a Woman in Half
woman lies down in a long box, with her head and feet sticking
out. The illusionist cuts the box in half through the middle,
then separates the halves. The head and feet are usually
seen moving. When the two halves are brought back together,
comes out of the box unscathed.
Secret: Many methods have been used to create
the effect. The secret of this famous illusion is that two
women are used. The illustrations show their positions.
Sawing a Woman in
Tell your audience that all mirrors can fool people.
Here is an amusing stunt: have someone stand in front of a
mirror with a magazine-size piece of paper and a pencil. Tell
him to look at the paper through the mirror (not at the paper)
and to draw a cross
corner to corner. You’ll see that nobody is able to draw
straight lines by looking through a mirror. Secret: The
reason is, since things in the mirror are reversed, the person
draws under an unfamiliar circumstance.