Few people consider paper, cardboard and carton high-tech products, but they are. Go visit any paper factory and you will find out that some of the largest and most complex manufacturing machines in operation today are paper machines.
Since my father worked for many years for a paper manufacturer, I have learned to respect paper from a very early age. This is part of the reason why I am so excited about this e-book. It describes 12 stage illusions which you can build entirely from carton. Carton is inexpensive, easy to work with, light weight, pretty durable and packs flat. These are characteristics great for the beginner as well as the advanced performer. Who wants to carry around heavy equipment? Who wants to travel with a trailer rather than fit everything in a car? With very little money you can build illusions that would normally run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
It includes drawings and instructions for such illusions as SAWING THRU GIRL – SWORD BOX – LEVITATION – SUBSTITUTION – DOLL HOUSE – HEADS OFF – SPIRIT CABINET – GIRL PRODUCTION- RABBIT PRODUCTION – BOY VANISH – COSTUME ILLUSION.
Here is a bit of information you will thank me for. The strength of cardboard is rated by the so called ‘edge crush test’ or short ECT. Typical boxes are ECT 32. Make sure to build your illusions from cardboard rated ECT 44 or better. This makes all the difference. And there is no reason to stop at cardboard. I encourage you to experiment with other inexpensive materials such as various kinds of foam boards or corrugated plastic a.s.o.
And once you have replicated some of U. F. Grant’s designs and incorporated his advice, you can let your imagination run wild and take pretty much any illusion or illusion plan and rework it to use cardboard.
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