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Murder is the most compelling magic.
Certainly, sleights of hand, levitation, and acts of disappearance have their place. But violent devices surpass all else. Modified guillotines, water tanks, man-sized ovens: they depend on the spectators’ belief that if the performer does what he says he is going to do, someone may die horrifically. A beauty sawn in half. A willing assistant suffocated. Still, as the spectators look on, they know that they are witnessing a trick. The magician, who appears insane and yet in control, is amusing them with the performance of murder.