Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Video clip shows a woman being pulled apart at the waist.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
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:
During the performance of a stage illusion show, a magician requested the help of a volunteer from the audience. An unassuming fellow stood up and climbed onstage. The man was placed in a wooden box and the familiar sawing-in-half illusion commenced. The box was severed and each half separated to the delight of the audience. The halves were then pushed together and the volunteer restored. The volunteer walked back to his seat amidst resounding applause. Suddenly, in full view of the audience, he toppled over and split apart at the waist. His legs walked off to the left, and his torso crawled to the right. Gasps and screams were heard in the audience. Many people fainted. Others fled the theater. The disturbance it created was so disruptive, the effect was never repeated.To viewers determined to figure out on their own how the illusion is accomplished, we'd recommend watching this video clip several times with a skeptical eye, keeping in mind the whole time that:
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