In many magic effects, a magician will apparently destroy an object or person and at the end, the object or person emerges unharmed. In close-up, the magicians will often destroy and restore small objects such as playing cards, coins, pieces of paper and more. In large scale illusions, magicians have been known to saw a person in half and put him or her back together.
Some of the easy tricks here on the site that fall into the category of "destruction and restoration" include:
Cut and Restored String
This easy trick involves shearing a string in half as it resides in a straw and then restoring the string so it's whole again.
Sawing a Lady in Half
Alright, this not a big stage illusion where a magician appears to saw a lady in half. But you can make this version out of an envelope and paper and it won't cost you thousands of dollars. The paper lady is cut and half but emerges unharmed.