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Topic: Through A One-Inch Hole Illusion
Message: Posted by: afnoce (Jan 2, 2003 12:16AM)
I’ve been reading about the “Through A One Inch Hole” illusion and it sounds pretty cool, but I’ve never seen the effect actually performed. I’d like to get an opinion from any of you who either perform or have seen this illusion performed first hand as to how well it plays. Does the illusion look as good as it sounds? What kind of reaction does the audience have? On another note, is the illusion easy enough to build from the Steinmeyer plans or is it advisable to purchase one already built? Your feedback is very appreciated.

Message: Posted by: victorkent (Jan 2, 2003 03:42AM)
I perform that one and built one for a friend as well. It's a long trick as far as illusions go but it plays well with good presentation. If you have a good gift of gab then you may be able to pull it off. Since you will have a couple of volunteers helping pull the rope you should also be good at controlling them while maintaining audience control.
Also it takes a lot of practice for the timing to work smoothly. As with most of Steinmeyer plans they aren't complete so you will have to guess here and there. I have seen some available on MagicAuction.com and Ebay for as low as $250.00
-Good luck.
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Jan 2, 2003 03:46AM)
Thru a 1 inch hole is a very effective illusion, a neat twist on the old subtrunk idea. We have built ours from the plans in the book. The illusion is easy to construct and if you have experience in woodwork and the proper tools, then go for it; otherwise get a ready built unit.

The reaction is very good. But like in all illusions, all comes down to your presentation and handling of said effect as even a great illusion can be totally ruined by a poor performer.

I personally recommend the illusion. It is very unmagical in appearence, very natural, and that alone enhances the thing--it registers something like, "That can't be gimmicked."
Message: Posted by: Ben Simon (Jan 2, 2003 11:38AM)
BTW: Luis de Matos performed it years ago in one of his Noite Magica television specials.

I think a carpenter could build it from Steinmeyer's Device and Illusion plans without any problems. :cool:
Message: Posted by: afnoce (Jan 2, 2003 06:54PM)
Thanks for the great feedback, guys!
Message: Posted by: skilusion (Jan 2, 2003 08:12PM)
I think any illusion is awesome depending on how it is performed. I have seen this one a couple of times and they were both different. I would suggest that you keep the pace up on your presentation because it is a long illusion. Hope this helps. I haven't built this illusion but have built several others and it looks really easy to build.
Message: Posted by: Joao Miranda (Jan 5, 2003 09:02AM)
What is the effect of this illusion?

Anyone could help me on this?

Message: Posted by: afnoce (Jan 6, 2003 07:50PM)

Here's the effect: A fully examinable packing crate/ box is shown and locked. A rope that was shown and looped through the front and bottom of the box (through the 1 inch holes) is tied to your assistant's waist the other end is given to an audience volunteer. When the signal is given, the volunteer pulls on the rope, in turn pulling your assistant from outside the locked box to inside the locked box. Impossible! The only way in is
through the 1-inch hole on the front of the box. The four master locks are removed from the box revealing your assistant with the (same) rope intact and still tied around her waist. One moment the audience sees the magic assistant outside
the box the next she is gone, only to be seen again when the box is unlocked and the lid removed. Once the box is opened the magician unties the rope from the magic assistant's waist and she steps out of the box to another round of applause.

Message: Posted by: Joao Miranda (Jan 7, 2003 02:41PM)
Thanks a lot!
Message: Posted by: Daktari (Jan 7, 2003 10:36PM)
I had one built from the plans in the book by my woodworker and he did a brilliant job. As the others have stated, it does require a good presentation and the amount of practice necessary to perform this smoothly is not overstated. I performed it almost completely surrounded at a fair venue last year and it floored them. Wonderful thinking on Jim's part! :dance:
Message: Posted by: MarkWPA (Jan 8, 2003 12:00AM)
I agree - Jim came up with another good one!
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Jan 8, 2003 06:45PM)
It's a great illusion. Good for also packing your props into. Have a second top made so you can leave this "solid box" hanging around.

Lock one for in the lobby and challenge someone to get into it!! Use the line "any good magician can get out of a box, but how many can get into one magically (or put someone into one)?

Some folks here are mentioning it is a long illusion to perform. A friend (Ted Outerbridge) performs it nearly all to up tempo music. And it plays well. Goes fast to!!

Good luck with it!

Blair Marshall