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Most of us know how Andre' Koles Squeeze Box is accomplished. I mean... it's pretty simple in magic terms. (But still an ingenious invention). Squeeze Box, Copperfield style, can be performed alone. You would need stage hands to spin the prop in order to present the illusion properly.

Also.. Andrew Mayne's "Squeeze Boy" - which uses a different method, but similar effect, was published in his book "Solo-X" which is illusions for the solo performer.

While you are correct that large illusions need more than one person to load and unload, that doesn't mean they need more than one person to perform. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, J C Sum has a really great video / book set on a large scale "solo" illusion show that includes Wind Shear, a shadow appearance illusion, solo modern art, and other very large scale illusions. He performs the show solo, but relies on a professional stage crew to help load / unload, and to move props etc. This is a very appropriate thing to rely on in the professional markets that he works in.

And then of course there are illusions that 1 person could handle if they chose to... the Harbin Bow Saw, the Blaney Ladder, several walk-through something illusions, they've all been mentioned in above comments. Do you consider the Blaney Ladder "Grand Illusion" ? Subjective... but I think it is. Copperfield performed it as such.
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On Dec 28, 2017, thomasR wrote:
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On Dec 27, 2017, Bill Hegbli wrote:
No grand Illusion can be performed without trained and rehearsed assistant, as is very hard to cut yourself in half put you back together.


You really should educate yourself... Ever hear of "solo modern art"?


Great example.

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I of course was addressing the question as a solo performer. It has to be moved, loaded, transported, and unloaded, set up, in place on stage, or easily moved on stage to perform.

Ray, I think you did not consider the complete process of presenting a one man illusion.


I did consider all of those things. Yes, you could possibly need people to help you unload and set up. You also might need ushers, lighting and sound people and others to present a show. I was just trying to expand awareness to your comment that it was "very hard to cut yourself in half put you back together."

Yes, most of my illusions use a cadre of talented assistants, but there are always clever ways around that. I will say that to me, most solo illusions are not as good as the more developed illusions utilizing more people. A lot of the self bisecting illusions come to mind. Many are clever but not necessarily good but again... the exceptions make the rule.
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Ray,
What would be your favorite solo illusion? (in the category of Blaney Ladder, Harbin Sawing, etc., something that could be truly performed in a one-man show, but still be billed as an illusion and not an "illusionette").

Feel free to name more than one if you want. ha.
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Is the floating ball an illusion? or just a d__n fine trick?!

In Ray's hands... it is both!
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I sure count it as a full stage illusion when it's in Teller's hands!
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And all this time I thought the difference between a trick and an illusion was the dimintion of the apparatus And the amount charged by the magician to perform it
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I perform a solo Modern Art built for me by Owen Redwine. I also perform Nick Einhorn’s Levitation and Wellington See-Thru- Guillotine in my Solo Shows.
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I perform a solo Modern Art built for me by Owen Redwine. I also perform Nick Einhorn’s Levitation and Wellington See-Thru- Guillotine in my Solo Shows.


That's a really solid 3 solo illusions!
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Harlan Tarbell's Eclipse Illusion.
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What is the Tarbell Eclipse illusion? I have read several postings on his act which mentioned it but could find no information on the effect itself.
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A large metal Disc travels across the stage invisibly from one paper covered frame to another. As it is passed in front of a drum head lit with hundreds of light bulbs it makes a sharp black shadow that eventually blots out the drum head and then passes on the other side. Peter Tappan did it at Abbott's in the Sixties or Seventies. Tarbell ended his Chautauqua type shows with it. It fit in a car trunk.
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Is the floating ball an illusion? or just a d__n fine trick?!



I don't know if it's a grand illusion, but I do a color-changing lighted floating ball routine that uses the entire stage, even on large stages. The bigger the stage, the bigger the impact. So I think it counts.

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I recently saw Josh Knott's show at the South Carolina State Fair. His wife was home with his daughter since school had started and he did an excellent "one man" illusion show with one stagehand.

Squeeze Box, Ladder Levitation, Table of Death, Audience Accupuncture, Jaws of Death (upside down straight jacket escape).
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Anyone have experience using the John Pizzi UP UP and Away?
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If so what are the pros and cons. I'm trying to decide between this and the spontus360.

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I love the floating ball, and the orb of light is brilliant! Danaruns I too am working on a floating moon. I am new and this is my splash. Please enjoy this video I made tonight. I am inspired by the beauty of the mysteries that bind us all in wonder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwAeRdtbtag
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There is a great levitation out there I recently discovered and can source for about $300 shipped. Anyone use the magellan system from china magic?
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