The Spiker is an illusion where it appears that a person has been penetrated or impaled by a number of spikes. The original version was one of the many illusions developed by British magician P.T. Selbit.
Lightbulb PenetrationThe Lightbulb Penetration Illusion, sometimes known as Neon Nightlife is a variation on the full-sized Spiker illusion in which it appears the person in the illusion is being penetrated by illuminated lightbulbs, rather than by metal spikes.
Lightbulbs Through Girl
As the full-sized Lightbulb Penetration illusion is a large piece of equipment that is not easily transportable, a smaller and lighter version of the illusion also exists, known as Lightbulbs Through Girl. In this illusion, rather than having a full-sized cabinet that the girl climbs inside, it uses a set of lightweight stocks that the girl holds around her waist. The magician then takes a handle carrying four illuminated neon tubes and inserts them into the stocks, forcing them through the girl's waist. Needing no special training for the assistant, this illusion can easily be performed using an audience volunteer or celebrity assistant.Magician and illusion designer Franz Harary has developed a more advanced variation on this version of the illusion sometimes referred to as the "pitchfork" or "trident" version due to the fact that the neon tubes (in this case just three of them), are attached to a long handle. In some performances of this version of the illusion, such as Harary's own, after the neon tubes have been thrust through the assistant, the stocks are removed, showing the tubes passing right through the assistant's body.
- Cat Deeley took part in this illusion several times with different magicians while presenting SMTV Live.
- Magician Stephen Mulhern performed this illusion on his Ministry of Mayhem co-presenter Holly Willoughby.
- This was one of the illusions Hans Klok performed on actress Pamela Anderson when she acted as his assistant in his Las Vegas show.
Lightbulb Penetration illusion
- At the end of a joint appearance on US TV, David Copperfield used Orson Welles' original version of this illusion on his wife Claudia Schiffer.
- During season 2 of Tricky TV, Stephen Mulhern performed this illusion on regular guest assistant Holly Willoughby.
- Gemma Atkinson performed the illusion in a bikini for Celebrity Magic.
- Prior to becoming an actress, Carmen Electra took part in this illusion as part of theme park show It's Magic.
- On his TV show A Kind of Magic, magician Wayne Dobson performed this illusion on his regular guest assistant, model Linda Lusardi.
- During a US TV appearance, magician Brett Daniels performed this illusion on singer and actress Jessica Simpson.