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What is the best illusion you have seen?
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Light Bulb Cabinet is classic.
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Could you explain the Light Bulb Cabinet?
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PS it sounds cool!!!
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Tim Kole performing his father’s invention in which Jenny passes through a plate of diamond slab steel (not sure if it goes by the name "Thru Steel").
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The best Illusion is the one you can create a connection to your audience with. It is the one that suites you the most. Whether this be making a coin vanish, or sticking an industrial drill through your stomach. In magic there are many imitations of other magicians and not many real originals...
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I guess the best way to describe the LBC is where the woman goes into a cabinet like thing, with 4 walls. 24 light bulbs go thru the person. There are shade like things that close up on the side, but you see the actual light bulbs piercing the person. I'm not very good at describing illusions, but this is one that Blackstone, Sr. used in his show.
Here's a small gif annimation I did a while back of it. I think you'll will get a better idea of what I'm talking about by watching it. . .

http://home.earthlink.net/~ling40/files/lp-lbc.gif
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Copperfield's "One" and Blaine standing on a pole for almost three days (how do you not sleep?)....
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David Blaine standing on a pole for 3 days does not constitute an illusion. Bah he such a sensationalistic and egotistical person. I don't have much respect for him. And David Copperfield hasn't done anything spectacular since the early '80's. I find them both very boring.
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The best, in my mind, is the Metemorphisis Illusion performed by The Pendragons. You can't touch them.
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Howdy:

I always rate magic material, especially stage illusions, from the point of view of how easy is it to transport, set up, perform and tear down, and, can it be done surrounded. These are personal criteria as I never wanted or expected to become Copperfield, etc.

It is the criteria I generally suggest to those just starting out who want to grow into the Copperfield size show. For that reason I suggest: The Broom Suspension, Sub-Trunk and Zig Zag Lady. The Sword Basket done well is another really terrific trick that is portable, etc.

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Hands down the best illusion that ever there was was the Blue Room. Seeing someone slowly fade into existance is live real time special effects.
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Payne, you are absolutely correct.
Also Copperfield Flying is should qualify.
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I think that defing the "best" is difficult without outlining conditions.

As far as stage, I always thought that Copperfield's version of "Disembodied" (the one that combined it with the Shadow Box) was outstanding. His "Buzz Saw" looked great in concert, too.

For Grand TV illusions, I still go all the way back to the Statue of Liberty .. . that set the tone for 20 years of TV magic.

For us ordinary work-a-day magicians, Origami is hard to beat.
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Copperfield's Cacoon. I saw that live in Des Moines and went absolutely bonkers. Haven't seen the Pendragon's metamorphasis, so I don't know which is better. I can watch Cacoon over and over again on the DVD and never get tired of it.

"Cacoon" gets my vote for best I've seen.

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Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile It's such a sad thing... so much to learn and all magic-nuts can talk about is "their opinion" as to which effect is "best".

I think "the best" illusion (potentially speaking of course) is the one YOU as a performer, master. e.g. the one effect that YOU are able to pull the most out of in regards to audience reaction and empathy.

Hey... what do I know? Smile
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Carumba! You beat me to it Darmoe! You have expressed my sentiments exactly.

I was going to say that the best illusion is my Sword Basket as it is the only “illusion” that I am presently performing.

By the way, I look forward to your grand illusion posts. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience (and I drool over your illusion collection!).

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On 2002-11-13 15:21, Harry Murphy wrote:
Carumba! You beat me to it Darmoe! You have expressed my sentiments exactly.

I was going to say that the best illusion is my Sword Basket as it is the only “illusion” that I am presently performing.

By the way, I look forward to your grand illusion posts. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience (and I drool over your illusion collection!).

Thanks!




It's not much of a "collection" these days... most of what belonged to Chuck was sold off long ago and I've more or less done away with anything that don't fit in a brief case (well, almost... Smile ) Doing a very unique style of Mentalism these days... let's face it, the chief side-effect of doing big illusions for 30 some odd years, is a bad back, knees, and other key body parts... Smile
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On 2002-11-13 13:52, Darmoe wrote:
Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile It's such a sad thing... so much to learn and all magic-nuts can talk about is "their opinion" as to which effect is "best".

I think "the best" illusion (potentially speaking of course) is the one YOU as a performer, master. e.g. the one effect that YOU are able to pull the most out of in regards to audience reaction and empathy.

Hey... what do I know? Smile


The question was "what's the best illusion you've ever seen?" not "what's the best illusion?"

The best illusion I've ever seen is the "Blue Room" this doesn't make it the best illusion of all time, if such a thing exists, it's just the best illusion I have witnessed.

But I agree with you Darmoe there is far too much "What's the Best (insert type of effect here" or Who's the Best (insert name of performer here) posting on this board.

What is a stunning illusion in one performers hand can be pure rubbish in another’s and generally comparing one performer to another is a case of apples to oranges. As in Art there is no good or bad, best or worst, only what you personally like and what you don't.
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Payne.. you're right on! Smile

Unfortunately I love just about all of it (when it's done right) for different reasons. The Sawing has always been one of my favorites. I've worked the original Thurston cabinet with Kirkham long ago and love it for certain key reasons, over the Thin Model and vice versa... they're both awesome pieces of business but I would never be able to make a choice as to which was the "better"... it's a matter of perspective, application, etc.

I will say that the Blue Room and it's numerous variants tends to be dollar per dollar, the best money making mystery of them all! Especially if you have a GOOD Gorilla costume.
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