This is a somewhat similar illusion to the one just described. A girl assistant is placed in cabinet, apparently occupying the greater part of same. The door is closed and metal or wooden bars run through the cabinet from front to back and back to front, apparently piercing the girl. When the bars have been placed in cabinet, a small door near top of cabinet is opened showing the girl assistant still standing there. The door is closed again and bars removed. The door is opened and girl steps forth uninjured. Or bars can be left in
cabinet and lid opened, a trapeze let down from above to which girl hangs by hands and is pulled out of the cabinet. This is the desirable finish if playing where a pull-up can be worked with above stage arrangement.
2 -- The metal or wooden bars which should be long enough to extend about six inches on each side of cabinet.
3 -- A trapeze. PREPARATION: THE CABINET:
This is built similarly to one in the penetrative bar illusion described before except that it is not necessary for front and back to overlap box proper, the holes can be varied and made more numerous and closer together. It is however necessary to make the box deeper, as more room is required so as to double up the body from another angle. Inside measurements are about 24 inches by 24 inches by 5 feet 9 inches. A cabinet for small girl can be smaller in height. The holes are about 8 inches apart up and down. A small door must also be placed in front door near top to be opened so as to show
assistant's face inside at any moment. The door need only be about five or six inches wide and six inches long. Just so face can be seen.
The small door also has another purpose. It takes the place of holes for bars and allows considerable space in upper region of cabinet in which no bars are thrust and it is in this space that the girl assistant can secrete herself to a large extent and thereby avoid the thrusts of the bars. Fig. 16 gives a good idea of box.
If the pull out finish is desired, this will require a trapeze arrangement which must be suspended by pulleys from above and leverages so that she can be easily pulled up from floor below. In the theatre facilities are especially arranged for these lifts.
Cabinet is brought forward and girl assistant steps in it backwards and faces audience. Fig. 16.
The door is closed and fastened. The little door is opened and girl shown looking through it. The door is closed again. The bars are placed through the holes in cabinet in a routined order that must be learned by all performing the penetrative part of illusion. Bars must be placed in from above and below so that girl will have something to step up on like a ladder and can hold on to something in making her upward ascent. When she once gets up out of danger, balance of bars can be thrust through the cabinet. It will be necessary for her to help direct bars to exit holes many times.
When bars are all in cabinet, the small upper door is opened, a signal first being given so girl can adjust her face in front of it. To audience she seems to be in the same position that she was when first placed in the cabinet. Fig. 17.
The door is closed and fastened and the trapeze is lowered from above while you raise lid of box. Trapeze comes low enough so that girl can raise up hands and grasp same. Trapeze is pulled up, Fig. 18, and girl comes up out of box and is let down onto the floor.
Or you can finish by removing the bars quickly and opening door again, showing the girl who steps out, bows and takes the applause.
In this method of working bars could also be thrust through box through the other two sides. It is really remarkable what you can do with an illusion of this type by using ingenuity. Try it—you'll be surprised!
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