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 Post subject: Metamorphosis with a fog machine?!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:07 pm 
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Hey guys i decided instead of the usual everyday "sheet" being used in the metamorphosis illusion, I'd use fog from a fog machine for cover.

What do you guys think of that idea? im also going to have 1000 watt lights flash from behind me when the change is made so that the audience is some what blinded so they cannot see the change through the fog.

any feedback is greatly appreciated! [i believe criss angel did metamorphosis with fog too]


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I think he did it with flash pots, but the concept is the same only the speed is different.

You just don't want the fog to be so thick that the "illusion" is ruined by giving people the opportunity to think you just switched places under the cover of the fog. (of course you are...)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:16 pm 
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so what are you suggesting that i do?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:37 pm 
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I have seen a Criss Angel Metamorphosis from his Stage days where a blanket of fog is dropped from overhead.

I am sure if you serach YouTube or even Penguin Forum, you can find it.

I had a problem because it takes too long for the fog to clear, thus adding time to the change. Crissy also did a change in Season 2 of his TV show using Flash Pots. (They over did it though an the assistant was burned).


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:48 pm 
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yea i remember that episode. That was a pretty quick change.

are you guys saying that i shouldn't use fog?


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How about if you try to "contain" the fog somewhat? I've seen this used with plexiglass boxes. You could use a three sided backdrop which encloses pretty much only the box. With a fog curtain at the top, the frame would quickly fill and then dissipate without obscuring anything more than the box rather than filling the stage with smoke.


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so your suggesting that i perform the illusion in somewhat of a bubble?! lol


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Yes, or a partial cube...


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alright i see what your saying, but if i do that what would make the fog exit the cube after the change?


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Gravity? If you have an open front, and mount the machine at the top of the frame, it should just spill out in a few seconds.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:43 pm 
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Ohhhhh now i see what your saying...

alright thanks for all the help DaveV


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I was actually going to suggest a partial cube idea.

I would suggest using 2 machines (one on each side) to fill the box fast and thick - providing the needed cover.


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yea my sure 2 would work alot better, but im chilling the fog, so it may be hard to chill both machines.


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 Post subject: Re: Metamorphosis with a fog machine?!
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ItalianST44 wrote:
Hey guys i decided instead of the usual everyday "sheet" being used in the metamorphosis illusion, I'd use fog from a fog machine for cover.

What do you guys think of that idea? im also going to have 1000 watt lights flash from behind me when the change is made so that the audience is some what blinded so they cannot see the change through the fog.

any feedback is greatly appreciated! [i believe criss angel did metamorphosis with fog too]
Be careful with the lights. People have been known to have seisures because of lights flashing on and off. Just a word to the wise.


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DerZauberer wrote:
I have seen a Criss Angel Metamorphosis from his Stage days where a blanket of fog is dropped from overhead.

I am sure if you serach YouTube or even Penguin Forum, you can find it.

I had a problem because it takes too long for the fog to clear, thus adding time to the change. Crissy also did a change in Season 2 of his TV show using Flash Pots. (They over did it though an the assistant was burned).


I agree. And yes that can be found on youtube. If you watch it I think you'll find that the fog really slows down the illusion. You might also want to be careful with using extremely bright lights. Here is why:

-If the setting has been in low light for a while and you suddenly flash bright lights in the crowds eyes it will actually hurt their eyes.

-If you temporarily blind the crowd they won't be able to see because they'll have those dark spots from being blinded.

I would recommend you test these things on yourself first.


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