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Back when I was a very small boy, my folks bought me a magic set(appx.1960)... One of the tricks in it was a little man (5 or 6 inches in length) with a turban on his head. Anyway, you could "cut him in half" with the little sword that came with it. The sword completely penetrated through his mid-section, yet he remained in one piece. Although I was very young, and it was a long time ago, I don't believe that there was a magnet involved. Maybe a pattern of spring -like connections. Just not sure... but it was a killer effect! Anybody familiar with this? What it was called? Is it still being made by anyone, etc.?
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Most likely this was part of a Remco Sneaky Pete (Biro? Smile ) Magic set. The secret mechanism was referred to as "the Magic Star Wheel".
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Julie-
What in the world is the "Magic Star Wheel mechanism"? I've never heard of that!
Maybe a conglomeration of pins (or pegs) layed out in an assorted pattern?
It's been so long ago and I was just a kid, so I may not have a clear recollection of it. My memory tells me that all you did was just use the little sword to slowly slice right through his body and as you did that, it just kept staying together. No glue, tacky stuff or magnets (I think).
It's kind of interesting... I've been performing for many years and never thought about that "little man" again until just a few months ago. And now it's puzzling me.
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On 2005-03-04 08:24, blsorg wrote:
Julie-
What in the world is the "Magic Star Wheel mechanism"? I've never heard of that!
Maybe a conglomeration of pins (or pegs) layed out in an assorted pattern?
It's been so long ago and I was just a kid, so I may not have a clear recollection of it. My memory tells me that all you did was just use the little sword to slowly slice right through his body and as you did that, it just kept staying together. No glue, tacky stuff or magnets (I think).
It's kind of interesting... I've been performing for many years and never thought about that "little man" again until just a few months ago. And now it's puzzling me.


I think we're safe in not giving away an important secret here..."the Magic Star Wheel" refers to the clever adaptation of a circular piece with cutouts (thick spokes) that joined the top and bottom halves of the figure internally. When you forced the sword through the top the sword would cause the wheel to revolve and as the "spoke" on top was forced away,another "spoke" would revolve around the top of the inserted sword to secure the two halves before separation occured.

It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is.. Smile
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Thank you Julie and Magicol-1.
Your help is much appreciated !
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Think of a turnstyle. Work from there.

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There is a Sawing In Half Swami Toy on the Martinka Auction. Item #4567
http://www.martinka.com/martinka/auction......?ID=4567
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Well... I managed to get my hands on one. But, minus the sword.

I figured that I'd be able to make something as a substitute... but so far no success. I've even tried running strong thin wire through the middle (star wheel), but it won't go through. Don't know if it's defective or if the sword (or other device) has to be a certain shape.
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I think the first one that you mentioned is the Fairylite Falbala Performing Fakir, Made in England:

http://www.martinka.com/martinka/auction......?ID=9068

Probably the Remco one is based in the Fairylite. I could be wrong because I not sure abot the manufacture dates.

Soon I will be happy to share with you a performance demo of the Remco one that I will upload to my youtube channel.

Posted: Mar 27, 2011 4:54pm
Here the video link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/cormatches?f......stIQhGi8
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I had one of those, female. The method was as good as the effect. I'm surprised that Tenyo never made one, they are obsessed with penetrations.
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Interestingly, this goes back to Heron of Alexandria.

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On 2005-03-14 21:08, blsorg wrote:
Well... I managed to get my hands on one. But, minus the sword.

I figured that I'd be able to make something as a substitute... but so far no success. I've even tried running strong thin wire through the middle (star wheel), but it won't go through. Don't know if it's defective or if the sword (or other device) has to be a certain shape.


The wheel requires a bit of force to make it turn in the socket. If you have one of these, and you can get hold of a piece of steel that is about 1/32 of an inch thick by 1/8 inch wide and about 4 inches long, you can probably move the wheel with it. The sword provided with these looked a lot like what we infidels refer to as a scimitar. This justified the oddly shaped blade.
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