Stage illusions

Stage illusions are large-scale magic tricks. As the name implies, stage illusions are distinct from all other types of magic in that they are performed a considerable distance away from the audience, usually on a stage, in order to maintain the illusion.[1] Examples of stage illusions include sawing a woman in half and Lady-to-Tiger.

Stage illusions usually use large props and may involve the use of assistants or large animals.[2] As this form of magic performance is very common on television, members of the public will report that this is the only form of magic with which they are familiar. In actuality, only a small percentage of professional magicians are stage illusionists. Most choose to specialize in close-up magic and perform in more intimate settings. Grand illusions are usually very costly and, due to their size, are difficult to ship, which would explain the paucity of professional stage illusionists.

Famous stage illusionists

Stage illusions


  1. Hopkins, Albert A. Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography. Dover Publications. 1990.
  2. Wilson, Mark. Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. Running Press Kids. 2003.
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