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P.H
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I like Origami very much and think it is a great illusion that packs small and plays big. But if you are after a real show grabber that plays HUGE, I don't think you can go past Suspended Animation designed by John Taylor. It's a real showstopper, goose bump moment!
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I have seen it several times, live and on TV, but I still don't have a real love for it. I agree it probably looks impossible for the lay audience, but in a situation of that level of "impossibility", people may want to find out the method all the more, thus ruining the b**e principle altogether.

I absolutely agree that Steinmeyer is a genius in a lack of better terms, but I just don't see the attachment of this illusion to so many magi's out there. Maybe it's just me. I love many of his creations and concepts.

Oh well. Go for what sells tickets and more importantly, what makes you happy!
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When the box was reduced to the smallest size you could imagine incorporating a thin-base and a thin jumper...

Then to put three swords through the only place she could possibly be...

And then to rotate the platform, 360 degrees.

Then to have her reappear...total magic on a grand scale.
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Suspended Animation
Things That Go Bump In The Night
Nathan Burtons Showgirl Box
Pendragons Clearly Impossible

Just asked a non-magic friend where the four women come from in "Nathan Burtons Showgirl Box". He had no idea. Great trick.
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OP ART by Jim Steinmeyer. I actually prefer this to Origami as it has multiple phases...favourite performance, Kalin & Ginger.

SLICER by Franz Harrary (I think). Very deceptive grand illusion. Favourite performance, Richard De Vere.

IMPROVED CUBE ZAG by Paul Daniels, another great multiphase illusion.

AZTEC LADY by Robert Harbin. A play anywhere angle proof classic with audience participation...what more do you want?
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Bryce's Screen with front to rear orientation

Magellan levitation

Bump

Moretti cardboard box
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1. Things That Go Bump in the Night
2. Walter Blaney's Ladder Levitation
3. Sword Basket/Box w/ costume change (esp. elevated sucker variation)
4. Shadow Box
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Richardi Jr.'s Sawing a Woman in Half.
Buzz saw, no covering, lots of blood and gore. And he didn't wake up the girl as the curtain came down.
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I've just uploaded my new act. Features my family with original twists on classic plots.
www.geneticsmagic.co.uk and go to the video reel tab. Best wishes
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1. Suspended animation
2. Death drop by Daniel Summer
3. IZag by Jamie Allan
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On Apr 7, 2018, stevegore wrote:
I've just uploaded my new act. Features my family with original twists on classic plots.
www.geneticsmagic.co.uk and go to the video reel tab. Best wishes


I fricken LOVE this concept!
If you're reading this you're my favourite magician.

Check out www.TorontoMagicCompany.com for upcoming shows, and instagram.com/train.ben for god knows what!
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Personal opinion: Looking at it strictly as a spectator and ignoring everything I know about magic, my favorite illusions would be anything that doesn't use a box. Asrah or Aga come to mind, and there are others. Boxes, no matter how well done, just make me feel like the performer is demonstrating a gadget.
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George, David Bamberg said the same thing in his essay on illusions... It was written in the late 50's!
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On Sep 13, 2022, JNeal wrote:
George, David Bamberg said the same thing in his essay on illusions... It was written in the late 50's!

I have a couple of his articles in The Sphinx, but haven't seen one specifically on illusions. Will have to look for it. Thx.
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