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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!

Stage Illusion

Hole Cutter 3000
Hole Cutter 3000
Tim Clothier
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A giant sawing-in-half effect where magician’s upper body (removed from the legs) is rotated on a blade in the air.
http://www.illusionprojects.com
Houdini Escape Box
Houdini Escape Box
Franz Harary
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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.
Franz Harary
Imperior Box
Imperior Box
Chris Deve
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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.
Impossible Sawing in Half
Ken Whitaker and Paul Haynes
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An assistant is sawed in half without any visible cover.
Interlude
Interlude
Jim Steinmeyer (with John Gaughan and Jonathan Pendragon)
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One person passes through the torso of another person.
Jackson’s Spiker
Jackson’s Spiker
Franz Harary
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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.
Franz Harary
Ladder Levitation
Ladder Levitation
Walter "Zaney" Blaney
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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.
http://www.ladderlevitation.com
Life Size Portrait To Life
Michael Grandinetti
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A life-sized portrait turns into a real girl.
http://www.michaelgrandinetti.com/
Light Penetration
Light Penetration
Franz Harary
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The magician stabs his assistant with 3 glowing lights. The lights are removed and she is unharmed.
Franz Harary
Mini Kub Zag (aka Cube Zag)
Gunter Puchinger
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An assistant enters a cabinet and is split in two.
Smoky Mountain Magic
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