7. "Zigzag" lady
Trick: It's a variation of the famous "sawing a woman in half" illusion. In the Zigzag illusion, a magician divides an assistant into thirds, only to have them emerge from the illusion at the end of the performance completely unharmed.
Disclosure: This incredible trick makes use of several 35-centimeter-high boxes and a 20-centimeter-high mobile platform. As the female assistant enters the bottom box, she stands on top of a concealed spring-operated hatch. The hatch opens down into an empty compartment, located inside the mobile platform. As the illusionist shuts all of the boxes’ openings, the girl slips down through the hatch and sits cross-legged inside the platform’s inner compartment. When the magician finally proceeds to open the boxes, the audience sees a mixed-up version of the assistant’s torso. Of course, we’re talking about mere mannequin parts located inside false openings!
6. Going through the human body
Trick: The magician's assistant is placed into a narrow box with a hole in the middle. The hole is covered with a curtain. The illusionist goes through the hole from the reverse side of the box. You literally see the man going through the assistant's body.
Disclosure: The box only seems narrow when the person inside it is standing completely straight. But when the assistant changes their posture, there is enough room for the illusionist to crawl through the hole.
5. Invisible wagon
Trick: People surround the wagon, holding hands. The wagon is covered with a big piece of cloth, and soon it starts levitating. Then you see there's no wagon under the cloth.
Disclosure: The wagon is usually hidden in a special section under the stage. Its shape is preserved because of the thin frame inside the cloth. People do not see the moment of the wagon's disappearance because the light around it is variegated.
4. Fish in a bottle
Trick: The magician shows a bottle with the lid on it and some water inside. Then the bottle is covered with a napkin, some "magic" words are said, and after the cover is removed, there is a fish inside the bottle.
Disclosure: There is a thin straight arc under the top of the bottle. This arc is usually easily removed. So the fish is on the arc, and we can't see it because of the lid. When removing the napkin, the illusionist pulls out the arc, and the fish falls down into the water.
3. Magic chair
Trick: The illusionist sits on a chair. Then his assistants remove the chair, but the magician stays motionless, sitting in the air.
Disclosure: There is an invisible pintle in the platform for the magician to sit on. If the shoe is attached to this pintle, the leg will be safely frozen in place and won't move. The shape of the chair is the frame, attached to the same leg.
2. Straitjacket escape
Trick: The illusionist puts on a straitjacket, the sleeves of which are fastened behind his back. The whole scene is covered with a screen. After several minutes, the magician is wonderfully free from his straitjacket. In some variations, they also hang the magician upside down or blow him up.
Disclosure: When the sleeves are fastened, the illusionist braces his arms on his chest and takes a deep breath. After breathing out, there is some room inside the straitjacket to move his arms. Houdini once had to dislocate his shoulder to finish the trick successfully.
1. Head drop
Trick: The illusionist’s head drops when he sneezes.
Disclosure: There is a hidden triangular construction in the illusionist’s coat, which is made of a hanger and 2 wooden sticks. So it’s actually the hanger that holds the coat when the illusionist’s head drops. It goes like this: the magician pretends to be sneezing, bends his head down, and pulls the 2 wooden sticks hidden behind the coat upward, thus, enlarging the gap between the head and the top of the coat.