In early 2012, magician and illusion designer Franz Harary presented the début of a new version of the Standing Sawing, which he christened "Slice-Her", in a special performance in Los Angeles, attended by both magicians and the media. The illusion uses a framework very similar in appearance to that used for the Assistant's Revenge illusion, except that the upper and lower stocks used to restrain the assistant's neck, wrists and ankles are open-fronted, and the waist stock is wider and designed to accept a pair of divider blades.
At the première performance, Harary began by introducing the apparatus, pointing out the restraints designed to hold the assistant's wrists and ankles, and how it was designed to separate into two halves at the waist stock. He also pointed out that the hole in the waist stock is much smaller than usual at just over six inches across, meaning that any assistant who went into the apparatus would have to have a waist of no more than eighteen inches. Harary then explained that, in addition to the illusion, he had also designed a special outfit for the assistant to wear, which ensured that she would fit into the apparatus, and that he'd found a special guest prepared to squeeze herself into it. At this point, he introduced his special guest assistant at the première, country singer Taylor Swift, who walked out onto the stage wearing Harary's special outfit, a tight-fitting blue latex catsuit incorporating a black corset section that cinched her already slim waist down to the required eighteen inches. Harary then helped her into the apparatus, closing the stock around her waist, securing her wrists and ankles with the metal cuffs attached to the upper and lower stocks, and finally using the chain attached to the collar of the outfit to secure her neck in place.
With Swift secured in the illusion, Harary began the performance by turning a wheel attached to the side of the apparatus. As he did this, the upper section of the apparatus began to rise upwards and a gap began to form between the upper and lower parts of the waist stock. Harary continued to turn the wheel, and the upper section continued to rise upwards, taking Swift's upper half with it. As it rose, the watching audience could see between the stocks, where they could see the corset section of Swift's costume now forming an elongated cylinder. When Harary finished turning the wheel, the gap between the two stock halves was two Feet (60 cms), and the audience could see the now almost eight-feet-tall Swift with her upper and lower halves ending at the halves of the waist stock, which were now joined by a two Feet long and six Inch diameter black cylinder. Despite now being two whole feet taller than usual, Swift seemed perfectly happy with the situation, and continued smiling. Harary then began turning the wheel in the opposite direction, lowering Swift's upper half back down into its original position.
With the apparatus halves now back in their original position, Harary took two blades from one of his assistants and, inserting them into the slots in the stock, drove them through Swift's corseted waist, cutting her in half. A chain from a hoist was then attached to the top of the apparatus. Pulling on the hoist chain, Harary began to raise the upper section of the apparatus into the air, separating the now-divided Swift's halves. Swift's top half was raised several Feet into the air, and then swung sideways and lowered onto a supporting frame that had been placed at the side of the lower part of the apparatus. With Swift's division completed, Harary then invited the audience to go onto the stage to take a close look at the apparatus and Swift. The audience spent several minutes examining the apparatus and its divided occupant, talking to Swift and seeing close-up how her upper body ended where her corseted waist entered the tiny hole in the upper part of the stock, now stood on the supporting frame with nothing below it, while her still-moving lower half began at the similar point in the lower half of the stock. Swift chatted happily with the audience about the illusion and what it felt like to be in it, telling them that being squeezed into the corset was far more painful than being stretched or divided, and that she actually enjoyed being in the illusion.
After the audience had examined the apparatus, Harary then used the chain hoist to lift Swift's top half back onto the lower section of the illusion. With it back in position, he removed the blades from the waist stock and released Swift's wrists, ankles and neck from their restraints. Opening the waist stock, he helped Swift out of the apparatus and, to the enthusiastic applause of the audience, they both took their bow.
Although Harary has developed and premièred the illusion to invited audiences, it has so far (September 2012) not been performed publicly.
"As I'd already been sawed in half before, I wasn't too concerned about that part of it because I knew it didn't hurt. What did worry me a little was squeezing myself into the special costume with the corset that took my waist down to 18 inches, and that did hurt a bit. Compared to that, actually being in the illusion was easy. I didn't feel anything at all as I was being stretched and, while I did feel the blades go through my waist to cut me in half, it wasn't actually painful. Seeing people's reactions when my halves were separated was great, and I really enjoyed chatting to everyone when they came up on stage to have a closer look at me. It's a really cool illusion and I enjoyed taking part in it - In fact, I hope I can do it again sometime, because it was a lot of fun to do."