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Topic: The Magellan Sohi levitation
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 24, 2008 12:47AM)
Please see youtube for the latest in the line of Magellan principle levitations. The Magellan Sohi (pronounced so-high) allows for an almost 2 foot rise, literally putting the performer's head against the ceiling!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwYMbJchyGo

Finally, I could find a studio, but not the girl. Story of my life, right?

I am pleased in most ways with this illusion, but there are still some obvious kinks to work out. Overall, the effect on the audience and the responses to this are worth the tradeoffs.

Thanks for your interest in this ongoing project. Next, the Magellan Bermuda, where the the cloth is pulled completely aside, and there is nothing to be found. I'm getting my welder right on this one. I am not kidding, this is not a joke.

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Jan 24, 2008 06:14PM)
Now I have to see that, and if so, I'm buying. Bring on the Bermuda!
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 25, 2008 12:30AM)
Hi, thanks for your enthusiasm and interest.

There has been a change in the concept of the Bermuda, based on the success of the Sohi, as seen above.

Imagine, the Sohi video above, but half way up, about 10 inches, the magician reaches down and pulls the cloth aside, just like a curtain, and the feet are seen without the attachment seen in the above video. Then, the cloth is dropped back down again, and the magician rises up the rest of the way, almost a full two feet, as seen in the Sohi video.

So far, this is only on blueprints, but if my instincts are correct, as they've been pretty good on the other Magellans, the Bermuda is going to be a really interesting, incredible effect.

Thanks for your interest, and please feel free to contact me with questions and comments.

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 25, 2008 01:08AM)
Smooth looking levitation. Does it allow for less than a full two foot rise? Us tall guys sure wouldn't want to go through the ceiling.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 25, 2008 01:47AM)
Hi Photius,

Well, the rise is about 21", but the rise is not really adjustible on the one in the video. I could make a smaller one, but, of course, different ceilings are different heights, so mileage may differ.

The Magellan Solo, shown in the other videos found on youtube under that title, is a much more compact, easier transported and portable version with a 15" rise. Their jaws drop with the Solo, but not quite as far as with the Sohi. Also, the Solo can be done on carpet, whereas the Sohi requires a hard, flat surface.

With the Solo, you can change light bulbs... With the Sohi, you can break them!

Thank you for your interest!

JF
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jan 25, 2008 09:02PM)
Criss Angel's got nothing on you!

Jim
Message: Posted by: donkeys and waffles (Jan 26, 2008 03:55AM)
Looks real nice !
Message: Posted by: LeeAlex2002 (Jan 27, 2008 04:48PM)
All of these have been released within a very short space of time.

Any release date for the Bermuda?
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jan 27, 2008 11:45PM)
Hi Lee,

Thanks for your inquiry. I would not want to release a piece before it's time, and that's the case with the Magellan Bermuda.

The reason that there have been so many released so quickly is due to the vastly different potential uses for the Magellan concept. All are a similar method for economically achieving the holy grail of upwardly rising bodies, apparently without support.

No date yet. Keep an eye on this here and youtube for more info.

Thanks for your interest,

Jimmy
Message: Posted by: Maritess (Feb 9, 2008 05:46PM)
I performed the witch levitation for YouTube, and I love it. I got 67,000 hits on my link just for that illusion. I saw Jimmy perform the solo and I HAD to get one for myself. I'm expecting it to arrive in New York next week. I am so excited to get it!!!!
Message: Posted by: jcmagicman (Feb 9, 2008 06:54PM)
I have a few questions on this illusion. Does it require music to mask any noises? How close can spectators really get without exposing the gimmick?
Message: Posted by: semo (Feb 10, 2008 07:21PM)
I have a Magellan Solo and plan to premier it on Friday as the closer of a show. I will be using music, but it does not require music to cover anything. I'll be on a raised stage (18 inches). The spectators in the front row will be in chairs (their eye level to about my knees as I'm completely levitated) about 5 feet away from me. The angles are good as well. It is a magic theater setting, so my angles are like if I was in the middle of a clock and the hands were at 10:10. You can see a picture of the stage at the bottom of this link: http://www.themagicgarage.net/

I'll let you guys know how the performance goes.
Message: Posted by: owln_1 (Feb 10, 2008 07:57PM)
Where can you buy one, get plans for, or who might carry it for purchasing? Owln_1
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Feb 10, 2008 10:27PM)
You can purchase all at jimmyfingers.com.
Message: Posted by: dove-boy (Feb 11, 2008 09:07AM)
Hi Jimmy Fingers :)

So happy to see you here :)...Don't know if you still recall...About 11-12 years back...you made a gimmick (Fire from Finger) aka Lighter painted with Flesh tone with a metal 'c' grip...& you invited (think about 10-12 magicians) to test this product...I am one of the beta testers...I am so surprised you really send to me FOC all the way to Singapore....Thanks again....The gimmick is a brillant idea...It will be great if you list on your website to sell again :)

BTW Just a question on your levitation: If we are doing it for a birthday party setting, setting up is not a problem because we have spiderbackdrop & the cloth with gimmick can be on the floor.......But can you advise AFTER the float....Can we pick up the cloth with the gimmick & hand to assistant or how to get rid of the gimmick with the black cloth on the floor if we can't pick up naturally.....or it can be done? Thanks for the reply :)

Warmest Regards :)
doveboy a.k.a Joe Yu(Singapore)
Message: Posted by: semo (Feb 16, 2008 07:53PM)
I promised a report of the Magellan Solo Levitation. I performed it last night at The Magic Garage, as a closer to the hour long magician variety show. I started the act with a short floating bill routine but floating a bill was not enough. I moved into doing the Magellan Solo and it killed. The comments I got after the show were things like "That was incredible" and "I saw Chris Angel do that on TV once, but I never imagined I would see that live" and "OMFingG! (with a huge thumbs up).

With the Solo, you reach a slow levitation height of about 16 inches high. I was on a raised stage, so it looked even higher. I was able to turn slightly left and right, kind of like you see in the movie "Hang 'em High" when Clint is hanging from a tree. But in this case, the invisible rope appeared to come from my chest pulling me skyward. The slight spin really helped sell the effect.

Then you reveal your feet after you have levitated to maximum height. I could hear gasps above the music. I used a drum heavy tribal techno type of song.

I came to the show with a duffle bag over my shoulder with one trip (one of my rules for the magic that I do...one trip from the car to the show per illusion). This portable levitation system works great for me for the "illusionette" style of magic that I like to perform.

Great job Jimmy. This thing is a huge hit.

Note, I own the SOLO, not the SOHI. For me, I figured the Sohi might go too high, and my face would have been above the stage curtains. So the Solo works great for me at this point and in this venue.
Message: Posted by: donkeys and waffles (Feb 19, 2008 01:43AM)
Nice post, you didn't get any footage of it did you ?


On 2008-02-16 20:53, semo wrote:
I promised a report of the Magellan Solo Levitation. I performed it last night at The Magic Garage, as a closer to the hour long magician variety show. I started the act with a short floating bill routine but floating a bill was not enough. I moved into doing the Magellan Solo and it killed. The comments I got after the show were things like "That was incredible" and "I saw Chris Angel do that on TV once, but I never imagined I would see that live" and "OMFingG! (with a huge thumbs up).

With the Solo, you reach a slow levitation height of about 16 inches high. I was on a raised stage, so it looked even higher. I was able to turn slightly left and right, kind of like you see in the movie "Hang 'em High" when Clint is hanging from a tree. But in this case, the invisible rope appeared to come from my chest pulling me skyward. The slight spin really helped sell the effect.

Then you reveal your feet after you have levitated to maximum height. I could hear gasps above the music. I used a drum heavy tribal techno type of song.

I came to the show with a duffle bag over my shoulder with one trip (one of my rules for the magic that I do...one trip from the car to the show per illusion). This portable levitation system works great for me for the "illusionette" style of magic that I like to perform.

Great job Jimmy. This thing is a huge hit.

Note, I own the SOLO, not the SOHI. For me, I figured the Sohi might go too high, and my face would have been above the stage curtains. So the Solo works great for me at this point and in this venue.
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Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Feb 19, 2008 08:15AM)
Maritess is doing some really great developmental work with the Solo, and there is some youtube video of some of her studio sessions. Kenneth Havard consulted yesterday, and came up with some all new moves and concepts that really blew the group away. Scott Emo did give me video, and the audience reaction was great, but the audience setup didn't allow the viewer to see the feet in mid air. There was a spectator's head in the front row blocking the view.

Everyone who gets the Magellan gimmicks come up with different ideas for presentation and even methods.

Thanks for your interest,

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: Maritess (Feb 20, 2008 12:00AM)
I performed this at a Toy Fair party in New York and David Blaine and many famous toy inventors were in the audience. Everyone LOVED it--and that is one tough crowd. Highly highly recommended. It packs small enough that I performed this levitation 8 times in one day at different parts of Manhattan, and I simply put it in a roll on bag.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Feb 20, 2008 10:07AM)
How are the angles on the solo? I ask cause this sounds fascinating but I tend to do a lot of outdoor festival and fair work where obviously angles and lighting beocme an issue I have to deal with. Thanks in advance.

Kyle
Message: Posted by: semo (Feb 21, 2008 01:12AM)
Kyle,

I'm copying a bit of my post above since it gives you the angles that worked for me:

I'll be on a raised stage (18 inches). The spectators in the front row will be in chairs (their eye level to about my knees as I'm completely levitated) about 5 feet away from me. The angles are good as well. It is a magic theater setting, so my angles are like if I was in the middle of a clock and the hands were at 10:10. You can see a picture of the stage at the bottom of this link: http://www.themagicgarage.net/

You cannot do this effect surrounded. Although, I can't think of many levitations you CAN do surrounded. Direct side angles are not so good either. Look at a clock, lay it on the floor, audience at 12 and stretch your left arm to the 10 (maybe even closer to the 9) and right arm on the 2, and you get about the right feel for the angles.

I did get a video of it, but I have some issues with it. First off, it is way to big of a file, so I have to figure out how to reduce the size of the file. Two, it was not my camera, and the camera person was watching ME instead of the shot, 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. After viewing it a few times, hearing the audience reaction during the rise is 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 (I prefaced the performance of the Magellan Solo with a floating bill), 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 create a shadow with 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. Better that than exposure, I guess.

Anyway, I'll try to get this video to work online somehow soon.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (May 5, 2008 12:35PM)
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 continued interest,

Jimmy
http://www.jimmyfingers.com
Message: Posted by: LeeAlex2002 (May 5, 2008 05:42PM)
Does this mean that the Bermuda will not be available now?
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (May 5, 2008 09:00PM)
Hi Lee Alex, and all others interested,

The Bermuda was never built, due to potential liabilities if it were to be released to the general public.

The Bermuda may be fabricated on a case-by-case basis, but the complexity is just too great of a task to compromise for a 'one size fits all' prop. It is stage show only, custom built to the performer.

At the end of the day, everyone involved in the project seemed to be happiest with the standard, one-size-fits-all Solo, so I'm back to that. It's the original, and it's the best, most versatile of the one-man versions in the Magellan line. Even though there were never any complaints about the Sohi models that were sold, they were just never as workable in a house party, real world situation.

Thanks for your interest in the project,

Jimmy
http://www.jimmyfingers.com
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Aug 19, 2008 10:46AM)
Hi everyone,

I've retired the older, outdated videos of the Magellan levitation, and I've posted the new Magellan Master levitation video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN0EidaycCQ

Thanks for your interest!

Jimmy
Message: Posted by: Doruk Ülgen (Aug 20, 2008 09:39AM)
This new magellan master is not on the market yet or I haven't seen it ?
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Aug 20, 2008 02:46PM)
Hi,

It's on the market, now it is the only one being produced.

I'm performing it tonight in the DFW area for Bizzaro at his Vaudeville night show.

JF
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jun 2, 2016 09:46AM)
The Magellan Bermuda is here, it is in the final stages of development. The ultimate portable showstopper for duo acts on cruise lines, corporate events and any show where the performers would prefer to travel without extra shipping fees or freight charges. Two person presentation. Both feet separated and dangling with NOTHING visibly in contact with the feet. If you are familiar with the Magellan Master Levitation, this is similar in a couple of ways, but the path is MUCH more complex, confusing, and completely new. This piece has been created from the ground up, literally. I will be performing this in some venues locally in Houston and L.A., and I'll be getting live videotape for your future evaluation, as soon as possible. Please contact me with further questions.

At this time, I will only be creating these on a custom basis.

Thanks for your continued interest in the Magellan series of affordable, portable, showstpping live performance levitations.

Jimmy Fingers
www.magellanlevitation.com
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jun 3, 2016 09:58PM)
Wow, just finished the initial prototype for the Magellan Bermuda duo levitation presentation prop. Turned out even more amazing than I ever dreamed!

It weighs less than a pound over the weight of the Magellan Master Levitation! And, it fits in a 29" spinner suitcase. And with the 18.35 lb. Weight, it left from in my luggage for my B-screen and more!

Please let me know if any of you have any questions.

Jimmy Fingers
www.magellanlevitation.com
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Jun 4, 2016 11:15PM)
Hi Jimmy, is there a video of this new duo concept? Or a sneak peek?
Message: Posted by: Hector (Jun 5, 2016 07:46AM)
Looking forward to seeing it!
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jun 6, 2016 10:34AM)
No video yet, I'm hoping to get some video from my next performance in the Stars of Magic show in Hermosa Beach, CA.

No photos, this must be see in the context of the presentation to really give the impression that an audience member would have.

However, the view of the feet dangling with nothing near them is a startling, eye-opening experience.

Thanks,

Jimmy
Message: Posted by: jcmagicman (Jul 12, 2016 01:05AM)
How's the video coming along Jimmy?
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Jul 13, 2016 07:33AM)
It's ready

www.magellanlevitation.com

Thanks,

Jimmy