Drill of Death

The Drill of Death is a large-scale stage illusion in which a performer appears to be impaled on a giant drill. It was created by magician André Kole and illusion designer Ken Whitaker for magician Melinda Saxe.[1] It was one of Saxe's signature tricks and featured as a highlight in her various First Lady of Magic shows.

The illusion featured in several network television magic specials. It was first shown on television in November 1995, when Melinda performed it on The World's Greatest Magic II broadcast by NBC.[2][3] It later served as one of the big set pieces in Melinda's own Melinda, First Lady of Magic special produced by Disney and broadcast on CBS in March 1997.[4] The television special Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks, broadcast by Britain's Channel 4 in May 2002, named Drill of Death as number 41 in its list of the 50 greatest magic tricks of all time.[5]

During Melinda's performing career she was the only magician presenting the illusion. Melinda ceased performing in 2002 in order to raise a family and since then the drill has been performed by two illusionists in Europe. The German illusionist Jan Rouven and the Dutch Christian Farla. It featured in the 2005 edition of the annual German television special Stars in der Manege, in which actress, model and TV presenter Arabella Kiesbauer played the role of victim.[6]

Christian Farla in his Warehouse near Rotterdam practising his Drill of Death.

Description of the effect

The effect is similar in some ways to the illusion Impaled, although Drill of Death is larger and features additional elements. It can be presented either as a straightforward penetration illusion or as an "escape gone wrong" piece, in which the audience are first given the impression it is an escapology act of the "predicament escape" type and then given the shock of seeing it appear to go wrong with apparently fatal consequences for the performer.

The apparatus consists of a massive drilling machine mounted on a framework that is a little like a short section of railroad track. At one end of the track, nearest the audience, is a raised frame large enough to hold a person. At the beginning of the performance the drill is positioned at the far end of the track with its long helical drill bit pointing horizontally forwards. The performer is chained to the frame with her torso in line with the drilling axis. A cover, consisting of translucent paper stretched on a circular frame, is attached to the apparatus in front of the performer, obscuring the centre of her torso. The machine is then started: the drill bit rotates and the machine begins advancing slowly towards the performer. Then the device appears to go out of control and speed up (sometimes with pyrotechnics for added drama). The drill appears to penetrate through the struggling performer, whose legs, shoulders, arms and head remain in full view and whose lower torso is seen in silhouette through the translucent cover. The tip of the drill emerges and rips through the cover, at which point both the forward motion and rotation of the drill bit stop. The cover is removed to show the limp body of the performer seemingly impaled on the end of the drill. The machine then begins to tilt the drilling axis upwards, in the process pulling the performer from her restraints and raising her high into the air. When the drill's axis is vertical the bit begins to rotate again, spinning the performer's limply spreadeagled body around. The drill then stops and lowers the performer back onto the frame, where assistants cover her torso with a blanket and seemingly push the drill back out of her. The performer then appears to revive and steps from the apparatus to take a bow.

References

  1. ^ "Resource Information compiled by Steve Zigmont of MagicFX". Foster Entertainment. http://fosterentertainmentinc.com/Resource.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  2. ^ The World's Greatest Magic II at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "World's Greatest Magic II". Magic Television. http://magictelevision.org/portal/index.php?/1990s/1995/the-worlds-greatest-magic-ii.html. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Words from the Sphinx". Little Egypt Gazette 2 (No. 8). April 1997. http://www.littleegyptmagic.com/four97.htm 
  5. ^ Rowland, Ian (2002). "Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks". Magic Week. http://www.magicweek.co.uk/magic_reviews/review_show_fifty_greatest_magic_tricks.htm 
  6. ^ "Stars in der Manege 2005". Circus Krone. http://www.circus-krone.de/de/stars/sidm2005.html. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Death metal técnico — Este artículo o sección necesita referencias que aparezcan en una publicación acreditada, como revistas especializadas, monografías, prensa diaria o páginas de Internet fidedignas. Puedes añadirlas así o avisar …   Wikipedia Español

  • Drill sergeant — Sergeant Ser geant, n. [F. sergent, fr. L. serviens, entis, p. pr. of servire to serve. See {Serve}, and cf. {Servant}.] [Written also {serjeant}. Both spellings are authorized. In England {serjeant} is usually preferred, except for military… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brain Drill — (en) Cet article est partiellement ou en totalité issu de l’article de Wikipédia en anglais intitulé « Brain Drill » (voir la liste des auteurs) Brain Drill est un groupe de Technical Death Metal américain originaire de Ben Lomond en… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Brain Drill — Infobox musical artist Name = Brain Drill Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Origin = Ben Lomond, California, USA Genre = Technical death metal Years active = 2005 Present Label = Metal Blade Records URL =… …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Anderson death controversy — Martin Lee Anderson (c. January 15, 1991 – January 6, 2006) was a 14 year old from Florida who died while incarcerated at a boot camp style youth detention center, the Bay County Boot Camp,[1] located in Panama City, Florida and operated by the… …   Wikipedia

  • Road Runner's Death Valley Rally — Cover art Developer(s) ICOM Simulations …   Wikipedia

  • Licensed to Drill — Infobox Only Fools and Horses episode name = Licensed to Drill Series = Educational Special writer = John Sullivan, though sometimes credited erroneously to Brian Hague director = Malcolm Taylor producer = Malcolm Taylor Duration = 20 minutes… …   Wikipedia

  • Technical death metal — Infobox Music genre name=Technical death metal bgcolor=#BB0022 color=white stylistic origins =Death metal Avant garde metal Technical metal Progressive metal Jazz fusion nowrap|Classical music (at times) cultural origins =Late 1980s, United… …   Wikipedia

  • Tueller Drill — The Tueller Drill is a self defense training exercise to prepare against a short range knife attack when armed only with a holstered handgun. Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department wondered how quickly an attacker… …   Wikipedia

  • Blue Sky Black Death — Infobox musical artist | Name = Blue Sky Black Death Img capt = Img size = Background = group or band Birth name = Alias = Born = Died = Origin = San Francisco, California Instrument = Genre = Hip hop, Instrumental Occupation = Producers Years… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.