The Girl Without A Middle

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[[Carl Owen]] and [[Floyd Thayer]] developed  Girl without a Middle, as we know it today, for [[Howard Thurston]] in the 1920s.<ref>Owen Magic Supreme, One Hundred Years of Quality Magic, MUM, November, 20002</ref>  Thurston requested it based on an idea suggested by [[Cyril Yettmah]], which required a stage trap.<ref>Magicol No. 30, February 1974</ref>{{Youtube Thumb|T5P5YvxGzhU}}
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[[Carl Owen]] and [[Floyd Thayer]] developed  Girl without a Middle, as we know it today, for [[Howard Thurston]] in the 1920s.<ref>Owen Magic Supreme, One Hundred Years of Quality Magic, MUM, November, 20002</ref>   
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Owen's more portable version was based on [[P.T. Selbit]]'s "Man Without a Middle", in which a male assistant, dressed as a toy soldier was placed in an upright cabinet and had his middle disappear.<ref>Conjurors' Mechanical Secrets by S. H. Sharpe (1992)</ref>{{Youtube Thumb|T5P5YvxGzhU}}
  
 
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== References ==

Revision as of 08:26, 24 May 2011

The Girl Without A Middle (also known as "The Disembodied Princess" and "No Guts") is an illusion in which the torso of the assistant vanishes. The assistant is locked in a cabinet and with head and legs in full view. After blades are put into place, apparently severing legs and head, the center doors are opened showing the torso has vanished.



Carl Owen and Floyd Thayer developed Girl without a Middle, as we know it today, for Howard Thurston in the 1920s.[1]

Owen's more portable version was based on P.T. Selbit's "Man Without a Middle", in which a male assistant, dressed as a toy soldier was placed in an upright cabinet and had his middle disappear.[2]


References

  1. Owen Magic Supreme, One Hundred Years of Quality Magic, MUM, November, 20002
  2. Conjurors' Mechanical Secrets by S. H. Sharpe (1992)
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