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This is a self-contained version of Trip to the Moon. The rocket is fully operated by air pneumatics. With this version, you have one human controller and the entire illusion can be set up in full light up until the rocket flies in the air. This is a B/A effect but only uses it during the flying portion.
This is a fun and visually entertaining illusion involving audience participation.
A magician brings a lucky child up on stage and explains how their parents used to take him/her to a trip to the moon every weekend when they were little. A covered machine is presented. When it is revealed, it is a coin-operated kid's ride you see in front of a grocery store. It is retro rocket-shaped with "MOON PATROL" written on the side.
The magician can dress the child up with a spacesuit and helmet. The magician gives the child a full list of instruction on how to operate it as if it were a "real" flying rocket.
The magician puts the child into the ride and inserts a coin into the machine. The audience hears some exhausted/ancient rocket sounds as it starts to rock very slowly. Our first bit of comedy as we all know the feelings as a child getting in these rides and they were quite disappointing.
Finally, the magician puts a "magic" coin into the machine. All of a sudden the ride
vibrates and breaks away from the base. The ride becomes a real flying rocket!
The rocket starts to change its position to point upward with smoke as it launches to the moon. The rocket continues flies up, downward and has forward/back ability. The magician covers it with a cloth and the next thing you know, the rocket flies further up and away and the child disappears as the rocket hits hyper speed. For the end, the child can reappear in the back of the house or off stage with a new alien friend.
As an option, a wooden display crate can be added so you can roll out the entire illusion inside the crate and open up to show the audience the rocket in the beginning of the trick.