What follows is an alphabetized list of major illusions and effects. The list includes PUBLIC DOMAIN, LICENSED, and PROTECTED illusions. Please review our DEFINITIONS page for more detail on the differences between these categories.
DISCLAIMER: The Illusion Repository assumes no risk or responsibility for the information listed here nor for your purchases or builds and provides this list as a professional courtesy.
If you are truly interested in purchasing one of the “protected” illusions, please call your favorite builder and see if they are authorized to build the illusion. Oftentimes a builder may simply pay a fee to the designer for the right to build a single unit (a one–off). In that case, the builder may not be listed, but would still be authorized by the designer to build the illusion as a one-off.
The other way to purchase an illusion from this list would be to directly contact the designer. Often the designer can recommend a preferred builder. (e.g. Jim Steinmeyer prefers that clients contact him directly.)
In some cases the illusions listed here are NOT available for purchase or performance. Some have been exclusively licensed to individual performers and are not available to the public. So when in doubt, CONTACT THE DESIGNER! And don’t worry – most designers (including the “big names”) are more than happy to help – it’s their job!
A giant sawing-in-half effect where magician’s upper body (removed from the legs) is rotated on a blade in the air.
The magician is restrained and locked in a box which is then elevated above the stage. The box breaks open showing the performer has vanished.
The magician's assistant vanishes from inside a pyramid box and she reappears in the audience. Later, two new assistants are produced from the box.
An assistant is sawed in half without any visible cover.
The magician is locked into a metal coffin and spikes are driven through him. The spikes burst into flames, but the magician reappears at the back of the venue unharmed.
A member from the audience lies upon a board supported by two small step ladders. The ladders are removed and the assistant and board remain suspended in the air.
The magician stabs his assistant with 3 glowing lights. The lights are removed and she is unharmed.
An assistant enters a cabinet and is split in two.