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Joe,

From Osborne's site http://www.osborneillusionsystems.com/ (click "Plans", scroll down to "Morrit Cage" and click there)...

"A handsome cage rests within a large opened cabinet. There is a close fitting curtain all around the cage which raises or lowers by means of a cord at the side, leaving all parts of the outer cabinet fully exposed to view at all times. Nevertheless, ..."

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Gene
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Re the Morrit Cage...read up in Hiding The Elephant. A good read.

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Thanks for the Link !!



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Where can I find the best plans to build DeKolta Chair and matching Deceptive Base. Or do I just use the Osborne Chair Plans and put in on a base? The Osborne plans say it needs a trap door.
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You don't necessarily need a trap door. A good base is actually more deceptive and fortunately still a very well guarded Illusion secret. There is a Copperfield special where he performs it exactly like that. I think it's called 'After the Show' or similar. This way the audience can look right under the table when it happens. Important though is to match the props with the settings. For example if you have a nice Maplewood De'Kolta Chair you want kind of a matching Table-Base with it like you would furnish your home. Smile
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On 2007-01-12 02:55, RSD wrote:
Where can I find the best plans to build Dakolta Chair and matching Decpetive Base. Or do I just use the Osborne Chair Plans and put in on a base? The Osborne plans says it needs a trap door.


Osborne just meant that you need a way out like a trap door or a DB with a trapdoor or Spandex. I prefer trap door over Spandex because it tends to wear out fairly quick depending on how many times you will perform it. Hope that helps.
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I have a question about having someone else build the illusion with plans I purchase. I am probably going to buy the black book, just makes sense. I am also interested in designing and building my own illusions. But for now I just don't have the proper tools to do a professional job.

If I hire a cabinet maker or go to a cabinet making shop, what precautions should I take, if any, to ensure I'm not compromising the rights to the illusion? Does it matter that someone else learns the "secrets" to the plans?

I'm wondering if a contract of "silence" is used in these cases, or if you have most of the work done, but not assembled so as to keep the secret from being revealed.
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Hello,

is it better to buy Haunted Illusion Book for the Easy build Guillotine or better to order the plan for the Easy build Guillotine ?

I mean .. if the plan is same as in the book or not and what is added to the plan ( $ 25 ).

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I would buy the book, The cost difference is marginal, and the other plans could inspire you to create and even better effect.
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The plans are the same plans.. the difference is the size. Paul's single plans are done on 24 x 36 paper.. in true blueprint fashion..

Paul and I have been friends for going on over 20 years.. and I converse regularly with his wife..

The one thing that I find sorely lacking on paul's plans are specifics.. Tips and tricks and things you need to specially pay attention to while building certain props. Also some hardware is very hard to find... Giving the original source would be nice.

Not neccessarily an actual store.. but what it was originally used for. Illusion hardwar hardly ever is actually custom made on the classic props..but often comes from unusal places like boat shops or restaraunt supplies or odd other niches.

Knowing what the hardware was originally used for would be a HUGE timesaver.

However.. since Paul isn't a carpenter.. he probably doesn't know... His background is in desgin and graphics..and he's REALLY good at that. Perhaps he needs a website that takes illusion woodworking tips from builders..
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The single plans also has an extended written text about the illusion and the plans are much clearer. Buying the Black book is a good thing, as well as all of his Illusion series.

There is so much more to illusion then just building them. Consider storing them, transporting them, the assistants measurements, are just a few examples of what to do with illusions. I think it was Mark wilson who said I paid for the illusion several times just in storage fees. If I sold it after I was done, think of all the money I would have saved, or something like that!

As for building a guillotine: The Haunted Illusion book is better because there are so many other good illusions in it.

Personally, I don't like home made guillotines, especially the French kind. one slip and it is really off with the head. I could write a booklet on this! I have the Richbark Simplex Head Chopper:
http://www.richbark.com/m_illusions.html
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Thanks to makeupguy and Dennis Michael Smile

I am looking to build the "EasyBuildGuillotine" because of what was said.

I received the Classic illusions vol. 2 where there are most of the guillotines and it is great source to choose and build Smile
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Obviously, on Page 1, I have updated all the key postings for a huge list of Illsuion Plans. Most focus on Osborne's work.

Getting into an illsuion show is an expensive business and one must be committed.
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Osborne's New 2007 Step Right up Book. Many of which are in his Haunted Illusion Book
The List on the first page has been up dated.

Osborne, Paul: Step Right Book Copyright 2007
Osborne, Paul: Alligator Woman: Step Right Up Book
Osborne, Paul: Blade Box: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Cardiff Giant: Step Right Up Book
Osborne, Paul: Electric Chair: Step Right Up Book
Osborne, Paul: Girl to Gorilla: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Girl in Fishbowl: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Headless Lady: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Head on Sword: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Head Cremation: Step Right Up Book
Osborne, Paul: Living Half Girl: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Mabel Illusion: Step Right Up Book & Evolution
Osborne, Paul: Man with Three Legs: Step Right Up Book
Osborne, Paul: Monster Guillotine Step Right Up Book & Classics of Illusions
Osborne, Paul: Seeing Through a Woman: Step Right Up Book
Osborne, Paul: Spidora: Step Right Up Book & Haunted Illusions
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Here are more Illusions which are in the book:

The Seven Secrets of Illusion Design by Eric Van Duzer
Abbott's Aga Levitation
Aga Levitation I
Alternative Sword Box
Appearing Bride
Appearing Chorus Line
Arm Chopper
Artist's Dream
Asrah
Assistant Switch in Sheet Backdrop
Aga Levitation
Bangkok Bungalow
Bare Stage Appearance
Bare Stage Vanish
Black Art Theater
Blue Box
Break-apart Cabinet
Broom Suspension
Burning Alive
Cargo Net
Abbott's Chinese Chopper C
rystal Casket
Crystal Casket Revisited
Disembodied Princess
Dollhouse I
Dollhouse 1I
Elastic Lady
Flash Appearance Flying
Flying Carpet
Ghostly Piano Player
Girl from the Light
Guillotine
Here There
Hindu Basket
Instant Appearance
Instant Vanish
Keller Levitation
Knifer
Lion's Bride
Little Stinkhouse
Living Torso
Million Dollar Mystery
Mirrored Platform
Mismade Girl
Morrit Plank Illusion
New Palanquin
One Performer Vanishes and Reappears Elsewhere
Overflowing Coconut
Pendulum Illusion
Pepper Ghost
Phantom Black Art Platform
Platform Levitation
Cutting in Sixths
Raceway
Ribbon through Woman
Shape Shifter
Sphinx
Spirit Theater I
Spirit Theater II
Staircase Vanish
Substitution Trunk
Super-X
Sword Suspension
Sword through Neck
Table of Death
Tabletop Vanish
The Burglar
The Chamber
The Metempsychosis
Three Kings and a Queen
Tichbourne Claimant
Tip-over Cabinet
Transportation Transporter Illusion
Triangle Illusion
Two Assistant Arch
Two Performers Change Places
Two Performers Enter. One Vanishes and Becomes the Other
Vanishing Elephant
Vanishing Head
Vanishing Lady
Vanity Fair
Victory Cartons
Visible Sawing
Who's There?
Woman through Glass
Woman without a Middle
X-Rayz
Zig Zag

This too has been updated in the Hugh list of Illusion on Page 1
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The following is the table of Contents in the Illusion Book:
The Complete Book of Asrah by Dr. Scandia from Steven's Magic.

INTRODUCTION 1

NOTES and SUGGESTIONS 2 - 4

FORMS 5 -19

  • Traditional Form
  • Complete Collapsible Form
  • Table Collapsible Form
  • Impromptu Form
  • Easy Constructed Form
  • Pillowcase Form
  • Suitcase Form
  • The Scissor Collapsible Form
  • Disposable Form

TABLES 20 - 46

  • Traditional Table
  • Take Apart Table
  • Take Apart Table II
  • The Velcro Table
  • Magic Table ASRAH
  • Backdrop ASRAH
  • The Board Table

COVERS & BACK DROPS 47- 49

  • Pillowcase Cover
  • Backdrops

RIGGING 50 - 60

  • ASRAH Rigging
  • The Gizmo Gimmick
  • One Hand One Man Gizmo
  • Pole Rigging
  • Strange

PERFORMING 61- 62

  • Music
  • Lighting
  • The Normal Presentation
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Would you consider The Seven Secrets of Illusion Design a very good starting book? I have purchased some individual plans (Andrew Mayne), but there are several in this book that I desire strongly.
So is this a great place to go?

--Ryan
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"The Seven Secrets of Illusion Design", is to Illusions, like Friztkee's "Showmanship for Magicians" is to presentation or his "The Trick Brain" is to creativity.

It is a book to understand the mysteries of the "big box" tricks. If you are looking for details plans there are none. If you want to be able to understand how most (some say all) illusions work, then this book helps you by categorizing them into 7 areas. It's worthy of an illusionist bookshelf.

I found it intriguing, interesting reading and because I love illusions, I was not disappointed in it.

If you want to build an illusion, then buy the plan for that illusion. "The Complete Book of Asrah" is different. Even though I own the book, I still bought Osborne's "New Asrah" Plans. In this case the book gave really in-depth study of one illusion, its forms, its methods, and its presentations as well as drawings to build one. The drawings were not as detailed as the plans, but the book explains much more than what comes with the plans. Both together it completes the understanding, of that single plan as well as how to present it.

You won't get that process with, "The Seven Secrets of Illusion Design" just an understanding of how illusions fit into these seven categories and their basic secrets.
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Mmmmmm it seems like those books would be a good buy, I'm going for it!
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How the heck am I supposed to read the plans in Classic Illusions by Paul Osborne? It's really small and somewhat sloppy?
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Hello! Anybody know the web or e-mail of Roy Shank and Bill Shedoudy from creative magic design? Thanks for the help!
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I am considering purchasing Osborne's plans for the shadow box. However, I'm just curious if anyone here knows approximately how much it would cost to build it?

Thanks,
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I bought one of the Osbourne books because I wanted to build a new Zig Zag and I couldn't find my Harbin Book.

If you already know what you are doing, and can kind of engineer as you go along then the plans in the book are ok.

If you are new to this then definitely buy the individual plans. The books are shrunk down and therefore not to scale. In the case of the Zig Zag there were several key dimensions that I was looking for that the plan in the book didn't provide. On a scale plan I could have just used a scale rule to come up with the dimension. But since these were shrunk down I couldn't do that.

Also get used to Paul's way of dimensions. On the Zig Zag there was a dimension that looked like 17" - because the books are poor copies of the plans - things get a little blurry. Luckily I worked everything out before making my cuts because the 17" really turned out to be 1'7" ( 1 foot seven inches).

But the man is a genius and you can find great inspiration from the books, once ready to build - if you aren't really sure what you are doing - buy the plan also.
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Holy Guacamole!!!
I had no idea that there was so much information out there. My head hurts just looking at the titles. Thank you for all this info. I have ALOT of research ahead of me. And Thank you Mrs. Morningstar for sending me here.
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Hey, Kris...
Don't you love it? Glad to have you here, girl!
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Wow! I know it's been said a dozen times if not more, but I feel like it needs said again.

Way to go Dennis! You're the man!
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I'm not sure when it happened.. but some time ago I made an off-hand comment that Paul Osborne wasn't a carpenter/illusion builder.

I didn't mean that he had NEVER built illusions.. He's actually a skilled carpenter, 2nd generation, with a full shop and warehouse....

What I meant was that he often mentioned that he "had a guy" who did, or helped, him with much of the building that came out of his warehouse. That in no way was meant to imply that "his guy" was the one actually doing all the work.

It would be IMPOSSIBLE for someone with no carpentry skills to have drawn the incredible number of illusions he's drawn.. specifically the original illusions that I grew up with in the 1980's published in Genii.

I worked for Paul for a few years in amusement parks.. and I've never since met anyone so full of wisdom and helpful hints in regard to illuions and performing.
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Hi everybody,

if anyone can help me, I can not find anywhere, even not on Paul Osbournes website, that book :

The Classics of Illusions Volume Three

Osborne, Paul: Aga Levitation, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Cutting in 6ths (Sixths), The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Princess of Thebes, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Palanquin, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Head Chest, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Taboret, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Chests of Mystery, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Shadow Boxes, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Girl in Drum, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3

Is that one "to come" or totaly sold out ?

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It was once on Osborne's website but, now after I just looked, and it is not there. It has never come out. I was waiting for it because I like shadow boxes. If it does I'll add it to my collection.

Update: July 7th, 2010:
The Classics of Illusions Volume Thre......8.00
Osborne, Paul: 25 Things: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3 (Things you must consider...)
Osborne, Paul: Aga Levitation, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Cannons, The , The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Chests of Mystery, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Cutting in 6ths (Sixths), The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Queen's Cut: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Girl in Drum, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Head Chest, The (Chest of Nefertari): The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Arrowhead: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Dagger Chest: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Tools: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3 (The tool kit)
Osborne, Paul: Mignon: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Palanquin, The New: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Princess of Thebes, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Shadow Boxes, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Shadow Boxe Revisted, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Stack of Boxes: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Taboret, The: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3
Osborne, Paul: Postword: The Classic Illusions Vol. 3 (About Illusion Systems)
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Thanks Dennis Michael for your answer Smile seems we got to wait.
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