The first time I ever saw Asrah in Miniature I knew that doll was going and would be replaced with a skeleton. There are several versions of this on the market, the one I am using is not an Abbott version (I bought mine several years before I saw the Abbott version, I personally like the Abbott cloth better and the tables are about the same).
Asrah in Miniature is primarily a kids effect, by spooking it up with a skeleton you have made a pretty tame kids Halloween effect out of an already popular kids trick.
Asrah in Miniature cannot be performed surrounded, other than that there are not too many restrictions on it. The reset time is about 2 seconds. Although it does not pack flatter than what is shown in the video, it can play fairly big so you do get a little more bang for your space with this. You could in theory float the doll around the stage if you wished, however please remember that this is primarily a kids effect.
My experience with this is that the skeleton works best. My table cover is black so a white skeleton is going to show up really good on it.
One of the greatest levitation mysteries in the history of magic is now available in miniature form! A beautiful doll, twelve inches tall, is hypnotized and placed upon a thin couch and then covered with a cloth. The magician then causes her to rise, under the hypnotic influence, from the couch and into mid-air. The form floats above the performer?s head and completely around his body (ala Zombie). Blowing upon the cloth- covered form causes it to slowly begin to float away, then it comes towards the performer, etc., etc.
A solid hoop is next passed completely over the form, thus proving that the doll has no connections or means of support. The magician then whisks the cloth away and the doll completely vanishes in mid-air! The miniature couch is a beauty. From the front it is very deceptive and it appears to be very thin. Everything is self-contained in the couch and in the cloth. Nothing is added or taken away. Positively no threads are used. It may be performed under bright lighting.
With appropriate background music and a few introductory remarks you can capture the imagination of your viewers with this miniature illusion as did the past masters of magic with their larger stage versions. Complete with doll, couch, cloth and illustrated instructions complete with suggested patter. No hoop is supplied. (No workshop plans available.) A John Fabjance creation.
At Halloween we promote this effect as "The Doll of Terror", below is the ad...
Think Linda Blairs head spinning was bad, this doll floats around the room then vanishes. Or is it even a doll, could be a hideous plastic skeleton you got at the Halloween store, or any type doll that is roughly the size of the supplied one.