Labyrinth - The Illusionary journey of a lady through ever changing narrow pathways within a small elevated structure ending with a surprising vanish.
This is the first published illusion design from Jon Gower. Jon has collaborated with his good friend Mark Parker, author of illusion books Vivify and 4E illusion Design.
Labyrinth came into existence in 2007 and was born out of the many "puzzle" illusions performed. Wanting get away from the usual "girl in a box" routine this effect has the premise of a girl contained within and travelling through ever changing narrow pathways created within a small cabinet by the magician.
This illusion is self-contained and can be performed away from any backdrops in the middle of a stage or cabaret floor.
Whilst the manuscript is not a workshop plan it gives a full detailed description of the full routine and workings, including full colour elevations and sections through the apparatus of a unique and beautiful routine for the modern day performer.
"The novelty and mystery of this would make a great addition to any illusion show. Very highly recommended for any fan of illusions". - Paul Romhany, Vanish Magazine (review in June 2016 edition).
1st edition 2016, 15 pages.
word count: 3228 which is equivalent to 12 standard pages of text
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 12 March, 2016
It's a very good illusion - in my opinion - but here are some problems: 1 - I'ts like sleight of hand, HAND WASHING, where you do these complicated moves, a million times, and it is NOT NATURAL.
For example: You see the same old fan productions, with the usual back palming, a million times, and thinking that the audience will not catch on. But it should be obvious to anyone watching.
MY POINT--KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! CUT OUT THE CLUTTER(FILLER)!!! Not too many sleights, color changes, etc.!!!
2: You must ENTERTAIN--NOT SHOWING OFF!!!
THE BOTTOM LINE::--Labyrinth Illusion COULD BE a better illusion, by making the Act shorter and less complicated. I MEAN--You basically have the magician assistant, doing a lot of
secret stuff, and at the same time--the magician is also doing several secret stuff. Plus the audience, see lots of stuff happening, and it's hard to grasp what's going on, because you have
so many effects --going on, at the same time.
BUT IT IS A GREAT ROUTINE--IF YOU DON'T CLUTTER IT UP--WITH TO MANY EFFECTS!!!
If I may, I like to recommend 2--RAND WOODBURY BOOKS--THE BASE BOOK & DIVERSIONS. The books will give you a better perspective, and understanding of the LABYRINTH ILLUSION.