Effect: Moore’s original “Slicing a Lady in Half” illusion is the winner of the IBM’s award for Best Original Effect according to its own advertisement for the effect. The effect starts as a traditional sawing. The assistant lies on a table and is covered with two sections – one for the lower portion of the body and one for the upper. The magician saws through the assistant with a large saw. The covers are removed and the saw is then drawn back and forth with the blade clearly penetrating the assistant’s body. A girl from the audience may be used for this effect.
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Head Off was created by Robert Harbin and detailed in the “Magic of Robert Harbin. Owners of this book are authorized to build and perform the illusion.
Head Off won a Eurovision Magic show contest for the Magic Circle and Great Britain versus Holland and France. An assistant is placed into a cabinet. The cabinet contains two vertical sections and both are able to be opened. The assistant stands in the leftmost partition and the door is closed. A stock is placed around her neck and her head is slid to the side leaving her body, hands, and feet in place. Her head is slid back into place, the stock removed, and she emerges unharmed.
Designer: Peter Van Rhein
Exclusive Performance Rights: Micky∼Elly
Peter Van Rhein is an illusionist who performed in the Preston Palace Hotel in the Netherlands. During his final years at the hotel, he developed a new floating system for floating different kind of objects of different weights. The system is a high tech, complicated, and expensive device. It allows objects to move in each of the X, Y, and Z axes. The final system was completed in the fall of 2013 just as Van Rhein’s contract with the hotel had expired. The plan was to have Micky∼Elly (Van Rhein’s wife) to perform the illusion for the next season, but the economy was prohibitive.
The system can be used to float a ball. The ball rotates 360 degrees around the magician’s body at any desired height and as many times as the performer desires. The magician can wave his hands over it to prove there are no cables/wires. Another levitation included 3 individually floating candles and a floating stand. A candle stand rests upon a table and the candles float up one by one out of the stand, each candle making a different flight path. The candle stand then floats up and the candles return to the stand while the stand is moving in the air.
The system could also be used to aid an instant vanish of a performer or assistant. The assistant stands on a table raising a cloth over her. A bright light from behind the cloth shows her shadow on the cloth. The performer pulls down the cloth and the assistant has instantly vanished.
The “Arm Invisible” was conceived by French Magician Chris Deve and registered in June 2013. The magician places his hand behind a transparent screen and shows that his hand has vanished. He can place both hands behind the screen, allowing the spectators to see through one hand and not the other.
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The “Arm On Visible” was conceived by French Magician Chris Deve and registered in May 2013. It’s a new take on the Trisection illusion as the magician is able to remove the entire enclosure and not just the center section of the box.
The magician places his hand inside a box on a table. He inserts two blades into the box dividing it into thirds. He then removes the center section while his arm and hand are still visible. He then removes the entire box and shows the mid-section of his arm is truly missing. Everything is reversed and the magician pulls his arm out unharmed.
The Death of Cora was developed by Jeans around the turn of the 20th century. An assistant is placed into a sack and then laid on a shelf underneath a hanging spike rack. She is restrained with padlocks by a committee and the magician places a sheet of paper in a frame in the cabinet directly above the lady. The shelf is covered momentarily with a cloth and the spikes are released and seen piercing the bottom of the shelf. The magician immediately raises the spikes and removes the curtain showing the lady in the sack still lying on the shelf. The curtain is drawn once more and the spikes released again. The curtain is then removed and the spikes are seen piercing the sack but the lady has vanished. The Death of Cora was detailed in Will Goldston’s Further Exclusive Magical Secrets.
Jarrett described his effect in Jarrett Magic. It’s an early Jarrett effect, probably from his San Francisco show in 1908 according to Steinmeyer as written in The Complete Jarrett. It was used in the Downs’ illusion show of 1910 and in the Thurston show before Bangkok Bungalow until Jarret replaced the illusion with his Pedestal.
The assistant carries a table on stage. She sets it on the floor and a long coat with a fastened hat is attached to a rope hanging above the table. The assistant drapes the coat around her and steps onto the table facing away from the audience. The audience can see she is still there as she adjusts her hat. The coat is then pulled up and it revolves showing the assistant has vanished. The coat and table are then removed from the stage.
Jarrett felt the illusion was “a thousand times better than Thurston’s putting seven girls […] through Dilger’s old candle stick” but that “it has no place in a good show.”
Jarrett described his effect in Jarrett Magic. An assistant enters a trunk via two front doors. The trunk has a rounded lid and till that fits within the lid. The tray and lid are closed along with the front doors and the trunk is revolved. The lid and tray are both raised and the doors opened. The girl has vanished and the audience thinks she must have gone out the back. The magician rotates the trunk to show the rear. The audience then assumes she somehow sneaked into the lid, but the till is pulled down showing she isn’t in the lid either. She has completely vanished from the trunk. Jim Steinmeyer, in The Complete Jarrett, believed this effect to be so complicated that it was probably best suited for demonstration in Jarrett’s shop. However, Jarrett often used complicated illusions, so it is very probable he used this illusion on stage.
The magician shows a mirror on top of a platform base of octogonal (or hexogonal) shape. The sides are covered and a curtain hangs in front. The magicianstands inside and the curtain is removed showing he has vanished. The mirror is rotated to show he isn’t behind it. The audience suspects he is hiding behind the curtain which has been removed, but the curtain is swung back in place revealing an “old time girl” standing on the platform. The magician reappears at the back. Jarrett described his effect in Jarrett Magic. It was a variation of Herrmann’s effect, Vanity Fair.
The performer enters a barrel filled with water. A second barrel is attached to the bottom of the first and there is no way between them, the first having a bottom of its own and effectively separating the two barrels. However, after a few minutes, the barrels are separated and the performer emerges from the bottom barrel while the top barrel is still completely filled with water. Jim Steinmeyer revealed the illusion in The Complete Jarrett as told to him by Ed Miller who had conversed with Guy about his method. The escape routine took about 10 minutes and would likely not work well for modern, fast-paced shows.