Illusion Caused By Apparent Appearance Or Disappearance Patents (Class 472/71)
  • Patent number: 8795096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a motion ride that creates the illusion of teleportation on passengers in a passenger vehicle. This is accomplished in four steps of the method. Multiple embodiments of varying apparatus are presented for completing the four steps of the method. Passengers in the first step view a primary environment, in the second step passengers are surrounded by a secondary environment, in the third step passengers experience Galilean invariance by viewing the velocity of multiple of images of motion of the secondary environment being relative to the velocity of the passenger vehicle as selected from a group consisting of equal magnitude and same direction, equal magnitude and opposite direction, greater magnitude and same direction, greater magnitude and opposite direction, lesser magnitude and same direction, and lesser magnitude and opposite direction, and in the fourth step passengers again view the primary environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel James Stoker
  • Publication number: 20130324271
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a motion ride that creates the illusion of teleportation on passengers in a passenger vehicle. This is accomplished in four steps of the method. Multiple embodiments of varying apparatus are presented for completing the four steps of the method. Passengers in the first step view a primary environment, in the second step passengers are surrounded by a secondary environment, in the third step passengers experience Galilean invariance by viewing the velocity of multiple of images of motion of the secondary environment being relative to the velocity of the passenger vehicle as selected from a group consisting of equal magnitude and same direction, equal magnitude and opposite direction, greater magnitude and same direction, greater magnitude and opposite direction, lesser magnitude and same direction, and lesser magnitude and opposite direction, and in the fourth step passengers again view the primary environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel James Stoker
  • Patent number: 8257188
    Abstract: A conjurer's kit is disclosed that comprises a box comprising a plurality of walls enclosing an interior wherein one of the front walls of the box has a display opening. The walls have black inside surfaces. The box defines a hiding space between a rear wall and a partitioning wall. The partitioning wall has a height smaller than the interior height of the box. The box has a bottom cover that covers the bottom of the hiding space and is made of a soft material such as foam or sponge or carpet. The box has at least one partly black outer surface such as a hollow cone with a black outer surface or an object having one black half or a playing card having a black back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd.
    Inventor: Herman Jacques Monshouwer
  • Publication number: 20110207540
    Abstract: A conjurer's kit (1) comprises: a box (100) comprising: walls (101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106) enclosing an interior (109) and having a display opening (107) in one front wall (106), wherein the inside surfaces of all walls are black; a hiding space (141) defined between a rear wall (103) and a partitioning wall (140) standing upright on a bottom (101), the partitioning wall having a height smaller than the interior height; a bottom cover (142) of a soft material covering the bottom of the hiding space, the bottom cover preferably being made of foam or sponge or carpet; and at least one attribute having an at last partly black outer surface. The attribute may be a hollow cone (300) with a black outer surface, or an object (400) having one black half (401) and an opposite non-black half (402), or a playing card (530) with a black back side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Herman Jacques Monshouwer
  • Patent number: 7806551
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a bowl having an opening. The opening includes a plurality of movable members movable between a first position and a second position. The first position is a closed position in which the movable members are connected and support items in the bowl. The second position is an open position and allows a hand to enter the opening. The apparatus includes a circuit that includes a switch operably connected to said moveable members such that a light turns on upon said moveable members being in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jackson River Phipps
  • Patent number: 7469495
    Abstract: A folding display apparatus includes: first and second forms; and at least one flexible connector strip interconnecting the first and second forms and carrying indicia thereon in a preselected pattern. The apparatus is moveable between a first position in which the first and second forms collectively define a face bearing a first image composed from the indicia; and a second position in which the first and second forms collectively define a second face bearing a second image composed from the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Clear Blue, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Konieczny, Al Christensen
  • Patent number: 7377855
    Abstract: The present invention provides the illusion that an elastic apparatus is hooked from within a base unit, wherein actually hooking the elastic apparatus is virtually impossible. An opposite end of a rod is inserted at least partway into a hole of a base unit using the handle end of the rod. The base unit gives the appearance that the elastic device is attached to and extending within the hole thereof. The inserted opposite end of the rod is then pulled partially out of the base unit. But before the opposite end of the rod is exposed in viewable sight, two of a user's fingers are pressed together on substantially opposing sides of the handle end in order to forcibly snap the rod back into the base unit giving the illusion that the rod slipped from the user's fingers due to an opposing force from the elastic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Leroy Q. Pia
  • Patent number: 7373902
    Abstract: A device for amusing a cat or other pet is provided that has a housing having a top portion and a bottom portion, a motor disposed in the housing, a belt attached to the housing via an upper shaft and a lower shaft, a string having a first end attached to the belt and a second end extending freely from the belt, and means for activating the motor. In operation the motor rotates the belt causing the string to repeatedly fling outwardly from being hidden within the frame and amuse the cat. Methods for amusing a pet are also disclosed that comprise the steps of automating a string, whereby a free end of the string appears and disappears from view. These methods are preferably accomplished by attaching one end of the string to a rotating belt within a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Michele Levan
  • Publication number: 20070213137
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a black art backdrop useful for producing people and objects as if by magic. The backdrop consists of a center section and two winged sections. The center section has a stationary portion and a movable portion. The entire backdrop is covered in black art material on the downstage side for example triple velvet. The movable section can move downstage and back allowing a person or object to come from behind the curtain and appear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventor: Donald M. Drake
  • Patent number: 7236301
    Abstract: A projection system for making an object appear and disappear to an observer on cue. The system remotely activates a reflective axis and a transmissive axis within a polarized window for making an object on cue appear and disappear. In one aspect, this system contains a reflective back plate, a polarized window, and a textured surface. A reflective back plate is placed behind an object. A polarized window is placed in front of the object. A textured surface is placed in front of the polarized window. A polarized light source is placed in front of the textured surface. If the polarized light is aligned parallel to a reflective axis, the textured surface is visible to an observer. If the polarized light is aligned parallel to the transmissive axis, the textured surface and the object are visible to an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Huber
  • Patent number: 7162977
    Abstract: A small animal restraining device for the veterinarian treatment of small animals provides an enclosure having an opaque integrated front panel having a plurality of access panels, a rear panel, a floor panel and a cover lid forming a rectangular box defining an interior cavity, a first door panel attached to the rear panel and a second door attached to the rear panel, each door having a head engaging apparatus within a head opening, and a central interior squeeze panel pivotally and adjustably anchored within the interior cavity to the floor panel, the central interior squeeze panel urged towards the front panel to secure a body portion of the small animal between the central interior panel and the front panel while securing a head portion of the small animal within the head opening of either the first door or the second door, the head openings of the first door and second door providing the only light to the interior cavity, except for when one or more of the access panels are open to access the body portio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: LeeRoy Charvat
  • Patent number: 6981920
    Abstract: A magic trick device and method are set forth to provide the illusion of a performer inserting a cigarette into his nostril. The device includes a body with a slidable sleeve and a pull tether to withdraw the device into a coat sleeve, vest or shirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Gary Kosnitzky
  • Patent number: 6935961
    Abstract: With a view to providing a conjuring tool which is simple in construction and operation, an interior of a case main body 2 is divided by a partition plate 5 into two portions such as a coin accommodating portion 6 for accommodating coins 20 in a state in which coins are stacked one on another vertically in advance and a coin introducing portion 7 for introducing coins 20a during a play, the partition plate 5 is fixed to an interior surface of a top wall of the case main body 2, and a slit 5a is formed between a lower end of the partition plate 5 and a bottom wall of the case main body 2 for allowing coins 20 accommodated within the coin accommodating portion 6 to pass therethrough into the coin introducing portion 7 one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Tenyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 6857963
    Abstract: In order to provide a conjuring tool which is simple in construction and operation, there is provided a conjuring tool for performing a card trick wherein a recessed accommodating portion 32 for accommodating therein a note or card that is inserted thereinto from the outside of the conjuring tool is formed in the interior of the conjuring tool, wherein there are provided an open window portion 12 for allowing the note or card that has been so inserted into the recessed accommodating portion 32 to be viewed from the outside of the conjuring tool via a special plate 20 that has an effect of making a viewer feel a certain degree of depth due to a three-dimensional pattern produced by a moire phenomenon and a film 33 disposed between the note or card so inserted and the special plate 20 and having transparent portions and non-transparent portions, and wherein the film 33 is arranged to move on the note or card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Tenyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6749519
    Abstract: The present invention is for an automatically actuated hidden compartment apparatus and method for creating the illusion that an object placed inside a chamber has disappeared. An automatically actuated hidden compartment apparatus comprises a housing, an outer compartment slidably coupled to the housing, an inner chamber slidably coupled to the inside of the outer compartment, and actuating means within the housing. When the inner chamber and outer compartment are slidably opened, an object is placed in the inner chamber. When the inner chamber and the outer compartment is closed, the actuating means is triggered, thereby preventing the inner chamber from sliding out of the housing. Then, when the outer compartment is opened an illusion is created that the object has disappeared. When the outer compartment is closed, the actuating means is triggered, thereby allowing the inner chamber to slide open. Then when the inner chamber and outer compartment is opened, the object reappears completing the illusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Jim McCafferty Productions, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence David Hasseler, James R. McCafferty
  • Patent number: 6623366
    Abstract: A magic trick in which one of two perpendicularly extending subjects vanishes behind a lenticular screen while the other subject remains visible and extends over aligned locations formerly occupied by portions of the one subject. The screen has parallel lenticules. One subject is an upright human figure, living creature or other vertically extending article, printed or live, and adjacent the second subject which is a series of printed horizontal parallel stripes or solid bars/wires forming a background for the first subject. The subjects can form scenery on a stage or be on the inside back cover of a book with the screen mounted across the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventor: Lubor Fiedler
  • Publication number: 20030054894
    Abstract: A magic trick in which one of two perpendicularly extending subjects vanishes behind a lenticular screen while the other subject remains visible and extends over aligned locations formerly occupied by portions of the one subject. The screen has parallel lenticules. One subject is an upright human figure, living creature or other vertically extending article, printed or live, and adjacent the second subject which is a series of printed horizontal parallel stripes or solid bars/wires forming a background for the first subject. The subjects can form scenery on a stage or be on the inside back cover of a book with the screen mounted across the front.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Lubor Fiedler
  • Patent number: 6174241
    Abstract: A magic set comprises of a plurality of leaves form a book. The book is provided with at least one portion for holding movable props at predetermined different display locations on faces thereof and a prop moved by a user in accordance with the directions between different display locations on one face of a leaf in the performance routine of one trick mechanically interacts with one of trick indicia and a prop on an opposite face of the one leaf to determine an outcome of one of a same and another, previously initiated trick, while a portion of the prop which would reveal a solution to the one of a same and another trick remains undetected throughout the performance of routines of both tricks performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventors: Mark Setteducati, Anne Benkovitz
  • Patent number: 6110050
    Abstract: A toy train hopper car has a simulated load which appears to be emptied from a full load position. An electric motor drives a rotatable crank arm which engages a pivot arm connected to a load support that holds the simulated load. A second parallel pivot arm provides added support and follows the first pivot arm. A push button control actuates the motor to move the simulated load from an upper raised full load position to a lower empty load position and to reverse the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Robert F. Tammera
  • Patent number: 5779552
    Abstract: An illusory liquid apparatus is disclosed which provides the illusion of an item appearing and disappearing. An illusory item is suspended in a translucent or opaque fluid, and raised and lowered to alternatively be visible at the top of the fluid, and hidden under the surface of the fluid. Also disclosed is a new means for moving the illusory item by means of magnetic attraction. A magnetic attractor is placed in the illusory item, and magnetic attraction is used to raise and lower the illusory item. Alternatively, liquid may be moved to alternatively cover a fixed illusory item and then reveal it, or a mechanical linkage used to raise and lower the illusory item in the liquid. A new configuration for an illusory liquid apparatus is also disclosed in which the completely sealed outer body and inner vessel of the illusory liquid apparatus avoids the use of complex mechanical linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lisa Gelfond, Sandra A. Levin, Randall Jon Klimpert, Horst Dieter Herbstler
  • Patent number: 5605508
    Abstract: A magician's guillotine has generally transparent stocks providing a primary, central neck receiving aperture and surrounding upper, lower and lateral demonstration apertures for demo articles to be severed. Opposite edges of the stocks are mounted in frame uprights having first and second vertical tracks for receiving an upper blade assembly which is switched to descend in a first track to extend across and sever demo articles in upper, lateral and primary apertures and in a second track to extend across and sever only articles in the upper and lateral demonstration apertures. When the blade assembly descends in the second track a lower blade rises from a concealed position inside the frame to sever a demo article in the lower aperture. The upper blade assembly has a first blade of inverted U-shape concealed within a second, rectangular tubular blade when in the first track and sliding therefrom when in the second track to sever only demo articles in the upper and lateral apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: William J. Schmeelk
    Inventors: William J. Schmeelk, Alan Wakeling
  • Patent number: 5558583
    Abstract: The base member is provided with a coin slot and opening. Plate members to close and open the coin slot and opening are disposed movably in relation to the base member. The plate members are so supported by support members as to be movable between closed and opened positions.When the coin transfer apparatus is used, it is placed on the top of a table with the plate members closed. A coin is set in the coin slot. A handkerchief or the like is put over the apparatus. When the apparatus is lifted off the table top along with the handkerchief, the plate members are opened due their own weight and the coin falls onto the top of the opened plate member through the coin slot. The apparatus covered with the handkerchief are placed onto the table top again, the plate members are closed, and then the handkerchief is taken away from on the apparatus. The audience will be given an illusion that the coin has been transferred from the coin slot to the top of the plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Tenyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Shimomura
  • Patent number: 5549515
    Abstract: A coin-magic device has a stand on top of which a first coin receiving surface is formed. The device further comprises a tray that is used as placed on the first coin receiving surface to hide the coin. The tray has also a coin receiving surface that is referred to as a second coin receiving surface. Two more coins are placed on the second coin receiving surface. In addition, the device comprises a casing. When the casing is fitted onto the tray and stand, the tray is turned from the first coin receiving surface to the inner wall of the casing and appears as if it were the inner wall of the casing. Therefore, the two coins on the second coin receiving surface of the tray are hidden between the tray and the casing, and the coin on the first coin receiving surface will appear in stead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Tenyo Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 5536209
    Abstract: A cutting-magic device is disclosed which comprises a case open at the top there of and hang a bottom and a circumferential wall, and a partition which parts the case into a first half and a second half. The case has formed in the bottom of the first half thereof an opening through which a pencil, finger or any other bar-like article is to be inserted. The partition has a mirror provided on the side thereof facing the second half of the case. The partition has mounted thereon a tubular member which can be slid up and down along the partition. The case has mimic scissors provided thereon. A pencil, finger or any other bar-like article inserted from the opening in the case and penetrated through the tubular member appears, under the reflection effect of the mirror, as if it were cut by the mimic scissors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Tenyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tooru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5449324
    Abstract: The trick article giving an illusive cutting of a stick-like thing such as a cigarette or pencil and restoring its initial state, according to the present invention comprising an opaque disk-like rotary member disposed rotatably on a base, transparent auxiliary rotary members movable circumferentially as interlocked with the rotary member, and a housing which encases the rotary member and auxiliary rotary members. The rotary member and auxiliary rotary members have formed therein a main channel and sub channels, respectively, in which the stick-like thing is inserted from an insertion hole formed in the housing. The auxiliary rotary members have fixed therein deceptive stick-like things identical to the front and rear end portions, respectively, of the stick-like thing. When the rotary member is in its first angular position, end portions of the actual stick-like thing are visible through windows formed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Tenyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 5392161
    Abstract: An illusion assembly for retaining at least a portion of an item and creating the illusion that the retained portion of the item disappeared. The illusion assembly includes a container having a front transparent area and a rear transparent area. The container includes a retainer assembly defining a retaining space with at least a portion of the item being disposed in the retaining space. At least a portion of the retaining space is disposed between the front transparent area and the rear transparent area in the container. Illusion devices are disposed in the container between the front transparent area and the rear transparent area for creating the illusion of seeing through the front transparent area and through the container and through the rear transparent area without seeing the retainer assembly or the portion of the item stored in the disposed space of the retainer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Highland Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, James J. Sluss, Jr., Joseph G. Straeter, Charles A. Codding, David A. Weder
  • Patent number: 5346433
    Abstract: By a new configuration which more efficiently controls illumination, it is possible to make a mirror dissolve illusion which uses less power than those previously known in the art. A reflector and lamp assembly is provided in front of a partially reflective and partially transparent (one-way) mirror to direct light to a viewer via the one-way mirror. The technique includes use of a backlit wall pattern and a reflective floor surface along with a mirror of reduced density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Inventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Weinreich
  • Patent number: 5118321
    Abstract: A utensil which has a feeding end and a hollow handle. A holding element is displaceable within the hollow element relative to the feeding end between a revealing position, where an end of the holding element that is decorated with imitation food projects over the feeding end, and a hidden position, where the decorated end of the holding element is withdrawn and concealed within the hollow handle. A spring biases the holding element into the hidden position and a latch retains the holding element in the revealing position. The holding element enters the revealing position during withdrawal of the utensil from a toy container and enters the hidden position during insertion of the feeding end into a doll`s mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Kenner Products, Division of Tonka Corp.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Greenberg, Gregory E. Hyman, Judith H. Blau
  • Patent number: D371172
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: David A. Foreshew