The Wakeling Sawing
is an updated version of Selbit's original Sawing Through a Woman.
Alan Wakeling has added some unique presentation features to his
version of this classic illusion. A complete description of the
routine can be found in Jim Steinmeyer's book, The Magic of Alan
Wakeling. We are pleased to present our version of this fine illusion.
As Alan Wakeling performed this illusion, it was a challenge. Members
of the audience assist in securing the assistant and moving the
boxes. The assistant is first secured at the head and feet with
leather cuffs. Attached to each of these is a long leather leash.
Each of these is threaded through a hole at each end of a flat table
and held by the spectators throughout the performance. Finely finished
oak boxes are placed over the secured assistant. The assistant is
visible through doors in the front of each box. These doors are
closed and swords and steel blades are pushed through the box. Finally,
the spectators pull the two boxes apart from each other. The halves
are then placed back together and the boxes removed from the table.
The assistant is still in her original secured position, but completely
The apparatus supplied
for this illusion has been designed as a piece of fine furniture.
Both dark and natural oak have been used to provide a beautiful
and deceptive design. A special stand is also supplied to hold the
boxes, swords, and chromed steel blades. The leg braces are made
to fold, providing a more efficient method of packing.