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Norrabmagic
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOtAU4LMn-8

Can anyone give me some history on this effect. Not so much the box. Just the motivation and presentation. Who was the first to perform a time travel box type effect. who owns rights if any etc.
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Very cool effect. Very well done. Thanks for the link. I to would like to learn the history of this effect.

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Very nice. Magic Unlimited really does some good presentations. Uri Geller did the first version I remember seeing, although the concept must go back pretty far. This is a strange performance by 'real-psychic' Uri of what is a blatant magic trick...everyone seems to be a little perplexed in this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh1hsdzVdkE

Strange.

I've always thought that versions of this trick had strange ways of proving the passage or reversal of time. Jim Steinmeyer has a couple of nice variations on this theme in his Conjuring Anthology. I would like to see David Copperfield wrap his mind around this concept. His time-reversal in The Death Saw was very smart. I have a feeling he may be working on something along these lines with his 'fountain of youth' story.
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I'd be curious to hear more about the performers in this clip, and what TV show this was from. It's a pretty cool effect. I've always been fascinated by good "time travel" presentations and have long thought about adapting one into my own routine.

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This illusion is an original from Magic Unlimited if you want more info on it please pm me.

I mean original in design and method.

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The flower should be dead. I feel cheated.
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Lol maybe we should change it lol.
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I really do like this as well. I like the notion of TIME being used as not only a theme but part of a story being told. It is nice to see creativity like this being used in presentations of illusions. Too many times illusions are done for the wow factor only. This plays on some emotional cords and I think that can be a very powerful thing as it gives the audience more substance to grab ahold of and enjoy throughout the segment.

I also feel that the ending with the rose is a bit awkward. I understand you do not want to end on a downer or having anything symbolize death. But here is an idea or notion that could be VERY pwoerful to remedy the problem.

What is the young girl is given the flower and goes in. The transformation of time happens as the person gets older. When she comes out she smiles and is helped out. The guys then come around to her and she stares down at the flower which is now dried up and black. She shows a sense of sad emotion. The boys can then tilt her head up as if saying"It is ok watch". They then each over the flower with their hand for a moment and the flower transforms back into a real flower once again. The spotlight then focuses inward on the flower and goes to blackout.

Just an idea to have it play a bit better and make a bit more sense in the scheme of the scripting for it. Other then that, I really like this a lot. very unique and creative. It is also not overly done and the simplicity really works.

Time is a theme I would love to see others explore a bit more. My hats off to Magic Unlimited for trying to place theatrics and storytelling back into the illusion presentations. Nice job.

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Well thanks for your kind comments and taking your time to write up suggestions it is very much appriciated.
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You are most welcome. Great stuff and I applaude anyone that takes creativity to heart and strives to create something different and unique for their audiences. That is what makes the magic grow as an artform.

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On 2008-07-07 05:44, Spellbinder wrote:
The flower should be dead. I feel cheated.


The rose is an eternal flower!...

For my part, I think the illusion is terrific but lacks a final point, a gesture or a musical accent may be.

Good work 2 Unlimited!

Best,

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I guess its a matter of opinion and it depends on the rest of the show
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Excellent idea and very well played illusion plot. To soleil's comment I would say that as everything nothing is perfect and things can always be improved. But as well, it depends what do you want to transmit to the audience. A little change can change the whole global view of a story or an illusion. The best thing to find out what do change is to ask the audience, as a few worldwide known magicians have done and still do.
For me it's nice and everything goes really well together.

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Great Illusion! How about if the flower that is given to the little girl isn't quite open yet, like a bud. Then when the girl comes out of the time machine the flower blossoms just like she has.
Just an idea. Free advice usually isn't worth much.
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I beg to differ. Free advice is the advice you need to listen to most. It is the freedom of expressing ideas and thoughts openly that opens our minds to creativity. It is creativity that then allowsus to be better performers.

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I like the illusion. Very interesting as a plot. The candle idea is great. Everyone is familiar with candles diminishing in size as they are burnt. They relate the illusion to that experience.
The drinking of the liquid is not as good of an effect. Because that means the liquid that is in the glass was just a few minutes ago in her stomach. Their is no way to show that its now gone from her stomach. If you want to stick with the liquid theme, take a glass pitcher of milk and poor a glass from it. Put both in the box, and when reopened the pitcher is full again and the glass is empty. It just makes a bit more sense this way.
The flower is good and establishes that you can not only go backward, but also forward.
The girl is good too, but I think kinda points to the method. But that is strictly from a magicians point of view.
All in all, I like the ideas that this illusion can represent. Its potential.

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I'm thinking about building this illusion and performing it here in the USA. That would be permissible, wouldn't it? Smile

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Quote:
On 2008-07-07 05:44, Spellbinder wrote:
The flower should be dead. I feel cheated.


Her child size blouse should be ripped on her too...like the Hulk, but obviously more attractive. So...I feel cheated too!

Seriously, what a terrific story told by illusion.
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This is a fantastic piece. I'm definitely a fan of this one.

-Chris.
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Wow...that was lovely.
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