It has been tried here in South Africa with sucess.
Here in the Western Cape provence we have the Cape Bee (Capensis)
It is difficult to split the Cape Bee with nurse bees around and unhatched brood.
As soon as brood emerges and no queen is present, then they become laying workers. They also normally tear down any existing queen cells. We have probably the worst kind of bee when it comes to laying workers.
So here we have to try to split with foraging bees.
This method would work well with our bees even if you" stole" foragers from your own apiary.