It’s time to shove through the thickset magic prop to find the Ultimate Penetration Frame secret hiding behind the wooden slider.
All you see is the wooden chunk, and not the key part of the effect which is the plexiglass or clear acrylic sheet.
I am not poking holes (forgive the pun) in this Ultimate Penetration Frame.
In fact, in the magic forums, the magic enthusiasts have largely (forgive the pun again) commented on the massive size of the wooden frame.
After I have deduced how the trick is done, I understand why this prop needs to have a broad and thick wooden frame, particularly the wide 3-hole slider.
Before I penetrate into the secret of this closeup magic apparatus, let me say this:
Disclaimer: I DO NOT own this Ultimate Penetration Frame by Magic Wagon, and I do not know exactly how the trick is done.
As usual, I would backup my views with supporting visual proofs taken from the video clip, and pictures of the prop.
To avoid copyright infringement, I avoid using images copied from the websites.
Let’s begin by checking out the effect of Ultimate Penetration Frame by Magic Wagon:
The performer shows a wooden frame with a sheet of plexiglass.
A wooden slider with three holes is slipped over the frame and pulled to the center of the plexiglass.
Three brass rods inserted through the three holes.
Then the performer pulls all the brass rods out and removes the slider to reveal that the sheet of plexiglass is completely undamaged.
This is the video of the penetration trick:
Ultimate Penetration Frame Secret
Note: When I say LEFT in the following explanation, I mean YOUR LEFT, as you view the video or the pictures.
My challenge in probing this trick is there is only one video clip available and it is framed in medium long shot.
But fortunately, there are some pictures from various websites which are helpful.
Anyway, let’s get into the creative frame of mind, and poke around to get to the mystery of this penetrating magic trick.
Just as I have written in my last article “Impossible Glass Penetration Trick Secret“, in many cases, one has to move the obstacles for the magic to happen.
Watch magician David Sandy performing the Through Steel trick.
Effect: This popular one-man illusion where a steel plate is slotted into the stand with the doors closed in front, and curtains on each side.
The magician steps behind the plate, and he appears to walk through the steel plate.
For this penetration illusion, the obstacle which is the steel plate has to move or give way.
Secret: On one side of the frame which holds the steel plate is fixed with spring hinges.
Yes, the steel plate is actually like a swing door.
The magician discreetly grips on one side of the steel plate usually under the guise of adjusting the curtain rods.
At this juncture, it needs a bit of misdirection.
Then as he steps forward, he let go of the steel plate behind him.
It will automatically swings onto his back torso because of the spring hinges.
The steel plate will keep following closely against his back, as he slowly steps out of the stand.
In this video from 1:12 you can see magician David Sandy’s left hand secretly gripping onto the steel plate, while talking to the audience.
While still holding onto it, he walks into the middle of the prop.
At 1:16, you can clearly see him adjusting the spring-back steel plate on his back.
After viewing the video clip a few times, this is what I think how the trick works:
The Ultimate Penetration Frame secret is you need to shift the plexiglass.
Two pieces of plexiglass, to be exact.
The principle is similar to Tenyo T-114 Wonder Window invented by Shigeru Sugawara.
Related: If you still do not know the plastic Tenyo Wonder Window trick secret, check it out here.
In the beginning of the video, I noticed the performer DOES NOT show us the the side view of the right frame and the bottom frame.
He does shows us the back view of the frame and I noticed there is a C-shaped raised section on the left frame.
You can see it clearer from here.
Look for the third picture.
Zoom in and you can see the raised section at the left side of the frame (at the top and the window).
Here is another much clearer image from here.
I would talk about this elevated part of the frame later.
This is the claim made by its ad:
…the trick seem impossible is that the frame is only 1 inch wider than the actual size of the glass…
This is the most intriguing part of this trick.
When you shift the window plexiglass to the middle, its width would definitely exceed the width of the whole frame.
In other words, one side of the plexiglass must be outside the frame.
In the video, the performer conveniently uses his left hand fingers to cover it, while it is holding the frame.
I will show you the overshot plexiglass shortly.
As I have just said, there must be a gap or an opening on the side of the right frame to allow the plexiglass to slide out.
Sure enough, I found it in one of the pictures from a website.
Click here and look for the fourth picture.
Zoom in and you can see the slot on the side of the left frame.
The Glaring Evidence
To prove to you the plexiglass really extends out from the side of right frame, here are three scenes captured from the video.
You can see the glare reflected on the plexiglass between his third and fourth finger of his left hand.
Note: To see it clearer, slow down the playback speed to 0.25.
This captured image is taken from the video at 0:52.
The second time is at 0:56
Then at 0:58 you can see it very clearly the reflection on the plexiglass for the third time.
Obviously, my guesstimate is clearly correct.
There is another clue which confirmed the overshot plexiglass is the vent or slit found in the stand.
After the slider is slipped into the frame, you can perform the penetration trick with the stand provided.
Hidden inside in one of two upright slots, there is a vent to accommodate the extended plexiglass.
To view the vent at one of the slot of the stand, click here to the view the first picture.
Zoom in to the stand and look inside the right slot, and you can see the narrow vent or slit.
The Big Hidden Secret
Now, let’s take a close look at the key Ultimate Frame Penetration secret.
Remember this is my version of how this trick works.
As I have already mentioned earlier, there are TWO sheets of plexiglass.
The one within the frame window (Plexiglass 2)as we can see it.
Then there is another less wider piece (Plexiglass 1) concealed inside the left frame.
It is slightly overlapping.
They are fastened together with a short foldable metal bar at the top and the bottom.
This short metal strip is pivoted on both plexiglass.
In other words, the Plexiglass 2 can be folded in and out.
See the illustration below:
When the slider moves to the center of the frame, it secretly drags both pieces of plexiglass towards the right side.
Now the concealed plexiglass (Plexiglass 1) is out from the left frame with its right edge hidden inside the slider.
Simultaneously it also pulls the window plexiglass along (Plexiglass 2).
See illustration Pix B above.
The gap between Plexiglass 1 and Plexiglass 2 is blocked by the slider.
In fact, the gap is quite wide, and that’s why it needs a broad slider.
Yes, that is the gap where the three brass rods go through.
Once the show is over, the slider is drawn back to the left frame.
This will pull the smaller plexiglass (Plexiglass 1) back inside the left frame, and the window plexiglass (Plexiglass 2) is folded back in place.
I admit I do not know the actual type of mechanism of shifting both plexiglass of this apparatus.
It could be the bottom plexiglass edge is fixed with a sprung roller catch.
The catch is inside the bottom of the slider.
That is why the performer is carefully making sure the catch is at the bottom the slider, before he slots the frame into it.
Then he straightens slider over the left frame.
Once it is properly locked in place, he uses his thumb and index finger to grip the slider and drags it across.
Watch this sequence here.
Then at the end of the trick, he pauses at the left frame, before he pulls out the slider from the frame at 1:22.
This is to ensure both plexiglass are properly drawn back to their positions.
Raised C-Shaped Frame
Remember there is this raised part on the back of the frame which I highlighted earlier?
I think this elevated C-shaped piece acts as a stopper for the slider.
It is to ensure the both plexiglass are precisely positioned in the middle of the frame.
At the same time, it also prevents the problem of over-sliding both plexiglass.
This is my Ultimate Penetration Frame secret that might not what it’s cracked up to be.
I just give it a crack and see whether I could penetrate the secret hidden in this bulky apparatus by Magic Wagon.
By the way, there is this 1940 book where you can find many a couple of penetrating tricks with handkerchief and the famous Penetrable Silk by Spalding.
You can read the whole 82-page e-book online, without even have to download it.
Disclaimer: I do not own or published this book on this site.
They are from third-party websites.