effect requires an individual verified magician with some knowledge of electronics.
Timed Falling Desk
By Jolyon Jenkins
By popular request, we offer a
falling desk frame, but just to give it a new
"twist" this project has two special features
that the others don't; a timing mechanism, and an
invisible "on/off" switch to start the timer
secretly. This might be used in a seance in the following
way. Get out a desk frame containing a photo of the
person you are trying to contact, light candles (or have
the candles light themselves with my Self-Lighting Candle effect), put out flowers, etc. Whenever
you want, you can secretly and invisibly activate the
timer in the desk frame. After the pre-determined numnber
of seconds, the desk frame falls flat. It can be arranged
to fall backwards or forwards. The act of falling turns
off the electronics, and the act of standing the frame
upright again can restart the routine for another fall.
Also included in the e-Book are
suggestions for making a flash of fire come from the
frame before it falls.
Even if you don't need a
falling desk frame, you might want to use some of the
electronics in other projects, such as putting the
self-lighting candle on a timer which is invisibly
activated whenever you want.
If you are not into seances you
can use the falling desk frame in other ways - as a
running gag for a kid show where a photo or a drawing
keeps toppling over, gets straightened up and topples
again... kid show performers know how well that goes over
with the younger set.
Reset is instantaneous. There
are no threads or other mechanical devices attached to
the picture. Its all done through electronics and
internal mechanics. It's all under your control.
Note: This is an e-Book of instructions for
building the effect, and not the actual prop itself. You
make the device following photos and instructions and get
the parts from sources suggested by the author. The purchase of any of these e-Books entitles
you to construct one item for your own personal use. If
you are interested in acquiring a manufacturing licence
please contact the author via the Magic
Nook. Copying and resale of any
e-Book is prohibited by International Copyright law.