled upon a video of Phil Moore demonstrating this illusion and thought that some of you might find it of interest:



http://youtu.be/75q1roImCZg
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I had forgotten about this. Does anyone know who to contact for the rights to build this?
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I once had a Genii issue from the early 90s with this advertised. Are any of them around any more?
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This will hit the market again if I can secure the rights.
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I would contact the poster of the video.

I actually believe Phil had the rights up for sale when he stopped building them. He was involved (family owned) with the G.H. Grimm Co. in Rutland Vermont they manufactured equipment for the maple sugar industry, I believe this is where he manufactured this illusion and the "Lighter than Air" levitation. The company has changed hands, but Phil left the compnay in the early 80's to start a restaurant. Here is some info that may help if you are wanting to do some "detectiving" to track down Phil, or family. Phil is mentioned towards the end of the story.

http://www.rutlandhistory.com/documents/......1987.pdf

Good luck.

Blair

(Phil also had a third illusion that he entered in conventions in the quest for the originality award. I really don't remember much about it though.)
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Thanks Blair. I'll contact the youtube poster. That is a good start. I think if it was modernized a bit, it would be a great addition to my line.
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It looks like the poster may be related.

Blair
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I love this! Thanks for sharing it
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I find it odd that many would be interested in owning it. I thought the video helped demonstrate why very few, if any, were ever sold. I have never seen anyone perform it, or seen one for sale on the used market.
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I don't think Phil sold that many although if you Google it there is a story about the illusion and how "worldwide" it was sold. I believe because of the business (maple sugar refining equipment) the illusion could only be "off season" produced which limited sales also.

As far as second hand, we're talking about close to 40 years ago when it was originally produced.


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I also shocked of this illusion.
I think that it is Great and amazing illusion.
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My search of another site found a reference to Phil Moore's Slicer:

Linking Ring Vol. 57, #10, Oct. 1977 page 55: seems like it describes it as the winner
Linking Ring Vol. 58, #01, Jan. 1978 page 21: Price $1595.00 FOB (apparently an Advertisement)
Linking Ring Vol. 60, #07, July 1980 page 76: "...the declared winner was Phil Moore, with his FULL VIEW slicing..."
Linking Ring Vol. 60, #12, Dec. 1980 page 133: A performer named "Liberty" (?) announced that he had purchased one.

I don't have these issues anymore, and I lack registered online access to fully read any of the pages. Phil had submitted the illusion in a Linking Ring contest around 1977, and he won the illusion category. I remember reading that the winner's had to agree to let the Linking Ring publish the method of the winning entry, but stated that the winner retained all manufacturing rights to his creation. If my memory is correct, then some issue had a basic explanation of the method. I couldn't find any mention of it in my search.

Hope this helps.

Chris
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Phil is alive and well! He lives about 20 minutes away, and still has an active interest in magic. In the late '70s he took me to my first SAM convention in Hartford, CT. I helped him set up Lighter Than Air and The Slicer in his suite as he was showing them there. It was like stage illusions in a parlor setting. The levitation was ok in that close of a room, but the slicer killed! I remember folks perched as far forward in their chairs to see the effect, and they were floored. When the blade slides back and forth through the assistant's uncovered body, it blew them away! It was very impressive. Phil does not use a computer to any great extent, so you will need to contact him by phone. the Slicer is a thing of beauty!
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You may want to PM Prolineprops with the info ie. where 20 minutes away is so that he can look for and contact Phil. Glad to hear he is well.

I also saw Phil's presentations at the conventions.

Blair
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What happened to the "Slicer" Illusion video? The link does not produce any video.
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Quote:
On Jan 30, 2018, top_illusionist wrote:
What happened to the "Slicer" Illusion video? The link does not produce any video.


The embedded link above is wrong.

Try clicking through this link , so you can see the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75q1roImCZg
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The IBM requires winning contestants of the originality award to release the working of the prop and method, then the IBM publishes the information a few months later in their Linking Ring Magazine. So the slicer had to be published in 1980, after the July issue.


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Thank you David for the correct link and you too Bill for providing that insight. Had no idea IBM required winning contestants to release their secrets.
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