How Many Illusions in a Show?

First, the general accepted trade definition of an illusion is a large scale magic effect.

General expectations that come with an illusion performance are a physical illusion prop, scale and production value. The general expectation of an illusion show (that distinguishes it from a stage magic show) is that the show features a number of illusions.

There are no rules to the maximum number of illusions in a show as you will ultimately be limited by your own illusion repertoire, stage size, backstage size and availability of crew. However, depending on the duration of the show, you probably need at least 2 illusions for the show to be considered an illusion show. In a 30-minute show, 3 or 4 illusions is a good number.

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Most of my shows are between 30min – 75min. I have never done a show with more than 10 illusions in a single show. Here is an indicative guide of what I think will fit most illusionists:

  • 30 min Show: 3 – 4 Illusions
  • 45 min Show: 4 – 5 illusions
  • 60 min Show: 6 – 7 illusions
  • 75 min Show: 7 – 8 illusions

The general formula for an illusion show is to alternate between an illusion with a stand-up or silent stage piece. This creates variety in the show and is also a practical structure as it allows the crew to set the stage for each illusion number.

Most illusion shows will open with an illusion or an impressive silent stage magic act that leads to an illusion. Many times, the silent stage act is performed first because of the loads and pre-sets needed.

Most illusion shows also close with an illusion, although it is also common to close with a sentimental stage piece to end on an emotional high, as opposed to a visual spectacle. I have used both types of performances to end an illusion show.

How many illusions do you have in your show?


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My name is J C Sum and I am an illusionist & designer of original illusions with extensive international experience performing for corporate & special events, luxury cruise liners, theaters, showrooms and television in a career that has spanned 20 years.

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David Seebach Illusion Articles

Through Abbotts Magic, David Seebach’s articles on illusions that first appeared in The New TOPS Magazine have been republished online for a new generation to read. There are a total of 104 articles that appeared from 1970 thru 2011.

This is a fantastic free illusion resource that you should check out!

His book “So You Want to Be an Illusionist” is a “must-read” title in my Recommended Books for Modern Illusionists.

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David’s book gives you an overview of his decades of experience as an illusionist. He has owned and worked with many illusions built by top builders. In this spiral-bound book, he shares his experience and tips on working on these popular marketed illusions but does not reveal exact working methods or construction details. There are also nuggets of information spread out throughout the book. This is a good book for beginners but I do feel his approach, style and material may be considered a bit dated for today’s contemporary illusionist looking for mainstream relevance. But, with this caveat in mind, this book is still an invaluable resource and a fantastic introduction to popular marketed illusions.

Professional Stage Illusion Sale

I have a select number of used professional illusions at GREAT prices (and most economical shipping rates). These illusions are going at a fraction of their selling prices and include:

  • The Aerial Exit
  • Shadow Vision
  • Platform Levitation
  • Full Throttle Motorcycle Production
  • Blammo
  • 12-Girl Cabinet
  • Light & Space
  • Revollusion

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Sales are made on a first confirm basis!

More of my original illusions are also now available through Thomas Clark including “Crystal Metamorphosis”“Visual Displacement”“Blade Pyramid” and “Benchmark”.

I’m really pleased to have Thomas build my illusion designs through his company Magic Sax. He has the exceptional skill to build a high quality prop at an incredibly reasonable price.

“Benchmark” is now available at the low introductory price of US$1800. This price will only be offered to the first few orders so take advantage of it. Here are some pics of Thomas’ “Benchmark”:

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Check out www.magicboutique.sg under the STAGE/ ILLUSIONS for photos, info, videos and shipping info!

Happy New Year!

“Corporate Illusions Made Easy” Book Coming Soon!

I have a new book about to be released in Nov 2013 written specifically for the working Corporate Magician – “Corporate Illusions Made Easy”!

This book will be available from all major magic shops worldwide. However, if you purchase from me direct, you will get free shipping and a free exclusive corporate illusion digital plan as well!Corporate Illusions Made Easy

From making corporate executives appear, producing new products, launching corporate logos and staging motivational stunts, the illusions in the book are simple to build, effective in design and practical to stage in non-traditional performance environments.

All illusions are professional level effects and take into account realistic budgets, size, logistics, venue and staging constraints typical of corporate events. Best of all, no prior illusion knowledge is necessary to understand, build and execute the illusions.

New illusionists will be introduced to known as well as original illusion methods and ideas that they can execute with confidence. Experienced illusionists will find original practical solutions for common requests from corporate clients that they can use immediately.

In the first illusion book of its kind, it also includes an extensive discussion on presenting illusions for corporate events, the role of the “Corporate Illusionist”, adapting standard stage props for corporate magic, how to go about building the illusions in the book as well as incorporating corporate messaging into the illusions.

If you book a launch, conference, awards dinner or tradeshow with just one idea from this book, you will recoup your investment in the book many times over with a single engagement.

Contents include:

Examining Illusions for Corporate Events

  • The Role of the Corporate Magician/ Illusionist
  • Adapting Standard Stage Props for Corporate Events
  • Different Types of Corporate Events & Venues
  • How to Build the Illusions in this Book

The Arrival
A Self-Contained Surrounded VIP Appearance

Showcase
An Elegant Production of a Product in a Clear Display Case

Rising Identity
A Unique Way to Introduce a new Corporate Identity or Logo

Corporate Restraint
A Motivational Escape Illusion Performed by a VIP

Global Crossing
The Teleportation of a VIP

Corporate Restructuring
A Magical Transformation of Corporate Executives

The Sword Box Metaphor
Incorporating Corporate Messaging with an Illusion

Jeweled Revelation
Big Effect for a Small Item Production

The Conference
The Appearance of a Committee of People on Stage

A Big Reveal
The Magical Production or Transformation of a Large Inanimate Product

“Corporate Illusions Made Easy” features 80 pages of detailed illusion construction plans, full illusion presentations and corporate messaging & customization.

US$60.

No orders will be taken yet. Stay tuned for details!