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Topic: The Magellan Solo Levitation video
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 9, 2008 03:52PM)
NEW Magellan Solo Levitation on youtube!


Video of the new Magellan Solo Levitation is available at youtube!


Thanks for looking,

Message: Posted by: freefallillusion1 (Jan 9, 2008 04:39PM)
Kinda hard to see!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Jan 9, 2008 07:35PM)
Message: Posted by: magicofCurtis (Jan 9, 2008 08:24PM)
Well, I like the idea that it seems to be a mechanical rise....

I am wondering is it possible to not wiggle around so much?
Message: Posted by: semo (Jan 9, 2008 10:14PM)
Hey Curtis,

I'm not quite sure what wiggling your are talking about. It looked pretty clean to me.
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Jan 9, 2008 10:17PM)
I liked it as well.


Message: Posted by: magicofCurtis (Jan 9, 2008 10:30PM)
When he is all the way up it looks like he is trying to keep his balance around 13 seconds...

Also, Can you just walk up and do this or does it require set up? I notice you can walk away...

I think this would be awesome if a magician uses a cloak that wraps all the way around him...
Message: Posted by: videokideo (Jan 10, 2008 12:15AM)
Message: Posted by: johnnymystic (Jan 10, 2008 07:12AM)
Message: Posted by: RVH Magic (Jan 10, 2008 07:22AM)
I'm sure that you can't walk away like that (except on video where you have controle over the angle) and it does require a set up.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 10, 2008 11:36AM)

To answer questions, yes, the end of the video is a bit deceptive, and it was done more to showcase the magic than the features. Yes, you cannot just walk away like that when doing this piece. But, you will figure out a way to get away clean, if you've got any chops at all. Remember, I just received this yesterday from my fabricator.

Setup will depend on your staging situation. I'm trying to imagine what to compare the setup to. Let's put it this way. You might have more success or subtlety setting up before the music starts, as opposed to yelling out, "Look, I'm walking to the center of the stage now!!!" Does that make sense? Imagine loading the Bryce's Screen. It can be done in plain view of everyone as long as they're not aware of what you're doing. If you are conversing with several people onstage before the show starts, and, incidentally, one person is not still there, people just assume, hey, he must have left for a moment.

As magicians, we assume that everyone is watching us like a cat. We could only dream that anyone gave that much of a flip about what we're doing on stage.

And, as for the size of the gimmick and the setup... Anyone calling himself a magician who couldn't find a subtle way to get into position with a prop that is never seen, referred to or exposed... Maybe he's in the wrong racket, I don't know.

I know that I just walk to the center of the stage BEFORE the music starts, and put the gimmick where it needs to be, under the cover of the large black sheet. Then I proceed as shown in the video, with the exception of the walking away, fair enough.

Thanks for the huge support for the Magellan line of levitation products,

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: asianmagic (Jan 10, 2008 06:16PM)
It would be great to levitate without the cloth. Hate that aspect of it.
Message: Posted by: RJE (Jan 10, 2008 07:54PM)
I don't think you can do this without the cloth. After viewing the video, I think it is similar to Icarus and other related levitations in method. I could be wrong.

As Fingers points out though, done correctly, this could be a truly magical moment for your audience.

Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 12, 2008 01:49AM)
Similar to Icarus? Hopefully not from a real life workability standpoint.

Here is new video, day 2, getting better and better...


Thanks to everyone for your input on this project.

Message: Posted by: organicmagician (Jan 12, 2008 08:22AM)
Pretty cool. The second video looks great.
Message: Posted by: Kex (Jan 13, 2008 01:06AM)
Very nice... excellent effect and I can see the impact it would have on an audience! Thanks for posting.

Message: Posted by: Magic Patrick (Jan 13, 2008 10:49AM)
I feel that this is where many of the levitation sellers wrong the magicians. They make it look good but they don't really address the angle problems. If the performance in the video only works for the video then don't show it because no one will use it except CA. Just show how it will work on stage, in a club, or at someone's home. That is if you can. I guess I will only use these types of illusions for photos or deceptive promo video. Just my 2 cents.

Message: Posted by: Darth Ewok (Jan 13, 2008 02:51PM)
After watching both videos I think I have the method figured out. it seems like an idea I had once but never bothered to do anything with. I stopped doing self levitations about a year ago. They're too much trouble and none really look to good to me (except skywalker, but that thing is way too impracticle for repeated use and uncomfortable as heck).
Message: Posted by: The Drake (Jan 13, 2008 03:08PM)
I've got to jump in here and say I am privy to this method. Based on what I know I can tell you it's much more angle proof that the average suspension. Its not a walk around street magic levi but a very portable one for a great "impromptu" self levitation.


Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Jan 13, 2008 04:23PM)
It also looked like a practical method to change those lights bulbs in the chandelier over the table! :P Ever see those things that ceiling painters wear....

At any rate, I give Mr. Fingers a capital E for effort! ;)

Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 17, 2008 01:39PM)

I had a magic consultant friend meet me to work on the Magellan Solo levitation, live. We set up, informally, in a parking lot last night, and I began to set up as if it were a live audience. I did the effect, pretty much as seen in the video, and he was really blown away.

He encouraged me to do more overacting and facial expressions to 'sell' the effect better. I'm normally a pretty laid back, light, comedy type of act, but I could see him grin and nod enthusiastically when I followed his direction.

But, the real treat was the reaction of the group of people at the bar across the parking lot. They stood up and applauded after gasps and expletives during the hovering portion of the presentation. A few came over and wanted to see it close up, roughly ten feet away, and I went for it. The reaction was even greater and more real to them!

This is for real! We were concerned about the real world reaction to this, possibly being 'too perfect' and forcing the spectator to figure out the secret, since the impossibility can sometimes drive people through the 'only door that is left to go...' But, they didn't seem to go there. The effect on a lay audience is completely devastating!

My friend just grinned widely, watching the reactions and gaping disbelief. I have NEVER seen a reaction to live magic like what we experienced last night. I'm not really a big illusionist kind of guy, but I've always had a huge love for floating lady suspensions and levitations where there was no difficult stage rigging, setup or curtains. This has exceeded all of my expectations.

The setup and cleanup issues have been addressed with hours and hours of rehearsals and consultations with Scott Emo, and I can truly say that this is a mature concept and an extremely impactful prototype, with more to come.

I am awaiting delivery tomorrow of the 21" high version of this effect. The one done last night and on the youtube video was 15", and the response was excellent. I expect the 21" rise to be nothing less than exponentially more mysterious to the audience.

Hopefully, the next videos won't freak the Café viewers out with my heavy, theatrical 'selling' of the effect, but the live version with audience response should justify and vindicate the more overt facial expressions and acting.

I feel that this will be a huge boon to the house party market. Of course, this will be a hit on stage and parlor, but the vertical nature of this levitation makes it fit into the corners and walkway areas of a living space much more realistically than a classic horizontal suspension. And the reaction is much greater to this than my walkaways and Super-X's. The angles are just as clean, if not better, than the most popular walkaways being promoted heavily at this time. The ability to perform this out of the corner of a room or from an open area is just incredible and almost too good to imagine!

The engineering, prototypes, reworkings and thought that have been put into the prop are paying off in so many ways. Some 'features' have been stumbled upon, others intentionally designed into the piece. The R&D and problem solving that have gone into this have been expensive, time consuming and, yet, so gratifying and natural. This is organic magic!

There are a few adjustments that have to be made in the current design for tweaking, but, overall, I am thrilled with what has been achieved.

Thanks for your interest in this project,

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: Maritess (Feb 9, 2008 05:49PM)
Very effective levitation and shocking to see in person. totally different and original concept of levitation. I highly recommend this. I am going frantic with the posts because I just ordered a solo after weeks of really thinking about it and I'm happy that I ordered it finally, after travelling to Vegas and LA and seeing and hearing what I have about this product.
Message: Posted by: jcmagicman (Feb 9, 2008 06:42PM)
Nice levitation. Jimmy you have definitely pushed the envelope on levitations. I can't wait to see your Bermuda levi released. I'm already saving up to add this one as my closer.
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Mar 16, 2008 11:11PM)
Any news on the Bermuda levi, how far along it is?
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Mar 17, 2008 09:54PM)
Hi everyone,

I'm working on the logistics of the Bermuda, and in the process of trying to make it plausible for different people with different physical characteristics.

However, from what I'm hearing about the sales of the Sohi and feedback from the purchasers, it's a real hit.

At this point, the Sohi is a finished, verified product, and due to the complexity of the Bermuda, I am really trying to over engineer it.

Thanks for your inquiry,

Message: Posted by: Jbayer (Apr 18, 2008 07:58PM)
I love the way Sohi looks! I don't have one yet, but I want one badly, considering purchase in a few months. I think I have the method pinned down, but, as for the set up and clean up go, I am concerned. Do you have any footage of an actual performance, start to finish?
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (May 5, 2008 12:34PM)
Unfortunately, I will no longer be building the Magellan Sohi illusion for sale. The cleanup and the size have made it prohibitive for use in most real world performance situations, and it's only real value is as a stage illusion. However, the difficulty finding a welder to build these has been another huge obstacle. The welders are quite unreliable, and they seem to have no concept of a deadline or an agreement on their fees.

That being said, the exciting news is that the Magellan Solo has risen again, somehow, from the ashes. I've made some adjustments and some improvements to make it the more stable, workable solutions of the three Magellan props. I've been getting rave reviews from my Research and Development team, and the Solo seems to be better hidden, better transported and better received.

When performed for the same audience that had seen the Sohi previously, they thought that it was the same effect. They noticed no difference, even when confronted with the 6" height difference.

I would like to change the pricing of the Solo to $995 in an attempt to stimulate sales and a possible renewed interest. The thousand dollar mark seems to be the price point for this type of illusion.

Thanks for your interest,

Message: Posted by: jcmagicman (May 6, 2008 02:33AM)
Hi Jimmy,

How long does it take for this product to be delivered?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 6, 2008 05:20AM)
The second video would be much better, in my opinion, if the dropping of the cloth at the top of the levi was more "random" (for lack of a better word). Looking down as the cloth is dropped makes it look like you're making sure something doesn't show...

Otherwise, nice idea, and much better than earlier videos I have seen.
Message: Posted by: Paulo Cabrita (May 6, 2008 08:36AM)
I don't like this "levitation" method. It's not very clear...

Message: Posted by: semo (May 6, 2008 09:14PM)

The looking down or random look is all about the acting. You can do this without looking, or make it look as casual as you like. You can glance down or just sneak a peak. You can also play it off as focusing on your feet as you can't believe that you are actually floating. It all depends on what you are going for. This effect looks great and plays very well.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (May 15, 2008 10:59PM)
Hi everyone,

Scott has made his presentation of the Magellan Solo levitation "The Dream" available on youtube video, accessible through my website at http://www.jimmyfingers.com/magsolo.htm

Scott has put quite a bit of time and effort into the Magellan projects. In fact, he was the first person to ever build, see and use a Solo version of this effect, and it has become the cornerstone of the Magellan line. His participation in this project has been a real joy, and I would never hesitate to make him a consultant on any endeavor that I attempt. I just wish that he liked mentalism more, then I could bounce all sorts of stuff off of him!

Thanks again, Scott, your work is appreciated.

Message: Posted by: MAGICofSeth (May 16, 2008 04:17PM)
Nice Job, Scott!

Maybe doing a floating effect while floating would work well with that presentation?
Message: Posted by: semo (May 16, 2008 05:56PM)
Thanks Seth. I actually thought about that when I was setting up the routine for this. It could be done, but I decided do an object float first, then a self lev as kind of a 1-2 punch, as I thought it might be stronger.

I want to thank Jimmy for creating such a masterpiece. This effect is really great, and one of the most practical smaller stage illusions for levitating on the market. It can play in a living room, on a small stage (like the one in the video) or a large stage. As you can see, I really love this effect. And the extra effort Jimmy has put into the details of this design is incredible.

There were a few problems with the video, but I finally decided to put it out there for you guys to take a look.

First, it was not my camera, and the camera person (a layman) was watching ME instead of the shot (I guess she got into the moment, which is great, but...). So there was an audience member's head in the way of the feet reveal. You can see part of it on the film, but it is covered a bit by the head in the front row. Hearing the audience reaction during the rise was just incredible. Of course I couldn't hear them when I was performing it, but on the tape, you heard "OMG", and "No way!". It's really powerful stuff.

For the record, it's not the best performance of a floating bill that I have ever done since we had some tech difficulties and an overhead light came on off cue, potentially allowing viewing of something the audience shouldn't see (cough...IT..cough). I had to react to the situation and create a shadow between my body and the light to cover the dirty work, which reduced my range of motion. So the bill floated, but it seemed very constrictive. It went off OK. Better that than exposure, I guess.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jun 17, 2008 01:20AM)
Magellan Solo/Witch/Magellan update:

The Magellan line of levitations has evolved over the last few years into a very viable, exciting piece that is finally reaching the potential that it hinted at so long ago when the Magellan Witch was first presented on youtube by Maritess and myself.

A few posts earlier, I documented the de-evolution of the Sohi/Solo siblings. This has paid off tenfold!

Maritess has been a huge proponent, even several years ago when I had given up on the original Witch prototype and concept.

Ironically, Maritess is the person who may help to put an end to the production of the Magellan Witch that she popularized.

While talking on the phone this afternoon, Maritess and I compared thoughts on the possibility of the Magellan Solo gimmick being used for a two-person presentation. The meeting of the minds created an almost instantaneous revelation.

Mentioning this idea to Scott Emo produced nothing but kudos. The sheer simplicity of the method, plus the huge stage visual in his mind was nothing less than breathtaking! Hopefully, he'll be able to come here and share some of the enthusiasm that has been re-injected into this project.

The Magellan Solo gimmick, in it's current state, will remain pretty much unchanged. But, the new optional routine will probably overtake the Magellan Witch to the point of its demise.

If you recall, the Magellan Witch featured a magician with an assistant standing in front of him. The magician placed his arms on both sides of her, and held a sheet in front of her. As he raised the sheet, she was seen to rise, eerily, until she was almost two feet higher. At this point, the sheet was whisked away, and she was seen floating, vertically standing, in mid air. The cloth was brought in front of her again, up to her chin, and she was slowly, visibly lowered back to the floor, where she was able to walk away.

The idea that came up this afternoon while speaking with Maritess was simple. Do what was described above, but the magician would walk away from the girl floating in mid air. As it hit us, we realized that there would need to be no change in the Solo gimmick, and that the effect would be startling and much easier to transfer in and out, due to the new 13 pound gimmick and the variety of load in/load out options available currently.

So, now the Magellan Solo is no longer a one-man effect, but, potentially, a two person effect (I am way too excited about this piece to even begin to imagine any more than a 2-person routine!)

I am considering the withdrawal of the Magellan Witch, as well as the name 'Solo' due to the expanding capability of the current 'Solo' prop. I am considering just calling this the Magellan Levitation from now on.

I will be posting video soon of the new lower profile 'Solo' as it was called before. The presentation can be accomplished in several ways. Entrance has been simplified with two discreet methods that are so good that I switch between them in different venues where one might work better than the other. If the performance area is large enough in a house party, I will just begin with the gimmick on the stage. If there is limited space in the house party, or if a traditional stage has wings to enter from, I will use the other method of entering.

Exit has been enhanced, as well. It occurs in two stages, and the subtlety is easily as effective as the entrance, but totally different. Delicate handling of the apparently empty cloth leaves no doubt that they've just witnessed a miracle!

Sales are picking up on this unit, and I have them in stock, so the wait is not as much of an issue as before. Soon, I hope to be cutting these out with a CNC machine, giving these a museum/jewelry store quality. These pieces are gorgeous, working, functional pieces of art. Ironically, I see these on the shelves of collectors and enthusiasts, on display, although the piece is meant to never be seen in performance.

A few people on this forum, mostly owners, have seen pictures of the newest Magellan levitation, and they might attest to the beauty and incredible functionality of this truly versatile utility prop.

I am having a difficult time finding assistants to film the new use of this piece, and, as a result, I don't have any video quite yet. If you've seen me on youtube, you know that I'm not shy about posting video of the the Solos and other projects that I'm working on. If I could just find a girl around here to rehearse and video this illusion, I could show everyone what I'm talking about.

In the new 2-person routine, the assistant requires rehearsal and an acquired 'knack' to execute the exhibition stage of the levitation at it's height. But, if she poses as if she's in a hypnotized state, as was the assistant in the original video of the Magellan Witch, she will be much more capable of a smooth transition to the exposed position in mid air.

Kenneth Havard also added touches that would increase separation between the performer and the assistant.

I am excited about the prospects of this new use of the Magellan levitation concept. We've said it before... there is no limitation to the uses of this prop, and that has proven to be true once again. The uses are boundless!

Thanks for the solid support!

Message: Posted by: semo (Jun 23, 2008 04:48PM)
It looks like Jimmy has uploaded another video called "The Magellan Levitation, Real World Handling":


This performance video shows how you can enter and exit cleanly doing the Magellan Levitation in a living room setting. Nice work Jimmy.

And I have to say, given the post above, allowing a levitation of an assistant really opens up many possibilites for this effect. So rather than just you having the power to levitate yourself (as in the video link), you can hypnotize your assistant and do a vertical levitation of them, as you step away showing a full body float.

Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Aug 19, 2008 10:42AM)
Hi everyone,

I've removed the outdated vids of the Magellan levitations from public view, and I have the updated Magellan Master levitation posted.


The angles are great on this. In a few days I may be doing video of the side angles to show the true, real-world effectiveness of the concept.


Message: Posted by: WayneCapps (Sep 9, 2011 02:04PM)
I just received my Megellan Master Levitation yesterday and was very excited to get started playing with this thing. After a couple of hours of playing with it, here is my review.

I have been wanting one of these for a while but was hesitant because I just didn't know what the gimmick was and quite frankly, times are tough and it is expensive. All I know is I loved the video of Jimmy performing it. So, I decided to take a chance on it and honestly after playing with it, I love it and just can't wait to try it out on a live audience. Jimmy's customer service was top notch. He answered my question and delivered the product right away. I was very impressed because in this business you just don't find that a lot. When it came in, all I could say is wow, this thing is bullet proof and built very well. You can tell a lot of though has been put into it and it is designed very well.

What you get is exactly what you see Jimmy doing in the video. The angles are a lot better than I expected so I am very happy with it and highly recommend it.

At first I was a bit concerned with all the comments concerning the physicality or slight of body comments and I thought it would take LOTS of practice. Of course, I plan on practicing until, I feel like it is perfect. After an hour of working with it, I was starting to get the hang of it. I pulled out my iphone and shot a quick little video just to send to my friend to show him how cool it is. So, I thought I would post the link on here to show you guys what can be done after just an hour of playing with it. Keep in mind, it is a practice video and I was not worried as much with my showmanship as just demoing it for a friend. I think this thing is so good, I wanted to share with the community. I want to stress this is just after playing with it for a while! It is a private link and I will remove it after a while. Enjoy


So, I love it and if you are thinking about picking one of these up, I recommend it!
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 9, 2011 02:54PM)
Thanks for sharing the link Mr. Capps! I posted some comments on the clip.
Have a wonderful day!
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Sep 9, 2011 07:33PM)
Great job, Wayne! I have one of these and love it. Pretty amazing that you got it up to speed so well in only an hour.
Message: Posted by: WayneCapps (Sep 9, 2011 07:44PM)
Thanks... Still lots of work to do to take it public but I love it. I also included the cheesiest music I could find.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Sep 10, 2011 12:32AM)
Wayne! Great work for only an hour or so. My colleague and I have been working on a few moves and tweaks, PM me and I'd be happy to share them with you. More work will turn a great piece into a true miracle, so keep on keeping on.

I agree, Jimmy is a great guy, tops with caring for his clients, and has developed and perfected something unique and wonderful!

Message: Posted by: semo (Sep 13, 2011 11:23PM)
Nice work, Wayne with just an hour of practice. Love this illusion.
Message: Posted by: yosef_dov (Sep 16, 2011 10:00AM)
I tried watching the video, and it says "This video is private. Sorry about that." :(
Message: Posted by: WayneCapps (Sep 16, 2011 11:54AM)
Sorry, I took the video down. I just wanted to show that it was a lot easier to perform than I thought it would be(by reading earlier posts). It was just one of the earlier practice vidoes and I just wanted to show the community that wow, this looks really great, even when you just start working with it. My PM box filled quickly with, don't look down, turn your head this way or that, drop the curtain this way or that. I know the comments were well meaning but I learned a lesson, don't post a video (even a private one) unless your performance is flawless and as good as you can get it. When I started looking into the ML, there was a lack of video performances out there to look at and study. The purpose of the quick little video was to show folks on here who may be on the fence about picking this up that this thing is easy, practicle and not as hard as some of the posts lead us to believe. I think it is a fantastic illusion and what you see when Jimmy does his performance is what you get!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Sep 17, 2011 11:42AM)
See my PM (yes, another)
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Sep 17, 2011 07:15PM)
Hi Jimmy,

I want to try this with my female assistant this time. I guess she needs to wear flat shoes for it. I hope you can make another video performance of it. Thanks!

Message: Posted by: Pambalini (Oct 4, 2011 11:20PM)
Since this topic has resurfaced, I thought my comments would be welcomed. Almost two years ago I spoke with Jimmy regarding his new levi. Nothing but praise for his communication skills in dealing with a new customer. He backed up everything we discussed. His levi arrived on time and lived up to all of my expectations and his claims. We used a relatively unknown young magician who worked with the product for a very short period of time prior to performing it at a special fundraising event I chaired. After his performance, there wasn't one person who stopped talking about what they just witnessed. To say the least, it was a great investment for my organization and it paid large dividends. I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in self-levitation.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Mar 20, 2013 12:07PM)
Thanks for the nice words! I stopped doing strolling gigs mostly due to the effect that this piece has on an audience.