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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Trick Chair for Groundhog Day

The illusionist Paul Kieve asked to build a prop for an illusion in Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. It is a trick chair used in the key transition scene - when the audience witness night turning into day. The scene: Rita gets into bed while Phil's sitting on the edge in his suit - the lights go out, but not completely - the alarm clock sounds and it's daylight - Rita has disappeared, Phil's in bed in his boxers, his jacket hanging on its hook and his trousers appear draped over the back of the chair.

Groundhog Day - chair
Groundhog Day - chair