Free Paul Osborne Illusion Plans You Can Download

Here you can download free Paul Osborne Illusion plans from his four Paul Osborne’s Illusion Systems PDF books, his Easy Build Illusions, Haunted Illusions, together with his two (2) illusion plans from The Black Book.

In addition, I have included more free books on stage illusion ideas and design plans from Andrew Mayne, Tom Palmer, Tom Seller, Tim Clothier, Eric Van Duzer, U. F. Grant, Will Goldston and Robert Harbin and others.

Free Paul Osborne Illusion Plans

Even if you are not a builder, maybe you are just a magic enthusiast or an inspiring illusionist, you would definitely love this big collection of free books.

Those of you who are from the magic community, and magazine readers of Genii, The Conjurors’ Magazine, MAGIC, Tannen’s Magic Manuscript and M-U-M (Magic-Unity-Might) would definitely recognize Paul Ferris Osborne, or Paul Osborne’s detailed illustrations.

Many of the published illusion prop plans in Genii magazine are included in his Paul Osborne Illusion Systems books.

Hatbox Illusion Paul Osborne

His very first illusions plan published in the Genii magazines is “The Hatbox Illusion” Vol. 44, No. 5, May 1980.

It can be found in the Illusion Systems Vol. 4 issue.

According to Osborne, the Hatbox Illusion is based on the Mignon Illusion.

Magnon Illusion

Mignon Illusion is where two boxes with hinged sides are opened out flat, then reassembled and nested. Then a girl magically appears.

Cecil Lyle better know as “The Magical Milliner” performed this illusion in his 1935 show in London, as mentioned in the book Programmes Of Famous Magicians by Max Holden

Paul Osborne Free Illusion Plans

It describes the routines and effects of the programmes of famous magicians, who include Dai Vernon, Al Baker, Annemann, Dunninger, Blackstone,
Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Jean Hugard, and many more

By the way, you can also view Paul Osborne’s distinctive blueprint illustrations in his 2008 book “The Mystery of Sausage: And Other Ridiculous Blueprints“.

The fun-filled book doesn’t reveal magic tricks like his series of Paul Osborne Illusion Systems PDF books.

It just provides fun and silly explanations to the magical illusions.

Paul Osborne Hindu Rope Trick Explained

Paul Osborne Magical Career

Besides being a magician, Osborne is more known for designing magic illusions for corporate functions, theme parks and pop & rock concerts.

Paul Osborne Illusion Systems PDF

It all started way back in 1956, when his parents hired magician Mark Wilson to perform at his eighth birthday party.

At the end of his performance, Wilson gave Osborne “Mark Wilson’s TV Magic Kit”, as shown below.

Magic Mark Wilsons TV Magic Show Kit Set

It is this Mark Wilson magic kit which swept the then young Paul Osborne to the wondrous world of conjuring magical tricks and the art of illusion designing.


Related: Here is a 503-page free classic magic book by Mark Wilson which a must-have for every magician-to-be.

Mark Wilson's Complete Course Magic

Mark Wilson’s Complete Course In Magic
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Note: For Link 6, it is for borrowing only.

If you want to download and save a copy for yourself, read this: “How To Save Internet Archive Borrow Books: 1 Hour And 14 Days“.


By 9 years old, Osborne began performing magic shows for other kids’ birthdays.

He continued doing his magic gigs in his college days, private parties and events.

Then Osborne got a job as ringmaster for Larry Harmon, who is better known as Bozo the Clown.

Paul went on to become the foremost producer of all types of theme park entertainment.

He brought magic and illusion show, marionette show and a song-and-dance show to theme parks.

At the same time, Osborne was working on illusion plans, and sold them to amateur magicians across the country.

When Paul was just starting out designing illusions, magician, sorcerer and bizarrist Tom Palmer was his mentor.

Tom Palmer Tony Andruzzi Maskelyn ye Mage

Paul Osborne called Tom Palmer “Magic Dad“.

When Tom Palmer pursued bizarre magic, he used the stage name Tony Andruzzi, aka Maskelyn ye Mage, aka Daemon Ecks.

Paul dedicated his “Easy To Build Illusions” book to Tom Palmer.

You can get your free 1964 “Modern Illusions” book by Tom Palmer below.


Note: For those who are in the dark about Bizarre Magick, read this free e-book online or this Bizarre Magic by Peter Marucci.

For beginners, you might like to read up this free 23-page booklet by English artist, magician and writer Tony Shiels.

Thirteen Tony Shiels

Thirteen By Tony Shiels
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One of his very first books on illusion was “Victory Carton Illusions” by U. F. Grant (Ulysses Frederick Grant).

Yes, I am including this amazing book and some other U. F. Grant’s rare publications in the list below.

Not forgetting Paul was also designing and art directing for Broadway’s “Peter Pan” production, and network television specials.

Paul Osborne was also the producer and illusion consultant for many renowned illusionists, including Siegfried & Roy, Chris Angel, Doug Henning, David Blaine and David Copperfield.

Saw Of Death David Copperfield Paul Osborne

The late Paul Osborne (passed away in 2016) collaborated with David Copperfield to create the famous Death Saw illusion.


Related: Get your free latest book by David Copperfield.

david copperfield history of magic

David Copperfield’s History Of Magic
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Osborne also worked with pop stars like Britney Spears (Circus Tour) , Gloria Estefan, Black Eyed Peas and David Bowie.

He did the updated Alice Cooper’s guillotine stage prop for the “Welcome To My Nightmare” tour.

Alice Copper Guillotine Act

Rock star Alice Cooper’s first guillotine for the “Billion Dollar Babies” tour was designed by magician James “Amazing” Randi.

Monster Guillotine Paul Osborne

Anyway, you can find “Guillotine” illusion blueprint in 1986 “Illusion Systems Book Four” on pages 97 to 105.

Free Paul Osborne Illusion Plans

For those of you who would like to build your own stage magic and illusion props, then check out all these free books I have curated below.

Paul Osborne Illusion Systems PDF books are written and illustrated by Paul Osborne himself.

Besides the countless magic secrets, these books are packed with valuable building tips to help you when designing and building your first stage illusion apparatus.

These are the free four Paul Osborne Illusion Systems PDF books, plus his books Easy Build Illusions and Haunted Illusions, two other individual illusion plans from his The Black Book.


Paul Osborne Illusion Systems Plans

In this first Illusion Systems Book One: Begin To Build Your Own Illusions by Paul Osborne, you get to learn all the basics of magic props building and his many advice and tips.

In this free Paul Osborne illusion plans, he included some basic hiding positions for stage assistant, to help you understand how to design deceptive base.

The seven illusions plans illustrations with full measurements are: The Flash Appearance, New Palanquin, Cutting In Sixths, Chest of Enchantment, Modern Cabinet, Head Chest and Costume Trunk.

Illusion Systems Book One: Begin To Build Your Own Illusions Paul Osborne

Illusion Systems Book One: Begin To Build Your Own Illusions By Paul Osborne
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This second in the Illusion Systems book included building tips from illusion designer and builders Bob Kline, Owen Magic, George Kimery, David Mendoza, Owen Redwine and others.

Some of these free Paul Osborne illusion plans found in this 90-over pages book are: The Lion & Cobra, Tony Spina’s Silkspension, Thin Model Sawing Improvement, The Cabana Illusion, The Stretcher Illusion, The
DeKolta Chair, The Mismade Girl, The Bullet Proof Girl and many more.

Illusion Systems Book Two Build Your Own Illusions By Paul Osborne

Illusion Systems Book Two: Begin To Build Your Own Illusions By Paul Osborne
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This third volume of Paul Osborne Illusion Systems books, again is filled with lots of illustrations and photos, interesting information for the magic historian, the collector, the builder and the performer.

One great chapter called “Quickies” – illusions that you can easily and quickly construct out of scrap wood or cardboard.

With just cardboard boxes, Osborne created a production effect called “Toy Boy Miracle“.

Another informative chapter is about the famous the “Light Bulb Girl” illusion.

Check out the 21 illusion ideas from David Ginn, Stan Allen, Rand Woodbury, Tom Palmer, and others in this third book.

Among the free Osborne illusion plans are: Noel Coward’s Comedy Sawing In Half, The Sacrifice by Masklyn ye Marge, Randy Woodbury’s Vertical Shadow Box, The Emperor’s Tea Chest, The Diamond Blade Of Bagdad by Tom Palmer, etc.

Illusion Systems Book Three Paul Osborne

Illusion Systems Book Three By Paul Osborne
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David Copperfield wrote the foreword for this fourth book from Paul Osborne Illusion Systems PDF, which has over 130 pages of tips, plans and illusion ideas.

Among the pages, there are seven out-of-print, rare Abbott’s plans and eight of Paul Osborne’s plans published in the Genii: The Conjurors’ Magazine.

Not forgetting valuable tips from illusion builder Gerald Frenette, Karrell Fox, Tom Mullica, Hal Diamond, Dennis Fahrig, David Seebach and many more.

Yes, you also find detailed drawings on how to do the Two Hoops routine for the levitation act.

In this 6-page book, these are some of the stage illusions with detailed blueprint: The Pharaoh Returns, The Cannon Illusion, Phantasmo, The Hatbox Illusion, etc.

Illusion Systems Book Four Paul Osborne

Illusion Systems Book Four By Paul Osborne
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Note: In the Introduction of this Illusion Systems Book Four, Paul Osborne recommended those up-and-coming or struggling magicians to read 1986 Joan Rivers’ book “Enter Talking“.

This blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host wrote about her bitter days struggling to rise to stardom.

It is a great book for aspiring performing artists of all kinds.

Enter Talking Joan Rivers

Enter Talking By Joan Rivers With Richard Meryman
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Free Paul Osborne Illusion Designs Books

Easy Build Illusions: Ideal For The Illusionist Who Needs Quick Fast And Easy To Build Props! written and illustrated by Paul Osborne is for the illusionist who are short of time to create a new magical illusion.

This illusion book is never short of great new ideas, tips and techniques for any one who wants to build their illusion apparatus.

This 68-page easy to build illusion plans written and illustrated by Paul Osborne.

It covers production, vanishes and mutilations effects all in this one single book.

The illusion designs include: Fall Apart Box, The Fast Make Sub Trunk, The King Of Clubs, The Mummy Returns, etc.

Easy Build Illusions Paul Osborne

Easy Build Illusions: Ideal For The Illusionist Who Needs Quick Fast And Easy To Build Props!
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If fright is both fun and magical for you, then this 1996 “Haunted Illusions” book by Paul Osborne is a must-grab item.

This 171-page book has twenty-seven illusions for theme parks, haunted houses, walk-throughs, Halloween festivals and stage shows.

The many free Paul Osborne illusion plans include here are: Spidora, The Buzz Saw, Burned Alive, Head On Sword, Table Of Death, Dracula Escapes, Torture Chest, Arm Amputation and lots more.

Haunted Illusions Paul Osborne

Haunted Illusions: Ideal For Theme Parks, Haunted Houses, Walk Throughs, Halloween Festivals And Stage Shows
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2 Free Paul Osborne Illusion Plans From The Black Book

The Black Book contains the first 119 illusion plans from Genii magazine, which include these illusions: Hinduspension, The Princess Of Baktar, Sawing A Woman in Half, Egyptian Table Of Death, etc.

This illusion plan “Where Is She?” was published in “Genii: The Conjurors’ Magazine May 1989” and also included in Illusion System The First Collection and The Black Book.

Where Is She Stage Illusion Paul Osborne

Where Is She? By Paul Osborne
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This “Dream Dinner” illusion plan by the late Paul Osborne was published in Genii: The Conjurors’ Magazine January 1989 and also included in Illusion System The First Collection and The Black Book.

Dream Dinner Illusion Plan Paul Osborne

Dream Dinner By Paul Osborne
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Jumbo Card Guillotine

Here is a blueprint illustration drawn by Paul Osborne of this little known card trick with apparatus called “The Card Guillotine” or “Jumbo Card Guillotine“.

This “Card Guillotine” or “Jumbo Card Guillotine” was an invention of British-born illusion builder Eric C. Lewis in the 1930s.

Jumbo Card Guillotine Eric C Lewis

You can find this trick in Lewis’ 1980 book, “A Continuation Of Miracles“.

The effect of this trick is a card is freely selected from a jumbo deck, marked, and then returned to the deck.

The deck is then put in a card holder or houlette. The card holder is then put beneath the mini guillotine.

The blade is dropped and the selected card is revealed at the exact cut of the guillotine blade.

The detailed illustration by Paul Osborne was published in the MUM: The Society Of American Magicians magazine, June 2010 on page 44.

Click here to view “The Card Guillotine” detailed blueprint illustration.


The Salad Bowl Prediction By Paul Osborne

By the way, this is not another Paul Osborne’s illusion plan also published in the MUM: The Society Of American Magicians magazine.

But it is a fun prediction trick you can use when you are invited to a dinner party.

Salad Prediction Paul Osborne

It is a prediction mystery trick using a special-prepared double paper bag, twelve slips of paper, small mini golf pencils and a salad bag.

It was published in MUM: The Society Of American Magicians magazine, August 2012 on page 66.

Click here to find more about the effect and the method, together with his illustrations.


Related: Two free books by Eric C. Lewis.

Mysteries Of The Mystic Seven Eric C Lewis

Mysteries of the Mystic Seven By Eric C. Lewis
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More Studies In Mystery Eric C. Lewis

More Studies In Mystery By Eric C. Lewis
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More Free Illusion Books

Other than the free Paul Osborne illusion plans from the popular Paul Osborne Illusion Systems PDF books, here are more free books on designing stage magical illusions.

To complete this collection of free books on stage magic illusion designs, I have also included links to those books which I have published in the past.


Modern Illusions Tom Palmer

Modern Illusions By Tom Palmer
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Immediate Magic Tom Sellers

Immediate Magic By Tom Sellers
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Demon Magic by Robert Harbin
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Advanced Illusion Projects Tim Clothier

Advance Illusion Projects By Tim Clothier
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4 E Illusion Design Mark Parker

4E Illusion Design By Mark Parker
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La Magie De Yogano PDF

La Magie De Yogano (In French Only)
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Grandes Illusions Impromptues Gary Darwin

Gary Darwin – Grandes Illusions Impromptues (English title is Darwin’s Inexpensive Illusions)
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Night Club Illusions And Illusionettes

Abbotts: Nite Club Illusions and Illusionettes
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Seven Basic Secrets Of Illusion Design

The Seven Basic Secrets of Illusions By Eric Van Duzer
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Note: For those links to Scribd, if you do not have an account with Scribd, you can still download the free e-book through this site.


The Conjurors' Book Of Stage Illusions

The Conjurors’ Book Of Stage Illusions: Selected From The Conjurors’ Magazine
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Modern Art And Other Mysteries Jim Steinmeyer

Modern Art And Other Mysteries by Jim Steinmeyer
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Note: For Link 2, if you do not have an account with Scribd, just paste the URL (Link 2) onto this site, then click the Download button.


Illusion Secrets U. F. Grant


Illusion Secret By U. F. Grant
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Fifteen Great Illusions U. F. Grant

Fifteen Great Illusions By U. F. Grant
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Victory Carton Illusions U. F. Grant

Victory Carton Illusions By U. F. Grant
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Six Modern Levitations U. F. Grant

Modern Levitations By U. F. Grant
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Grant's Aerial Suspension Illusion

Grant’s Aerial Suspension By U. F. Grant and R.N. Menge
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These are links to my past published posts with free illusion prop designs books:

Magic And Stage Craft Technical By Jim Steinmeyer

The Conjuring Anthology By Jim Steinmeyer

Illusionbook By Andrew Mayne

Various Books By Andrew Mayne (Touching Sky, Pocket-Sawing-In-Half, Solo-X, Bisection, etc)

Books By Will Goldston

Books By J. C. Sum


Disclaimer: I do not publish or host any of the books here. They are copyrighted to their respective owners. All content cited is derived from their respective sources.


* Check out these free magical experiments books by Arthur Good and Gaston Tissandier in English and French.