Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

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Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by David DeTenyo » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:59 am

This is one great trick which the Lord of Ribbon boxes (Rob Rand) will love for sure :)



I know it is based on an older trick which name escapes me for the moment. Different versions have been made throughout the years, the most beautifull and baffling version in my opinion being Richard Gerlitz' Family Ties

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I think this would be a great project for people like ØyvindK, Rob, Simon ... to remake! It is self-working and a real mechanical marvel ... (I don't know how it works by the way :) ). Gentlemen, start your engines :D

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by ØyvindK » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:18 pm

I agree this is a great trick, thanks for posting about it. If I can figure it out, I may well try to recreate it.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:09 am

Yes this is definitely a baffling trick with a very clever mechanism! I had the possibility to buy it, but I found 1600 $ too much, although it was a bargain for this item!

Yes this effect fascinates me for a long time... maybe with the help of Lego Technic parts it's possible to make my own version!

And I'm very curious if Oyvind will be able to find out how it works...

All back to the drawer table :)

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by PeterW » Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:44 pm

Ooooo very nice effect, and I've figured it out. This actually wouldn't be too difficult to make! Thanks for posting!

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Richard W » Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:07 pm

PeterW

I too have figured this out and would be pretty easy to make would take a little trial and error. Took me a while to see how it was done but one thing gave it away. ;)

Can't believe this sold for 1600 bucks that is insane.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by PeterW » Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:26 pm

Great minds think alike, I too asked myself why "that one thing" and it lead me to the solution. Brilliant idea and yes I too think it would be easy to make. $1600 sounds way too expensive and I've seen it selling for $275 on a few sites, that's a little more reasonable!

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Post by Rob Rand » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:30 pm

PeterW wrote:Great minds think alike, I too asked myself why "that one thing" and it lead me to the solution. Brilliant idea and yes I too think it would be easy to make. $1600 sounds way too expensive and I've seen it selling for $275 on a few sites, that's a little more reasonable!
I was actually referring to Richard Gerlitz effect with the three blocks, that is a very rare piece and is worth 1600 $.

This variation of the effect, the Unity Illusion by Tony Davies, is indeed reasonable priced, it's about 250 €.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by lnlver » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:38 pm

The Chinese characters on the boxes translate to "don't listen". Is that supposed to be some sort of clue?

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by PeterW » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:00 am

Rob Rand wrote:
PeterW wrote:Great minds think alike, I too asked myself why "that one thing" and it lead me to the solution. Brilliant idea and yes I too think it would be easy to make. $1600 sounds way too expensive and I've seen it selling for $275 on a few sites, that's a little more reasonable!
I was actually referring to Richard Gerlitz effect with the three blocks, that is a very rare piece and is worth 1600 $.

This variation of the effect, the Unity Illusion by Tony Davies, is indeed reasonable priced, it's about 250 €.
Rob do you know if there is a video online of the Richard Gerlitz 3 box version? I'd love to see it!

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by John B. » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:46 am

This version works very differently than the Gerlitz version. I had to watch this one a few times, but have figured it out as well. It is much less complicated than the workings of the Gerlitz.

The Unity Illusion is nice, and very deceptive but I don't care for the designs on the blocks.

I think I still prefer the lintenkabinet for this type of trick.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:03 am

PeterW wrote:
Rob Rand wrote:
PeterW wrote:Great minds think alike, I too asked myself why "that one thing" and it lead me to the solution. Brilliant idea and yes I too think it would be easy to make. $1600 sounds way too expensive and I've seen it selling for $275 on a few sites, that's a little more reasonable!
I was actually referring to Richard Gerlitz effect with the three blocks, that is a very rare piece and is worth 1600 $.

This variation of the effect, the Unity Illusion by Tony Davies, is indeed reasonable priced, it's about 250 €.
Rob do you know if there is a video online of the Richard Gerlitz 3 box version? I'd love to see it!
No video of this effect unfortunately, Peter.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:30 pm

OK I'm the guy who couldn't resist buying Unity Illusion, as a ribbon trick lover :)

I was very surprised by the actually very simple looking 'mechanism'. It's actually not a real mechanism. Well of course it is, but not what I expected...

In first instance I was a bit embarrased that I spent so much money for such a low tech item.

Until I played with it.... It works fantastic! A real convincer!

Already made a video but have to rehearse it because it's filmed too close.

It's a joy to perform!

Still didn't manage to make this from Lego! :evil:

But thank you David for mentioning this trick! I had not seen it before!
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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by PeterW » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:39 am

Congratulations! I look forward to seeing your video performance. I too think the trick looks amazing!

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:47 pm

OK here is my video:

https://youtu.be/Tc0qAZnMo-0

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Steve S. » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:47 pm

I really like the look of the props. Is everything wood with brass accents where the ribbon comes out of the boxes?

Nice romantic presentation Rob!
It's a Tenyo day in the neighborhood!

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:21 pm

Thank you Steve!

The props are of high quality ; the tray is beautiful with laquered wood. The tea boxes are made of thin wood. You really get value for your money.

The ornaments are made of very thin metal.

It all makes a very refined impression.

You could say that even the mechanism is refined :)

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by BluBob » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:57 am

Thanks Rob!
and now, on with the show ...

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by PeterW » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:49 am

Great video performance Rob. The props look great, and I believe the wooden boxes may be made from bamboo wood. Very nice and I like all the brass accents!

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by ØyvindK » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:03 am

Very nice video, Rob!
I have also figured out how this works (at least the general method), but your video shows that it might be a tiny bit different from what I initially thought.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by VictorS » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:38 am

Very nice presentation Rob :). 1 question Rob, does the prop using black art ? If no, I am completely puzzled.I am just guessing by watching at the 1st demo shared by David. Thanks.

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:55 pm

Yes Victor... Black art magic.

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Post by VictorS » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:35 am

Rob Rand wrote:Yes Victor... Black art magic.
Thanks Rob ;)

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by David DeTenyo » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:31 am

Nice video Rob!

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by John B. » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:47 pm

Nicely done Rob! The quality of the blocks looks much nicer in your video than in the photo (zoom helps).

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Re: Unity Illusion by Tony Davies

Post by Rob Rand » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:04 am

It's nice too see that Øyvind made his version of Unity Illusion called The Identical Twin Boxes Illusion :

https://youtu.be/HSGN8SFekYA

and I also made a Lego version called Lego Ribbon Miracle :

https://youtu.be/NmUv2GZgHWk

So, this is a very inspirational effect :)

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