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Assistant's Revenge

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The Assistant's Revenge, a transposition/escape illusion in which two performers quickly change places, was created by Robert Harbin.


One of the two performers, the restrainee, is placed in a standing position in a large frame and restrained there with various straps, manacles, chains and locks. The second performer, the restrainer, circles the frame, drawing a curtain first across the front, and then around one side and the back. Almost as soon as the restrainer disappears behind the frame, the restrainee appears from the other side of the apparatus, drawing back the curtain as he or she comes. This reveals the restrainer now restrained in the frame; the two seem to have changed places by magic.


It was published in Will Ayling's book The Art of Illusion (1968). David Nixon premiered it on British television in 1975.[1]


  • Tie Assistant's Revenge - Mark 2 by BERNARD A. JUBY (British Magical Society), Abra, SATURDAY, 16th SEPTEMBER, 1972 (an adaptation of this illusion into a Totem Pole effect)


  1. Mail, Ali Bongo writes, Abra, SATURDAY, 24th MAY, 1975
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