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Illusions, Escape & Stage

The best illusionists of today, Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy and Criss Angel all use the same principles of deception you can learn here in these ebooks. They might have more stage hands and bigger stages, but the principles and methods are well known and you can learn about them. And concerning escapes, nobody has reached more popularity than Harry Houdini. Even decades after his death his name still is familiar and people know who he is. His magic was lousy his escape work and public relations acumen are unmatched. David Blaine tries to take Houdini's place, but boy does he have a long way to go to reach the master.

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Albert A. Hopkins
Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions including Trick Photography by Albert A. Hopkins

A massive collection of information with a huge amount of beautiful illustrations mostly compiled from the pages of Scientific American magazine. The introduction is by Henry Ridgely Evans.

During the 1890s, Scientific American magazine published detailed explanations of magic illusions. The informant for the magazine was no other than William E. Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, who at that time was the stage manager for Harry Kellar. Kellar was upset once he found out that he had a mole in his company who would feed the descriptions of some of his most popular illusions to the magazine, including the rope tie that formed the basis of his Spirit...

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David Seebach
So You Want To Be An Illusionist by David Seebach

If you are planning to add an illusion to your show this is required reading.

Is this ebook for me? Here is David in his own words:

Have you created a show that clients pay you to present on a regular basis and does that show not include any of the big, spectacular acts that we refer to as illusions? Do you want to learn more about these famous mysteries to decide if adding one or more of them to your act is going to be a good decision?

In the mid 1960's I was a high school student who dutifully carried a #16 Abbott's Magic Co. catalog with my class text books and I studied through...

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Howard Ray Lawrence
27 Illusions by Howard Ray Lawrence

This PDF would not exist, if it were not for one of those rare coincidences. The content of this ebook was locked away on a set of 16 microfiche since the mid-70s under a title and categorization inaccessible to magic keyword searches. No more than 50 people have seen it or are aware of its existence. And since most of those 50 folks have nothing to do with magic it is a publication completely unknown in the magic community.

It is a remarkable set of plans for 27 illusions which 27 students of architecture at Penn State University under the guidance of Prof. Howard Ray Lawrence produced during...

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Science and Mechanics
Magic Handbook (Science and Mechanics) by Science and Mechanics

This is the only all magic issue of Science and Mechanics magazine. It includes a cross section of magic effects from illusions with building instructions, to various close-up effects and mentalism. The emphasis with this magazine was to encourage readers to build their own. It therefore has a distinct DIY feel. The magic consultants for this issue were William B. Gibson, Sidney H. Radner, Litzka Raymond, and Victor D. Dressner.

  • COVER STORY: Famous Knife Box Illusion
  • EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: Escapes—Special Form of Magic
  • GENERAL FEATURES
    • About Magic
    • Magic Black-Art Table
    • Magical Appliances ...
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Scott Creasey
Escape: Underwater Handcuff Escape by Scott Creasey

Known for his work in the field of mentalism, it may come as a surprise (unless you attended his first lecture tour), to know that Scott Creasey performed his first underwater handcuff escape in 1976 at just twelve years of age and that during the early part of his career he spent as much time hanging upside down wrapped in chains, tied in packing cases and struggling to escape from various types of handcuffs, as he did reading minds.

In this ebook for the very first time, Scott explains the various methods he used for his underwater handcuff and chain escapes to gain publicity during those...

★★★★ $22.50
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Devin Knight
Retro-Gravity by Devin Knight

If you haven't heard of Retro-Gravity, it was a self-levitation that Al Mann and Devin Knight created over 20 years ago. It has been kept under wraps all these years. Whispered about on the underground, and hinted that it would be released someday... That day is NOW.

Retro-Gravity allows you to levitate 2 to 4 inches in the air. It is a special gimmick you attach to your shoe and once done is completely invisible. Any time you wear your shoes, you are ready to levitate. Anywhere, anytime under any conditions! This means you can walk around in a restaurant, party or out door festival and levitate...

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Jim Kleefeld
The Arabian Tent Illusion by Jim Kleefeld

The Arabian Tent Illusion was created by Gen Grant, explored in Mark Wilson's Course in Magic and marketed by Creative Magic. It presents a unique palette on which to design an illusion theme. The flat framework panels present a rectangular peaked "house" structure that can be painted in any of myriad designs. This ebook explores many design concepts for this illusion and presents here original artwork and routines. The routines are completely planned, and employ a variety of techniques that use the Arabian Tent to produce and vanish characters and objects in original plots. Some involve simple re-decoration...

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Mark Parker
Vivisectioned by Mark Parker

This is a beautiful and professional illusion. The effect is stunning and would fit into any Las Vegas type illusion show presented by headliners such as Lance Burton, Copperfield or Siegfried and Roy.

This ebook tells you how it is performed and how the apparatus works. However, this is not an easy illusion to build. This ebook does not include detailed blueprints you can immediately work from. You will understand how it works and you do get some very good illustrations, but you will need experience building illusions to actually build this.

1st edition 2008; 15 pages.

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Timo Dante
Air Dream Illusion by Timo Dante

New and good illusions are hard to find nowadays. In this manuscript magic consultant and illusion designer Timo Dante publishes an illusion from his own collection.

As a magician you always want to look good and appear as such on stage. Air Dream is an appearance-illusion that even fools magicians: Just a thin platform with a frame attached to it. A cloth is held in front of the frame and the magician instantly appears in a mysterious way.

  • Every artist’s dream!
  • No black art, no darkened stage!
You are looking for a new and great appearance? Then Air Dream is the right illusion for...
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Will Ayling
The Art of Illusion by Will Ayling

This is a classic work on illusions that focuses on the presentation and staging. The method of the illusion is explained often with illustrations but no detailed building plans with dimensions are included.

The following illusions are explained:

  • Floating and Phantom Princess
  • Sword and Chair Suspension
  • Broomstick and Kellar Levitation
  • Aga Illusion
  • Temple of Swords
  • Head Cremation
  • Crushing a Woman
  • Temple of Benares
  • Broomwitch
  • Golfer's Dream
  • Eye of a Needle
  • Rod Through Mediaeval Style
  • Tiger
  • Totem Pole
  • Rod & Rope Release
  • Guillotine
  • Head Chopper
  • Vivisection of a Clown
  • Wrist...
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Paul Romhany
The Briefcase Illusion by Paul Romhany

The Briefcase Illusion has been the opening for Paul Romhany's World Class Act for the past twenty years. An illusion that is designed to set up in less than five minutes, and pack flat in less than two. The possibilities are endless! Use it as an appearance or vanish, as a solo illusion or with an assistant.

No mirrors or black art to worry about. The unique table design will allow you to use it throughout your show to retrieve or put away props, then at the right moment produce your assistant.

This illusion is designed to pack flat and play big, and best of all it is EASY TO BUILD, and...

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Timo Dante
Illusions for Beginner by Timo Dante

Timo Dante has published in this e-book a small compilation of illusions that can be accomplished with little effort and budget. From appearing to hovering and sawing up to swords and escapes, one can use the book to present his first little illusion show, or take one or two illusions as an enrichment to a possibly existing show. For beginners who would like to present illusions with little budget, it is a small entry into the world full of magic.

The e-book does not contain any dimensioned blueprints but only simple concept illustrations. The following illusions are explained

  • Mystery...
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Neil Foster
Tops Treasury of Illusions by Neil Foster

60 illusions

  • Artists' Dream Illusion
  • Beauty and the Least
  • Big Opener
  • Bikini Girl Illusion
  • Black Art Principles
  • Book of Life
  • Catch a Ghost Illusion
  • Chest Escape
  • Chinese Straight Jacket
  • Church of Life Illusion
  • Cinemagic (Motion Pictures to Life)
  • Close-Up Illusion
  • Club Performer's Spook Act
  • David Devant's Hindu Rope Trick
  • Don't Shoot, Mister!
  • Double "B" (Box Ballyhoo)
  • Double Exchange Illusion
  • Dramatique
  • Duel of the Ghosts
  • Dunninger's East Indian Rope Trick
  • Everything But the Kitchen Sink
  • Floating a Strange Lady
  • Floating Effects With Thread
  • Gallows Illusion
  • Gambol of the...
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Gordon Miller
Illusions Illusions by Gordon Miller

Gordon Miller compiled a great collection of magical illusions from various Abbott publications - most with complete and detailed workshop plans.

  • Abbott's Guillotine
  • Cyclops Lens
  • Caliph's Cutter
  • Abbott's Barrel Escape
  • Don Rose Miniature Doll House
  • Abbott's Packing Box Escape
  • Where's That Gal?
  • Levitation Deluxe
  • Abbott's Modern Sword Cabinet
  • Girl In Fish Bowl
  • Spike Illusion
  • Canvas Case Illusion
  • Phantasmo
  • Devil Illusion
  • Twin Boxes
  • Dancing Slippers
  • Abbott's Amazing Shrunken Living Head Illusion
  • Abbott's Mummy Cloth Of The Nile
  • Abbott's Mignon Illusion
  • Abbott's Enchanted Tent ...
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Timo Dante
Steel Illusion by Timo Dante

Yet again a new and exciting illusion from the magic consultant and illusion designer Timo Dante.

Ever wanted to penetrate a steel plate? With "Steel" you can do this from now on. A brilliant illusion for great magicians. And that with a base variant that is hardly used.

Go head first through the steel plate and show your audience an extravagant illusion.

1st edition 2017, 20 pages.

★★★★★ $30
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JC Sum
Simple Showstoppers: easy illusion projects for magicians by JC Sum

Easy illusion projects for magicians for under $500.

While J C Sum is known for his modern illusion designs and solutions for working professionals, he has written an ebook for illusionists and magicians looking for simple but effective illusions for theatrical stage shows.

This ebook is a fantastic introduction to the world of modern grand illusion but also contains inexpensive illusion ideas for experienced illusionists.

If you have a theatre show, cruise ship show, charity show, talent contest or magic club performance where you want to stage a large-scale effect, you will find something...

$35
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Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant
U. F. Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets Revealed by Devin Knight & Ulysses Frederick Grant

This is the largest collection of U. F. Grant illusions and illusionettes every assembled. It took Devin Knight several years to compile this collection. Grant wrote a few books on illusions such as: 15 Great Illusions, Chinese Magic and Illusions, Modern Levitations, Victory Carton Illusions, Grant's Illusion Secrets, and many others. However, most of the illusions in this PDF were not included in those manuscripts.

Over the years, Grant sold many manuscripts that just contained one illusion along with building plans in most cases. (Some of these were released by Percy Abbott in his catalog without credit to U. F. Grant.) This compilation is a collection of those plans released by Grant and also in the early...

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Stan Kramien
The Illusion Show Business by Stan Kramien

Stan Kramien has toured one of the countries largest and most successful Illusion Shows for many years. Magicapades, Magicazam, the Mad World of Magic, and now Shazam! After playing thousands of dates he has written a primer of success in the Illusion Show Business.

Stan's ebook takes you through his life story where he sets the stage for his life as an illusionist. For the first time anywhere Stan divulges patter for many of the illusions.

Kramien's patter for the levitation alone is worth more than the cost of the ebook.

He tells you how to start and routine a full evening show....

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JC Sum
Illusionism by JC Sum

From the author of the internationally critically acclaimed Urban Illusions, Illusionary Departures books and the producer of the best selling Behind the Illusions DVD comes a first-of-its-kind ebook dedicated to professional illusions and large-scale stage routines for mentalists and mental magic presentations.

Professional illusionist & illusion designer J C Sum details eight original illusions and stage routines for mentalism shows, complete with full presentations, full-colour illustrations and building plans.

Download the free sampler right now.

The routines offer an alternative...

$40
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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volume 1 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes was a master builder and craftsman who created and built props for some of the biggest names in magic for decades. Most of the items he built were his own inventions. The few that were not he most often improved significantly.

Every item is carefully described in terms of its effect, apparatus, and performance. Nevertheless, the emphasis is on the prop with detailed drawings and dimensions to allow anybody handy to replicate these wonderful magic tricks. (The drawings are not blue-print type construction drawings, but rather sketches and illustrations with the main dimensions...

$45
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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volume 2 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

The following illusions and apparatus are described in this volume:

  • Auto-Rise
  • Break-A Way Box
  • Buttons
  • Sydney Sterk's Patter Routine For Buttons
  • Camera Dove
  • Can Can Polka
  • The Cardometer
  • Card - Ring
  • Card Rising Box
  • Change-Over Ring
  • Jack Hughes Clatter Box
  • The Comedy Clock
  • The Crown Jewel
  • Jack Hughes' Crystal Screen
  • More Crystal Screen Suggestions
  • Dolls House Illusion
  • Dovenus
  • Doves To Dog
  • Doves: Training and Breeding
  • Drooping Daisy
  • Evacuee Doll
  • Fantastic Figures Of Foo
  • Four Wrongs - Make A Right
  • Ghost Glass
  • Giant Dwarf
  • Gloves To Dove
  • Hats Off! The King!
  • Improved Tele-Flash ...
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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volume 3 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

The following illusions and apparatus are described in this volume:

  • The Chinese Rising Cards
  • The Wrist Spiker Illusion
  • Needle Thru' Body
  • Doves To Poodle
  • The Sword Maiden Illusion
  • Visibly Sawing Thru' A Person
  • The Girl Through Glass Illusion
  • The Buzz Saw Illusion
  • The Card Target
  • Edwin's Sponge Ball Routine 'Roger The, Lodger'
  • Beado
  • Knife Thru' Girl Illusion
  • The Middle For Diddle Illusion
  • The Modern Cabinet Illusion
  • The Vanishing Cage And Girl Illusion
  • Slicing A Slave Illusion
  • Cabaret Girl Vanish
  • The Striptease Illusion
  • The Girl's Gone Illusion
  • The Revolving Broomstick Suspension ...
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Lex Schoppi
Quick Change: rapid costume changes for men by Lex Schoppi

Quick Change - rapid costume changes for men is the most reviewed book about costume changes on the market. Three print editions are now sold out. A decade ago we don't thinking about a next print edition. Instead, we offer it to you as a modern ebook.

Never before has there been such an extensive treatise on the subject.

  • 4 LESSONS
  • 7 CHAPTERS
  • 15 SECRETS
  • 112 PAGES
  • SEVERAL HUNDRED combination possibilities for Quick Change methods
The German book Quickchange (published in 2003) was the most comprehensive publication at that time and contained on 80 pages 5 different tried and tested...
★★★★★ $55
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Derek Lever & Jack Hughes
Jack Hughes World of Magic Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Derek Lever & Jack Hughes

The trilogy contains all of Jack Hughes creations, a staggering amount of illusions, apparatus and props. Each illusion comes with drawings that depict its construction and its main dimensions. While the drawings and sketches do show all the pertinent details, these are not blueprints that have every little dimension spelled out. Nevertheless, anybody who has built a box before will have no problem in building any of these apparatus. It is a tremendous source book for ideas for any prop builder and illusion builder.

★★★★ $99
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