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doug brewer
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Hi Everyone - I had a theater ask me if I knew of a "magic" book that would open itself remotely or by the push of a button. I remember seeing a book that served as a close-up case that would open and close seemingly by itself, but I can't seem to find it now (of course, when I want it). Any chance anyone here knows what I'm talking about and where I can find it? Thanks in advance!

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You could use IT with some creativity to do this, but I do not know of a marketed self contained prop on the market unfortunately. Good luck.
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Collector's Workshop used to make one with hidden servants, etc. They stopped making it before Viking Magic bought them out. With an unlimited budget, you might be able to convince Viking Magic to make one, assuming they have the plans.

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Contact member Anverdi-museum aka Chuck Caputo, he made an electronic book that opens remotely.
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Doug, the close-up case/book that you are thinking of is called the Book of Spells and was indeed manufactured by CW as Keith mentions. I have one of these and it is a thing of beauty that has served me well. However, I don't think it is suitable for the use you mentioned as the cover only opens to an angle of about 30 degrees before pausing, whereupon the performer would open the cover the rest of the way. Closing the book was the reverse of this procedure. Perfect for what it was designed for but probably not right for a stage effect that requires the book to open all the way. Of course, the book would look sensational on stage with its large size and its highly embellished "antique" leather/gold foil relief cover - very Harry Potter! Following Bill's suggestion would probably be a more fruitful path to follow.

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Al Mann - Memo Motion ;-)

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