In August, I was fortunate enough to attend Criss Angel’s Believe show. The show got me hooked on magic and when I got home I subscribed to his YouTube and Facebook channels. All I have to say is that the man is crazy and so much out of this world.
The following video is not appropriate for people under the ages of 18. The video is set in a park where Criss Angel attempts to demonstrate to some bystanders how fun it is to pull apart a couple by their torsos and switch their bodies up. He literally cuts them open.
Magicians have been cutting innocent women in half since the beginnings of magic, although they have been getting better and better at it. However, if we were to choose just one version of ‘cutting lady in half’ trick as the best, there is no doubt Criss Angel would take home the prize. Not only is his adaptation of the trick way more horrifying and disturbing than most, it is also much harder to figure out just how he was able to pull it off.
But let’s look at the trick first. In the basic version of this illusion, Criss asks a woman to lie down on a park bench. He asks two other spectators to hold her arms and legs, and when they each pull in their direction, the woman’s body seemingly splits in two parts as she screams in pure horror:
The most important thing to note is that all the people participating in this magic work are stooges. Yes, that includes those who are in the background running and screaming. They are actors, and I will let you be the judge of how well they acted.
However, even knowing that, the trick still seems impossible. So, what are the most probable explanations? As far as the video’s version is concerned, the most popular theory seems to be that the ‘woman’ is actually two people – a handicapped woman with the lower part of her body missing (probably suffering from a disorder called sacral agenesis), and a particpant who ‘provided’ the legs.
What’s your opinion on this? Any theories?