Saturday, February 28, 2015

Walter Zaney Blaney Ladder History

Walter Blaney is an amazing guy. I've had the honor of talking to Walter a couple times on the phone, though I've never met him in person. He is quite the character and a wonderful person. He is best known for his Ladder Levitation which was a fooler when he created it in the 1960s and is a fooler still today.

Personally, I also love his take on the sawing a lady in half illusion*. I found a video online which is a 30 minute documentary style video of the history of the Ladder Levitation. You've got to watch it! One of the coolest things on the video is the miniature mock-up that Walter built before creating the large scale version. The miniature version works just like the large one and it too is amazing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Enjoy The Incomparable Walter Zaney Blaney!


If you'd like to see the Sawing a Lady in a Half-Blaney Version, this wonderful effect is also captured on a video. This is the link The Sawing effect is about 7 minutes 20 seconds into the video. But watch the whole thing because Walter is great during the whole video!

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