This is a presentation I wrote up for my friend David Baldwin, who has since passed on. I made him a coffin to house the fakir in (I custom painted the Fakir for a realistic look). If you happen to have one of the old Fakir’s laying around you might like this routine and handling;
Here is how I would routine the effect. Story by G. Robinson Jr.
Show the figure and represent it as a temple effigy used by the early Hindu’s to protect themselves in battle. Each warrior had a similar figure fashioned in his likeness. Before each battle, the warrior would take his figure and wrap it in a piece of rice paper which had a secret incantation written upon it. He would recite the incantation as he passed a blade through the figure. If the figure came through the ritual without harm and in one piece, the warrior was sure to succeed and return to fight another day. The cut paper is evidence that the blade did indeed pass through the figure’s body and that the protection ritual was in effect.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Operation: The figure is assembled and comes ready to work. Begin by wrapping the figure in one layer of tissue paper (sample enclosed). You must know where the body is to be divided. Lay the figure flat on its back before you, and press downward on it’s head and feet with your left hand as your right hand pushes the blade through. Pressing on the head and feet will separate the body at the midsection allowing the blade to enter correctly. Try this without the paper and see how it works. Once the blade enters the body, release your grip with the left hand and transfer your grip to his feet only. Hold the figure between your thumb and first two fingers, grasping it just below the knees. Your right hand now continues to push the blade down through the body. Once the blade goes completely through it will stop as it hits the table top. Keep your right hand in place, holding the blade as your left hand pulls up the figure by the legs. Now, separate the paper wrapping and show that it is in two pieces but that the figure is still in tact.