This season, the magician's sacred code of silence will be broken forever in all-new hour-long episodes. Nowhere else has a magician dared to expose the secrets behind the world's most mystifying illusions. The Masked Magician returns to television to defy his fellow conjurers and disclose the tricks that have captivated audiences for centuries. Over 120 of magics most memorable illusions will be unveiled this season including how to walk through a wall, escape death before being chopped into pieces by a wood chipper, walk on water, make a woman levitate in mid-air, make vehicles disappear and many more!

Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2008-10-02

Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed - Zig Zag Girl - Netflix

The Zig-Zag Girl illusion is a stage illusion akin to the more famous sawing a woman in half illusion. In the Zig-Zag illusion, a magician divides an assistant into thirds, only to have them emerge from the illusion at the end of the performance completely unharmed. Since its invention in 1965 by magician Robert Harbin, it has been hailed as one of the greatest illusions ever invented due to both the apparent impossibility of the trick and the fact that, unlike many illusions, it can be performed while surrounded by spectators and withstand the scrutiny of audience members. Harbin was frustrated by his illusions being pirated by other magicians, and this inspired him to publish the method in his book The Magic of Robert Harbin (1970). The book was limited to 500 copies, and owners of the book were granted permission to build or have built the Zig Zag Girl (or indeed any other of the items in the book). The rights to the book and the Zig Zag illusion were then in time passed to The Magic Circle in the wake of Harbin's death. The concept of dividing a lady assistant into two or three parts was something that Harbin experimented with throughout his career before creating his ultimate divide, the Zig Zag Girl. Evidence of his fascination with this concept of dividing an assistant can be found in his earlier publications; the closest relative to the Zig Zag is the “Little by Little” illusion, which was also explained in The Magic of Robert Harbin. Harbin's original Zig Zag Girl illusion is currently on display in The Magic Circle museum.

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The assistant (usually a woman) is placed in an upright cabinet, her face, hands, and left foot visible through openings in the front of the cabinet. Large metal blades are inserted horizontally in the cabinet's midsection, dividing it—and presumably the assistant inside—into thirds. The magician then slides the cabinet's midsection apart from the top and bottom thirds, giving the appearance that the assistant's midsection has been pulled away from the rest of her, giving her a “zig-zag” shape. While divided, a small door on the cabinet's midsection can be opened to examine—even touch—the assistant's body inside, a duty frequently performed by an audience member brought up on stage to help perform the illusion. At the completion of the illusion, the assistant's midsection is slid back into place, the two blades removed, and she steps out of the cabinet unscathed.

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