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Zlwin Chew
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This just happened. A magician from China was performing a levitation illusion for a very prestigious and huge event in Korea.

And... the trick went VERY wrong. Big time.

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=gjVABiMsu4w

I am not sure where he bought the illusion from but considering that he is from China, it would be easy to purchase a rip off prop. But I might be wrong.

This is just very bad for magic. Sigh. My friends in my country are circulating this video on Facebook.
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Yes, this is a rip-off of Spontus360 levitation...
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On Dec 3, 2016, Lawrens Godon wrote:
Yes, this is a rip-off of Spontus360 levitation...


I guess this is a good lesson to teach people not to buy rip offs?

Well, unless you are okay with levitating your audience for SIX minutes...
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On the table edge is written: BOTCHER the Magician.
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Who is Botcher?
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Dictionary:
BOTCHER: to perform poorly or ruin through CLUMSINESS or INEPTITUDE (or: incompetent - blunderer - screwup)
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He should have bought the optional DOWN button......
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Looks more like carelessness on his part. He should check the prop before the show. It looks like the reverse switch connections were loose. Also, in a show like that, the director should have blacked out the stage. Or his assistants could have brought a large cloth to cover the mess and bring down the girl.
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Ouch! Perhaps he was trying to set the record for the longest levitation. I guess the job spec only requested "up".

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On Jan 23, 2017, Lou Hilario wrote:
Looks more like carelessness on his part. He should check the prop before the show. It looks like the reverse switch connections were loose. Also, in a show like that, the director should have blacked out the stage. Or his assistants could have brought a large cloth to cover the mess and bring down the girl.


Agreed. Even if this was not something that could not have been caught in pre-performance check, the impact could have been lessened. Not only was his assistant left hanging literally, he was left hanging way too long. There should have been a call to draw curtain (figuratively), block the stage, or otherwise obscure the effect well before this point (I pray the actual television feed cut to commercial well before this).
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I was going to buy the Spontus 360 a while back but was informed by a couple of guys, who own the original, not a copy, that this can happen if you aren't careful.

I never bought it for that reason.
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OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! Emberrasing
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"and these two go in my pocket"
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Wow, that was painful to watch
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Yes, it was painful to watch, but things like this happen and outs are sometimes needed. I feel for the magician, who may nor have known the equipment was faulty, a knock-off or anything of the such.

I used both suspensions and levitations in various shows -- favorites being the Blainey ladder suspension and my completely reworked free standing (no cords) Gail Malenkovich rig. The major ishap I had was luckily only in rehearsal and injured my friend/assistant just before she left for Thailand. I did not pay attention to making an insert properly while moving the prop -- and it slipped -- dropping the whole support mechanism as it popped out and tilted to fall on top of her on the floor. When she returned from her trip it was the one prop she would never work again.

We all, sometimes, get messed up in front of an audience -- large or small. It is good to remember that no one was injure3d, other than the performer's reputation and ego. He also had a learning experience on checkin props well before going on.

A little compassion may be needed, besides warning of potential knock-offs.
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