History of Suspended Animation
From John Taylor...
Suspended Animation was designed and documented by John Taylor in 1998 and first created and built early 2000 for my touring show in Japan. It was then shortly after, released and sold to the magic community through Bill Smith - Magic Ventures and first appeared in MAGIC Magazine in April 2000 and for 15 years was built buy Bill Smith and in 2013 also built by William Kennedy - WK Magic. As of April 1st 2015 Bill Smith stopped building SA and no longer has the rights to build the Suspended Animation illusion so I introduced a new illusion builder and the building rights were passed over to Tim Clothier - Illusion Projects so now William Kennedy and Tim Clothier are the only authorised builders of Suspended Animation in the world!
This spectacular illusion never seems to disappoint an audience as it’s an unexpected exchange using principles in magic that have never been seen before like John Taylor's original cloth handling technique © , which is a very important ingredient to the illusion. This along with a combination of innovative ideas helps to contribute to the effect and thus creating the most visually exciting and practical variation of the Metamorphosis illusion ever created!
The first Suspended Animation was built by Chris Murphy - Oz Illusions in Australia. With John and Chris working tirelessly in the workshop every day for 3 months to design and create John's dream illusion turning it into a reality.
John's goal with Suspended Animation was to create “the ultimate illusion”. Not only a fun illusion to perform resulting in a killer reaction, but also setting new standards in illusion building construction and assembly - a prop that can be put together with ease in just a few minutes while packing small but playing big!
John Taylor has owned 5 x Suspended Animations and with each new model we have changed the design and dimensions and perfected the illusion and cloths to make it the very best it can be! I think you would be hard pushed finding an illusion in magic that has been as tweaked and refined
as the new Suspended Animations that William Kennedy and Tim Clothier are now building.