Designer: Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones developed the Mis-Made Girl (aka Mis-Made Lady) around 1968. Four blocks with open tops and bottoms are stacked to form a cabinet. An assistant stands inside and the front doors are closed. Metal blades are inserted, slicing the assistant into four pieces, and creating a top and bottom for each cube. The cubes are unstacked and re-stacked in a different order. Inset doors in the front of the cabinet are opened, and it appears that the assistant’s body has divided and rearranged. The whole process is reversed, and the assistant emerges unharmed.
The Mis-Made Girl is sometimes performed as a production —four cubes, each apparently too small to contain a person, are stacked into a cabinet, which is then opened to reveal someone inside.
Sometimes the routine will omit the second re-stacking, and the magician may instead pull off and exchange the numbers (or pictures) on the front of those cubes which appear to be out of order magically moving the divided parts of the assistant’s body into the correct order. (So only the graphics on the front of the boxes are moved and not the boxes themselves)
This illusion has been widely copied and exposed on national television, but remains a classic effect that still amazes audiences around the world. Jones certainly developed the illusion based on similar principles from other upright cabinets. And while this illusion is widely-considered to be in the public domain, if you would like to contact Mr. Jones for permission to build his illusion, his contact information is included here for your reference.
Photo Credit: Magic Makers Inc. (Canada) (red boxes)