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UneasierQuill
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Just looking for feedback or a review of this book (Abbott's Illusions: From The Mecca Of Magic). I presently do not perform any large illusions, but.... I have access to a pretty good prop builder, am working on a new 2 man stage show and would like to add some larger illusions, & will soon have a renovated theater and stage at my disposal - a perfect storm (in my mind anyway!) to add some larger props to my show.

Anyway... I've ordered plans from Abbott and Osborne and such in the past and have had some things built, just wondering about the Abbott book. Seems to be a collection of illusions for a decent price at around $50. Anyone have this? Worth buying? It would be nice to have a collection to choose from to have constructed rather than going though individual orders and the like...
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I believe if you read the ad, it names all the illusion in the book. You can look them up to see what each illusion is and the effect.

What Abbott's has done is put all there illusion plans in volume. These illusion are all classic illusions that Abbott's has made and sold over the years they have been in business. These are not just made up illusions, but actual illusions they have built and sold, that performers have actually presented on stage and used for many years in their shows. Some are easy to build and some are more difficult. Some are small illusions and some are grand illusion needing a large stage.

Percy Abbott stated the company in the early 1940's, I believe, probably the largest Magic Manufacturer in the world at the time. They were the go to company for great illusions. Percy Abbott was a Vaudeville performer of that time in our American history.

On many of my visits to the Abbott Manufacturing Company, they had a number of assembled illusions on the showroom floor ready for purchase.

The only illusion they have never offered workshop plans for is the famous escape effect, The Canvass Covered Box, that Siegfried and Roy performed in Las Vegas for many years. I don't see that listed as being in the book being discussed here.

https://www.abbottmagic.com/Abbotts-Illu......ions.htm
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