Go to rear of box with saw, and place saw across the center.

"Doctor, I will ask you to take hold of the other end of the saw and help me saw down through the box. Now when we get down to the girl. I do not have to warn you to be just a bit careful."

You start the sawing. Each stroke should be slow and steady.

Occasionally stop a moment and look over box to see that all is well apparently. Fig. 26.

Every time you pull the saw across the box and cut deeper, the TENSION INCREASES in the audience. This is a high spot in the illusion and you want to give the audience an emotional thrill.

When you come down to about where the girl would be, you stop sawing again and, pulling handkerchief out of your pocket and wipe your forehead. Place handkerchief back in pocket.

"Now, gentlemen holding the ropes, hold tight and dp not let anything slip. And, Doctor, just be careful of your end of the saw."

You now come down rather forcefully with saw.

As saw is drawn across the girl inside gives a shriek. You quickly let loose of saw a moment, but say to Doctor:

"Hold tight, Doctor, hold tight! Gentlemen, hold your ropes tight."

You look about the box and place your ear against the top of box right over where girl's heart would be if she were lying normally in the box.


This is showmanship and done to work the audience up to high pitch. They do not know whether you are going to get through with it successfully or not.

If you want to inject a bit of comedy here to temporarily break the tension, have one of the spectators sitting on side of stage, but not actually assisting, suddenly get up when you saw again and run down off stage and back to his seat, or even to the rear of the theatre. This could easily be planned by posting a spectator what to do at the moment you give him signal.

You bring the saw down again.

"That's right, Doctor, be careful!"

Finally by degrees you saw the box in two and saw comes out below. You take saw and lay it on floor behind the box.

Assistant hands you one of the wooden or metal slides. You lift up one of the boards covering slot in top of box and insert the slide down into same. When it comes down to place about where girl's body would be, apparently have difficulty in getting slide to go down. So turn to gentlemen holding ropes governing that half of box, saying:


"Give a little jerk on your rope."

They do so, and you push the slide down into place. This is effective as apparently the body was in the road of slide and the jerking of rope pulled the body back a bit out of the way.

Place the other side in place with similar performance.

Push the two halves of the boxes apart. Fig. 27.

Walk between them.

The effect of the two boxes being apart creates a peculiar effect on the audience.

Doctor, of course, has been told to sit down, and you and assistant are only ones standing. Assistant is behind and you control situation from the front.

Quietly say to audience.


"There she is peacefully resting in two pieces. She could stay this way for some time without injury, perhaps ten minutes, perhaps fifteen. However, the minutes go by quickly so let us bring her back to herself again."

You walk between boxes again. Then assistant helps you bring the two boxes together again. You pull out the slides and bring hinged doors over slots.

You stand in back of boxes, a hand on each.

Say quietly, yet distinctly:

"By the powers of magic that be, by the laws of the ancient mystic and wise, I command you to become one again. It is done."

As you say this, girl adjusts herself in position again. Pull boxes apart, say about two inches, showing girl's body. Bring boxes together again.

With large scissors or sharp knife cut the ropes on outside of box close to box, allowing outside rope and wooden pegs in knots to fall to the floor.

In this way, you apparently free the girl. She in turn gets hold of the extra rope and knots inside and hides them on her person.

You then unlock the padlocks freeing the lid. You raise the lids up, and girl stands up. The ropes are still tied around her wrists and ankles just as if she had been cut loose.

You push boxes apart, showing inside to audience. Then help girl to floor. Take bow and applause.

Dismiss the committee, shaking hands and thanking them as they leave stage. NOTE:

To prepare for next show, it is easy to remove strips of wood at center of box and add new ones to hold the two halves together again.


"The Chinaman, the Ghost, and the Cat," a Chinese Fantasy. "The Mystery of the Three Ghosts." Watch for this unusually fascinating lesson.

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