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Hmmm...I was discussing illusions with my partner at reahearsal last night and realized that I don't know who designed "The Blade" illusion Copperfield performed. Anyone know? Does anyone know what the real name is?
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Are you refering to the walking through the propeller thing he does? I'm not sure of the official name, but I think it was Andre Kole's idea.

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Might be the"Vertical Sawing" using a massive blade that was lowered from the flys!!

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Yes, I am referring to the vertical sawing with the giant blade. Copperfield says, "I call this illusion 'The Blade'...". I'm assuming that's not the real name of the illusion and I just wondered who was responsible for it.
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Looks like David Mendoza Magicraft did this piece, with design & direction from Don Wayne. Possible help from Jim AND André, not sure
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Magicraft built

Kole/Wayne principle design with minor details from the useual suspects.
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Thank you all for your input. So, now the only mystery remains the name, which doesn't really matter, I suppose. I don't plan on trying to put it in my show, but I do love it. It's just a different style and I think it looked great live when I saw it. Does anyone know of any other vertical sawings out there?
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I believe this is one of a kind, I don't know of any other like it. I'll ask Chris Kenner to be sure.
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This is not the only vertical sawing in history. Other have done it, though not with the woman standing up. If I am not mistaken, David cut himself in half vertically on an early special.

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Steve Chezaday does a good vertical sawing that he designed. I have seen a few other versions, but nothing like the blade. It's certainly one of my favorite Copperfield illusions.

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Chad. What special would that have been? I only remember Unexplained Forces. thx


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I think it was on his first special - The Magic of ABC. DC laid on a high table was cut in half top to bottom by Shirley (I think) from the comedy show "Laverne and Shirley". In the end when the box was opened DC had changed into another character from the show and DC appeared in the audience.
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Hmmm... interesting indeed... I, too, love 'The Blade' I mean, it seems simplistic technically, but it is still so visual. Okay, this was just food for thought...my mind tends to travel on tangents.
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