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Amazing. I'd have thought there would have been a passing reference to Walker in either Steinmeyer or Warlock & Lewis. Does anybody know what the similarities were between the two? Did it have anything to do with the passing of glass sheets or metal blades through the box?

Bill, I presume this TV special was made sometime ago or is Walker still alive?
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I'm not sure of the date. It may be mentioned in the article. I'll have to find it now.
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I personally prefer the sawing in the Jarrett book its very deceptive and I don't see many people performing it. Jim Steinmeyer recreated it at one of the magic and history conventions in LA...check it out in the book its typical Jarrett direct and clever.
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Wasn't there a brief clip of Chris Angel doing the Jarret sawing on one of his Mindfreak shows earlier this year? It was a black and white clip in the same show that he pulled someone apart.

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I have seen the selbit sawing done several times, and it really depends on the magician, you have got to be a entertainer to sell it.
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Hey All,

Since this thread is going again, Just thought I'd let you know that I have some pics of my updated Wakeling sawing here

For those that might be interested in seeing it...

I also agree with joegow, you really have to sell this illusion.

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Hey all,
I'm interested for the Wakeling Sawing that Mark Kalin and Jinger performed on the secrets of magic DVD.
Where can I find it?
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Hey all,

Back on topic : Here's a video of Paul Daniels presenting his version of the Selbit Sawing.

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As you have a website, you probably are a pro and know everything I'm about to mention. But for those not familiar with the Wakeling Sawing, I'll offer some observations. Wellington makes an excellent version - but it is, of course, expensive. I think both George Richbark and Rich Hill make them, and used Wakelings often appear on Magic Auction. If you Google the effect, you'll find lots references to Snap Illusions, and theirs is inexpensive. But before jumping at Snaps' price, do a little research on that company. I'd advise you to stay away.

A Wakeling Sawing has to fit your assistant. Unless she is very short, she may not be able to perform the routine. Most of the assistants I work with cannot use my Wakeling. The apparatus could, or course, be built to fit a particular assistant.

As a final caution, this is a fairly large illusion, which means it is difficult to transport and takes up a lot of stage space. But if you can overcome these obstacles, it is a FABULOUS, classic effect. I wish I could use mine in every show!

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There is a magician from Boise Idaho who is selling one. I just bought some stuff off of him and he has one in pretty good condition. His name is Jason and he is a member here. PM me if you are interested and I will get you in contact with him.
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Here is a link to a similar thread:

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