Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Though you might be interested in this clip. This is an unbelievable magic trick. Purportedly a man in a park has a woman lie down on a bench. He enlists two other women to pull on her feet and arms in opposite directions. After he taps on her belly, the other two women pull apart the woman lying on the bench. It appears the torso crawls away and the legs sit up on the bench. The onlookers appear "freaked out."
Origins: The above-linked video, which shows a woman seemingly being pulled apart at the waist (and surviving the process), is yet another entry in the list of images difficult to classify with simple "true" or "false" ratings. The best we can do is provide answers to some of the multiple questions viewers might ask about it:
- The man shown orchestrating this event is magician Criss Angel, and this clip was taken from his Mindfreak television program, which airs on the A&E cable channel.
- The woman is not actually being pulled apart; she's taking part in what is commonly known as a "magic trick."
- The basic illusion Criss Angels performs does not necessarily require video manipulation or digital
trickery — itcan be (and has been) executed live on stage, although some video shortcuts are necessary to pull it off it as an open-air, taped performance as shown in this video clip.
- It isn't "magic" — there's a logical and straightforward explanation for what you're seeing.
- All the details of the performance — even actions and appearances that are seemingly innocuous or unimportant
— havea purpose.