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Topic: Manipulation and Camera trickery ;-)
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Nov 20, 2008 08:37PM)
There have been a few "film to life" illusions where a person in a motion picture stepped off the screen into "reality." Dana Wynter as assistant to Curt Jurgens's Anatole was a classic example from "The Great Anatole" on _The Dick Powell Theater_ back in the '60's. One of the ideas I had years ago was to use a slide projector to rear project billiard balls or cards onto a screen so that it looked like the magician could reach up on the screen and remove the projected image. The screen could even be designed to look like a stage prop rather than a screen.

Another idea I had was based on an idea I found in a very old book of science experiments. You basically set the focal range of a projector for where you are standing on the stage. (In this case front projection is used, not rear projection.) But because the lamp projects the image past the plane where you're standing, the image is invisible--unless you put something at the focal point for the image to register on.

My idea is based on the concept of retention of vision. If you wave a white wand rapidly up and down along the focal plane of the projected image of, say, a blue billiard ball, you will actually see a sort of image of the billiard ball because of the retention of vision. But if there is nothing at tyhe focal point, the projected ball will be invisible because the image is out of focus beyond the focal point. Imagine now that the left hand is waving the white wand so that the blue ball is "visible." The right hand has a blue ball palmed in it and plucks the projected ball into reality as the wand is lowered below the focal point. As the real ball is produced, the unseen assistant working the projector advances to a black slide so that it looks like the blue ball was really produced from the projected image.

Theoretically, you could do the same thing with cards--or just about anything that you can project. If you wanted to, you could even project a motion picture of a dove and then bring the projected dove to life using an invisible dove harness.

Of course, if anyone developed this type of routine, there could be no disclaimer about not using camera trickery :)

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Nov 21, 2008 11:53PM)
I really like your idea!!

It reminds me of those clocks that display the time as if it seems to be floating in the air above the clock. I would love to see your act if you manage to put this together!
Message: Posted by: ufo (Nov 22, 2008 10:37PM)
Great idea!
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Nov 23, 2008 01:44AM)
Certainly food for thought. Thanks for the idea.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Nov 23, 2008 08:49PM)
Along a similar line with the projected image of cards is an idea I had based on polarized sheets. Remember the watch that had a rotating polaroid disk to reveal a selected card? How about a similar setup for stage card productions. There could be one black disk with cards scattered on it. In front is a polarized disk of the same size that makes those cards invisible. By using a remote control to rotate the front disk, the cards behind materialize "magically." As the right hand reaches up to the disk, it seems like it plucks a bunch of cards from the disk and fans them. As the fan is produced, the front disk rotates and it looks like the cards are gone. If both disks rotate, it would be even more deceptive because the display of cards would look at least a little different.

Speaking of rotating disks--Anyone remember the color changing record idea that used nothing but a silk to make the changes? Maybe four different colors, starting of course with a black record and ending with a rainbow record. It may have been a Tricks, Ltd. product from Japan. It was based on a principle I re ember first seeing Anverdi do in a lecture where a white plexiglas disk changed colors with just a wave of the hand.

For those who do the color changing CDs, I also designed an LP-sized record album to work like a Himber wallet. I changed the CDs to red, yellow, and green; then put them in the record album. When I re-opened the record album, they had changed into a 7" laserdisc.

I've always liked the color changing records/CD idea. Sometimes I did a "Name That Tune" theme where a black 45 record changed to "red" as "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" played; "yellow" while "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" played; and green while "Green, Green Grass of Home" played. Of course, there are lots of other color-themed song titles--"Red River Valley," "Green Grow the Lilacs," "Blue Velvet," and of course--"Purple People Eater." (Did you know that the late Sheb Wooley, who sang the latter song, had a recurring role on TV's "Rawhide" as well as appearances in "High Noon" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"?)

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: jtb (Dec 1, 2008 04:14PM)
This is a great idea. My goal is to have a rainbow magically appear. Now I am beginning to think it might be possible.

Thank you.