Archive for the 'History' Category

McGee On Being Sawn In Twain

Posted by Michael on January 14th, 2021

Paul Daniels saws Debbie McGee in half in the above clip from a BBC children’s program called Hangar 17. The Daily Mail spoke to Debbie about what it is like to be sawn in half as a part of coverage of the iconic effect’s centennial anniversary.

100 Years Of One Of Magic’s Greatest Effects

Posted by Michael on January 11th, 2021

There are a few specific tricks associated with stage magic all over the world. Pulling a rabbit out of a hat, for example or making a person float over the stage. Among those instantly recognized effects is sawing a woman in half.

The Magic Circle is going to be celebrating 100 years of magicians sawing women in two next Sunday, January 17 according to The Guardian, who also covers a bit of the history of PT Selbit’s most famous illusion (and the Simon Drake version they mention is the one running above).

Anthony Reed’s Most Dangerous Magic

Posted by Michael on November 25th, 2020

Rounding out our look at the World’s Greatest Magic and the World’s Most Dangerous Magic specials is Anthony Reed’s appearance on WMDM 2.

Have a safe and festive Thanksgiving, y’all.

Melinda, First Lady Of Magic, On WMDM

Posted by Michael on November 25th, 2020

Melinda, the First Lady of Magic, Saxe performing on the World’s Most Dangerous Magic. Melinda graduated to her own special, which involved some of the folks behind the WGM specials (notably Gary Oullet) but it was a Disney production and I think it may have been on another network.

Dean Gunnarson On The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II

Posted by Michael on November 25th, 2020

Dean Gunnarson and a whole mess of ‘gators feature in this clip from the WGM spin off/clone World’s Most Dangerous Magic II.

David Williamson On WGM 3

Posted by Michael on November 24th, 2020

David Williamson joined the cast of the third World’s Greatest Magic special, the first hosted by John Ritter, in 1996.

Kirby Van Burch And That Helicopter

Posted by Michael on November 24th, 2020

At least two of the WGM specials had tricks with ‘copters. In this clip Kirby Van Burch, the prince of magic, makes a ‘copter appear.