One Handed Net Illusionette

by Jim Gerrish

Magicians have perverted the word "Illusions" to include only those magical effects involving human beings or objects the size of an adult human or bigger. Somebody coined the word "Illusionettes" to stand for all "little Illusions," or stage magic.

The Bengal Net is a good example, because it had first been used on stage in cargo net size to vanish humans, motorcycles (with their riders) and even automobiles. It was known to Guy Jarrett and used in many of the big stage illusion shows of the early 1900's. The smaller version was popularized by U.F. Grant who probably changed the name from "The Cargo Net Illusion" to "The Bengal Net" when he began manufacturing them in 1953.

Previous stage size versions of this have been made of wood, cloth and metal. I will give you two variations. One, stolen directly from my own works (PVC Illusions, Book 2) will be made of PVC pipe and cloth and sand. The other will be a wood or hardboard version which mounts on a PVC Pipe Stand and is ideal for using as a finale for my Balls to the Walls trick in this same issue of the Wizards' Journal.

As an additional FREE BONUS, I offer you my stage version Grand Finale in which you fill up a child's Pit Ball Tent with hundreds of Pit Balls!



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