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Russell Blackwood
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 6:39 pm Reply with quote
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If anyone has found books about magic and stage illusions that are good resources for creating special effects for the theatre, please tell us about them! Also let us know, what specific information in the book, if any, you applied directly to designing or building a specific special effect.

Certainly, there?s cross over in the skills, materials and ingenuity that both a magician and a special effects creator need to have. Books on magic can be very expensive though, especially if they include working drawings that show exactly how to build specific illusions. The price in some cases includes, literally, buying the secret! But, if you?re curious and have some extra cash, or if your 6th sense is screaming ?you need those plans? then perhaps you'll consider checking out some of these books on magic and illusions.

I was searching for special effects resources on-line when I found these websites.

This first links to a lengthy bibliography of magic books:

http://www.magicauction.com/IllusionHotline/Illusion_Books.htm

Both of these link to sites that sell both books and plans for building stage illusions:

http://hamiltonholtinc.site.yahoo.net/books.html
http://www.ronjo.com/thestore/bkillus.html

OK, so both of these link to Halloween sites with books. Most of them are about making haunted houses, but I admit, a few peaked my curiosity!

http://members.aol.com/moonpub/HauntBooks
http://www.haunt.info/books/

This link is a bonus. I still love seeing these illusions live:

http://themeparks.about.com/cs/disneyparks/a/hmsecrets.htm
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JonS
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I come into Grand-Guignol with a magician background. I will be experimenting with combining theatre effect and magic effects in a production of grand-guignol.
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