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Topic: Help to choose a professional levitation illusion
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Jan 19, 2008 11:18AM)
Hello friends. I have more than 15 professional illusions. I have many suspensions, and now its time to add a real levitation in my act. I already have pole levitation, but I need something with [b]no visible support[/b].

I am looking to purchase a levitation illusion (not a a suspension). There are many in the market, examples: Lighter than air, chair, stool, 360, Gamoto (something like that), etc.

I don't like to seat on a chair. I need an illusion that I can remove everything during the effect.

Please help me to make my choice by let me know the good and the bad of the levitations you may own.

Transportation, weight, number of assistants, angles, size, set up time, distance from audiences etc. are the thinks that I don't know about this illusions.

Have it in mind that I perform in big theater but also in smaller venues so, I like a levitation that if is possible, to work everywhere with proper angles.

Thank you very much.
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Jan 19, 2008 11:20AM)
Does anyone has Gamoto levitation? comments ...
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 19, 2008 11:23AM)
Now the search feature works again,
do a Magic Café search,
there are endless discussions about this very topic,
best of luck.

Walt
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 19, 2008 12:00PM)
Magellan Witch & Magellan Solo
Search here and youtube

JF
Message: Posted by: soleil (Jan 19, 2008 12:28PM)
Give us more info - do you need a horisontal or vertical levitation, for you or for your assistant? How much money can you spend on this illusion?
Best,
Soleil
Message: Posted by: Caveat Lector (Jan 19, 2008 12:42PM)
I have used the levi made by Splash and it is great. There is one for sale on Magic Auction.

John
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Jan 24, 2008 06:13AM)
I need a horizontal levitation for my assistand.
Message: Posted by: Hector (Jan 24, 2008 06:18AM)
How about the double levitation by William Kennedy? I go for it. Is not cheap and it is not an small prop, but that´s great!

Good luck!
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Jan 28, 2008 04:28AM)
I need something that is ok to trasport. A horizontal assistand levitaion. Something that doesn't need a huge stage and one day to set up.

Does anyone know anything about what is called gamoto levitation? (something like this)
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 29, 2008 12:31AM)
Godfather, see this whole discussion:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=243330&forum=7&31
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Jan 29, 2008 02:47AM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-19 13:42, Caveat Lector wrote:
I have used the levi made by Splash and it is great.
John
[/quote]

I second that. It really is a clever (and beautiful) piece. Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: j.i.s. (Jan 29, 2008 05:00AM)
What you say about Fechner barsool levitation...is angle proof could be done on any light even in day light and is very very quiet.
JIS
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Feb 2, 2008 05:20AM)
Any more help?
As I said I need a horizontal assistand's levitaion.
What choices I have?

Where I can see gamolo vevitation video?
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 2, 2008 12:16PM)
Geesh! Search the Café,
there are links to three of four Gamolo videos,
not that they are that great,
but they are here!

My new motto:
"Café Members help those who help themselves."
Anyone else wanna join?

Walt
Message: Posted by: Maritess (Feb 9, 2008 06:01PM)
I highly recommend the Magellan Sohi, solo, and the witch, from my own professional experience for angles, portability, and amazement.
Message: Posted by: motivationalmagic (Feb 9, 2008 06:40PM)
The levitation by Splashes Creative is highly innovative, with a unique engineering concept that you would never think of.

It requires no backdrop to hide the levitation apparatus. It uses a base that does not need to be raised two to three feet above the floor. It collapses down and can be transported without a van. It does not require any special lighting, nor any BA fabrics.

It is truly a beautiful illusion, and a wonderfully made prop.
Message: Posted by: Lusion (Feb 11, 2008 01:04AM)
If you are really looking for a Levi to add to your act and for it to be serious I would re3commend Splashes or the double Levi, as for the barstool and stuff like that and the levi's that you rise a foot or two are 'nice' to play with but show the youtube video to laymen and see what their reactions are. If you have to save up I recommend you do and get a Splashes levi or Willie Kennedys Air Time, when it comes to levi's you kinda get what you pay for!
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Feb 11, 2008 03:09AM)
Where I can see a demo of Splashes levitation and
Willie Kennedys Air Time.

Any webpage?

Thanks
Message: Posted by: Lusion (Feb 11, 2008 07:33PM)
You can see the Splashes levi on Ryan Joyce's site or n his Demo Reel for this year.
Message: Posted by: Lusion (Feb 11, 2008 09:54PM)
And the double levi can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCK4Jc-tgtE

That is Jason, he is a member here...Jasonb
nice guy! Ask him about it!
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickens (Feb 12, 2008 12:12AM)
Also, check out my Lullaby levitation. Go to http://www.dickensmagic.com
Girl rises, moves horizontally and rotates. All self-contained in the bed. No backdrop or lighting needs. You can freely move about the girl. Wheel it out and do it.
Message: Posted by: JayH (Feb 12, 2008 01:21AM)
I couldn't find the splashes levi video. Maybe direct link?

Jay
Message: Posted by: motivationalmagic (Feb 12, 2008 12:28PM)
Does anybody know the price range of the Kennedy Double Levi? How about the he Magellan Sohi, solo, and the witch? Just curious...
Message: Posted by: JayH (Feb 12, 2008 01:35PM)
Double levi was as I remember 26 000 dollars. Or then I have had a dream... You will never know...

Jay
Message: Posted by: Sam Pearce (Feb 12, 2008 04:42PM)
Jay,

Ryan does not have the full routine on his site, but there are clips of it in the new demo reel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=getU-VQlTdE

I do have the full routine on video, and I have seen it live. It is really a fantastic prop & routine. Ryan did an awesome job with it!

Please do not ask me to send you Ryan's video of the routine, as it is his work, not mine.

Sam
Message: Posted by: Lusion (Feb 13, 2008 08:26AM)
The Double Levitation runs from 18 Grand and up depending on what Bells and Whistles you want to add to it.
Message: Posted by: Christian Dux (Feb 13, 2008 08:32AM)
Here you can see a demo of
Splashes Ultimate Levitation
performed by Scott Alexander:

http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=sfCUQpQxbdc
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Feb 13, 2008 10:26AM)
Well...a partial demo anyway! FWIW - I though Scott's hoop move was one of the best that I have ever seen!
Message: Posted by: Lucasw (Feb 13, 2008 01:43PM)
Who edited or what program was used to edit Ryan's demo? It looks amazing!

Lucas
Message: Posted by: JayH (Feb 14, 2008 12:14AM)
I think it have been made by professionals. So I think you can't do anything like that in some home office. (If you are not professional :))

Jay
Message: Posted by: Sam Pearce (Feb 18, 2008 06:40PM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-13 14:43, Lucasw wrote:
Who edited or what program was used to edit Ryan's demo? It looks amazing!

Lucas
[/quote]

Ryan does his own work, he is fantastic at editing video!

Not to sure what program(s) he is using, but most of it looks like it was done on a Mac.

Sam
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Feb 19, 2008 12:09PM)
Does anybody has a videp clip of gamolo levitation?
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Feb 19, 2008 12:45PM)
I must also comment that I really enjoted the hoop move Scott used in his demo reel. It is just a small subtle thing but it looks really great. It maks logical sense and that simple moment of rest and pause just adds so much to the routine. I have not seen it done that way and I commend him for his thinking on it. Nicely done.

As a graphic designer, I must also say that Joyce's promo reel is one of the better ones I have seen. VERY well done from a visua and graphic perspective. The merging of sound and video and the graphical type elements really work so well without being overdone. Whoever worked on it did a fantastic job.

Kyle
Message: Posted by: LeeAlex2002 (Feb 19, 2008 01:23PM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-13 09:26, Lusion wrote:
The Double Levitation runs from 18 Grand and up depending on what Bells and Whistles you want to add to it.
[/quote]

The Double levitation is from 12K to 16K tops including cases.
Message: Posted by: meco (Feb 23, 2008 02:39PM)
What about the AGA levitation?

http://hamiltonholtinc.stores.yahoo.net/agalevitation.html
Message: Posted by: Will L. (Feb 23, 2008 08:22PM)
Forgive me if I'm to overt-you have 15 illusions, and your "not" knowledgble of popular levitations ?
Message: Posted by: asianmagic (Feb 23, 2008 10:52PM)
Centerstage, be nice. I'm sure there are people on here who could run circles all around me and you, right? If the guy doesn't know, he doesn't know. That's why we are all here, to help one another along. Some illusionists on here have worked very hard, and they might live in isolated areas where it is very tough to get information. He might be the only illusionist where he lives. Who knows? Always give the benefit of the doubt to another performer before you start casting the first stone. The only dumb question is the one that is not asked -- often enough because of others who sometimes behave as jerks and attack you for asking a question when you honestly do not know the answer.
Message: Posted by: Will L. (Feb 23, 2008 11:38PM)
I reread the godfathers post and he does seem legit, I overeacted, in my attempt to protect the forum from frauds.

Will
Message: Posted by: Bryan Gilles (Feb 24, 2008 12:12AM)
Back on topic, I would highly recommend the levi Splashes makes. Its portable and incredible as far as the mechanics of it. You eliminate the "jolts" you would have with many of the other levitations on the market.

Just my two cents!

-Bryan
Message: Posted by: Will L. (Feb 24, 2008 01:09AM)
What is your price range budget for a levitation ?
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 24, 2008 01:47AM)
I have to agree with Bryan,
Splash's is great looking and great working.
It does take up some room, but less than others,
it is magically logical and pretty amazing to see,
and it will take a bite outa your wallet, but that's quality for you!

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Feb 24, 2008 10:47AM)
First, Thank you all for your posts!

As I said I am intereste to purchase a free horizontal levitation with no vissible support.

Most of the post suggested splash levitation which may be the best.

Unfortunatelly it is little expensive for this moment because I already invest my money in other uniq idea.

I am willing to spend up to few thousans $ for a levitation. Maybe maximum $5 000.

As I know there are:
lighter than air,
gamolo,
360,(problem: litle bog and heavy for everyday use)
Dev Ray Levitation,
Progressive Levitation,
Anton Corradin’s Levitation (problem: needs 4 people to perform.Not only 3)
aga (problem: need special stage and backdrop)
and some more that they don't come to my mind or I don't know.

As I said I need a practical levitation for almost everyday use in different and sometimes strict environment.

If you can please help me and give me some knolege you may have for the illusions I wrote above or other similar levitations so I can make my choice.

From what I belive I have the choice of these 4:
lighter than air,
dev rey levitation,
gamolo,
Progressive Levitation

Do I have any other choice?

What is your choice between these 4 levitations.
(Most important creteria are:
1. to be practical for everyday use,
2. easy to transport
3. easy to set up
4. overall effect)

Thank you All!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Feb 24, 2008 01:15PM)
OK,
…there is no Santa Claus, really….
…there is no Easter Bunny….
…there is no Tooth Fairy….
AND
…There just are no Affordable and Portable Levitation Systems made.

--Because a levitation must be carefully engineered to be safe and effective.
--Because a levitation must be made by skilled and knowledgeable craftsmen.
--Because a levitation must contain complicated mechanisms.
--Because a levitation must be designed to be ultimately deceptive.
Every good one -by necessity is-
larger, heavier, and quite expensive.

In my opinion there are huge, huge drawbacks with ALL FOUR you are considering.

If you will take the time to do a Magic Café search on each,
you will find multiple threads,
dozens of posts,
and many thoughts on these,
along with links to several video or photo examples.

No one has yet been able to produce the “holy grail”
of affordable, portable levitations.
And those now out there are
clumsy looking,
under-deceptive,
and wobbly to say the least.

You’ll literally have invent, design, and engineer one to your specifications,
then have it professionally built for you because,
it does not exist anywhere on the planet right now.

To my mind, if you are serious about adding good magic to your act you have…

Three Options:
1- Save up and buy something of merit like Splashes.
2- Find a good "Suspension", maybe a Blaney instead
3- Give up the idea to trying to do a Human Levitation with limited resources.

In brief:
“Gamolo” and “DevRey” which are similar, with both you need to mask the gimmicks at all times, then you’re stuck standing on a silly box helpless, so need assistants to do all the work for you, she rises a minimal height, and minimally deceptive, with many complaints about smooth working or breakdowns.
“Progressive” very heavy and poorly and unsafely made according to owners.
“Lighter Than Air” is noisy and heavy to transport,
“3-in-1” better maybe, but requires backdrops.

No, you don’t have any other choices with a true levitation because of your criteria:

1. to be practical for everyday use
(then it’s not going to be stable, safe, or smooth)
2. easy to transport
(good levitations are either bulky or heavy by nature)
3. easy to set up
(well engineered illusions being expensive, are designed to set-up well)
4. overall effect
(none of these versions are very deceptive except to a ten-year old)

Yes, some of the above problems can be downplayed
by an extraordinary effort in routining and presentation,
but that is a rare thing to see invested…
There are also threads about this,
if you’ll make the effort to
do a THOROUGH Magic Café or Genii search.

Sorry to be the wet-blanket…
and t to rain on your hopes and dreams,
I wish it were otherwise as well.
But, I’ve been down this road many times over many years,
I’ve researched and examined many models over a long period,
and came to the sad conclusion that
“it ain’t out there”
UNLESS you have the budget, and the means, to use larger heavier props.

Maybe some of us magicians are just not set-up and ready to perform a true Levitation in there shows yet? Maybe we need to stick to what we can afford and transport, and do that very, very well instead?

In my case,
I do one mean “floating ball” instead of worrying about a human for now.
Plus I’m having one --#^(%&*#!@-- of a great Suspension
designed, engineered, and built to my specifications
this year by a skilled pro-builder….
From my experience, that’s my-two-cents,
others may disagree I’m certain.

Magically,
Walt
Message: Posted by: The GodFather (Feb 25, 2008 06:38AM)
Thank you verry much Spellbinder.
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Mar 20, 2008 08:48PM)
Thanks for the compliments on the hoop move. It is based on a Richiardi idea that he used for his Aga levitation. In his version, he almost tosses the hoop from hand to hand. It is the slowing down and speeding up that makes the hoop pass convincing. I have also used a Blaney hoop but there is something about doing it "old school" that just feels nice.

My two cents...the Splashes Levitation is well worth the investment. We did the illuson 5-7 times a night, 5 nights a week, on and off for 3 years at Caesars and never had any problems with it. An added plus is that it is very quiet.

-Scott
Message: Posted by: illuzzionz (Jun 10, 2008 01:34AM)
I got an Airtime years ago. It is a very big setup backstage and you really need good control of your lighting. It isn't going to work for your smaller venues.

If you are still looking, check out Victor Voitka's website for his upcoming 360 levitation. His prices always seems to be really reasonable!
Message: Posted by: j.i.s. (Jun 12, 2008 07:13AM)
I don't understand why Splashes Creative didn't made their Ultimate levitation with 360 rotation because I am sure is possible.
I am sure is very well made it but why didn't put this beautiful move and Victor voitko could ????
Very curious
jis
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Jun 12, 2008 07:46AM)
This is my version of a portable levitation that I perform semi-surrounded. The audience can be on the sides and see nothing.

I designed and made this myself. It all packs flat and is portable. Takes about 10 minutes to assemble. My base is only 2 inches thick.

I use a volunteer because it is more convincing to the audience. Notice also my hoop which is just a common one sold in most toy shops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaAUAr-utLM
Message: Posted by: j.i.s. (Jun 12, 2008 10:10AM)
Anyhow Splashes Creative are vrey known in this busines ...I think they must to think serious to add this 360 move and I am very sure that will sell a lot.
Thank you
Jis
Message: Posted by: RVH Magic (Jun 12, 2008 10:27AM)
Dear j.i.s.,

The reason why splashes doesn't make the 360 move is because it wouldn't work with the system they use.

Kind regards,
Rafael
Message: Posted by: Terry Owens (Jun 12, 2008 10:38AM)
That was nice Lou...
Message: Posted by: JayZee (Nov 8, 2008 11:35PM)
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Message: Posted by: stanyx (Dec 30, 2008 06:10PM)
[quote]
On 2008-02-24 11:47, The GodFather wrote:
First, Thank you all for your posts!

As I said I am intereste to purchase a free horizontal levitation with no vissible support.

Most of the post suggested splash levitation which may be the best.

Unfortunatelly it is little expensive for this moment because I already invest my money in other uniq idea.

I am willing to spend up to few thousans $ for a levitation. Maybe maximum $5 000.

As I know there are:
lighter than air,
gamolo,
360,(problem: litle bog and heavy for everyday use)
Dev Ray Levitation,
Progressive Levitation,
Anton Corradin’s Levitation (problem: needs 4 people to perform.Not only 3)
aga (problem: need special stage and backdrop)
and some more that they don't come to my mind or I don't know.

As I said I need a practical levitation for almost everyday use in different and sometimes strict environment.

If you can please help me and give me some knolege you may have for the illusions I wrote above or other similar levitations so I can make my choice.

From what I belive I have the choice of these 4:
lighter than air,
dev rey levitation,
gamolo,
Progressive Levitation

Do I have any other choice?

What is your choice between these 4 levitations.
(Most important creteria are:
1. to be practical for everyday use,
2. easy to transport
3. easy to set up
4. overall effect)

Thank you All!
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Fabricem (Dec 9, 2009 03:42PM)
I will agree for the stage that Splash creative Levi is great,
but for a better angle and weight I will suggest you " La Junior " from Yogano,
this is a variation of " La Madrid" both from Yogano but the first it's a real levi ( up ,down and a little bit right and left) the second one is just a suspension,
any way both are really easy to carry ( belive me inside a school sack)
but you need a little bit more practise than a classic levi,
fabrice.
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Dec 10, 2009 01:12AM)
I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this on the Café or not... If so in the past it more than likely got taken off....

First of all before I tell you this story,, Bill Smith from Magic Ventures and Chriss Barnes which is also a magic builder in Vegas can tell you that what I'm telling you is true facts..... I have a cassett tape from some phone messages that prove that this isn't made up stuff..
Anyhow the story goes like this... I was living in Vegas around Ten years ago and I lived in vegas for fifteen yrs... I had a Company at the time called DTR Entertainment... I built set designs and Illusions for magicians and Comedians etc..
Carrot Top, Wally Eastwood the Juggler, Kevin James etc... I found out back then that they had this really smart guy and his wife... The names were Bob North and Shelly.... They had a set design company at the time.. I had my own place and learned that it was faster and my products were better when I contracted Bob to do the work.... He had once been hired yrs before to do the building for some of the Lance Burton show thru Bill Smiths Company ...Magic Ventures... Bill Hired him as extra help on the big project, becasue Bill is always swamped doing many projects at one time.... He had a no compete contract with Bob saying that after the Lance stuff is done and when I'm done with your services that you can't just go down the road and start building magic stuff.... Please understand up in till that point him and his wife had only done a scenic design company... NO Magic stuff.. I didn't know anything about the whole deal between Bill and Bob at the time.... SO I'm a little guy in Vegas with my little prop show just trying to make an honest buck... Everytime I would go over to Bobs shop and direct how I wanted something made... Be it a magic prop or a set piece, the customer was blown away... I hated to tell them who really did it or I may loose all of my customers to this guy... I still believe that the builder is only as good as the design that he is building... And if the builder doesn't have a lot of knowlege of magic then he's not going to build the good stuff... So I think that I had a lot to do with why the stuff was so good..... But every magician seems to think that they have great ideas, so as soon as the cat got out of the bag about BOB being this new Genius builder guy ... HE was the go to guy for trying new stuff and he really didn't care what it was,, because you must remember that he's a builder first not a true lover of magic like MYself BIll Smith and most all great Magic builders who really start building magic for the love of it .... THat's why they learn to build in the first place.... Anyhow I didn't know that Bob had an arrangement with Bill.... I just new that Bob and Bill didn't like each other and really didn't know why... Back in those days I really didn't know Bill that well..
Bob is very Machanically involved.... I"m not... I can create something in my head and he normally had the answer before I'm finished telling him about the effect.... SO One day I told him that I had Invented a new Levitation that was to set around eight to ten to tweleve inches off the ground and that this was going to be a two person Illusion...The magician would stand on a table and his wife or girl assistant would lay on the table and that the gimmick that she lays on would be down in the table with the costume hot glued or velcrowed on the bottom of the harness... Gimmick... THe only problem with the effect that I hadn't figured out was how we were going to get a piece of aluminum or a pipe to curve up and bend behind my leg..... I said if you can think of something that could curl up behind my leg and be sturdy enough to lift a girl then we have it............. HE said not being a magic guy... WHy would you want to Levitate a girl off of such a short table and what's the point.... He had seen and worked on stuff for the Pendragons platform levis that were broken or that he was doing a scenic change to these different props and all and he wondered why would this of any importants...... THen I walked his thru every levi that had ever been done... from platform levis to double levis to wire levi to under stage levi etc...
I explained that the Water levi,,, Platform levis.... Brett Levi .... And the really big table platform levis are not really practical for the working Illusionist.... Husband and Wife teams and the normal magic guy with a girl...
The reason that I invented this illusion is because of places like the magicial Empire, Magic Island In TX , the Castle... Stage that don't really have a 20 stage... Platform levis.... OR normally 6 to 8 feet tall and then the magician adds another six foot... So you get the point that a short table and a six foot magician could be levitating his girl in these small theaters or out side for that matter... I wanted a up down switch on the floor so the magician could control it with his foot.... IT would be a two person prop and at worse you could run a large snake cable off stage right with a control box and let the stage hand so the dirty work... I wanted t0 put ful page adds in Magic Magazine and I told him that I wanted the same kinda fee that Steinmeyer gets and that I would help establish his name as a magic builder and try and make him another Bill Smith or John Gaughan... Well he figured out how to make my effect work and no you can't do the 360 system with this gimmick because it would cause the girl to fall off due to gravity and the way this thing is made.... HE told me for over two months that my levi was coming along like wild fire and that it was going to blow my mind.... He was also working on a close up illusion for me at the time that involved some electronics. To make a long story short and to try my best to keep this on the site without getting kicked off..... Well lets just say that he has made around 30 of these with the silver flight ata cases and has sold them world wide.... I move to Texas and slowly started to find out how big this thing was really getting.... I was trying to sell a Brett Levi that I got from a female magician name Sherry Lucas ... THis prop was built by John Gaughan and I was trying to sell it to Rafeal or anyone that wanted it around 8 yrs or so ago... Before face book and all... During my e-mailing people all around the world, most people said I just bought the BOB LEVI at SPLASHES or I'm saving up my money to buy one because it's just so practical..... SO you get my point... I didn't end up being the next Jim Steinmeyer and he did do the add in Magic and used a cruise act to take the photo with my prop,.. IT was suppose to say.... Taylor Reed's Ultimate Levitation... Well the name changed... That would be kinda like Jim Steinmemyer telling John Gaughan yrs ago ... THat I have this effect with a very small table and it has a little folding box and I think we will put a mirror in the back, but I'm just not sure all the details on how to slide the box and all ....And then the builder says.... I"ve got it.... That's why I'm the builder and you are the designer.... Collabarate.....
The first one was sold to Penn Dragon.... HIS was so shakey when the girl went up that people at the Magicial Empire laughed at it and magicians thought that it wasn't that good..... Yes Jonathan did buy and do the first one, but he didn't invent this for sure.... He did design the legs with the round holes and all on the first one.... My friend Tim White designed the current table with the trusses... My vision was just a very thin main stream looking table with the gimmick in it or even attached to the girl already aka like the water levi has been done that way.....The reason that I didn't claim the effect when it went to the Magical Empire was because it got bad reviews and I already had felt bad the way I didn't get my fee, if you know what I mean... SO I chalked it up as a bad effect and a bad deal.... Little did I know after I moved to TX and got away from the daily doings of Las Vegas that BOB was going to improve this illusion and make it smooth sailing... HE did and has sold a lot of these illusion and would have never even thought of something like this without a guy like me who planted the magic seed in his head.... I"M 43 yrs old now and have been doing magic for 39yrs now... even back then ,,, I eat, sleep, dream, think and do magic 24/7....
Magic is my life... I'm not just a bored builder that has to be build a challenge to keep my blood pumping..... I'm a master thinker in our art form and I went to a master builder and then well you know the rest.... God Bless Bob and Shelly...
They are now big star builders in the World of magic doing stuff for Criss Angle and Steve Wyrick and David Copperfield..... But Most magic builders are known for the one effect that made them famous... THe only Illusion that people think of when they think of Splashes is The Taylor Reed's Ultimate Levitation... AKA
The Ultimate Levitation from SPLASHES "Bar NONE"
Name one more illusion that you think of...That's it
All though they have worked on build and done some great work since...
That was the one that put them on the map..... I think they did the trap door table illusion.... But it never kicked off like my deal did... But even that Illusion was designed by a magician... NOT the build... Bob doesn't just sit around and invent tricks or illusions... You are only as good as your last song in the music industry.... THIS illusion was my ORIGAMI or MY ZIG ZAG...
Now if Robert Harbin would have been left out of the title of the ZZ he would not have been a happy guy... IF Steinmeyer would have been left out of the ORIGAMI>>
He would have also been typing this very long story today...
Since this has happen I've had a few people claim that they came up with the gimmick..... Even a guy that once worked for Magic Magazine they said had told BOB about something called the pushing chain.... That would never work because it's way to wobbley..... I have about twenty more cutting edge ideas that are using the newest of technology, but I'm kinda worried about sharring the ideas with builders ..... Well I'll probably die with this stuff in my desk.... SO when I die... Go to my wife and buy all of these books that I have in the basement ...
I have around 300 book hard bound scetch pad books with 200 to 300 pages per book...
Look for those when I'm gone.... It ashame that we can't get this stuff out during our life time... But sometime people just die with the stuff in the desk for this very reason... So next time you see the illusion performed or a photo of the illusion.... I just want you to think of me...........................................................
God Bless you all..
Taylor Reed
Message: Posted by: genemccarthy (Jan 16, 2010 06:38AM)
Great post, Bob.

Ryan Joyce goes a beautifil performance with it. And also he is so creative he designs his own print layouts, edits and produces him own promos, etc. A great guy.

And again Bob, thank you.

gene
Message: Posted by: JohnPizzi (Jan 17, 2010 09:17PM)
Best bang for your buck is the gamolo with some dressing. pm me and ill send you clip