Anyone seen this before ?

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magicuk
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Anyone seen this before ?

Postby magicuk » September 15th, 2008, 9:00 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

Magicuk

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David Nethery
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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby David Nethery » September 15th, 2008, 9:58 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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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby Philippe Billot » September 15th, 2008, 1:14 pm

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

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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby Ian Kendall » September 15th, 2008, 1:20 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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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 15th, 2008, 1:28 pm

That's one big old box.
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magicuk
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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby magicuk » September 15th, 2008, 3:53 pm

Thanks for your posts i really like this type of effect it plays very well.

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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby David Nethery » September 15th, 2008, 7:51 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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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » September 15th, 2008, 8:16 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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Re: Anyone seen this before ?

Postby Philippe Billot » September 16th, 2008, 7:35 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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