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Topic: Howard Thurston - Disembodied Princess
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 19, 2020 01:10PM)
Here is an interesting video of Johnny Thompson performing as Howard Thurston , using Thurston's original Disembodied Princess prop , with Jane Thurston. (Howard Thurston's daughter) This was done at the IBM convention in San Diego (I don't know what year). Another magician then portrays Dante , performing the Sawing a Woman in Half illusion. Sorry I don't know who the magician is who portrays Dante .

https://youtu.be/M-nCQ4qzKlw?t=214

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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 19, 2020 01:15PM)
And here is Dante himself performing his version of Sawing a Woman in Half.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHBTiFMe95A

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Message: Posted by: illusions & reality (Jul 19, 2020 08:04PM)
I believe that was William Larsen playing the part of Dante. Thanks so much for posting!

Lou
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 20, 2020 11:09AM)
[quote]On Jul 19, 2020, illusions & reality wrote:
I believe that was William Larsen playing the part of Dante. Thanks so much for posting!
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I don't think that is Bill Larsen. Bill Larsen's make-up was much more meticulous in his recreation of Dante.

These photos of Larsen performing as Dante are from the 1977 edition of "It's Magic". (assisted by Irene Larsen ... and a couple of kids ... anyone recognize them ? Charlotte and Claude Yarbrough ... whatever happened to those youngsters anyway?)

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Message: Posted by: Dan Ford (Jul 21, 2020 11:24AM)
I still have my Disembodied Princess from the early 70's with similar shape, the shape has changed quite a lot since then. Thanks for posting David.
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Jul 21, 2020 07:04PM)
That was James Hamilton playing Dante. He was one of the most knowledgeable magic historians and a fixture of conventions back in the 80s and 90s.

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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 21, 2020 07:09PM)
[quote]On Jul 21, 2020, FrankFindley wrote:
That was James Hamilton playing Dante. He was one of the most knowledgeable magic historians and a fixture of conventions back in the 80s and 90s.
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Thanks for filling in the name !


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Message: Posted by: gregg webb (Jan 28, 2021 09:43AM)
Thanks for all these great posts.