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30th Jan '18 6:59:06 AM Cryoclaste
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* Played for laughs at Sullah's Sideshow in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. Two [=NPCs=] are practicing the trick with a box containing two pygmies. When the first saws too slowly, the other attacks with a flashy blow, shattering the box and killing both pygmies.

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* Played for laughs at Sullah's Sideshow in ''WorldOfWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Two [=NPCs=] are practicing the trick with a box containing two pygmies. When the first saws too slowly, the other attacks with a flashy blow, shattering the box and killing both pygmies.
15th Jan '18 5:53:07 AM Andyroid
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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail198.html magic trick]], Strong Bad is asked to create a magic show, including putting Homestar himself in a box and taking a saw to him. As enthusiastic as he is about it, however, he doesn't ''quite'' seem to recognize the reference to the classic trick, as when he finally attempts to take a saw to Homestar, he's got him standing upright, wearing a cardboard box with a pair of unconvincing fake arms attached to it. The arms fall off prematurely, interrupting whatever he had in mind, but it's enough to convince Coach Z that he's "a Level 3 Dark Wizard" all the same.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail198.html magic trick]], Strong Bad is asked to create a magic show, including putting Homestar himself in a box and taking a saw to him. As enthusiastic as he is about it, however, he doesn't ''quite'' seem to recognize the reference to the classic trick, as trick; when he finally attempts to take a saw to Homestar, he's got him standing upright, wearing a cardboard box with a pair of unconvincing fake arms attached to it. The arms fall off prematurely, interrupting whatever he had in mind, but it's enough to convince Coach Z that he's "a Level 3 Dark Wizard" all the same.
2nd Dec '17 9:27:16 PM RAVasquez1967
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* The cover of some editions of Al Jaffee's ''{{Magazine/MAD}} Book of Magic and Other Stupid Tricks'' features an illustration of a magician sawing a woman in half. ''Lengthwise.''
21st Oct '17 1:41:34 PM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Uncommon Bond", Trixie attempts to practice this trick on herself, but the legs sticking out of the box clearly belong to a dummy.
21st Oct '17 11:29:47 AM Concrete4
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* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' episode "I Get a Trick Out of You", Lumpy attempts to pull off this trick on Cuddles, but unfortunately... it doesn't end well.
27th Sep '17 5:53:31 PM PaulA
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* The 2000 movie ''Picking Up The Pieces'' has magician Tex (Woody Allen) do this to his LovelyAssistant Candy (Sharon Stone, who played an unfaithful wife) and it's how she dies when it GoesHorriblyWrong. [[spoiler: He then cuts her body up into pieces, and buries them in the New Mexico desert...but Candy's left hand is found by a blind woman, whose sight is restored and declares it "The Hand of the Virgin Mary." When other miracles happen with the hand, it's up to Tex to get the hand back without being caught.]]

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* The 2000 movie ''Picking Up The Pieces'' has magician Tex (Woody Allen) (Creator/WoodyAllen) do this to his LovelyAssistant Candy (Sharon Stone, (Creator/SharonStone, who played an unfaithful wife) and it's how she dies when it GoesHorriblyWrong. [[spoiler: He then cuts her body up into pieces, and buries them in the New Mexico desert...but Candy's left hand is found by a blind woman, whose sight is restored and declares it "The Hand of the Virgin Mary." When other miracles happen with the hand, it's up to Tex to get the hand back without being caught.]]
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27th Sep '17 10:04:12 AM Scalondragon
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* The 2000 movie ''Picking Up The Pieces'' has magician Tex (Woody Allen) do this to his LovelyAssistant Candy (Sharon Stone, who played an unfaithful wife) and it's how she dies when it GoesHorriblyWrong. [[spoiler: He then cuts her body up into pieces, and buries them in the New Mexico desert...but Candy's left hand is found by a blind woman, whose sight is restored and declares it "The Hand of the Virgin Mary." When other miracles happen with the hand, it's up to Tex to get the hand back without being caught.]]
31st Aug '17 12:42:52 PM FordPrefect
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* Creator/DavidCopperfield did a version where he cut himself in half with a giant circular saw. The trick was set-up as an escape stunt gone wrong--he was supposed to escape from the box ''before'' the saw cuts through it, but the saw malfunctions, drops prematurely, and cuts him in half. for further variation, his top half then completes the escape, before seemingly making the box close up again on it's own and reversing the cutting sequence, with no assistants involved in any stage save locking him in to begin with. He also did a ''lengthwise'' sawing of a lady.
* Doug Henning once did a version where he sawed two women in half (the two were wearing different colored outfits; one woman was black and the other was white), then switched the two lower halves before he put them back together.
* [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillett]] once expressed disdain for this trick since it apparently doesn't require any actual skill, "you just stand behind the machine and don't fuck up." In the same breath he stated what the hardest magic trick was: [[SimpleYetOpulent card tricks in a t-shirt]].

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* Creator/DavidCopperfield did a version where he cut himself in half with a giant circular saw. The trick was set-up as an escape stunt gone wrong--he was supposed to escape from the box ''before'' the saw cuts through it, but the saw malfunctions, drops prematurely, and cuts him in half. for For further variation, his top half then completes the escape, before seemingly making the box close up again on it's its own and reversing the cutting sequence, with no assistants involved in any stage save locking him in to begin with. He also did a ''lengthwise'' sawing of a lady.
* The 1982 ''Night of 100 Stars'' gave us an interesting spin on this trope. Doug Henning once did a version where he sawed two women in half (the this to ''two'' beautiful assistants (Florence Henderson and Priscilla Lopez) within the same segment. When it came time to put them back together again, Henning gave the ladies each other's bottom halves. (Henderson is white and Lopez is Puerto Rican, and the two were wearing different colored outfits; one woman was black and the other was white), then switched the two lower halves before he put them back together.
outfits to boot.)
* [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillett]] Jillette]] once expressed disdain for this trick since it apparently doesn't require any actual skill, "you just stand behind the machine and don't fuck up." In the same breath he stated what the hardest magic trick was: [[SimpleYetOpulent card tricks in a t-shirt]].



* The 1982 ''Night of 100 Stars'' gave us an interesting spin on this trope. Doug Henning did this to ''two'' beautiful assistants (Florence Henderson and Priscilla Lopez) within the same segment. When it came time to put them back together again, Henning gave the ladies each other's bottom halves.

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* The 1982 ''Night of 100 Stars'' gave us an interesting spin on this trope. Doug Henning did this to ''two'' beautiful assistants (Florence Henderson and Priscilla Lopez) within the same segment. When it came time to put them back together again, Henning gave the ladies each other's bottom halves.
11th Aug '17 7:02:26 AM PaulA
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** For UK tropers, this version of the trick appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

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** For UK tropers, this version of the trick appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us.''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs''.


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* One of the contestants on ''Series/PennAndTellerFoolUs'', David Caserta, performs a version with two notable variations from the standard. One is that he cuts ''himself'' in half. The other is that instead of a wooden box, the trick is performed while he stands in an open-sided metal scaffold. It's still a safe bet that his detached lower half is a dummy, but it's a lot harder to figure out where his ''real'' lower half has gone.
22nd Jul '17 8:39:55 PM PaulA
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* Attempted by the protagonists at the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Zanzibar]]''.

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* Attempted by the protagonists at the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Zanzibar]]''.''Film/RoadToZanzibar''.
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