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Hey Ray,
Never caught your act but I could tell stories about 6th street !
A little off the subject but oh the memories.
Actually did the Seagrams Magic 7 tour there

There have been many good posts about this topic on many bb systems. I got my Origami in the early 90's, and it is still a great piece. But just like any other prop, it is just that....a prop.

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Caspian,

There is a huge difference between comparing a MErcedes and a Daewoo to purchasing a knock-off illusion or trick. The purchase of a car is based upon one's income to purchase a legitimate product on an open market where the designs for the basic vehicle are the same and it is merely the fine touches (and sometimes there are little extras that only that manufacturer provide) BUT with an illusion that was designed by ONE person and only authorized to one team to build, then RIP-OFFS appear from unauthorized builder/sellers.

Cars are sold through "authorized" dealers, ripped off illusions are NOT! The one that purchases a rip-off is a "wanna-be" and his act usually reflects that poor quality.

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Here's something for those considering an Origami to think about. Bill Smith is putting out a new Steinmeyer creation called Cube-Ism. Give Bill a call and ask him about it...
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It's been advertised in magic and out sometime now.
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It is unfortunate that there are knock offs out there. However, what's even worse is that these people who make, distribute and sell the knock-offs, are suported by the magic community.

Without stirring up too much trouble...what would the following people think if I started knocking-off and selling the following items...

Peter Loughran's Elevators, his zombie coffin or maybe his new Fractured illusion, Devil's Reflection
Kevin James' Bowl-a-rama, snow animator, Got It Covered
Losanders Floating table
Andrew de Ruiter's Illusion Design book
Cauthen's Flea Circus
Ian Adair's Crown Jewel
Sean Bogunia's Sketch pad, Amimation Snesation, Impossible Hank
Rich Marotta's Fish Bowl Production, Dynamic Duo
Pavel's Walking Knot

All these people sell their items on a certain website and if I started making these things, people might be upset. But you see, a certain dealer sells these legitimate items right alongside knock offs of other people's hard work. The people I mentioned above support this dealer in what he does. They do it by turning an eye when he does it, while all along would be up inarms if someone ripped them off. They are accesories to unethical practices by doing so.
Just my 2 cents, I could be mistaken.

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Kevin,
Well" spent " !
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Hey guys
Can anyone tell me where I can see what I can buy from John Gaughan?
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Steinmeyer holds a patent for this illusion?
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Alex,

Yes, Steinmeyer holds a patent on the Origami apparatus design.

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Sorry, guys Im Going to jump back 4 or 5 post, I feel its not the dealers falt for rip offs its the magicians, We don't say anything to the Magician who is know to use the the rip off illusion, but we write well spent and have fake origami. Erick
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Hey Kline who built your Origami? couldn't tell if it was a Gaughan or Wellington model when we saw it at MagiFest.

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While I agree that we should always be looking for and creating new illusions, I also believe that illusions such as the origami are not necessarily overplayed.

I could watch illusions such as origami, asrah, sub trunk, etc. all day long if they are performed well. It all comes down to what life the magician brings to the prop. Why do people watch movies over and over? Because it made them feel something that they wanted to experience again. The story was well done.

That being said, I suppose it also depends what type of venue you perform in. Even movie theatres have to rotate the product.

Now to totally shift gears, is there a builder that anyone would recommend in Florida? This would be for props that are not tied into any specific builder.

I have only had props built by Bruce Chadwick, but I was living in Texas at the time.

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No illusion builders that do a professional job in florida. But we do have Proline magic in Plant city Cliff Wiggs cew330@webtv.net.
You seen his work for the past 15 years in Magic Magazine advertised. Most famous for the vanishing cage.

Not to put more wood on the fire, I went to Steve Kline's web site and he has a video of his show. It was a bit dark but it shows a origami with a design style that suggests a unauthorized performance model. Not a gaughan or wellington.
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Hi Zigmont-

Thanks for the email. I took a look at your website and was very impressed. I am looking forward to the Halloween nights at Busch-

Someone asked about this earlier and did not get a response about where to find Gaughn illusions. Does he have a website? I did not find anything on a standard search. All of the others have been pretty easy to find- Wellington, Steinmeyer, Bill Smith, etc.

Any direct links to John Gaughn's work?
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John Gaughan is a gaint in the magic industry and most know how to find him. He has no website.
Gaughan John & Associates
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(818) 241-7567
Don't call to waste his time or to ask basic questions.

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Whit Haydn and P Chosse have a wonderful discussion posted on this site regarding Theatre in Magic, and the proper use thereof. The Origami being "Done to Death" is magician thinking. Ask laypersons if they have ever seen a live magician, and very few have. The presentation is the thing. When creating, ask yourself this: What is it I would like to convey to the audience, and why do I feel I need to convey it? What is it I FEEL necessary to tell through this illusion and why? This should start you thinking properly for presentation. The Origami is terrific, on so many levels, but the thing that makes it great is that it is a wonderful canvas on which to paint a beautiful story.
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Boys... I'm back... hi Zigmo and Erick.. and so on..
Always a hot topic.. the Origami. Well for my money... the Wellington Origami is a work of art. Trust me, sure its up there in price but this is a finished, ready to perform prop. Only the authorized builders should be making this prop as the knock offs have design flaws that make it less of an illusion. This illusion is well though out ... and the audience still loves it. I wouldn't trade mine in for anything. One more thing.. the designer of these illusions need to get paid for the work. The magic world is small and they don't get rich off of their creations ... but they do need to get something for their efforts. Do you want your work or routines ripped off?? I think not...

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Origami is a very nice illusion and worths the price, ~if anyone wants to build that illusion is better to talk with steinmeyer because he holds the rigths


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