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While I've been performing for over 20 years, my experience with illusions is limited to metamorposis, zig zag and a levitation. I'm consulting in a dance production and they would like to include a one person appearance or vanish (preferably without the need for an assistant). The budget is not great so we'll probably need to build whatever illusion we decide on.

Does anyone have a recommendation for effects/illusion plan books that may fit the bill. While we will have a stage, I cannot garauntee control of lighting or backdrops.

Unfortunately, I'm on a very tight schedule so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hmmm I’m a bit confused you need to make a person appear in a dance production with out the aid of an assistant. Does this mean offstage assistant because my first thought is you have a whole slew of dancers can't they help make the person appear?

If a dancer or two could help that would give you more options for sure but for now the most obvious to me is a flash appearance. That’s not too bad to build and transport and can be done in most any setting with no assistants.

Good luck

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Thanks B. Yeah, I agree it would be easiest to have more dancers involved. This is during a portion of the show where they want the appearance/vanish to be the most effective. So they want as little clutter on stage as possible so that all attention is focused on the appearance/vanish.

I've found a few other threads that were helpful so I think I have some possibilities.
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Tip Over trunk comes to mind. Pretty easy to build and not to hard to execute. Hank Lee sells these plans by Osborne at
I've had one built recently and used it to produce a young rider on a mini motorcycle, which went over very well.
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I am with Pradell. Tip Over Trunk would be grief-free for someone like yourself on a tight schedule.
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Check out Andrew Mayne's plans....

Could probably build something cheaply yet effective...

Maybe, top up with your own money, then build a good prop and negotiate to keep it for yourself for your future shows? It'll pay for itself later...

Good investment, less cost if building on your own budget...

I'd recommend a good L-shaped Base... Surrounded yet upright, easier to manage, somewhat... And more options for the future...

Just my 2 cents...

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I have just published the eBook to my Troupe Vanish illusion - the vanish of seven dancers from a platform surrounded by audience members...and they reappear at the back of the audience.

Have a look at - email or PM me if you have any questions.

Good luck!
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