I'm interested in books (or other teaching resources) that instruct in the building of illusions. I have been performing platform magic for about 5 years, but my interest in complicated apparatus has been mild at best; I have only a scant knowledge of how most stage illusions work. However, a good friend of mine, and an accomplished builder, is keen to build an illusion with me, and I'm thinking it would be a good challenge.
One illusion in particular that has captured my interest is that of a floating assistant, whereby the magician stands or kneels before a young lady. I've seen this performed outdoors--it has an "impromtu" feel to it. Can anyone point me in the right direction in terms of what books and manuals to begin researching?
Discuss your favorite platform magic and illusions.
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I too would be interested in building apparatus. I saw "metamorphosis" performed by some youths in a statewide competition. and had opportunity for them to show me the box apparatus. as a cabinet builder and with skills in plastics and metal work I think it might be rewarding. (check my homepage to see some of my work)