Resource Information compiled by Steve Zigmont of MagicFX



I do not take any credit whatsoever for compiling this information. This information was compiled by a great friend and illusionist Steve Zigmont. He has always been a wealth of information to me and others.
He is an incredible giver to all those who seriously listen to him.

I hope you find this information useful as you decide what to buy and from whom you buy.

NEVER buy ripoff Illusions.

Proprietary designs and Intellectual Property imformation for new or used illusions

The very nature of a great illusion is to wonder how it's done.

Magic is more than the sum of all the parts, it's another step beyond the equal sum. "Zigmont"
Our goal is to elevate the art of magic and illusion by presenting information all illusionists should know.

Buying The Real Proprietary Design;

In my 20 years of buying, selling, building, producing, designing and performing Illusions, as well as working with over 100 different illusions, I have found used illusions to be the most cost effective way of obtaining illusions needed for a particular project. I always prefer to buy new cutting edge illusions whenever I have the opportunity from an authorized builder.

Not only do you get the most for your money buying the real proprietary design, you also preserve the craft by not flooding the market with cheap knock off imitations. Most times knock-offs are just a shell of what the original looks like and stops there. The knock offs do not have the creator's original ideas nor does it have the design that was worked out with some of the best minds in magic brainstorming.

A new or used illusion manufacturer by a major illusion builder has a team of trained, sub contractors that has assembled parts into a working illusion. The builder assembles all the parts into a functional prop. The knock offs for the most part don't have the real secrets, and are a disappointment in craftsmanship, is not the real deal. The materials used by the major builders and the construction techniques will insure that the illusion will perform as designed and stand up under heavy use for touring.

When you buy an illusion from a authorize builder with permission from the inventor you allow the inventor to receive a fee and continue his work of providing new concepts. You also gain the benefit from a major builder with all the technology that the builder has obtained from years of building for the top names and minds in magic. You can buy all the parts to a racecar, but putting it together and turning it into a racing machine takes an experienced professional team.

Do not be fooled by a knock-off illusion that may not have been built to work correctly. A savings of 3000.00 on a knock-off illusion can be a waste of the entire sum spent when it fails to achieve the deception that the original has obtained. Instead of magic being refined magic is cheapened. A knock-off illusion can be as bad as the masked magician exposing.
End Quote Zigmont

Illusions listed below been prepared by Zigmont and have royalties' fees and are Intellectual Property;

Origami Illusion
Authorized builders John Gaughan, Wellington (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Authorized builder John Gaughan (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Pole Levitation
Authorized builder John Gaughan (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Audience Acupuncture
Bill Smith Magic Ventures (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Windshear Fan
Bill Smith Magic Ventures (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Walking Through a Fan
Magiccraft David Mendoza (created by Jim Steinmeyer and Performed by Steve Wyrick)

Through a Jet Engine Turbine Fan
John Gaughan (created by John Gaughan performed by Brett Daniels, Tim Kole)

Time and Space (rotating bump in the night)
Bill Smith Magic Ventures, Gaughan (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Bill Smith, John Gaughan, William Kennedy (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Audience Dis-Member
Bill Smith Magic Ventures (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Mini Kub Zag
Chalet Magic (created by Gunther Puchinger )
(Permission given to Chalet in the USA)

Modern Art
Owen Redwine (created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Squeeze Box
John Gaughan (created by Andre Kole)

Table of Death
Bill Smith, David Mendoza, Owen Magic
(created by W. Jeans, A Zagorsky & Andre Kole)

Head Mover
Magiccraft- David Mendoza (created by Andre Kole)
(Permission given to David Copperfield and Tim Kole)

Magic Elevator
Bill Smith, John Gaughan, David Mendoza
(created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Slicer - Caterpillar - Janet Box - Cutting in 9
Magiccraft (Show FX) - David Mendoza (created by Franz Harary )

Owen Redwine, Bill Smith (created by Dan Summers )

No Feet
Bill Smith, Chalet
(created by J. Karson & Andre Kole)

Clearly Impossible
Authorized builder Bill Smith Magic Ventures (created for J. Pendragons )

Bill Smith (created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Walking through a Mirror
David Mendoza
(created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Bill Smith, Willy Kennedy (created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Headache Illusion
Bill Smith (created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Sliding Spikes
Bill Smith, John Gaughan
(created by Jim Steinmeyer )

The Chair Levitation
Willy Kennedy
Performed by Rick Thomas (created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Bill Smith, William Kennedy (created by Jim Steinmeyer )

The Torch Box(sword type box)
Bill Smith
As performed by The Pendragons (created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Bits N' Pieces
Bill Smith, Splash, Owen Redwine
(created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Air-Time Levitation
William Kennedy Enterprises, Bill Smith (created by Gary Ouellet )

Blueprint Vanish
David Mendoza
(created by Jim Steinmeyer )

Zaney Blaney Ladder Levitation and Hoop
Walther Blaney (created by Walther Blaney )

Water Fountain Levitation
John Gaughan, Owen Magic
(created for Doug Henning sold to Kirby Van Birch )

Built by John Gaughan (created by Alan Wakeling for Mark Wilson )

Girl in the Aerial Chamber
Built by Owen Magic Supreme (created by L. Smith and Siegfried & Roy )

Helicopter Appearance (two versions)
Built by William Kennedy Enterprises and Bill Smith Magic Ventures
Created by Ken Whitaker ( Performed by Hanns Klok, Dirk Arthur)
Created by Gary Ouellet (Performed By Kirby Van Birch)

Steel Plate as performed by Copperfield
John Gaughan (created by Andre Kole)

The Midair Appearance on a Levitation
Bill Smith Magic Ventures & John Gaughan (created for Brett Daniels )
(Original model made by Owen Magic Supreme)

Back Crack as performed by Copperfield/Kole
John Gaughan (created by Andre Kole)

Binky's Revenge as performed by Copperfield
Magiccraft - David Mendoza (created by Mark Kornhauser )

The The Drill Impalement as performed by Melinda
David Mendoza Magicraft (created by Andre Kole, Ken Whitaker )

Impaled/Impaled Beyond Belief
Owen Magic, Bill Smith, David Mendoza, Creative Illusion (created by Ken Whitaker )

Shadow Vision
Creative Illusion (created by Ken Whitaker )

Impossible Sawing (no boxes)
Creative Illusion (created by Ken Whitaker )

Aerial Exchange
Creative Illusion (created by Ken Whitaker )

William Kenndy Enterprises (created by Don Wayne)

Body Twister
Bill Smith, David Mendoza, Chalet
(created by Kornhauser/Harary/Alonzo)

Zimmerman/Wakeling Base
(created by D. Zimmerman )

360 Turn on a Levitation
John Gaughan
(Created for J. Pendragon )

Kiosk Illusion
Owen Magic, Bill Smith, David Mendoza
(created by L. Smith of Owen Magic )

Laser Splitting
David Mendoza, Wellington
(created by Steve Fearson Owned by David Copperfield)

Dream Vision
Doug Malloy, Steve Keeler, Willy Kennedy
Don Wayne Creations (Created Andre Kole)

Mirror Passage
Wellington Enterprises (Created Luis deMatos)

Millennium Cabinet/Test Conditions
Owned By David Copperfield (Created Gary Ouellet)

The Cutting Edge
Bill Smith Magic Ventures(Created by Dan Summers)

The Bo Staff Illusion
Roy Shank Spectrum Studios/Secret Technologies(Created by Jim Steinmeyer)

Flambe Appearance
Mendoza Magicraft & Bill Smith (Created by Kirby Van Birch )

Suspended Animation
Built by Bill Smith (Created by John Taylor)

Bill Smith Magic Ventures and Chris Murphy Oz Illusions
(Created by John Taylor Mysterium Global Productions )

Most Illusions performed by David Copperfield, Andre and Tim Kole, Lance Burton, Brett Daniels, Greg Frewin, The Hammers, Franz Harary are Intellectual Property.

"The plain & simple fact of "oh that's cool I want to do that" cannot be stopped. Only a true artist will stand alone in his/her performance & style. Only ethical performers will pay rights & royalties to performing someone's concepts. Other performers will just rip off concepts..." Ryan C. Reed, Illusion Entertainment

Don't forget the inventors that gave us our classics;

Parrot To Girl Cage; Tutacko/ Zigmont - Bill Smith
Crystal Casket; Robinson - L. Smith
MisMade Girl; Karson - Chuck Jones'
Sword Cabinet; Tenka - Owen
Shadow Box; C. Ywttmah - A. Zagorsky
Modern Cabinet; S. LeRoy
Cremation; Dutt
Sawing in Half; Selbit - H. Goldin
3 Sword Suspension; Hewes
Asrah; S.LeRoy
Avoiding the Crush; Selbit - Wakeling
The Lions Bride; Neuberger
Cargo Net; O. Williams
Backstage with a Magician; H. Jansen
Stretching; P. Tibbles
The Assistant Revenge; Robert Harbin
Baffling Bulbs; H. Bouton - L. Smith
Buzz Saw Cutting; H. Bouton - H.Goldin
Broom Suspension; Robert Houdin
Bump Cabinet/Million Dollar Mystery; Jeans/Selbit
Doug Henning and Charles Reynolds principle as a bump/tiger appear
Classed Among The Arts
The prevalent idea is that appreciation of magic consist of the apparatus employed in the art. To most people the appreciation of any magical presentation means simply "how it is done" it is assumed, that when once the devices, used in producing a magical effect, has been discovered the secret of that effect is revealed. The trick has been found out, therefore, nothing remains to be learned. A more erroneous view has never been conceived.

You must fool the minds of the spectators, not the eyes. As the magician performs, such impossible feats, the intellect of the viewer just stops. The audience just suspends it's disbelief, and for that moment in the theater they simply believe in magic.

A stage magic show has all the elements of theater but use's a structure of principals found only through studying the art of magic. Some of the principals are psychology of perception, psychological deception, mental misdirection, physical misdirection, controlling attention, premature consummation, pointing, creative flow, dissimulation, simulation, suggestion, repetition, and timing. As a matter of fact, magic embodies both art and science. By using methods of deception to create in the mind of the spectator, a false understanding of what is happening before him, a mistaken analysis of the situation, by the non-thinking part of your mind (sub conscious), is created. This is a misperception outside the brain's actives of known reality. The controlling of stimuli of the conscious, along with visual special effects, stirs the imagination and pleases the mind. Seeing the impossible becomes possible.

If magic was an art;

Magic is to be classed among the arts, not of course, among the mechanical arts, but the fine arts.
From the time of Aristotle to the present date, the consensus of opinion has decided that all art is based upon imitation. Most of the authorities have "flown off the handle" in trying to decide what constitutes art in the abstract, all agree that the basis of art is imitation, either the imitation of something that actually exists or something that might exist in circumstances imagined by the artist .

There is kind of art which imitates things that is imagined by the artist.

There is kind of art which imitates things that actually exist.

There is also a third kind that which imitates neither things imagined by the artist, nor things that exist: but merely the imitation of others. These three varieties may, respectively, be described as high art, normal art, and false art.

As in painting so it is in magic, to produce a magical effect, of original conception is a work of high art. It imitates the exercise of magical powers, by means and manner conceived by the artist who produce it.

To reproduce a magical effect, exactly as already conceived and executed by an artist in magic, is false art. It merely imitates the original imitation. In actual value, Is just as worthless as a painting copied from another painter.
Magic as an art, can only be as curtained by means of evidence derived from the work of accredited normal artist. The more genuine our normal art, as a whole, can be made to approach the status of high art, the greater elevation will be attained by magic.
The more nearly our normal art approximates to false art, the lower the whole art of magic sinks. Illusionist and general practitioners alike, must give proof of their artistic qualifications. This they can only be done by realizing that magic is an art form.

Basically speaking magic is at four levels. The first might be called a trickster, that all he does, a trick. I fooled you he might say. Your uncle at a backyard barbecue doing a card trick.

Then there is a conjurer, a conjurer not only fools people, he fools them completely. He creates a perfect mystery. A conjurer adds no poetry no sense of wonder. He may buy magic at the local magic shop.

The next level, a magician of the first order, he adds poetry to the mystery. He works with ordinary looking objects. His effects are very beautiful in style. He knows the reason why each effect he has produced has been successful.

The final category is of a very high caliber magician. He deceives in an entertaining way. Amazes through his personality, showmanship and technique. That's when the handling of the illusions produce a thrill of genuine surprise in all who behold it. He never wasting a single movement on stage.

A master magician is he who can produce original effects and understand how to present them in an original and convincing manner. His mastery was due to an innate sense of the principles that he studied. He has made the difficult moves look easy, then the easy became beautiful and the beautiful looks like real magic.

When we proceed to define normal art in magic we find the task somewhat more difficult. The work done by the normal artist in magic will fall within one or the other of three categories.

1) The use of familiar methods, in a familiar combination, to produce a familiar effect, but with some originality in presentation.

2) The use of familiar methods, in novel form of combination, to produce a familiar effect, the manner of presentation displaying some originality.

3)The use of familiar methods, in any form of combination, to produce a novel effect, the presentation of which must , necessarily possess more or less originality.

Everything which is not contained in those three categories must be something which is either greater or less than normal art in magic.

The true status of magic, as an art, can only be ascertained by means of evidence derived from the work of accredited normal artist. The more genuine our normal art, as a whole, can be made to approach the status of high art, the greater will the elevation attained by magic. The more nearly our normal art approximates to false art, the lower must the whole art of magic sinks. Illusionist and general practitioners alike, must give proof of their artistic qualifications. This they can only do by realizing that magic is essentially an intellectual pursuit and treating it as a true art, not merely as an embodiment of more or less intelligent skill.

Special Thanks to Steve Zigmont for taking the time over so many years to search out information and be able pass it on to those serious about the Art of Magic and Illusions,

Glen Foster


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