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CITV (ended 2006)

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  • Season 1 Episode 10: Episode 1.10

  • The illusion where Stephen Mulhern saws Mischa Barton into three and removes her middle section is called the "Sawing in Thirds" or "Center Cut" illusion.

  • The trick where Mischa Barton threaded a length of dental floss through the hole in her pierced ear, tied it in a knot and then pulled it out without ripping her earlobe was originally performed by Jane Curtin on a 1990 Penn & Teller TV special. In order to perform the trick, Mischa had to have her ears pierced especially a few weeks beforehand. Having kept them pierced for the photoshoot for her 2005/6 Accessorize advertising campaign, she then let them heal up again, and didn't get them re-pierced until 2009.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Episode 1.06

  • This episode's closing illusion, Modern Art, was invented by Jim Steinmeyer, and is a standing version of Sawing a Woman in Half.

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Episode 1.03

  • This show's closing illusion, The World's Largest Card Trick, was devised and first performed by magician Mark Wilson, and is basically a sawing in four using giant playing cards to divide the lady being sawed (in this case Caprice).

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Episode 1.01

  • This show's closing illusion, the Zig-Zag Girl, was invented by magician Robert Harbin in the 1960s. In the illusion, a lady (in this case Stephen's guest Jennifer Ellison) enters a tall vertical cabinet, and places her face, hands and foot through four holes in the front. Two blades are inserted through the cabinet, dividing it into three pieces, and the centre section is then slid to one side.

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