37 entries in Illusions / Penetration
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, sword through body
Jan. 1897
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 3 No. 1)
Edward Bagshawe Through the Frame with hands chained, magician passes through paper frame without damaging it
1936 ca. 71
Danny Dew Walking Through a String of Beads
1937 131
Lester Lake, Percy Abbott The Chinese Chopper for head and both arms
1938 966
Chung Ling Soo Shooting an Arrow and a Rope Through a Woman
1938 968
Cutting a Woman in Half rope through body of assistant
1939 126
Lloyd W. Chambers Shooting Through A Woman ribbon is shot through fan of cards held by assistant, penetrating through the signed selection, through the assistant, and hits a target behind her, thread reel
1941 9
Eugene Gloye Two-In-One Illusion Apparatus plan to build cabinet
  • Effect 1: Girl Production
  • Effect 2: Penetration Illusion
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1957)
Gary Brenz Zombie Sword Cabinet construction details
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1959)
S. E. Josolyne, Harry Houdini Walking Through a Wall
1965 155
Ali Bongo Penetration Minus big metal disc in envelope is penetrated with object, then vanishes entirely
1966 18
Ali Bongo One Rope Only rope is threaded through hole in big wooden board, rope penetrates assistant
1966 36
Arthur Setterington Walking through a Sheet of Metal wooden box, assistant walks through sheet of metal
1972 46
Tom Fitzgerald Tom's Thumb Tie Illusion illusion, wooden block penetrates hands, thumb tied around a guillotine-like stand
Magick (Issue 48)
Theo "Okito" Bamberg Matter Thru Matter canvas of fabric is penetrated and unharmed
Related to
  • Will Goldston's "Magazine of Magic" December, 1914.
1973 79
George Pfisterer Glass Penetration frame with glass, spiked with rods
1974 38
Joseph Yadah Girl Thru Tape with two assistants, behind piece of cardboard
1974 82
Felix Korim 4th Dimensional Glass needle through big piece of glass
1974 86
Punx Das Märchen vom Gläsernen Herzen story presentation to Robert Farchmin's heart of glass, glass in frame is penetrated with object
1977 16
Jack Hughes M'Lady Steps Out assistant penetrates rope, with frame
1981 129
Karl Fulves Body Magic rope through body of performer
1986 10
Ribbonesque No. 10, silk penetrated two ropes which are also around assistant's waist
1988 28
Jim Steinmeyer Houdini's Rope walking through a rope with a stand apparatus
1991 13
Jim Steinmeyer Neon girl penetrates barrier of lit neon light tubes
1991 21
Mila Trnka Das Frauenherz ribbons penetrate a person
Also published here
  • Prager Zaubereien
Sep. 1992
Intermagic (Vol. 17 No. 2)
Sid Fleischman You, Too, Can Saw A Lady in Two "Or, Five Minutes of Comedy Suspense with a Red Ribbon"
ribbon through person
1993 210
Alan Wakeling The Girl Through Glass lying woman is pushed through glass sheet, method not described
1993 310
Gary Darwin Darwin's Steel Rod Through Body Push steel rod through body
1998 38
Paul Osborne The Drop Box
  • Osborne Illusions
box drops through a person in a cabinent
Apr. 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 4)
Paul Osborne The Noma Illusiion
  • Osborne Illusions
sword cabinet
Aug. 2005
Genii (Vol. 68 No. 8)
Paul Osborne The Ropers
  • Osborne Illusions
rope penetration through child, with two large cowboy cut-out figures
Inspired by
  • "Penelease" (Eric Lewis, J. Beattie, Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic, Vol. 2)
Feb. 2006
Genii (Vol. 69 No. 2)
Mike Caveney Through the Eye of a Needle person apparently goes from one barrel to another through a small hole in a steel plate, Selbit, discussion of the performance at the 1999 Los Angeles History Conference
2013 55
Jim Steinmeyer The Petite Illusion
  • Conjuring
on the Cane Cabinet
Oct. 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 10)
George Sands Rope Through Person rope through box, penetration of person
Also published here
  • George Sands' "51 Years of Magic: Volume 2" 1988.
2014 87
Jonathan Pendragon Interlude
  • Panmagium
on the Interlude illusion
Related to Aug. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 8)
Jonathan Pendragon Proteus Bound: Interlude Chapter Two
  • Panmagium
more on the Interlude illusion
Related to Oct. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 10)
Jonathan Pendragon Realization
  • Panmagium

  • Cobble Woods
  • Interlude Part Three
  • John Gaughan and Metamorphosis
Apr. 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 4)