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Jun 27th 2010, 23:13

R of R&W Illusions

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Is it cheaper to build your own stage illusions or to buy used ones and revamp them? If so, where are recomended, and reliable, dealers that sell large stage illusions?

Rob
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Jul 3rd 2010, 22:03

EarleKelley

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I would say, if you are a skilled wood-worker, and have the time and patience of Job, it may be cheaper for you to purchase the plans and materials to build your own illusions. If you are lacking in any of the above areas, I would say look around for used illusions... I have a friend that is a carpenter by trade and has offered to help me build some illusions at a fraction of his normal fee, so I have not explored avenues to procure quality used illusions... Sorry.
Jan 17th 2011, 07:55

vincentmagic

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Check out www.magicauction.com for used illusions. I have purchased and sold items through this auction site and have had only good experiences!
Mar 12th 2013, 23:23

Mr. Magic1026

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personally, i try to build my own illusions simply because it makes them personal versus just a prop. for instance, i built my own sub-trunk because i could get away with a smaller on than was on the market. it just made the illusion fit me better and i felt better in it. in short, although used illusions are great and i have many of them, i feel that your heart lies in something that you create yourself.

Hayden
Mar 25th 2013, 15:24

JohnShore

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I build almost evrything that I use. Granted, my work is mostly small prop magic. But even when I'm working with mirror boxes or special tables, I like to build my own. You learn so much more about the workings of an illusion when you make it yourself. You learn the limits and can scale it to your needs. I'm also left handed, to many stage props just don't work as easily in my hands. Just my opinion.
Mar 25th 2013, 15:24

JohnShore

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I build almost evrything that I use. Granted, my work is mostly small prop magic. But even when I'm working with mirror boxes or special tables, I like to build my own. You learn so much more about the workings of an illusion when you make it yourself. You learn the limits and can scale it to your needs. I'm also left handed, to many stage props just don't work as easily in my hands. Just my opinion.
Dec 2nd 2013, 21:27

JeffMcBride

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When you begin your career, yes make your own stuff...but as you develop..get higher levels of builders to meet your demands....The problem is that it IS cheaper but often the illusions LOOK cheaper!
Here are some good illusion dealers and makers
BILL SMITH
OWEN MAGIC
WILLY KENNEDY
BRUCE CHADWICK\ Ive been working with all these builders for many years.
the best work with the best!
JEff
Dec 26th 2013, 19:08

FrankTougas

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Cheap illusions are just that, cheap. They look cheap, travel badly and are generally clunky looking. I'd suggest begin with David Seebachs book, "So You Want to be an Illusionist" and take his advice.
Jul 31st 2015, 06:42

mattrisk

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Great! I'm looking to make my own disappearing boxes and other illusions, but I have not been able to track down plans anywhere. Can anyone here point me towards blueprints, etc?