The 100-year-old magic trick 經典魔術 「人體切割」 誕生一百年



The 100-year-old magic trick 經典魔術 「人體切割」 誕生一百年


有關 「magic(魔術)」 的詞彙


Who created this 100-year-old magic trick?


Michael J. Fitch, who is just one of many magicians taking part in a global, online celebration of a magical moment.


Michael J. Fitch, Magician
Whenever anyone says, you know, you’re a magician, the first line – we hear it every day – is 「oh, can you saw my wife in half?」 or yeah, 「Can you saw my husband in half?」 And it’s, it’s… for some reason that illusion has stuck in everybody’s mind and captured their imagination.

邁克爾‧J‧菲奇     魔術師
「每當有人說:『你是一個魔術師』,我們接下來總會聽到這句玩笑話:『那你能把我的妻子鋸成兩半嗎? 』或者 『那你能把我的丈夫鋸成兩半嗎?』 不知為什麼,那個幻象魔術在大家的腦海中根深蒂固,抓住了人們的想像力。」

And this is the man who created the illusion: P.T. Selbit. His real name was Percy Tibbles, but not everyone was impressed with his new trick.


Noel Britten, President of the Magic Circle
It was performed for the first time on stage without an audience to a bunch of agents and bookers, and Neville Maskelyne, who was the owner of one of these – the owner of the very venue the illusion was performed in for the first time, dismissed it.

諾爾‧布里頓     英國魔術圈協會(The Magic Circle)主席

And while this anniversary is a celebration of P.T. Selbit’s creation, it’s worth noting this is very much a two-person trick.

雖然這次週年紀念是為了慶祝 P‧T‧塞爾比特的魔術創作,但值得一提的是,這其實是個雙人戲法。

David Sillito, BBC correspondent
Would I be right in saying that a lot of the work’s going on inside the box?

大衛‧西利托      BBC通訊員

Helen Fitch, Magician
Of course, yeah. All the hard work goes on inside the box. Michael just has to stand there and put some blades in or knives in – he gets the easy part. Yeah, definitely!

海倫‧菲奇     魔術師

Michael J. Fitch, Magician
That’s not true. It’s magic. It’s magic and it’s all me – it’s magic.

邁克爾‧J‧菲奇     魔術師

David Sillito, BBC correspondent
So, is this another example of men doing all the talking, claiming all the glory, while the women do the work?

大衛‧西利托      BBC通訊員

Helen Fitch, Magician
Yeah, it’s always the way, isn’t it? Always the way! It’s always the women who do the hard work. Yeah!

海倫‧菲奇     魔術師

It is, then, a magical landmark. But a hundred years on, it is also perhaps a good time to think about exactly who is doing the magic.



moment 時刻

illusion 幻象

captured their imagination 抓住了他們的想像力

glory 功勞,榮耀

landmark 里程碑


P.T. Selbit created the 100-year-old trick. His real name was Percy Tibbles.