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I am started to have a few Grand Illusions. I started off with French Guillotine and then went on to Floating Table which I bought directly from Losander. Slowly my collection is increasing as I already have Metamorphosis and Twister. A friend is making me a suspension which would soon be added to the collection and so on. My question is how to store the illusions? The guillotine packs into a trunk and the floating table come in its own suitcase. My Metamorphosis trunk also packs flat but they even then they are taking a lot of space to store and they are eating up my garage space. I want to build or purchase some illusions with a base but I am afraid they would take up a lot of space. I would like senior and more experienced colleagues to share their experience and suggestions about storing illusions. Thanks.
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If you want the illusions to not be damaged by heat, cold, and humidity, you only solution is to rent heated, climate controlled storage space. Keeping them in a garage or trailer, will destroy the paint and wood, unless it is climate and temperature controlled.

You will also need travel cases made for you illusions, so the will not get damaged during transport. As you are going for the really large illusions, you will have to have semi tractor and trailer at some point. You can rent them as well. You will need a CDL license and learn to drive a "rig" or hire someone to drive the rig.

Good luck on our adventure into illusion shows.
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When I saw Jason Bishops show a few years ago, he was touring in a trailer behind a SUV. He has ALOT of stuff... so I wouldn't worry about a semi-truck.

You do want climate controlled storage and obviously you want good cases for your illusions. Some illusions can be designed to pack down smaller then others. Dream illusions brags about how quickly and easily their Fire Cage and K-Kube pack flat into their cases. In comparison I have a Forzetting / Woodbury Duplex (similar to K-Cube) that is a royal pain to break down. Could probably set up 5 or 6 K-cubes and STILL take a coffee break before I was done putting it together. ha. All that to say... buying props that are practical to travel with and to store is a smart move.
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