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Topic: Best Pack Flat Play Big Surrounded Stage Illusions?
Message: Posted by: shane_delon (Dec 14, 2004 10:20PM)
This has likely been asked, but a search didn't reveal anything...

To those that do this all of the time, what are some of the best pack-flat play big and surrounded illusions that you've had experience with.

Mentalism things seem to fall in this category, but what about penetration, appearing, dissappearing, etc. effects that could be performed for 100 people or 1000 people in a circus where you'd be surrounded...not worried about cost, just effect.


Message: Posted by: mike_york (Dec 16, 2004 12:25PM)
Sub trunk
Message: Posted by: RJE (Dec 16, 2004 04:00PM)
Girl through Glass
Message: Posted by: MikeDes (Dec 17, 2004 09:40AM)
Sword Through Neck
Floating Table
Chair Suspension
Message: Posted by: The Mirror Images (Dec 17, 2004 10:00AM)
Zig-Zag and other variations of this effect.

Head chopper

sawing an person in half

Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Dec 18, 2004 02:25AM)
Get a Chalet Sub Trunk !
Message: Posted by: shane_delon (Dec 29, 2004 07:19AM)
Thanks for all of the responses!

Are there zig-zags that pack-flat?
Message: Posted by: ricker (Dec 29, 2004 09:50AM)
I can fit mine zigzag in the back of my Saturn SC-2 with lots of room to spare.

And it's a TINY car!
Message: Posted by: shane_delon (Dec 29, 2004 12:55PM)
Ricker, what kind of zigzag do you have?

dlcmagic, I have a friend who bought some plans for a sub truck - one that looks great, but unfortunately doesn't pack flat - and I've tried to jump down in it and barely fit scrunched up and able to get the door shut. (I'm 6'1" which I wouldn't think would be too large for an Illusion that's meant for a magician and his assistant...I'm not overly overweight but have room to be skinnier.) Do you think I'd have any problems using this sub trunk size-wise and be able to do it fast enough to make it look good without killing myself?


Message: Posted by: ricker (Dec 29, 2004 01:03PM)
I built mine from the Harbin/Obsorne plans. it has piano hinges on the side so it folds almost totally flat.

Can carry that and a few other things in the car.

Now the Super=X leviation is a different story LOL. it still fits, barely
Message: Posted by: AmazingEARL (Jan 3, 2005 04:13PM)
I once did some sketches for a Zig Zag that packed completely flat. Seemed completely feasible, but since I don't work with an assistant anymore, I never built one.

Have to go back through my old (VERY old) notebooks...and pray that I can still read my handwriting.

Dan Wolfe, aka. "The Amazing EARL"
Message: Posted by: BtheDreamer (Jan 3, 2005 05:45PM)
I am a Huge fan of the Chalet Kub Zag! it packs down into a car and it can be done surounded and or up close. You can even put the thing together or take it apart in fron of your audience if you have to without worring about exposing the secret! I get lots of use out of mine!
Message: Posted by: Magic Monkichi (Jan 3, 2005 05:52PM)
Hey Guys,'

Well I do a zig zag that fits into a Toyota Camery. It was built by a builder nammed (I think I'm going to get the spelling wrong here) Hans Zon. Anyways...it pakcs fairly small and gets great reactions. You can't beat a classic.

Magically yours,

Message: Posted by: Magicmatt1982 (Jan 28, 2005 02:08PM)
Andrew Maynes voodoo box
Really andrew mayne has a lot of things that can be mad to pack flat. I think the other question is what kind of illusion are you wanting and then go from thier.
Message: Posted by: Dylan Weese (Feb 3, 2005 08:41AM)
You could maybe do an Assistant's Revenge, might be a little slower because of the angles, but you could pull it off.
Message: Posted by: TGENTLE (Feb 3, 2005 06:15PM)

Is it painted?

(Just kidding...I've seen the other posts)

Message: Posted by: HarbinJr. (Feb 3, 2005 07:42PM)
The Zig Zag was originally built to fold flat! Osbournes plans only reflect what Robert Harbin had already created.

If your looking for illusins that play big pack flat you may also want to look at the old arabian tent or go with a blammo box or many of the already mentioned illusions.

Perhaps a door appearance?
Broom suspension?

Robert Long
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Feb 3, 2005 08:09PM)
Broom suspension

Harbin-Zig Zag

Electric-sawing in 2

Chair suspension
Message: Posted by: dreid007 (Feb 3, 2005 09:16PM)
The gamalo levetation
Message: Posted by: HarbinJr. (Feb 10, 2005 10:25AM)
Arabian Tent
Cutting in Thirds
thru a one inch hole
super x suspension
bow saw cutting in half

If I think of more I'll holler!

Message: Posted by: dreid007 (Feb 10, 2005 10:13PM)
The broom also when used other ways
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Feb 11, 2005 10:44AM)
Mini spiker or sub spiker by doug malloy both claim to be transpotable. I was looking at sub spiker but it is a little bit pricey.
Heres the site:
Message: Posted by: Shawn D (Feb 18, 2005 11:47AM)
Can you explain how the gamalo levetation can be done surrounded?
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Mar 17, 2005 02:48PM)
I hope you've got an assistant. lol Maybe we could try some one person illusions.
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Jun 4, 2005 10:51PM)
My Owen's Zig-Zag packs flat and is stored in two ATA cases. Weighs many pounds and won't fit in a Camry. It will fit is some cars, but nothing else will.
Message: Posted by: Lusion (Jun 5, 2005 10:46PM)
My favorite is the Impaled illusion , well rather the Improvise Pireced illusion, packs small plays HUGE!!!!!
Message: Posted by: thefifth (Aug 16, 2005 05:38PM)
Another vote for the Sub-trunk!