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20 February 2012

William Shatner, The Pendragons and what went wrong?

In "1988",  William Shatner hosted a live magic show, it was a tribute to Master Magician and Escapologist Harry Houdini, and appearing on that show were the amazing Pendragons - if you've never seen their act then you've missed a treat.

 On this show they were performing their incredible version of Harry Houdini's "Metamorphosis". This is a trasposition effect between to people. The assistant is locked inside a large trunk, often in a sack, restrained with handcuffs and rope etc. The magician stands on the trunk and holds up a curtain that will momentarily conceal his whole body. When the curtain is lowered the magician is seen to have been replaced by the assistant. Houdini took 7 seconds to make the transposition happen but The Pendragons (Charlotte and Johnathan) do it in less than 4 seconds. It's a amazing trick.

But what went wrong at the end? Watch here as William Shatner (Captain Kirk from Star Trek) explains, to Dick Clarke on his"Friday Night Surprise" show, why Mrs Charlotte Pendragon wouldn't come out of the trunk...




 

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