100 Years of Sawing

Book by Mike Caveney
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100 Years of Sawing

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Book by Mike Caveney (125.00)

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A captivating exploration of magic’s most iconic illusion. We're thrilled to be the only magic shop in the world with the exclusive rights to bring you this amazing book.

Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first public performance of the Sawing a Woman in Half Illusion in 1921, 100 years of Sawing is one of the most comprehensive looks at this legendary illusion ever published. You’ll get a firsthand look at this iconic illusion’s rise to prominence as one of the most popular attractions in all of show business, as well as the eventual war it ignited among magic’s biggest names on stages around the world. It is a fascinating tale filled with thievery, backstage intrigue, unhinged egos, and a myriad of lawsuits.

This incredible book was written by one of magic’s premiere historians Mike Caveney, who is also a leading expert on this illustrious illusion. In addition to dedicating more than a year and a half to researching and writing this book, Mike has been collecting Sawing a Woman in Half memorabilia for more than 50 years.

There are 440 pages and 368 color photographs printed on luxurious, heavy art matte paper. Each copy of 100 Years of Sawing also has a full-color dust jacket and printed end sheets.

“‘Sawing’ is one of the most gorgeous, readable, well-researched, interesting, informative, and fun magic books ever published.” John Lovick

“I just finished reading ‘One Hundred Years of Sawing’ and had to write to tell you that I think it’s a masterpiece– absorbing from beginning to end, gorgeously illustrated and impressive in scope. It is obvious that you have spent a lifetime pursuing the story, and I am grateful that you have shared your journey with the rest of us.” Michael Claxton

“I just finished reading every single word of ‘Sawing.’ You’ve written some pretty amazing books, but this one may take the cake. It is absolutely brilliant and I could not put it down. I learned so much and was beyond entertained throughout. Thank you, thank you, thank you for devoting such a significant part of your life to creating this instant classic.” Andy Lansing

“The book is fabulous. There's never been one like it: the history of an effect, placed in historical context complete with biographies of those involved. One would not expect, for example, to find a thorough but concise expose' of the business end of vaudeville, but there it was. It takes a lot of work to produce 'effortless' prose, and you've mastered that. I also found something every two or three pages that made me laugh out loud. So, congratulations on a monumental achievement.” Martin Preston

9in x 12in | Hardcover (w/ Dust Jacket) | 440 Pages | Full Color


Customer reviews for 100 Years of Sawing



Oh wow what a book. This is years of labour and an absolute tome of a book. It is beautifully produced hardback book. The history provided is extensive. Its very well photographed in colour. Its just an absolutely fascinating book. I can't put this down. Absolute work of art. I cannot recommend this more highly. So happy I have this. Get it before it sells out again.



Excellent book. What a fun and informative read. Cannot recommend enough. Hopefully it'll be back in stock soon.



This was a great book to read and then re read. Long history of Magic. Fine style
Thank you Big V! another winner



It's a wonderful book. Thank-you Vanishing Inc. !!!
I received the book in France, 6 days after the order !
And finally, the cost is convenient.
Thank You. I recommend at all the serious magicians. :-)
Maurizio Cecchini
(An italian magician who live in France)



A beautiful tome that is possibly one of the best and most fascinating books on the history of magic. There is such a wealth of information and, indeed, inspiration in this book. If you thought you knew the history of this famous effect, think again. Caveney's research is second to none, leaving me once again humbled by his knowledge and his ability to weave a story as if it were a script for a Hollywood movie.


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  • Prithpal asks: Does the book just cover history or does it also explain how the effect is achieved?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: This covers the history of the effect, some Biography’s & brief details of how the effect is achieved
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