Disecto was invented by Lester Lake (Marvelo) c. 1938 and it was first marketed by Abbott’s c. 1941.
This is Supreme’s version (licensed from Abbott’s) and what a beauty it is and in my opinion it is one of the best versions created, though I have heard the early Abbott’s ones were good too. It looks very similar to the Abbott’s one but to my mind it is made better and the action is smoother. The action on this bad boy is silky smooth. If you’re looking for a quality mini-illusion that is well priced and deceptive, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better than Disecto!
When it comes to chopping things off Magician’s have no end of methods and contraptions to do this. The problem often is that the method looks obvious. For the small stage and parlor show I don’t think there is a more convincing and reasonably priced version than the classic Disecto. It just looks impossible.
Effect: is the classic one. Any lady from the audience steps forward to assist and after having demonstrated the sharpness of the blade by having sliced through a piece of potato etc., the lady is invited to place her wrist through the centre of the apparatus, a small carrot going through the top and bottom holes immediately above and below the lady’s wrist. Slowly the blade is depressed, chopping through the vegetables and being seen to pass down at the side of the lady’s wrist. Yet the lady is unharmed!
Knife blade is 12 inches long. A smart illusion. Illusion is finished in red and black lacquer, cutting unit is chrome yellow with a steel blade.
(Notice: the bottom video is actually Abbott’s version.)
(Notice: Includes: Printed Instructions.)