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Pakar Ilusi
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I'm thinking of getting the plans, making and performing it... Anyone experienced with it firsthand?

You can see a description of it at Andrew's site...

http://www.weirdthings.com/plans.htm

Any help appreciated! Thanks!

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Anyone out there?

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Hi,

Since this isn't a big and expensive stage illusion (and therefore within the range of a wider variety of performers), you may have better luck posting this question in the regular Tricks & Effects section of the Good/Bad/Garbage forum.

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Hm... That's strange... It looks like a big illusion to me... Like a sword basket...

But no matter... Thanks anyway...

I took it "Grand Illusion" forums...

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Pakar,

Sorry I cannot speak to Andrews version of this old trick.

However, I have been using the original version for about 20 couple of years. Of course U.F. Grant published the version I use in the 1940’s (Nite Club Magic). I made and use it in the original manner, using canes rather than umbrellas.

In fact, Hans Moretti has used the U.F. Grant version for about three decades (he used sabers rather than umbrellas). I know of several magicians that have used the Grant version, again none using the umbrella bit.

Andrew has taken many, many old and published principles, modified them slightly (if at all) and published them as new and original. In some cases he has rediscovered or reinvented a principle. Andrew’s genius is presenting inexpensive versions of the tricks or putting a decidedly different spin on them.

Frankly, for the inexpensive price he asks and the quality of product you get from him, it is worth having his stuff if for no other reason than to get your creative juices flowing. I think of Andrew as the U.F. Grant of his generation.
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This effect is also demonstrated and explained on his "Shock FX" DVD, which has other excellent material as well and is easily worth the money. The Bowling Ball from paper bag is another example of an impressive, high impact effect for a very inexpensive price (though none of these effects are really BIG stage illusions).
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Thanks Guys for the info!
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I have been using the Voodoo Box in my last two dozen or so shows and have found that it gets a very good reaction from the audience.

The one thing I don't like is it takes a little too long to put in all 21 umbrellas, however, W/a little practice you can do it in under a minute.

Just placing the assistant in the box isn't enough, a costume change, or blindfold and handcuff the assistant...many possibilities.

You can use other items instead of umbrellas...however...IMHO umbrellas are the best choice, they give the illusion of taking up more space while in the box as opposed to a sword,golfclub, yardsticks, canes. Also a whole bunch (21)of opened umbrellas scattered all over the stage makes for a very large and neat ending.

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Hi guys,
The version on Shock Magic is not what we're talking about here, it is a head box version using only 3 umbrella's!!
I have just put it in my show and it is getting better, although I am now placing an overture at the begining to give meaning to the effect, to tell a story if you like!
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Harry Murphy, can you tell me where I can get the book for the original version!
Thanks
Sean
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The umbrella and cardboard box illusion on Shock FX is called Brain Damage, and is not the same as Voodoo Box.
Brain Damange is a head chest cabinet done with standard items everyone relates to... and this is the best aspect of the illusion. The props look so ungimmicked that the audience is very impressed.
I have been using Brain Damage in my shows since last March, and it has become a strong point. I use 5 umbrellas, and modified the box so it can be done surrounded. I do it on an assistant. The original uses only the performer.
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I have to be honest and say the original head sword box is more deceptive as the size of the box is much smaller..
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Sean, the origional booklet was called "Nite Club Magic" a used to be available from Abbott's. Magic Inc. in Chicago may also have an old copy laying around. Both have web sites.
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