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ev_sp
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Let's try again folks— does anyone out there remember the carnival/illusion plans that were drawn (poorly) by A K Brill and advertised in Billboard and later in Amusement Business Weekly? Would like to hear from anyone who knows about them.
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Yes I remember the "Brills Bible". As a matter of fact, I answered an ad in AB and sent a check for $20.00 to get a copy one time. The check went through but I never got the copy. I never pursued it. I found some of that stuff on ebay under a search for "carnival games".
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Years ago I had a “Brill’s Bible”. It was a U. F. Grant type of thing. That is, it was vague descriptions and even more vague illustrations. Brill had “borrowed” freely from other works (most of Grant’s stuff was retyped and had a hand drawn illustration added) without any credit given. It was more an idea book than something you could trust to build something from.

Mine disappeared many years ago. I loaned it to a friend and never got it back. Oh well, I haven’t really missed it. I do have a couple of Xeroxed chapters lying around (a couple of stage vanishes that I was interested in building and tacked the copies on the bulletin board above my work bench).
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The rights to the Brill Plans were bought back about ten years ago by film maker David Hewitt. After selling reprints for a while, he seemed to have lost interest. There is also a magician down in the Washington DC area that has put out the Brill Bible (but not the plans) on CD-ROM. You can find that on eBay. Also on eBay is a fellow in Indiana that is selling a number of photocopies of some of the plans. He sells under the name of Whizzer0123. It is not Don Birdwell.
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