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Knife throwing illusion Prop

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Imagine a ToT gets to the end of the hall when BANG! A knife apparently slams into it as if thrown over their shoulder. They turn around and see... whatever... or maybe nothing at all.

Magicians use this in their knife throwing routine. They have prop "knives" loaded on a spring type mechanism in back and as they pretend to throw the knife, an assistant triggers the mechanism.

I have a stage show to build where a young actor will need to have a similar device (shaped like a small table or a chair) to shield himself from shuriken apparently thrown by a ninja. I need to build the device, but have no experience and cannot find a tutorial online for free or for sale.

I am hoping some fellow haunters have made something like this or can offer guidance (or a reference) so I can get this built by May. Like any haunt or magic show, it has to work live on stage without making the gimmick obvious.

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Great info Eyegore.. what if the real knife was to slip out of the magicians hand and accidentally be thrown at the person on the board...:eek:
"...And now for my next trick, I'll make an ambulance appear to cart off my once-lovely assistant!"

ha hah ah ha .. All part of show ladies and gentlemen.. All part of the show...:D
Come to think of it.. Wouldn't this "accident" go over better than the actual first premise..lol.. I mean, the magician throws the knife.. Then all of a sudden fake blood start gushing out of the person on the wheel. The magician freaks out runs up and start screaming ..My God.. Someone call an ambulance... and attemps to try to stop the bleeding with a rag, his coat or anything he can get his hands on.. After about 20 seconds of the audience or person thinking that it might actually be real. He lets everyone know that it isn't.. I don't know if this would go over in a magic show.. But in a haunted setting or haunted stage show.. I would imagine it would be pretty intense.
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