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Miniature Haunted House

by The Great Leon

(2 reviews, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Miniature Haunted House by The Great Leon

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Do it yourself plans, patter, and complete routine.

Seven times a trophy winner at conventions. Invented, designed and routined by the famous professional, The Great Leon, this is not just a trick - it is a complete act - a show in itself. In fully illustrated building plan form, with every detail of the many brilliant effects, patter, presentation, plus many photographs showing the "House" in action. Large detailed Eugene Gloye drawings, all to make it simple to create your own "Haunted House." Act can run to 30 minutes. No assistants. Use anywhere; has been done before 7500 people. Sets up in a few minutes; work on any table; packs flat. Performer's hands are free; yet he operates the action with a single control. No sleight of hand. Anyone interested in magic can easily learn to do this routine. The patter theme is a ghost story, a female ghost looking for a lost love gets involved in magic. In full view, with apparently no human aid, doors and windows open and close, bells ring, milk vanishes, tables float, ropes are knotted, cut and restored, hammers rap, chain links join, bottles rise and fill glass with milk, a card trick is done, a slate is written upon, and finally the spirit is caught and materializes in a glass jar! Plus many other weird and wonderful happenings. Nothing like Leon's Haunted House in magic today. A unique series of effects blended into one beautiful and sensational act.

The Great Leon, not looking a day over 30, demonstrated his spirit house which won him trophies and triumphs. This act stopped the show at the USO Hollywood Canteen.
The Great Leon, not looking a day over 30, demonstrated his spirit house which won him trophies and triumphs. This act stopped the show at the USO Hollywood Canteen.

1st edition 1960, 34 pages; 1st digital edition 2019, PDF 31 pages.
word count: 9329 which is equivalent to 37 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by James Macdonald (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 12 March, 2022

I have no conflicts of interest. I'm a professional who has been doing magic for sixty years; primarily platform and stage magic, concentrating on sleight-of-hand.

I built this item, and have presented it in public on many occasions, mostly Halloween shows. I intend to build a second house, using what I learned from making my first one. It's easily portable and only requires one person (you!) to operate. The audience reception has been quite good.

You should know when building this, that doll-house parts (e.g. windows and doors) are not cheap. Getting the opening door and opening window to function reliably was a matter of trial-and-error. If you don't have access to a table saw and jig-saw, construction won't be easy. Please use the thinnest, best-quality plywood you can get! I have easily sunk a couple of hundred dollars into this effect.

I've modified the tricks that happen in the house to suit my style and wrote my own patter.

Definitely a worth-while routine.

Reviewed by Gary Fischer (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 26 January, 2022

Great product and a wonderful trick!