Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer:
The hold-out lives!
A holdout :rolleyes: I think not.
RE: Tommy Wonder's version of the vanishing cage
Tommy Wonder used a smaller cage than is typically used for this effect (more the size of the poorly made cages from India - copies of a poorly designed cage). Due to the design of his basic cage, he needed to highly modify his cage to eliminate possible snags (a better cage would have not required this extensive a modification) and to easily be lifted by one hand. A better design of cage can easily be held in one hand.
It is important to note how he held his cage. This is NOT the position in which such a cage is usually held. For his presentation, holding the cage in this manner made the vanish smoother. For close-up work visibility would be fine; but for larger audiences sitting in unbanked rows, the cage might not be seen by everyone in this lower position. For his working conditions, everything was perfect for him. All performers do not work under the same conditions. His cage holding position was critical to the vanish as he performed it and where he performed it.
In addition, he redesigned his take-up reel to work for his needs. He made several modifications that may or may not help things - depending upon the desired presentation, clothing worn, performer's body type, and holding position.
As anyone who has performed the vanishing bird cage hundreds or even thousands of times will agree, there is much more to the effect than buying a cage and take-up reel. Tommy Wonder perfected his presentation to meet his needs. The end result was amazing.