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Feb 18
2009

David Copperfield Laser Illusion Revealed

Posted by: chung

Tagged in: Tutorial , Illusion

chung

Did you ever want to be David Copperfield and cut yourself in half and walk down the street and scare people? Well, now you can at a fraction of the cost. (And time to build the illusion) Give someone a laser pen and ask if they saw the Copperfield special. You did? I can do that. Pick up a board "for protection" and hand someone a laser pen and turn it on. Ask them to slice you across the waist to be careful not to hit anyone else. The laser cuts through you and the board and the audience slowly sees your top half SLIDE OFF OF THE BOTTOM HALF!

 

Watch the tutorial of Laser Illusion:

 

The Secret:

 

 

 

 

 

 

EERIE!
The coolest part of this illusion is that you actually cut yourself in half! So, the next time someone asks if you can cut a person in half you can say, "Yeah, me!"

The gimmick can be made in about ten minutes with stuff you already have around the house.

Needed: A T-shirt made of strong material. Not just 50/50 cotton and it should not fit very tight or very lose on you – it should fit you well. You also need:

  • A pair of scissors
  • A board measuring 20 x24 (or two boards each 20x12 with a hinge) Paint a line down the center of the 24” dimension and paint one side black and the other side white.

 

To build – Take your scissors and cut a straight line from the base of the sleeve to the end of the shirt on both sides. The cut should be so that if you we were wearing the shirt and had your arms straight at your sides, the cuts would be invisible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTATION: In presentation, this would be assuming you were performing street magic and your board was off to the side. You would be wearing a larger shirt or jacket to cover the cuts in the shirt and your shirt would be tucked in to prevent “swinging.”

When you are ready to perform the illusion; grab your board and cover your mid-drift section. Remove the jacket and un-tuck your shirt (being careful).

Now, stand so that your audience sees your profile (from the left or right) and hold your board so that the small dimension is covering the slit in your shirt, wedged right under your arm pit and being held by your hand on the outside. The board should also be about center on your stance.

Now for the effect, (and this will take slow practice) lean forward so that you look as though your top half is sliding forward off of your pants. The audience should see your shirt “swing forward” but to them it will look as though you are in the shirt coming into view. The two colors of the board will help create an optical illusion of your center of gravity and assist your viewers in believing you are separated.

Be careful not to:

  • Slide too far and expose your back leaning
  • Tilt or slant your neck – keep it straight with your shoulders.

 


Have a good preparation, practice and enjoy.. :)


Comments (14)

response to 'QUESTION'
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he did not go through the wall!!! went into the first box a switch was made and his assistant was the shadow! david copperfield hiding in the hollow stairs and his assistant went into an unlit corner of the box. the stairs were then taken over the wall and david climbed out. as for the hands, well the guy on the left who was holding the cloth was controlling a pair of fake hands and a face.
harriffan , February 22, 2013
akmagic12
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using this tutorial, will i be able to visually put myself back together in fromt of the audience without the board like copperfield does @ the end of his illusion ?? thank you very much smilies/smiley.gif !
amr , September 18, 2012
how to get the weire to stay is
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you put thin pices of wood in the leg of your pants that gos from your shoes to the gimmick in the pants
unstopable , February 09, 2012
question
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amazing can you please tell me hoe david copperfield passed through great wall of china?
maham , December 19, 2011
question
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amazing can you please tell me hoe david copperfield passed through great wall of china?
maham , December 19, 2011
laser scar removal
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Oh,amazing post!I love magic tricks and I always spend a lot of time in magic shops searching for answers to all of my questions about these tricks..

laser scar removal



laser scar removal , December 17, 2011
nice
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How does the shell part of the pants stay up if you take your hands off like copperfiled does?
alex543 , September 20, 2011
Laser Illusion
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Please can you make a tutorial video on this? I beg you please mail me back with the video. I was not able to understand..
Freaky , January 15, 2011
what kind?
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When you say "board" do you mean cardboard, wood board, ect...?
XINWEN , January 13, 2010
CHINGON
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QUE TAL..SOY MEXICANO Y ADORO ESTE TRUCO..ME FASCINA DAVID COOPERFIELD..YA SABÍA COMO SE HACÍA PERO GRACIAS POR LA INFORMACION..CHAITO..

HI..I AM MEXICAN, I LOVE THIS MAGIC TRICK...I LOVE DAVID COOPERFIELD.. I KNEW HOW TO DID THIS TRICK OF MAGIC, ANYWAY THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION..SEE YOU...
CACO , December 26, 2009
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Wouldn't this be a great one to freak out the family on Thanksgiving!
Ellusionist Magic Man , August 21, 2009
thax!!!!!!!!!!
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now im gonna go to scared people. wahahahahaha..............
hakim a.k.a. magicboy , July 03, 2009
cooltricks.com , Low-rated comment [Show]
www.MagicShops.com
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Wow great post! I was really curious about this trick! I love magic tricks and I always spend a lot of time in magic shops searching for answers to all of my questions about these tricks..
MagicShops , May 07, 2009

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