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SaltyDog
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Hello Everyone. I was hoping to gain some insight on the best book or books (preferably still in print) that cover the construction of the smaller type of props. I have nearly completed a Square Circle and will post photos shortly, but I would like to have a go at, say, a Sucker Die Box, production box etc. I have an understanding of the principles of a lot of these illusion but would prefer some drawings/plans to work from. I am fairly conversant with woodworking. I am hoping some of the more learned members may shed some light and recommendations on the sort of book(s) I'm after. I am aware of the plans available from online vendors but these all seem to be for scale stage illusions.
Hoping you can help.
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SaltyDog, first off welcome to the Café.
There are many sources for constructing small props, first I would recommend looking for the books by Jack Hughes, they can be expensive but have a lot of props to pick from. The books have been out of print for a while but are still out there, also there is a single volume with selections from the three volume set with many props.
Look at some of the offerings from Abbott's Magic they have books with smaller props for builders.
Paul Osborne ran a series published in magazine form called "Shop to Stage" which were all small props. There was talk he would release the entire set in book form but since his passing I don't know if that will happen. You can still contact his web site and see how many of the small plans they have available.
Another great source is from The Wizard's Journal http://magicnook.com/wizardsTOC.htm Jim is a member here and can supply you with a ton of advice.
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Many Thanks Gents. My Google-Fu must be weak. I had not come across the Magic Nook website before. I have selected a number of props to order from them. I will keep a look out for the other books you mentioned.
Thanks again
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I was curious about the Jack Hughes books and found that they're available as electronic versions from lybrary.com for all three volumes for $99.

https://www.lybrary.com/jack-hughes-worl......071.html
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Again, Many Thanks. I will check them out. Thanks for the info!
Cheers
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Mel Babcock's book has detailed plans for building a die box.
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Thank you, "the fritz" for the information. I have ordered a number of plans from the Magic Nook and I have found them to be most useful. Jim was very helpful too! I will endeavour to chase down Mel Babcock's book.
Thanks again
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Here's a link for Mel's book. I have a copy and this reminds me to go through it again.

http://home.nwi.net/~magicmel/prodlist.html
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Thank you Sir, for the link. I will have to check the cost of postage to Australia to see if it's feasible.
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