Most people know it as 'Sawing a Woman in Half', others may refer to it as 'Dividing a Girl in Two' and we've heard the term 'Cutting a Lady in Half' but whatever they may wish to call it or however it is performed and wherever you may see it, it surely must be the most famous illusion of all time. It has baffled people for decades. It has become the 'magician's nightmare' that of being asked if the magician can cut somebody's wife (or husband) in two! But it must be known and recognised that this is not a man on woman illusion, men have been divided in two too and in many ways as well.
Here, at www.sawinginhalf.com we are going to see some of the various versions used by several famous magicians and illusionists worldwide. We know that there are many more versions out there and we are considering adding these as we discover them and when we have the time. If you would like to see a version not listed here, then send us a message and we'll consider your suggestion.
Want to perform this illusion yourself? Well you can buy the illusion, readily built by professional illusion builders or if you have the flair of doing things yourself then why not building it yourself? If you are handy with wood and tools then this could be an exciting and interesting project for you to take over! We also give you the possibility of purchasing illusion building plans for those who like DIY (do it yourself) projects. The plans will enable you to build this illusion and perform it yourself!
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Thin Model Sawing Version 2
Here we see a variant of the modern sawing as performed by super stars of magic Siegfried and Roy during their spectacular illusion show in Vegas. They managed to incorporate three illusions to create an unforgettable act and utilised the illusion in a genius manner like never seen before.
Train Sawing Version
Mark Wilson created a different looking version called the train sawing. It incorporated a very clever method and quickly became a very popular version amongst magicians worldwide shortly after it was seen on TV during the series 'The Magician'. Many copies begun appearing, especially in by magicians in circuses. Here we see rare footage of Mark Wilson performing this illusion.
The Clear Version
The world was blown away when the Pendragons released their version of the 'Sawing a Lady in Half' illusion, as their version incorporated all the features of the thin model yet used clear transparent boxes in order to achieve the sawing making this clearly impossible!
Here we can see the ex Pendragrons perform their version of "Sawing a Lady In Half" .