Kellar's Self-Decapitation

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Richard Stokes
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Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Postby Richard Stokes » March 26th, 2017, 10:08 am

Is there an explanation of Kellar's Self-Decapitation Mystery in print?

I've read that J. Steinmeyer recreated the illusion at the 2015 LA Magic History Conference.

Thanks for any guidance on this.

Leonard Hevia
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Re: Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Postby Leonard Hevia » March 26th, 2017, 10:25 am

Based on the Kellar poster of this effect, and the technology available back then, it looks like black art to me.

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Richard Kaufman
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Re: Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 26th, 2017, 10:57 am

Steinmeyer did recreate it at the last LA History Conference. It's a version of The Blue Room illusion. There is no black art.
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