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wa-na-be
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I know a lot of you make your own props. I was wondering if there are websites to go to for e books or plans for making your own
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Just wanted to make sure you know that there is an area of The Magic Café that is all about building your own props. It's called "The Workshop."

As to plans, I've used plans in some from Paul Osborne's books to build various stage illusions (see this thread where I talked about a chimney illusion and also a sleigh illusion that I've built to produce Santa Claus in some shows. There's also a link to photos of my props, on that thread).

And Paul Osborne also has 3 books out on props for kid show performers. See this thread for links his Kidtrix series of books.

Abbott's Magic and Paul Osborne Illusion Systems also sell plans for various illusions as PDF files, I think.

http://www.abbottmagic.com/ (Abbott's Magic site)

http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/ (Paul Osborne's site)

Reminder - e-plans and e-books can't be resold because of copyright reasons.

There is an older book by Micky Hades titled, "The New Make-Up of Magic" that has some plans in it for various props.

- Donald

P.S. Tip - Whenever you are going to build a stage illusion, always make a mock up out of cardboard first, before cutting wood, to make sure that dimensions are correct for fitting people, etc. This might apply to stage magic tricks, as well.
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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I was out checking out another place called the magicnook. Seems pretty good. Anyone have any experience with this website
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I have never purchased from their site.

Do a Magic Café search for posts by members named jimgerrish and also spellbinder, and you'll find quite a few posts promoting their magicnook products, and sharing their thought process about make-it-yourself props.

- Donald
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I've purchased some of the smaller individual items from the Magic Nook. One thing to remember is that many were made by (mostly or completely) the kids in their program. They are good workable tricks, and the plans are good with directions, photos, and routines, but can often be made more durable or more finished than what comes in the manuscripts.

I have not yet purchased any of their books, but I do intend to. Their props seem best for magicians without a lot of time, money, or building skills. (I fit all three!!)

Ed
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I have purchased and built a few tricks from magicnook. They are a good starting point and with a little skill and ability can be worked into quality props.
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On Oct 15, 2014, wa-na-be wrote:
I know a lot of you make your own props. I was wondering if there are websites to go to for e books or plans for making your own


Thank you for this thread OP Smile
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Depending on what you want to build, there is an awesome site for all kinds of goodies...
Check out http://www.propdog.co.uk/
Cheers!
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A good place to have a BrainStorm is at a local toy store and your local hardware store. Don't look at pipes as pipes, or shelves as shelves, open your eyes and mind and put different things together and create that special something. I made my first performing table from table legs attached to the bottom of a bass guitar case. Complete with skirting and an hour of magic inside. I would walk in with a guitar case and Wow! them with a magic show. I also walk through toy stores regularly to keep up on the hottest toys of our clientele. Always keep your eyes open for that one thing that will spark a whole routine. Remember after Christmas to scan stores for prizes. At Easter look for rabbits, Halloween skulls and stuff.
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On Oct 15, 2014, wa-na-be wrote:
I know a lot of you make your own props. I was wondering if there are websites to go to for e books or plans for making your own


Thank you for this thread OP Smile


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I love having a snoop around toyshops and finding something to adapt or take apart to make up a prop or gimmick.
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On Jan 3, 2015, Crownhart wrote:
A good place to have a BrainStorm is at a local toy store and your local hardware store. Don't look at pipes as pipes, or shelves as shelves, open your eyes and mind and put different things together and create that special something. I made my first performing table from table legs attached to the bottom of a bass guitar case. Complete with skirting and an hour of magic inside. I would walk in with a guitar case and Wow! them with a magic show. I also walk through toy stores regularly to keep up on the hottest toys of our clientele. Always keep your eyes open for that one thing that will spark a whole routine. Remember after Christmas to scan stores for prizes. At Easter look for rabbits, Halloween skulls and stuff.

The guitar case is a cool idea. I drive my wife crazy because I cannot pass a toy store without cruising through for a bit. Looking at what is popular, and always looking for something to work with. She says I am worse than the kids ha ha

...but 2 months ago I found some windsheild wiper glasses like Silly Billy uses. Really crappy ones, but only $1 each, so I bought a few. Smile
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