PO Box 12345 - Fort Worth, Texas 76110 USA - Phone 817-832-6062

SPIRAL

This illusion updates the old Arturo's Cutting a Girl in Sixths effect. The illusion is a refreshingly new piece of illusion apparatus which requires only two persons to perform, the magician and the assistant. It is self-contained, may be performed  surrounded, and is critically acclaimed.  $9500 FOB.

NOTE: We believe that all illusions have "grandparents." In the case of our Spiral illusion, this idea was patterned after the old Blackstone Tire Illusion and the Stack of Boxes effect. However in the early 1980's, Bruce Chadwick invented the idea of each section rotating out on a central axis to give the illusion the spiral staircase look. This is the uniqueness that makes the Sprial illusion special.

Many have asked and so we state firmly to the magic community that we DID NOT authorize the effect called Revolution that appears in Mark Parker's book ILLUSION DESIGN.

When Mark's book was published, we immediately contacted Mark to let him know that "his idea" of sections of an illusion rotating out on a central axis to create the Spiral look had been invented long before he published his book. To our surprise, Mark acknowledged that he was aware of our illusion when he "created" his Revolution illusion.

For easy verification of the creation date of Spiral, click
HERE to see a PDF of an early postcard from Walter Blaney who headed up WAM for many years.  We ask that the magic community give credit where credit is due, and honor the true inventor of this fine illusion effect.

A tall cylindrical prop is rolled onstage. Attached to the side of the illusion are ten metal circular disk blades. The front of the cylinder opens and the magician's lovely assistant enters the illusion. The illusion is closed. With the crescendos of rhythmic music, beginning with the top blade, each of the ten blades are individually slung around the side axis point and into the upright cylinder containing the brave young maiden. In the audience's mind, at first it is a simple matter for the girl to progressively bend down into the lower chambers of the tubular upright to dodge the forthcoming blades. However as the progression continues, each of the remaining blades are consecutively swung around and into the tube.

Finally the last two blades are swung around the side axis point and into the vertical tube, the ten blades having now seemingly chopped the young lady into six equal pieces. There is no evident space left for the assistant, and due to the girl's size it is impossible for any one of the compartments to container her. The climax is yet to come however, for suddenly the magician grabs hold of the top compartment and begins to move it forward and around the side axis point. Each compartment thereafter in progression moves around the axis until the final result is that the illusion looks similar to a spiral staircase! The procedure is reversed and the lovely assistant is none-the-less for her amazing experience