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Home / Card Tricks / Penn & Teller Reveals How to Saw a Woman in Half, and then ACTUALLY Saws Her in Half

Penn & Teller Reveals How to Saw a Woman in Half, and then ACTUALLY Saws Her in Half

The classic age old trick of sawing someone in half. It’s been around for as long as stage magic has been around. A woman lies down in a box with only her feet and head sticking out on both ends. The magician then saws the board in half, and then splits them apart.

To the untrained eye, it appears that the woman is sawed in half. However, Penn & Teller reveals that this is a really straight out-of-the-box trick that anybody can do. All they need to do is order the entire stage setup from a magic dealer.

Wait there’s more

In this video, Penn & Teller reveals how the trick is done, but then goes further and actually saws her in half! Now, that one will require some more thinking.

 

Here is Video Transcript:

eventually every act in Las Vegas Nevada

does some version of this trick sawing a

woman into halves so we thought we would

do our version to save you from having

to see any other shows in Las Vegas and

it features a woman from our live show

in Vegas our fire-eating showgirl

Georgie Byrne a sec right here Georgie

does all the hazardous duty in the Penn

& Teller show watch watch the saw blade

there click now after putting her in a

cheap plywood box and filling her

beautiful legs with splinters we then

add insult to injury and put these up

stocks around her here you hear out of

your face near what you shoulder it this

is the only trick in the Penn & Teller

show that is right off the rack you can

buy this whole set up just like this

from a magic dealer the one change we

made is it the saw blade the one that

comes with it is really fake cheap

aluminum we book out of a nice heavy

steel blade in there and y’all said

Georgie and give me a hand with this

challenge kind of heavy and a little bit

of acting George

and then to show that she really is

separated and then put these blades in

and there you have it Georgie and burn

assic a woman sawn into halves right

there

now when you see real magicians do this

trick at this point they start moving

really fast and they put the box back

together really quickly pull out the

blades have her stand up and get her off

on good off stage quickly as they can

and the reason they hurry so is the

magicians worried that this moment is

the most vulnerable part of the whole

trick and they worry that they let an

audience stare at this moment for too

long they’ll figure out how the trick is

being done we’re okay with that and the

first thing you realize it’s based on a

pretty flimsy psychological principle

you’re not supposed to notice the change

in height when someone goes from

vertical to horizontal

now Georgie’s a rather special case

Georgie’s almost six-foot grade so bring

her on a my side of the stage I’m six

seven you’re not supposed to notice when

she lay down she shrunk right up to five

foot ten one should noticed that he

start to realize that the tabletop is

not as thin as your first thought but

trim is thin but the black goes back in

a wedge by the time it’s under the box

that has plenty of depth conceal that

part of Georgie that’s no longer

accounted for and the blade doesn’t

really come near her eyelet

let’s show you here get in here here

tell it ah George you came in feel the

breeze off that can you George under and

it’s completely safe there’s a metal rod

in place it stops the saw blade from

going too

don’t tell her she’s not done she’s okay

she’s okay she’s cheese cheese cheese

actually she’s not

there’s some pathology there is fine

he’s plan

tellers fault was tellers fault uh he’s

supposed to hold it back there you know

jury of my peers could never

oh I don’t know what just happened

Wow she’s okay

need a band-aids and meals for you good

yeah she’s good be it’s magic ladies and

gentlemen now that is a classic magic

act

but wherever you guys put your own spin

on it when you when you’re involved in

magic at all some of you always says you

know why don’t you solve woman in half

it’s been working on this for years to

find a way to do the classic trick but

do our little version of it and during

that trick not only do we do a different

trick we also give away how everybody

else does it yeah we saw they stepped it

up a lot right I believe that’s the lady

that’s you know I’ve never seen it

before in my life ha ha ha hi and if you

want to see more of these guys magic

they perform live at Rio Hotel and

Casino in Las Vegas Nevada let’s hear it

one more time for Penn & Teller

great job ok

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