A variation on bisecting an assistant, featuring Debbie McGee and the lovely Paul Daniels. Debbie is secured in a box with stocks
(lots of stocks), with two blades around her waist. Ropes attached to the blades are pulled, apparently bisecting Debbie.
The guillotine is another well known illusion. The lunette resembles a pillory without the hand holes and holds the “volunteer” in a similar position.
Here is a sequence of pictures from a guillotine illusion. Once she is secured in the lunette, the victim is often teased mercilessly for the entertainment of the audience before the blade is dropped.
A guillotine illusion by Mago Mich.
A close relative of the guillotine is the head chopper.
Of course other parts of the body can also be chopped off.
More Assistant’s Revenge, this time from "Magic's Biggest Secrets".
This is my favourite of course - the pillory. This can be used as a straighforward escape, or as an Assistant's Revenge.
The Stocks of Zanzibar are similar to the pillory, except that only the assistant's head is in the stocks.
Last modified 5 May 2019.