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magicsam
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I am looking for a mutilated parasol type trick for stage, and have seen many around! What is the best one to get? Does anyone else perform this in their act?
Thanks.
Sam
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Most of the Mutilated Parasols out there work the same way, and they end up with an unsightly (to me, anyway) huge umbrella shaft that shouts the method (There's a very good reason that most dealers' catalogs have drawings of this item, and not photographs. Or, when there are photographs, the "mutilated" version is shown from the end and not the side.).

http://magicbypost-m.tripod.com/M10.htm

Once, however, I saw one performed that operated differently, and evidently didn't use the "standard" method. I saw it for sale somewhere several years ago, but I don't remember where.

I'm sure someone here will know where to find it.

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Hi Magicsam...

Abbott's Magic has the best version of the Mutilated Parasol. Its method isn't at all like older versions, and the shaft as pointed out by Amosmc, isn't at all out of sorts.

Abbott's is a bit expensive...but well worth the cost both in effect and props. Continued success...

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I have to disagree with amosmc that all are the same. They all work differently. The india model uses a changing tube, the Harries model uses a metal tube the the umbrella screws into. The Italy model is larger then most and cannot do the reverse transportantion.

I agree with Doc, Abbott's is the best on the market, bar none. Edward O. Drane Co. out of Chicago used to sell an import that was as good as Abbott's in method and workmanship. It was cheaper then Abbott's. But this company has been out of busiess for years.

So save your money and get Abbott's. Last I heard it was $350, so it is probably more now.
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I, too, advise using the Abbott's. I was lucky enough to find an old tatttered, beat-up one for $35. I sent it to Greg and he replaced the cover, and sent me a new cover for the "switch". Now it's like a brand-new trick. Used it all last summer and people love it. It's fast and colorful, if not the most puzzling of effects.
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My vote is also for Abbott's. Ed Miller (another old timer) also made a good one. It was like the Abbott's style.

The European style is more like a real umbrella but cannot be restored.

Watch e-bay and occassionaly they come up for sale.
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I use the Harris' model and though the first one broke two years ago, my second one has served me well so far.
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Aha...you're all wrong (okay, it's just my opinion)... the very best ever made is/was the Tim Starr mutilated parasol. You can still find them occasionally on used lists. I traded mine of about a year ago, but it's without a doubt, the best. If anybody needs/wants an Abbotts..I have one here, it's just the parasol, no purse or extra cover or loose silks.

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Tim did make a good parasol but I had two problems with it. I like to be able to restore the parasol. Also it was not big like the old European style. Al DeLage used one like this and it was the size of a full man's umbrella. I think the extra large size compensated for the non restoration.
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More great Abbott's comments. Wonderful! Thanks guys!
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Hi I'm Ron Calhoun, From Kentucky. I have a friend who got the Mutilated Parasol at an action about 6 years ago. He has no clue of the routine because it didn't have instructions.

I saw the post and was hoping someone could help us find some instructions or at lease an outline of the standard routine. Could anyone please help? Thanks

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I have the Harries version from Sweden and I have a heck of a time getting the parasol to be restored. If anyone has any tips for how they work that, I would appreciate a PM
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The European Style ( I believe Harrie's is like) is much harder to restore. I remember Al Delage used diagonal cut silks on the umbrellas and he would twist the ends around the tip of the umbrella before inserting it back into the tube.

Hope that helps a bit.
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I got my Mutilated Parasol from The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop and I'm very happy with it. I'm doing a show with a new Mutilated Parasol but it didn't come with a mat or prop to put the umbrella in for the Switch? I've seen people use a newspaper, which will not work for me, But I was wondering what else I could use. Do you think a cardboard tube would work or do you think I need to show the Tube empty after I pull the Umbrella out?
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You can also use a plastic golf club tube.
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Although this topic is a year old, I am compelled to state what a friend told me recently. There are a lot of versions of the mutilated parasol, however only one (Abbotts) can you restore the umbrella. The silks go back into the rolled paper tube.
Dennis Michael
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Go with the Abbotts parasol. I have tried many over the years, and I keep going back to the Abbotts.
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Ed Miller version also alllowed you to restore the parasol. Al DeLage used the European version Horace Marshall made that was also restorable.

Ed Miller's would be very hard to fine. So Dennis is correct...Abbott's is the way to go.
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Do you think that it is neccessary to show the tube/Mat empty after you pull the umbrella out or can my assistant take it off stage with out showing it.

Brent

Mine is a European Version, though you can not restore it, its a thing of beauty.

Brent
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I have a large one made by scandinavian magic - Kurt Flemming in Denmark (no longer in bussnes) where the umbrella never seems to leave the spectators sight, no tubes cover the umbrella just the cover, and the silks are placed in a blendobag wich changes into the umbrella roof. Ok so you can't restore it but I don't want that to me it,s an anti climax for the trick.

By the way Tim Star used to work for Harries here in Sweden befor he moved to the US. He is Swedish you know.
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