Chris and I had "Magic on Parade" starring illusionist Vince
Carmen , which toured Mexico for 18 months (1976-77) in a 3200
seat European style big top among the 17 illusions we had the
girl to tiger. A beautiful chrome plated cage in which the girl
was changed into a beautiful. 600 pound Siberian tiger that was
as tame as a house kitten.
We also had an
Abbott saw with the big heavy wooden frame and a 4 foot diameter
steel buzz saw. The girl was not covered and you could
'apparently see the blade slice right through her midsection.
The buzz saw illusion was destroyed in a storm May 15 1976 when
a center mast came crashing do on it.
Later in 1995 we has another buzz saw with a steel frame and
smaller blade. It was so damn heavy that we soon sold it. It was
too much for the carnival illusion show with a John Meah painted
front that folded out to 110 feet from two semi trailers. We
still have that front, though we haven't used it since 2003.
John Strong purchased the illusions last summer he will have the
greatest illusion show that ever toured.
Magic on Parade was a combination of illusions, 6 circus acts
and five lavish production numbers, featuring Bug Bunny (we were
licensed by King Syndicate to use that character), The
performance had 46 performers on stage, We sold the show to the
promoter in Mexico. The opening stand in Mexico City was over
three months on the same lot.
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