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Topic: The "Lean"
Message: Posted by: ohiomagic (Apr 18, 2012 09:11AM)
Does any know of a place to purchase plans for doing this yourself. I know there are a few places like Malloys that customize your stuff for you. However I would like to do this myself. I was told there are some videos on youtube explaining it but I refuse to learn things that way from people exsposing things they don't own the right to . So is there a place that sells the plans for this or a place to get them ethically .
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 18, 2012 02:04PM)
Do a search on the Café, this has been discussed previously when Michael Jackson claimed rights to the effect.

I believe there is a patent on this, check the patent office files on line, it was referenced here on the Café forums.

The item was published years ago in Genii Magazine I believe.

So if you do some searching you should be able to find plans and articles discribing it and how it works.

To make it yourself you will have to have access to heavy machinery. That can place a steel rivet type nail head in a steel sheet.

You will also have to have an expert shoe cobbler attach the special plates to your shoes. That is why Malloy request you to send him shows that fit you.

This cannot be done with the current trend in shoes with soft soles and heals, it has to be hard leather dress type shoes or boots. The type depends on you strength of feet, ankles, and legs. It is not really an easy trick to do, you may have to do some working out to get strong enough to perform this effect.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 19, 2012 12:02PM)
Also these have to made somewhat custom to the performer. Depending on your height and weight, and your center of gravity. You may need a mathematician or a mechanical engineer to work out the math for you.

It would be made differently for a person that is 5'7" and a person 6'3".

Something to think about.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Apr 30, 2012 12:44AM)
It seems like this would be dangerous too. What if you "overlean"? Seems like you could break your ankles.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 30, 2012 07:38PM)
Your are correct in strain on your ankles.

Hard to believe that a patent would be granted on this as it is an old vaudeville bit that was old before Doug Malloy or I were born.

Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (May 2, 2012 01:14AM)
Hi Richard, I believe it was Michael Jackson that got a patent on his method. Malloy certainly couldn't have a patent. It is written up in an old Genii magazine from the 50's I believe as well.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (May 2, 2012 01:36AM)
On 2012-04-30 01:44, MeetMagicMike wrote:
It seems like this would be dangerous too. What if you "overlean"? Seems like you could break your ankles.

This type of effect is for a performer that works out physically, and also does muscle training. It is not for the common person who is not fit.

Well fitting boots will help the ankles, and it takes strength of legs, feet, back, stomach, etc. There are ankle supports on the market if you need them.
Message: Posted by: Sylvester the Jester (May 10, 2012 01:42AM)
I have invented a few different ways to do leans. Including one that can be done barefoot. But the best one is the new one I did at the Castle when they interviewed me for Who's Who. There are some pics on my facebook page. Daniel Sylvester

Sylvester the jester
Message: Posted by: Thatoldblackmagic (Jan 7, 2013 09:52AM)
I have built about 8 sets for my self and 2 for a production of the wizard of oz , Go to the hard ware store and be creative ,you should be able to make the shoe gimmick for under $50!
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Jan 7, 2013 02:02PM)
If you are a larger/heavier person ( over 200 pds. ) I would stay away from this effect, as mentioned it is for a thinner person. This can be dangerous if in the wrong hands.