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Simple Showstoppers: easy illusion projects for magicians
by JC Sum


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★★

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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 of value in this ebook.

The best part is that all the illusions in this book can be built easily and inexpensively (under $500 each) but are presentable enough for a professional show. None of the illusions are made from cardboard! The ease of putting the illusions together will allow you to spend your time and effort on the presentation, choreography and performance of the illusions.

Besides appearances, disappearances, transformations and a unique "Sword Box", the book details J C's original Black Art Flap Table, an innovative design that allows you to achieve the same effects of a traditional black art table but with the ability to see through under the table, before and after the effect, without the need of openings in a backdrop or trapdoor in the stage.

For easy understanding, the book includes full building plans, material lists and performance instructions.

Simple Showstoppers features seven original illusion designs:

Tabled Surprise - An Appearance on a Thin Table

Octagon - The Appearance of Two Girls from Nowhere

The Sword Barrel - A Simple Unique Design for a Sword Box

Silhouette Seduction - The Sensual Appearance from a Dance Pole

Grounded Metamorphosis - An Easy Instant Exchange

Dark Dreams - A Complete Black Art Act Featuring the BA Flap Table

Backstage Cabinet - A Practical Backstage Illusion

1st edition 2013, 2nd edition 2014, 50 pages.
word count: 9784 which is equivalent to 39 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Don Jarrard (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 19 September, 2022

Methods already exist. They are easy. Black velvet is $15 a yard now. The inflation and supply issues mean the $500 illusions will cost $1000 now. Paint is $40 and up a gallon. Otherwise a good book. The price is high considering Grant books are $10 for 3 times more illusions. You will not use all the ideas. Maybe 2. I only slightly recommend it if you are serious about illusions. Don't buy just for the secrets. They are not breathtaking or a revolutionary. Basically concepts you can find in any easy-to-build illusion book.