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The Thing Platinum Edition (DVD, Props, CD) by Bill Abbott - DVD
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Effect

The reputation-making one-man levitation that can be performed ANYWHERE! Perform it in a living room, on a large theater stage, or in broad daylight on the street. The Thing can float in any performing situation with your audience viewing from any angle. No matter how close the spectators are, whether they're behind, on top or underneath you, they will not see how this

THING works! Practical, one-man levitations are few and far between. After a decade and a half of research and development in front of real audiences, Bill is re-releasing the routine Genii magazine has called, "The most practical, portable, self-contained, angle proof levitation effect ever."

Routine Description
You show a box made of clear plastic completely empty. The box lid is opened and an empty cloth handkerchief is draped over the open box. Mysteriously a form rises slowly up from out of the box under the cloth continuing up until it is hovering suspended in mid-air.

The audience can have a clear view of the levitation from any angle and can see is no support of any kind. You then lift a corner of the cloth up and over the levitating object only to have it suddenly disappear leaving the cloth hanging empty in your fingers!

By draping the cloth over the invisible object it slowly makes its reappearance in an unbelievably magical fashion. The object can then float up and out of your fingers, shoot on a horizontal plane away from you or out above the heads of the audience. Finally you push the cloth-covered object back down into the box, dramatically close the lid and bow to thunderous applause!

Points to consider

  • No threads
  • No magnets
  • No assistants
  • No reset, perform it over and over again without any lighting or staging considerations to worry about.
The Thing Platinum Edition Package Includes:

Hand-Made Gimmicked and Ungimmicked Cloths The New Platinum Edition Thing gimmick is hand-sewn, assembled and each one is personally inspected by creator Bill Abbott. The new light weight components and imported microfiber material make performing this mind-blowing levitation almost effortless and completely deceptive.

Solid Clear View Box
The solid clear view box is made of a lightweight, high impact clear lucite and metal framing, manufactured for a lifetime of use.

The Pocket Thing
Bill Abbott has included a portable box and an all-new handling so you'll be armed with everything you need to perform this angle-proof levitation directly under the noses of your audiences. The new handling enables you to place an clear foldable acrylic box on the open palm of a spectator and have the Thing rise up literally inches from the assisting volunteer.

Walk-around at a party, table to table at a restaurant or out in the open on the street, The Pocket Thing is ready for any environment.

Instructional DVD Includes:

Intensive Routine Training
Bill Abbott conducts an intensive training session unlike any other, to accomplish one goal - for you to perfect the routine! Whether you perform The Thing on stage or up close, the training sequences have been designed to straighten the learning curve so you can perform the world's most practical levitation with confidence and to perfection.

The Wildbaum Sessions
Cirque Du Soleil artist Paul Wildbaum takes The Thing in new directions in studio sessions that cover the illusion of emptiness, body isolation, point fix, resistance, breathing, stage movement, character development and motivation. The Wildbaum Sessions will provide you with the tools you need to take your routine to the next level.

The Conversation
Sit down with the creator Bill Abbott and Paul Wildbaum for an in-depth examination of how The Thing came to be and the history of it's development.

Also revealed are the reasons for the new Platinum Edition, why simple is not always easy, originality, personality, live performance, improvisation, imitation and repetition, natural acting, character, back story, inner monologue, emotional segues and the real secrets of how to connect with any audience.

DVD Running Time Approximately 120 min.

The Workshop Notes
Included on the DVD are Bill Abbott's Workshop Notes that were previously only available to those who attended Bill's exclusive Thing Workshop. The Workshop Notes PDF can be easily accessed by inserting the DVD into any computer (PC or MAC) and opening the DVD-ROM contents from the disc.

Music Themes On CD
The Thing Platinum Edition package features a compact disc with 14 music themes, so you can choose the right vibe for your show. Each theme has been carefully constructed and composed specifically for The Thing and is royalty-free so you can use it in any public or private space, on the web and on T.V.

CD Running Time Approximately 35 min.

The Poster
Included with The Thing Platinum Edition is a glossy double-sided poster with the main routine in photographic sequence on one side taking you step-by-step through the entire performance and on the flip-side is The Pocket Thing handling. Just adhere it to a wall or your practice mirror and begin.

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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 18th, 2010
Never before have I purchased a magical apparatus that has actually transformed my life !!! Bill Abbott has created a prop that if practiced and performed with his standards...can be viewed as miraculous...there's several props that come in the platinum edition...all made of the highest quality...the training that is on the cd/dvd is like going to vegas and learning how to be a member of cirque du soliel purchasing this product WILL up your magical game...you'll learn an aspect of performance that brings confidence and demands good responce from your audience. I've checked all the magic stores , brick and mortar and on-line and only Penguin discounts this master piece...you'll save $ 50 on the normal retail cost..plus free shipping....serious stuff , not a gimmick
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
amazingly able to amaze! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 11th, 2010
This is incredible. Very good material and DVD. What i like the most is that practising with the Thing is a funny task! For sure though you will have to practice a lot before being ready to perform that effect. Your presentation skill will be put to test here.

The reason i dont give a 5 stars, is that to perform this tricks, you need to be prepared a little, you just can
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This Effect is amazing. It works great with kids as well is adult. This is way better than a zombie ball. The music cd that comes with this edition is non copyright and can be played on your videos or shows without fear. Add this to your cart now.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 22nd, 2011
This routine is golden. It can be used in kid's shows, stand up, or even stage. It is visual, flexible, and practical. Bill always explains things with fantastic detail, and explains the theory as well. It's not cheap, but for how much you'll use it, it's a good deal.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 25th, 2011
This is a great trick that is easy to learn. The DVD teaches everything very well and anyone should be able to add this trick in their show in some form or another. The best part of the DVD goes into great detail about stage presence which I personally think should be included more on learning DVDs. The only thing that I changed was the silk that came with the trick. I did not like the way it drapes and also thought it should be a little larger, but not much. I just needed it to be a little flashier. That is what we do, make the trick work for us. I really think the Thing would be a great addition to your collection of tricks that you can preform anywhere. I will keep mine in my close-up case so it's always available for a really amazing and quick illusion. I'm only giving it 4 stars because of the silk, but that was an easy fix.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2011
I had extremely high expectations for this trick, and it blew past all of them. I do co tact juggling to lead into the trick and it flows perfectly. I will always have this in my shows from now on.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great Effect - Price is a Little High Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 20th, 2012
This is a quality item with quality instruction, you can use the info to make your own gimmick. $99.00 would have been a more reasonable price, but at least it is something that can be used professionally on stage or parlor.
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Pricey for what you get! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 2nd, 2013
I bought this with high expectations and I would have to say for the most part, they made them. The reason that I say that is because the Thing gimmick is amazing and I have no problems with that or the DVD and gimmickless cloth. My problem is that everything else you get is totally useless. The main box is very unbalanced so you have to be beyond careful not to knock it over in mid performance. Along with that, it doesn't fully open, so you don't get that great effect of when the ball appears with a flat opening. The "impromptu" box doesn't have a flat bottom so it falls over more that the normal box. The music that comes with it is mainly meant for illusionist type magicians, so most of the songs wouldn't fit any ordinary magicians' characters. And finally, the poster you get is utterly pointless because for one its folded up instead of rolled so you can't spread it out flat, and two, it is double sided so you can only display one of the two routines. Overall, I think this is totally not worth the price. If you are thinking about buying this you might want to just learn how to make it from his lecture notes, and then just make your own. It would be far more affordable and you wouldn't get stuck with a bunch of useless stuff.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 24th, 2014
What I really like about the thing is the effort and thought put into the presentation of the effect. This is going to take some work no doubt, but with that in mind, it is a beautiful little illusion. If you have the money (it is a little spendy)get one. When done properly this looks really cool and will get you gigs!
Peace.....
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1 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 13th, 2011
Nice illusion. Better than zombie. But pricey.
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