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Pendragons Leg drop switch

Posted: April 15th, 2014, 5:20 pm
by fabricemagic
Hi ,

I remember an old Pendragons Illusion where they performed a really special switch ,

basically the dinamic of this illusion was this (if the memory will serve me):

Mr. J.Pendragon was on a stool and whit his wrists knotted on to a rope from the ceiling,

after that the stool was removed,

Charlotte P. was on the floor wearing a long cape,

a cloth was unrolled in front of Mr. J. Pendragon now hanged at midair and covering him from the wiew ,

now Charlotte turned back her body to the audience and she was shooting a fireball


something in to the air ,

in this moment the J. Pendragon cloth was wisked away (or something) revealing

the Jonathan vanish and

immediately discovering that the person NOW under the cape was Mr. Pendragon ,

and maybe ( I don't remember this) Charlootte reappeared from somewhere ,

Do you know if the Leg drop switch was involved on this illusion?

Do you know if the are any videos on this illusion somewhere on the web and wich

special it was?



Re: Pendragons Leg drop switch

Posted: May 9th, 2014, 3:06 am
by Jonathan Pendragon
I have deleted my initial reply because it has been suggested by more than one person that I rewrite and expand upon this story for my Genii column, Panmagium.

But, to answer Fabrice's question: the illusion is called "Le Pendu." I created it with the help of Jim Steinmeyer, and it appeared on John Fisher's Best of Magic — Season 2, I believe.

Your humble correspondent,
Jonathan Pendragon

Re: Pendragons Leg drop switch

Posted: May 15th, 2014, 6:46 pm
by fabricemagic
Thanks for your replay Jonathan,
no one can replay better than you.......

so I will ceck on Genii thanks.

Just to know

am I correct saying that

your incredible switch was only used on your " Le Pendu" illusion from you ( and not only you)?

I don't think I have seen it used anymore ,


Re: Pendragons Leg drop switch

Posted: May 16th, 2014, 12:17 am
by Jonathan Pendragon
Yes, it was my creation and it was only filmed this way, however, I created it 8 years earlier for another threat-escape style illusion called the Sword of Damocles. I then redeveloped it for an illusion I still present today called the Election which is explained on the L and L Pendragon CDs, although I have refined it even further in the past few years . Le Pendu was my homage to one of my heros, Jean Cocteau, who wrote the libretto for Roland Petit's one act ballet Le Jeune homme et la mort. The illusion was based on this ballet. When my ex and I divorced I lost my only copy of this effect. It's from the UK Best of Magic second season and if anyone has a copy I would love to see it, again. There is much more to this story and as promised I writing it up for my Panmagium column in Genii.

Re: Pendragons Leg drop switch

Posted: May 16th, 2014, 9:58 am
by Joe Mckay
Hey Jonathan,

Have you tried YouTube? There is a collection of your appearances on there entitled 'The Best of Magic'.

It might be the TV series you have in mind.

Here is a link:

There are about 6 other videos of your appearances from that show on YouTube.


PS I love your column. The thinking behind your magic is always a joy to read.

Re: Pendragons Leg drop switch

Posted: May 16th, 2014, 6:39 pm
by fabricemagic
thanks Jonathan ,
your kind of replay was exaclty the one I was looking for ..I'm more curious to know from where the idea come from etc.etc.

about the video shurely I have it I will ceck where is it and I will let you know if you want,