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The Danger of Escapes and the Intrigue of Stage Illusions can amaze your audience. Many of these effects are intended for professional magicians, however, illusions can be purchased for less than $300 and be performed by amateurs with suffient practice. You'll also find books, videos, and even Illusion Plans in this department on Escapes & Illusions. The Houdini's can also arrange for many standard and custom illusions to be contructed - price on application.

Illusion Systems Plans make an excellent source when planning the new act or dreaming up that new illusion. Illusions are the best way to increase your performance fee, and by adding a touch of the spectacular your customers feel as though they are getting something extra for the money. Please Note: The separate Illusion Plans contain considerably more building and performance detail than the same illusions listed in the different Illusion Systems Books. Please do not e-mail us for any further information regarding the building or performance specifications on any of the available Illusion Plans - that’s what you’re purchasing the ‘Plans’ for! Several of these Illusion Plans are on a special order basis, and may take 2 - 4 weeks for us to ship them to you.

Most of the following Escapes, Illusions, and Books are on a Special Order basis, and may take 2 - 4 weeks for us to ship them to you.

33 Rope Ties & Chain Releases[Burling Hull]
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ARTOFESCAPEV5C.jpg Art of Escape - V5 - The Bohemian Torture Escape
$29.95 $20.66 Special Price!
Now Discontinued - Get it while you still can! Special 31% Discount!
This volume by John Novak feature's an escape of John Novak's own devising. The Bohemian Torture Crib is comparable to escapes such as Norman Bigelow's Door of Death, Markini's Electrified Mummy Lid Torture Board, Trudel's Chinese Torture Board, and Abbott's The Ghost Walks, but it's inspiration stems from Phalhinha's Australian Torture Crib. 58 Pages - Spiralbound. Please Note: That these books are in limited supply - Order Now! Note the following are no longer available in the Art of Escape Series: Volume 1 - A Modern Handcuff Act and Volume 4 - Escapes From a Straightjacket.
    Partial List of Contents - Volume 5
  • Bohemian Torture Escape
  • INSANE Muffs
  • Buzz Saw Escape
  • Australian Belt
  • Leather Handcuffs
  • Presentation of Escapes

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Bisection [Andrew Mayne]
Bisection the incredibly lighting fast Illusion by Andrew Mayne. Andrew Mayne creator of Face Lifter and Shock-FX presents a brand new effect for the solo illusionist. At any time during your show make half your body disappear in a fraction of a second. Just as quickly as your body vanished, it returns. Perform it anytime, anywhere. There's even a way to perform it surrounded. It's a perfect effect for the street magician or stage illusionist. Included are step-by-step instructions for building the apparatus and performing the effect. Total time to build the effect: 20 minutes. Total cost to build: $10 (or less)!
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blacktie464s.jpg Black Tie [Kenton Knepper]
Finally a modern thumb tie, with the distinctive Kenton touch. Plastic cable ties (the type police use to subdue criminals)are examined. These un gimmicked “plastic-cuffs” are strapped around the performer's thumbs by a spectator. No crossing of thumbs, bending them down or any of the usual stuff. This is as legit in appearance as you can get. Still, the performer's tied arms penetrate rings, chairs, poles, people - you name it. Kenton applies his novel and original concepts to the thumb tie problem and the results are startling. As you would expect, ample psychology and suggestion are examined with fine precision. Black Tie is for professionals. Kenton gives precise details of his secret methods and sychology. You must be able to create your own routine. Basic texts on magic can supply such routines if you do not know any. Kenton does not give complete routines for you to copy. But all who wish to learn the real inside work of Kenton's original thumb tie, how to perform it, how to use his various options, what to keep in mind as you perform thumb ties - all of this and much more is here! This is not the same old thing, penetrations can be made visually, yet you are seen to be bound! Your thumbs are not in two loops - but one. Just like real-life police ties. Even though spectators see your thumbs are being “cut into by the cable” you may instantly release yourself, even if you have never been able to do any kind of thumb tie before. With Black Tie there is nothing to hide, add or take away, the cables are normal, and you need nothing but these cables and Kenton's secret work. You receive every nuance as used by Kenton and other famed magical personalities on stage and television! Black Tie is over 35 pages with clear illustrations, includes several practice ties so you may begin right away. Kenton also gives you the information on how to easily obtain additional ties inexpensively Docc Hilford says: “They'll remember you for this one, it is a real classic and an honest to goodness breakthrough”.
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Build Your Own Illusions [Book] [Jim Sommers]
Build Your Own Illusions is an 88 page book with illustrations. A complete text for 20 practical Stage size Magic tricks. Build Your Own Illusions will help you build your own illusions, for the finest in quality magic. A must for the Illusionist library!
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DaggerChest1 Dagger Chest
Performer displays a square wooden chest with front and back openings, which the audience can see completely through. The chest is put around a spectator's head, and panels used to close the back and front, effectively trapping the head in the chest. Several daggers are now pushed through slots on the sides of the chest. Apparently they penetrate right through the head!
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mkdisectoarmchopper.jpg Disecto Arm Chopper
A visible wrist cutter! The blade is always in full view! With Disecto Arm Chopper you can perform this surounded! Only one Blade! Fantastic paint work! A great illusion with audience participation and best of all it packs small and is portable!
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Diversions [Rand Woodbury]
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Escapes [Abbotts Magic]
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mmfaceliftersm.jpg Face Lifter [Andrew Mayne]
$17.95 $15.95 Special Price!
Who needs thousands of dollars to perform incredible illusions? The magician asks his audience just that question before he picks up his beat-up cardboard box. He places it upside down over his head and then rips a hole in the front so his face is visible. The magician then lifts the box about a foot above his shoulders-stretching his neck impossibly long. Next, he twists his head 360 degrees around and back. Finally, he removes his head entirely before putting it back and removing the box. Face Lifter is an incredible (yet easy-to-build and perform) illusion which will leave your audience baffled. Taking advantage of cutting edge technology, Face Lifter allows any performer to create an illusion that would have cost thousands of dollars to duplicate just a few years ago. Face Lifter comes with a 23-page fully-illustrated booklet.
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Guillotine [Giant]
The history of the French Guillotine is known by all. Invented by a German and brought to fame by the French. The Guillotine is used to behead the famous as well as the infamous of Europe. This Giant 7 foot model is made of select hardwoods finished with a realistic antique finish and impressive hardware. A solid steel blade is raised to the top of the support. A spectator is asked to assist in a demonstration of the execution of Marie Antoinette using a carrot for the unlikely victim. Spectator is allowed to examine the Guillotine and in the process is locked within the stocks. After a bot of by-play, the blade is released, crashing down through the stocks and spectator's neck and out of the bottom. Through some miraculous feat, the spectator is no worse for wear. An Impossible Penetration accomplished in Full View. No finer Guillotine available anywhere... This effect packs small, but can be seen on the largest of stages - can be performed as COMEDY or as a SERIOUS Scary Effect. Special shipping and handling charge will apply - please contact us. This Guillotine - Giant compares in size and quality to other custom made illusions costing 3 times the price.
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paulhauntedillusions.jpg Haunted Illusions - Book 1 [Paul Osborne]
Haunted Illusions - Book 1 by Paul Osborne features a forward by the Ghostmaster himself - Phillip Morris. This large book also includes a section by leading walk through and Haunted House designer Drew Hunter and Charles Chapman of the Vorta Company. They will show you how to go about creating a Haunted House attraction from start to finish. Many building plans are included in this book from the classics such as the Headless Lady, Spidora, Living Half Lady and the Head on Sword, to modern concepts such as the Switch Wall and Head-X. Also included are such unpublished plans as the Arm Amputation and a complete explanation accomplished by construction documents for the popular and profitable Girl to Gorilla attraction. Haunted Illusions - Book 1 is a one of a kind publication designed to make your Halloween project a success! 171 Pages - Spiral Paperbound.
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headtwister066.jpg Head Twister
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Houdini Chain Escape of Siberia! - Deluxe Regular Version
With the Houdini Chain Escape of Siberia! - Regular Version you can perform a Houdini style escape from locked chain. Wrists are chained and securely padlocked. Escape in seconds, and the chain is still padlocked! Performer offers for examination a small metal chain and padlock. In less than a minute, performer releases them self and offers everything for inspection. The lock has not been opened, nor are any links in the chain broken. A fine trick! Everything furnished. This version of the Chain Escape is intended for children or adults with very small wrists.
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Houdini Chain Escape of Siberia! - Deluxe Stage Version
With the Houdini Chain Escape of Siberia! - Deluxe Stage Version the performer offers for examination a chromed metal chain and padlock. He is then securely chained and locked by a member of the audience. There is no doubt that they are tightly chained. This is the same system used to transport prisoners in Siberia. After a bit of byplay, magician frees themself in full view, leaving no clue to their escape. The chain and the lock are still intact! Everything may be examined before and after. No lock picking or trick links. Finest quality chain and lock. Complete with escape instructions! Now includes a Special Crystal Box effect and 15 Routines...
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mmillusionbooksmall.jpg Illusion Book [Andrew Mayne]
$64.95 $59.95 Special Price!
The author of Solo-X and Illusion F/X presents a brand new book of large illusions. Whether you're planning your club show or television special, there's something here for you:
    Here are the books features and just some of the effects included:
  • 220 Pages
  • 100 New and Original Ideas
  • 100 Illustrations and Diagrams
  • Cut an audience member in half with a pair of giant scissors
  • Appear from a small remote control car
  • Make an elephant disappear without actually owning one
  • Crawl through a four inch hole
  • Turn your assistant into a motorcycle
  • And much, much more!
    Signed, numbered and limited to a run of 1000 copies.

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paulillusionsystems2.jpg Illusion Systems - Book 2 [Paul Osborne]
Illusion Systems - Book 2 by Paul Osborne contains over ninety-seven full pages of illusion ideas from many of the greats like Alan Zagorsky of Owen Magic, George Kimery of Chalet Magic, Micky Hades, Paul Driscoll, Tony Spina, and many more. Features literally hundreds of illustrations, and many never before seen illusion plans. 98 Pages - Spiral Paperbound.
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paulillusionsystems3.jpg Illusion Systems - Book 3 [Paul Osborne]
Illusion Systems - Book 3 by Paul Osborne and a great forward by Andre Kole, contains over 100 pages loaded with information for the magic builder, historian, and performer with never before seen illusions and photos. Includes a chapter on ‘Quickies’ - Illusions to construct out of cardboard or scrap wood. Features extensive details on the famous ‘Lightbulb Through Girl Illusion’. This valuable book is a must! 102 Pages - Spiral Paperbound.
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paulillusionsystems4.jpg Illusion Systems - Book 4 [Paul Osborne]
Illusion Systems - Book 4 by Paul Osborne starts off with a forward by David Copperfield, and even contains a rare out-of-print Abbott’s plan. This great book contains over 130 pages, with hundreds of tips from Magic Superstars such as Karell Fox, Tom Mullica, David Seebach, and many, many more. Hundreds of drawing and photos make this an indispensable book for your collection. 136 Pages - Spiral Paperbound.
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Illusions - The Evolution and the Revolution of the Magic Box [Paul Osborne]
Although not entitled ‘Book 5' this book is a continuation of the great Illusion Systems series of books by Paul Osborne - actually it’s the largest book of the series. This book, with a forward by Gary Ouellet, is for the Illusion performer of the 90's and beyond. It features a comprehensive history of the evolution of illusions as well as Paul’s personal story that led him to a career of creating, designing, and producing illusion shows for large theme parks. Learn how you can update your illusions, create new handling for your props, and re-style them to fit today’s performance requirements. Paperbound.
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Mad Mojo [Andrew Mayne]
Mad MojoAndrew Mayne's book of off-the-wall parlor, close-up, and stage effects. Cut off your head with a paper bag, perform twisted experiments on balloon animals, turn a crumpled ball of paper into an airplane, and more! 20 effects and routines. Over 100 illustrations. 96 pages perfect bound.
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pocketfingerchopperbig.jpg Pocket Finger Chopper [Andrew Mayne]
Illusionist Andrew Mayne, author of Touching Sky and the Illusion Book, presents a new spin on the classic “Finger Chopper”! The Pocket Finger Chopper uses just a playing card and a dollar bill. Remove a card and a bill from your wallet - both can be inspected. Slide the bill through two slits in the card. Then, stick your finger through both the card and the bill. Ask a spectator to grab the bill and pull it free. On the count of three, the bill is pulled straight out through your finger! It looks absolutely wild! There is no damage to either your finger or the bill. With the Pocket Finger Chopper there is no reset. Everything can be examined! Pocket Finger Chopper comes with the full performance script!
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mmpocketsawinginhalf2.jpg Pocket Sawing- in-Half [Andrew Mayne]
$17.95 $15.95 Special Price!
Cut Yourself In Half! Anywhere at Anytime! Surrounded by Spectators! Andrew Mayne's Pocket Sawing In Half booklet contains 6 different ways to apparently perform the classic sawing in half illusion....on yourself! Two of the routines can even be performed surrounded by spectators. The complete 12 page manuscript includes 35 photographs and will teach you how to build the gimmick in less than 5 minutes.
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SelfLevitationSupreme444.jpg Self Levitation Supreme [aka Self-Levitation Supreme]
The Self Levitation Supreme [aka Self-Levitation Supreme] is one of the most incredible low-cost Illusions ever released to the magic community! The Performer holds a large Cloth above their Feet. The Spectators can clearly see the Magician's Feet in front of the draped Cloth. Visibly, the Magician begins to Levitate nearly a half foot above the Ground! The Magician Floats down to the Floor and the Cloth is whisked away showing no means of Support!!! The Self Levitation Supreme [aka Self-Levitation Supreme] includes 36-inch Cloth, Special Apparatus and Full Routine and Instructions.
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SOLO-X [Andrew Mayne]
SOLO-X Illusions for the solo performer. 10 one-man illusions that don't require any assistants or volunteers. Crawl through a compact disc. Shrink yourself to one foot tall. Walk through a propeller, and more! 64 pages!
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Sultan Flying Carpet Sultan Flying Carpet [New Improved Illusion]
What magician hasn't been asked, "Can You Make Someone Float?" The Flying Carpet - Princess is the answer you've always been looking for! Although not considered a 'Levitation' - your audience will go away remembering the 'Magician' who 'Floated Someone from the Audience'! A solid hoop is then passed over the person and the 'Carpet', then taken away. The new gimmick weight is only 10 lbs. yet, it holds up to 140 lbs. The entire oufit packs flat for easy transporatation. Includes everything you need to perform, but the hoop. A rope tied into a circle can be used to pass over the person, or some performers use a 'Hula Hoop'. This is, without question, one of the most baffling illusions ever devised, and it is so compact. Sturdily constructed, and weighs just a few pounds. Now you can perform the 'Floating Lady'!!!

This is the best Flying Carpet illusion that we have ever seen. It is quality made in the United States from the finest materials. A small platform on casters is wheeled out anyplace. On it is a two-fold screen holding up a prop carpet. Anyone up to 120 pounds is placed on top with their legs crossed. You can also use this as a one man effect. Two chrome swords are shown and propped under the carpet. Then the screen is pulled out from under the carpet, off the platform onto the floor. Apparently the swords are holding up the carpet. Now, the swords are removed and waved around, as the subject and carpet remain suspended in mid air. A solid hoop is passed over the carpet and subject to show that no visible means of support is used. The screen is placed back under the carpet and the subject steps down.

This can be worked most anyplace! You can use it on the patio, beach, rumpus room, living room, floor, platform and stage. Packs flat and weighs only about 40 pounds in transit. Many other presentations are possible in addition to those mentioned above. This is quality from start to finish. Hula hoop not included. A lot of magic at an unusually low price!! This item has special shipping charges. Call and we will let you know how much to ship to your location.
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Thumbcuff Escape [Professional Double Locking]
Professional Double Locking Regulation Ungimmicked Thumbcuffs actually used by undercover Police and other authorities. The Thumbcuff Escape includes deatailed Escape Instructions, Carrying Case for Belt, and 2 Keys that can open most standard U.S. Handcuffs...
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vodooboxtrick465s.jpg Voodoo Box Trick [Booklet] [Andrew Mayne]
The magician offers the audience a demonstration in the latest high-tech pseudoscientific technology: The Voodoo Box is guaranteed to ward off bad luck and ill omens! The magicians assistant steps inside and the box is closed shut. The magician unveils twenty-one umbrellas that have all been opened indoors. He proceeds to shove the umbrellas through all the sides of the Voodoo Box at various angles. All twenty-one umbrellas are shoved into the box, yet no screams are heard from within. The magician removes the umbrellas (and opens a few to show that they are real). The Voodoo Box is opened and his assistant steps out unharmed! Is it a feat of teleportation? Is the assistant a contortionist? Are sinister forces at work? Find out for yourself! The Voodoo Box is a brand new illusion plan from the mind of Andrew Mayne. Designed to be built in under 30 minutes for less than 30 bucks, the Voodoo Box is a full scale stage illusion that packs flat and travels easily. The effect can be performed surrounded and everything can be inspected afterwards.
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Woodbury, Rand: Illusion Works # 1 [VHS]
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Woodbury, Rand: Illusion Works # 2 [VHS]
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Woodbury, Rand: Illusion Works # 3 [VHS]
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Woodbury, Rand: Illusion Works # 4 [VHS]
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