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Habu
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This is a routine I am thinking about,

I am planning to buy a French Guillotine then do some construction so that the wood looks thicker and heavier. I am going to put it on a platform with steps leading up to it so it has a Gallows look to it.

A fog machine and red lights will be added for effect.

Using an assistant or stooge I have the person go to the guillotine, and kneel down behind it. They are given a hood to put on, bend down and their "head" is inserted into the guillotine--actually a dummy head.

The Guillotine platform is now turned sideways so the audience can see the person "in the stocks", the blade drops and the head falls into the basket. The body goes limp.

The Guillotine is turned back to the front position and the magician picks up the basket and shows the hooded head. The head does a levitation (aka zombie), the magician takes the head back to the limp body and "attaches it" and the victim stands up, removes the hood and we take a bow.

I'd like to have the magician have a hood too, and maybe have the ending be the magician turns out to be the victom with a switch, but haven't quite figured out a method for that yet.

So, would this be too gruesome for most audiences or does it seem like it would be accepted? I do not plan to have gushing blood or other gore like a visible sawing in half type routine.

This may have already been done by someone, seems like a pretty obvious use of the guillotine, but I am not familiar with it being used quite this way. If some one has seen a version like this let me know, I'd like some opinons on it.
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Kent Wong
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I'm not sure if a basic french guillotine will allow you to have a false head visibly drop into the basket and show the rest of the body (without the head) go limp. It would look really cool if you could do it, but I think a lot of additional work would be needed to make it possible.

It also seems that you may be attempting to combine too many different effects into one routine. You've described a penetration, a levitation, a restoration and a possible transposition. Is every effect necessary? Is every effect properly motivated so as to make sense to the spectator? Does each additional effect add to the strength of the routine from the spectator's perspective? More isn't always better. Sometimes, more is just .... more.


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John Bundy
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Take a look. I produced this for 13 years at a Six Flags park.
http://halloweenmagicshows.com/jbphalloweenshows_008.htm

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Christopher Starr
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Whoa! That was am incredible combination of two illusions.

Seems like I remember James Randi presenting a similar guillotine illusion with Alice Cooper back in the 70s.
Laszlo Csizmadi
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In the 1800s Professor Vanek did this illusion first. He even put the head on a tray and went down to the audience where he let the people feel the skin of the head. He decapitated his son every day on his show. In his time he was the most famous magician all around the world.

It was nice to see your presentation John congratulation.
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Hey...

Kevin James now sells a decapitated head illusion, developed by Adrian Solare. I saw it in person and it looks pretty good.

Just a thought...
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Laszlo Csizmadi
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Small correction. Professor Vanek did the decapitation illusion first but he did with sword. People invented the Guillotine decapitation much later.
Habu
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Thanks for the video link John, that was very nice.

I figured it had to have been done and it looks like your version was awesome for the audience.

My planned routine is different in several aspects, but the one you showed lets me know what I was asking. Thanks for sharing.

I have a particular question to ask you that I will send a PM about.
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Seems like I remember James Randi presenting a similar guillotine illusion with Alice Cooper back in the 70s.


Yes Alice Cooper did something like that. I can't remeber what tour it was but he was singing "I love the dead". it's a super cool effect.
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