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With the move away from theatre-based grand illusion shows to smaller club venues in the 1960s, magicians needed a smaller and more portable version of the Guillotine illusion, which led to the invention of the so-called "Head Chopper" versions. In these, the apparatus is reduced in size by the elimination of the tall uprights, leaving just the stocks, and a smaller blade which is thrust through the stocks manually by the magician.

A recent development of the illusion has seen the previously opaque stocks replaced by clear perspex, which allow the blade to be seen as it passes through them. In this version, a large blade is used, which completely fills the stocks when inserted, in place of the narrow blade used in earlier versions.

Myleene Klass - Headchopper01:00

Myleene Klass - Headchopper

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