Help us get to over 4,000 biographies in 2018.

If you know of a past magician not listed in MagicPedia, start a New Biography for them or Email us your suggestion.

Modern Art

From Magicpedia, the free online encyclopedia for magicians by magicians.
Jump to: navigation, search
Modern Art is a Sawing a woman in half type stage illusion created by Jim Steinmeyer.[1]

Similar to the Zig-Zag Girl (but with only two sections), an assistant enters a small upright cabinet to later be split at the waist. As the top half moves to one side, their face, hand and feet remain visible. Doors on both halves are opened, revealing them cut in half.

Conceived in 1974, an early drawing of the concept is what got Steinmeyer "in the door" to working with Doug Henning. It was later performed by The Pendragons.[2]

The history and plans for the illusion are in Steinmeyer's book, Modern Art and Other Mysteries (1995).


  2. All Art No Artifice, Jim Steinmeyer Interviewed by David Regal, Genii 2003 November