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"I'm now presenting the greatest illusion on the American stage today." With these words, Harry Blackstone Sr. proceeded to evoke practically every emotion known to man as he apparently, in full view of the audience, sliced through a young lady's midsection with a wicked, whirling lumber saw. Harry Jr. continued the tradition, adding his own presentation elements to this spellbinding prop, rebuilt with several updated safety features by Owen Magic Supreme……..Imagine, the curtain opens to reveal the menacing "whirr" of the 30-inch blade. The saw slices through a piece of lumber as cleanly and quickly as a hot knife cuts through butter. A young lady enters……"It is said that in the Himalaya mountains they use hypnotism…mysticism…to stop the flow of blood in their various surgical operations. Tonight I will use hypnotism in this next surgical operation of mine…because I'm about to saw a little lady in half……SO HELP ME. Suiting action to the words, a delicate damsel enters and falls under the performer's spell, swooning into the arms of waiting assistants who place her on a thin slab, just behind the temporarily dormant saw. Harry Sr. would intone. "I place this wood in a metal holder, then place it under the little lady…..UNDERNEATH the little lady….see what the saw does to it!" With that, the saw blade comes to life, gradually working up to full, deadly speed as the prone woman is gradually drawn toward the murderous teeth of the blade. Without covering or stopping, the girl is visibly drawn into the path of the saw, which slices her cleanly in half as sawdust from the wood strip beneath her sprays upstage. A brief pause as the audiences retains its composure….and the little lady is lifted from her table of doom and awakened, none the worse for her harrowing experience. The wood strip underneath her, however, has been cleanly cut in half. This illusion never fails to evoke shudders and amazement. As recently as last year, it elicited genuine screams of fright from members of one New York audience as the girl approached the blade. This is a very large, very heavy illusion, built to work and built to last. No fancy chrome….no strange decorations here….it looks exactly like what it's supposed to look like. And, for the record, no one has been killed while performing it…..especially as evidenced by the fact that Gay Blackstone, who is very much alive and well, was bisected by this very saw more times than she can remember. Included are two tables: one for stage and one for television. As history has proven, The Blackstone Buzz Saw is "…..something you will remember the longest day you live." This lot also includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Gay Blackstone and Darren Julien of Julien Entertainment. SPECIAL SHIPPING REQUIRED DUE TO THE SIZE OF THIS ITEM. One piece – measures approx. 100" tall x 94" x 85" and weighs approx. 1200 lbs. – Good Condition – some scratches on woodwork.

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Auction ended on Sat, Nov 15, 2003
Estimate $25,000 - $30,000
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8630 Hayden Place
Culver City, CA 90232
United States
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