I remember the first time I saw ImaginO. I had just seen the movie "Prestige" and was looking for a scaled down version of the transported man effect that was used in that movie. I was looking for a Victorian Era decor and also something that did not use duplicates to achieve the effect and what I finally settled on was ImaginO which filled all my requirements. I had hoped to add special lighting effects to the prop but when I played with it and tried it out I realized it was a pretty strong effect without any special lighting effects.
There is only one silk used in this effect, it can be signed or better yet, have the spectator draw a picture of a person on the silk. The teleporter device is actually built right in front of the audience, what could be fairer than that, although it only consists of three pieces, a base and two collapsible boxes. Once built, the silk is put into the first box and without hesitation it is pulled out of the second box, its that fast.
The wood work and staining make this effect look Victorian and give it a real aged look to it.
There are a couple drawbacks. The effect is not angle proof. You have to be careful or the effect can talk. After time, you will wear out your silk (one of the reasons I have them sign one is that forces me to get a new silk each time the effect is performed). Also the routine that comes with this effect I have never tried, I wanted this as a teleportation effect and the instructions offer it as a sort of imagination effect.
The positives are that in my opinion it is the creepiest and best transposition this side of a deck of cards, you can knock their socks off with this effect. The effect is light, it packs flat, and was invented by the same person who invented the Zig Zag so how can you possibly go wrong with this effect.
Below is the sales ad for ImaginO...
Here is an effect with an unusual appeal ... for the discriminating magician ... for the performer who wants a trick with sustained interest and a surprise finish. In effect, the performer displays a wooden tray upon which are two square wooden tubes. These tubes are both shown empty and replaced upon the tray. To the accompaniment of some inconsequential patter, the wizard proceeds to produce a handkerchief from one of the tubes. He then deposits the handkerchief in the other tube. This is repeated six times. Finally, the performer indicates that magic is all a matter of imagination and to prove this he calmly shows that the first tube never contained any handkerchief and there was certainly none put into the second ... the tubes are empty! No trace of any handkerchief is left at all. The effect is entirely self-contained and can be performed under any conditions ... even entirely surrounded. No skill or sleight of hand is needed. The apparatus is beautifully made and finished. The tubes fold flat. Complete with patter and instructions . By the inventor, Robert Harbin.