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Palingenesia was an illusion created by Thomas Tobin in 1872 which a spectator is dissected and then restored. It was once billed as "Another Man Cut Up Tonight".

Houdini performed it during Christmas season in 1925 at a Broadway playhouse within his two and a half hour show, "HOUDINI."[1]

Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Levit revived Palingenesia at the ninth Conference on Magic History in Los Angeles (2005).[2][3][4][5]


  1. Houdini!!! by Kenneth Silverman (1996)
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PalingenesisGenii 2006 September, Vol. 69, No. 9, page 60, Jim Steinmeyer's article.
  3. http://www.pennandteller.com/03/coolstuff/tellerspeak/telleressaypalingenesia.html
  4. http://www.jimsteinmeyer.com/newsletter/archives/spring06.html
  5. Genii 2006 September