Anyone seen this before ?

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Postby magicuk » 09/15/08 09:00 AM

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has seen this before ?

where you can buy it etc ?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FYvMDpgYhOc

I think its quite fun

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Postby David Nethery » 09/15/08 09:58 AM

It's an old illusion, as "old as the Sphinx" as the saying goes. If you search some older magic books you'll find it. Jim Steinmeyer's boot Art & Artifice has a comprehensive discussion of the illusion that is the basis for what is shown in the clip you linked to.

Do I understand that you are intending to perform this for yourself ?

As to where you could buy it , you could probably have any reputable illusion builder make it for you.
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Postby Philippe Billot » 09/15/08 01:14 PM

The principle is named The cabinet of Proteus, created by Thomas W. Tobbin in 1864.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 09/15/08 01:20 PM

Ignoring the trolling aspect of the post, it seems strange that the woman seems to shrink by a good foot and a half while she is floating...

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/15/08 01:28 PM

That's one big old box.
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Postby magicuk » 09/15/08 03:53 PM

Thanks for your posts i really like this type of effect it plays very well.
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Postby David Nethery » 09/15/08 07:51 PM

Philippe Billot wrote:The principle is named The cabinet of Proteus, created by Thomas W. Tobbin in 1864.


Well, Philippe, I was going to make him work a little harder to find it ... :/
wasn't my hint "as old as the Sphinx" good enough ?
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 09/15/08 08:16 PM

Yes, wonderful old box. Probably feasible to get things out of the way at some point so the assistant can do a pole dance too.

For some more background - check out the Genii issue with the remembrance of Tommy Wonder and the DVD with the recreation of "Palingenesia" for an article - September 2006.
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Postby Philippe Billot » 09/16/08 07:35 AM

David Nethery wrote:
Philippe Billot wrote:The principle is named The cabinet of Proteus, created by Thomas W. Tobbin in 1864.


Well, Philippe, I was going to make him work a little harder to find it ... :/
wasn't my hint "as old as the Sphinx" good enough ?


If we considere that Tobbin sold in 1865 his idea to Col. Stodare who becomes famous with his blockbuster names The Sphinx Illusion, your reference is very good enough, indeed.
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