|After compiling information from many sources we have put together an outline dealing with the questions concerning knock off illusion building. Below are a collection of thoughts from many professionals on the subject. Your own opinion is welcome.|
In most cases an imitation is only a shell of the original, produced to look the same, but fails to include the creator's original concept and design ideas. The original design was conceived after months or even years of development. An imitation does not include all of the real construction techniques that are necessary when building an illusion for professional use.
The Professional Builder
When an illusion is purchased from an authorized builder,
the knowledge that this builder has been chosen by the creator
is a comforting thought. The builders work meets or exceeds the
standards necessary to complete the illusion according to the
original design. The materials used and the construction techniques
will insure that the illusion will perform as designed
The illusion creator receives a fee for the illusion that helps support his continuing efforts to create new and innovative concepts for illusion design. Without this contribution, future growth in the area of illusion design for our industry begins to decline.
In an effort to prevent the widespread selling of knock off illusions, the purchase of a professionally built "used illusion" will fill the need of the performer while cutting down on the sale of imitations. Professionally built used illusions are the most cost effective way of obtaining an illusion needed for a particular project if the budget does not permit the purchase of a new one. Not only do you get the most for your money but you also preserve our craft.
Many magicians will never purchase a professionally built
illusion. These magicians perform part time and never do