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The sawing illusion began with Harary placing Willoughby (wearing a silver miniskirt and top) in the box, which was supported about one foot above the stage by short legs, and from which Willoughby's feet projected at the bottom. Both the front and rear panels of the box were made from translucent white screens. He then asked her to extend her arms above her head, and her wrists were locked into stocks which left her hands projecting above the top of the box. Once Willoughby had been secured within the box, Harary placed her in a trance, and closed the rear panels. With those closed, a light was switched on behind the box, brightly illuminating it. When Harary then closed the translucent front panels, the bright light projected a clearly-defined shadow of Willoughby onto the front panel. A three-foot diameter buzz saw was then wheeled into position behind the box, and the blade inserted through it between Willoughby's legs. The saw was then turned on, and moved up through the box, cutting Willoughby in half. Once the saw had reached her head, it was turned off and removed. Two large divider blades were then inserted through the box from front to back, and the two halves of the box moved apart. Once the halves of the box had been separated, the front and rear panels were opened to reveal Willoughby's halves inside, showing that she had indeed just been sawed in half length-ways. The sides of the box were also opened, and the box halves turned to show all the way around them. They were then moved back together again, and the sides and front and rear panels closed. The divider blades were then removed, and the front panels opened to show Willoughby back in one piece. Harary then took her out of the trance, released her wrists and ankles from their restraints, and helped her out of the box to take her bow. See more