Special Effects Engineers
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Consultant FX and Providing Pyrotechnics, Special Effects and Creating Illusionary
We don't make the illusions, we make the illusions better!
Zigmont Magic F/X Special Effects Engineers offers a
wide range of services for Theater Productions, Television, Trade Shows,
Industrial Shows, Corporate Conventions, Resort Hotel Shows, Theme Park
Productions and Live Entertainment Shows. To his credit Zigmont has
worked with well over a 100 different major scale illusions. We can
add pizzazz to any show design with our theme illusion shows. We can
magically appear or vanish any large object such as a car or a boat
on stage or at a convention. We provide the physical realization of
your imagination and story board ideas.
Also offering full scale Pyrotechnics show for a nitro start-up or high
octane end of an event. Pyro shows can stand alone or can be mixed with
Rental of F/X Equipment
Enter into a new realm of expression and visualization with a signature
piece in the form of a specialized custom illusion with unique lighting
techniques, special effects and pyrotechnics. A customized Illusion
or Pyrotechnic display can be designed in the form of a logo, product,
or themed message.
Snow- We can make it Snow realistically indoors quietly (with UV snow
option) on a stage, in a ballroom or an entire theater. Our system
will stay in the air 4 times longer than any other System and that
means 4 times more volume in the air. Plus we can produce realistic
looking snow for set pieces and to lie on the ground that will last
for hours and will disappear without a mess.
Smoke Rings- You could Blow Rings of Smoke overhead of you target
audience for a mystical mood enhancer.
Confetti- We Can Blow Festive Confetti over a crowd or create ground
covering smoke to create a special effect to surprise and delight
Specify Technical Requirements
Organize Projects and Support Teams
Supervise Technical System Vendors
Pyrotechnic Show Designs
Illusion Design and Problem Analysis
Illusion Development - Concept To Delivery
Feasibility Planning and Planning Studies
Custom Illusion show installation
Illusion Stage Management Staffing
Training and Consulting
Refinishing and Restoration of Illusions
Themed Sets To Match Illusions
| Special Effects:
Pyrotechnics Ground and Aerial Displays
Indoor Zero Fallout Pyro (class "C" 1.4G Explosives)
Stadium Pyro Displays 1.3G Explosives
Outdoor (class "C") Low Level
Aerial Smoke and Snow Effects
Cooled Low Lying Smoke Effects
Piped Co2 & Cryogenics Effects
Venturi Booster Smoke Effects
Hollywood Flame and Fire Effects
Gale Force Fans
Zigmont has worked with CNN-Turner Sports / World Championship Wrestling
(WCW) to create the visual illusion of a mid ring /mid stadium vanish of a
professional wrestler in a flurry of smoke on Monday Nitro's Live TNT broadcast.
Watch all new programs from August 17th to Oct 19th and PPV Oct 25, 1998 from
Las Vegas. This included 9 Monday Nitros and 2 pay per-views.
Zigmonts' execution of the disappearances and reappearances for "Warrior"
around the stadium was the rebirth of this superhero wrestler back into the
wrestling world. Zigmont used a gale force cryogenics smoke system and illusionary
devices to accomplish the task. The photos below are of Hollywood Hogan as
the Warrior appears in the center ring.
Quotes from the live WCW announcers;
"In one of the most mind boggling and incredible displays that we have
witnessed on this program, the Warrior has literally vaporized before our
I've never seen anything like this in my life."
"Moments ago this was the ending to what I consider a defining moment in the
history of professional wrestling." "The warrior came out and in a flurry literally
evaporated." "It was the last thing we expected."
"There has never been anything like this in our sport."
In the second week of Zigmont's special effects appearing on Nitro, he managed to brake the cable TV Shares record by having 7.2 viewers watch and wait as the Warrior Appeared and Disappeared using cryogenics, pyro and illusionary gear.
Illusions We've Designed, Have Built and Staged for Past Clients:
Jeep Levitation/Mid Air Vanish
Mermaid To Shark Illusion
Genii Bottle Appearance Of a Girl
Giant Tulip Flower Vanish of a Girl
Mid Audience Co2 Reappearance
Laser Cannon Dematerialization
Laser Clear Cylinder Materialization
Water Fountain Levitation
Girl From Fire Dome
Smoky Dice box Appearance Illusion
Laser Tightrope Walk - A Night Magic first as seen in Siegfried and Roy's
Laser Tightrope Walk Portable
Pearl and Clam Illusion
Laser Image Flashappear
Mascot Moth Vanish Midstage - as seen in S&R show & Doug Henning Broadway
Macaw Parrot To Girl
Sword Thru Body
Sword Basket with monkey exchange
Girl In Clear Plastic Drum Appear
Kiosk Cougar Illusion
Appearance person in empty Crates
Mirror Image Appearance
Crystal Ball Appearance
Wakeling's A lady Divided
Aqua Cell Escape
Organ Pipes Appearance
Organ Player Disappearance
Impaled With a New Feature
Water From Finger Tip
The Reno Hitlon Night Magic opening set rendering and photo of the scene
live on stage. The doorway opens and closes fast for the appearance of the magician. The illusion is center stage hanging in mid air. The door it self is not used as the system for the appearance as it flies in from the light grid. The appearance is a fast system that allows the rapid movement of a person all done without any visible props. The disc is a screen for a laser to spell out the credits and titles of the show.
The Jeep Levitation at the start of the scene. You can see the Juke box
in this 50's scene in Night Magic in 1988.
The Jukebox is shown empty. The car vanishes and she is transported from the
jeep to the Jukebox.
The jeep levitation in midair about to be vanished. The jeep has a girl
at the drivers seat, she too disapears with the jeep only to be conjured
up in the Juke box instantly.
The Shark for Mermaid to Shark started as 300 pound of clay.
The Mermaid to Shark Tank for Night Magic.The tank held 900 gallons of
water, the total weight was close to 4 tons. It moved thru the sets on tracks. Here the
shark is being installed.We were the first to use a bubble curtain as
cover for the exchange.
The Lost ark with a genii bottle inside. The bottle plums smokes. The
interior fills with smoke. Now the bottle is gone and in it's place is a
genii Girl.This was for a South America Pop Rock group called
"Felicidades" for their world tour. Their record label name is "Love For the
The rendering and photo of the Genii Bottle illusion.
The Gaint Tulip Illusion built for Felicidades. This illusion has the
pedal of the tulip opening to allow a girl to enter. It closes and
reopens to find that the girl has vanished,leaving only a firefly
The laser cannon that shoots a girl to the receiving Cylinder. A 10 watt
laser shoots out of the front to the Cylinder hanging over the audience.
The door was opened automatically as the girl enters and to show that
she was gone.
A close up look at the cannon backstage. You can also see the Kisok illusion,
the controler for the laser cannon and a lady to lion cage in the background.
The laser Cannon shoots the girl over the audience to the Laser Cylinder.
The Cylinder Receiver used a laser curtain to cover the re-appearance.
A closer look at the detail of this illusion.The laser was aimed at a
center mirror spinning at 1400rpm to create the laser curtain. This
photo shows the illusion even with the seating. The photo below shows the
illusion hanging over the audience.
A rendering of the Illusion.
The Jukebox Illusion is used in conjunction with the Jeep Vanish. The
Jukebox front is a reconditioned 1950's model. This model had two types of load systems
The Water Fountain levitation and the Clam or sea shell shown here was use
togther with a floating pearl. The Floating Pearl floats into
the shell/clam and changed into the girl that is levitated on the water
The Smoky Dice box Appearance Illusion was an original design from us, for the self contained production of
a person.The top dice is placed on the table and the illusion included Spielburg style lights coming from the self opening box along with on board smoke sporing from the box. The illusion has on board lighting to illuminate under the table so the stage lighting can be some what darker and dramatic, while still being able to see the illusion clearly.
The Parrot To Girl Illusion. Now a Standard illusion in the magic world. It
was first designed with us and created for Night Magic in 1988. This illusion is
now seen in several top illusion shows world wide.
The Arabian Nights scene from Night Magic. The rendering and photo of the
Arabian set. You can see the Parrot To Girl Illusion. I produced the set and
the illusions on the Night Magic Project.
The Fire Appearance illusion still in workshop. The plastic housing is
removed the dancers torch the table top. The plastic housing is placed
back on cover for an instant. A girl appears in place of the fire.
What a sweet base!