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Topic: Astarte-Maid of the moon levitation.
Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (Jun 9, 2019 09:14AM)
Does anyone know if video exists of this levitation. John Gaughan presented it a few years ago at the history conference.
Message: Posted by: top_illusionist (Jun 9, 2019 02:32PM)
Irish_matt, I have good news for you.

Here is the link to the video of this levitation performed by Doug Henning ..

http://www.themagicdetective.com/2012/08/maid-of-moon-illusion.html

and here is the article on John Gaughan ..

https://theaddiechronicals.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/maid-of-the-moon/
Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (Jun 10, 2019 08:14AM)
Thanks for your help.
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Jun 10, 2019 01:59PM)
Matt, I was the Tech Director for the Conference when John presented this effect with Tina and saw it many times from every angle. Although I know he has footage of it, I'm not sure any other video of it exists.
Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (Jun 10, 2019 06:15PM)
I've only seen a few photos of the performance but have no doubt it was quite spectacular. Thanks for your input, Ray.
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Jun 19, 2019 08:22PM)
I love the silk/ribbon tied hoops used in Astarte, Carmo's, etc.

[img]https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aqAgTjBVEEM/XDlJPNG00xI/AAAAAAAAHEM/FF2cOeONT4kGfBEFzk7R5gUAW6s6Bt_AQCLcBGAs/s400/91f51f852c5072616f70eca5a5693abb.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (Jun 20, 2019 08:42AM)
I found Jeffrey Atkins "Carmo's Mummy" performed on the Paul Daniels show. Not the smoothest of versions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxmXzO6g04&list=LLv6j_nXyNE0WaWpP7p7VFWg&index=2&t=0s
Message: Posted by: tommy ng (Mar 31, 2021 11:06AM)
Https://www.facebook.com/magovituco/videos/10159493161107042
Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Apr 1, 2021 09:39PM)
WOW....thank-you Tommy!

Blair
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Apr 22, 2021 12:23PM)
John Calvert used this in early shows. The police closed him down once. His floating piano was based on it. The illusion used Small aircraft wheels. I got a look at the crane in Memphis when one of the travelers stuck open. It MAY be on the tape "John Calvert's Tribute to Houdini" although the show was advertised as "Dick Willum's Tribute to Houdini".
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 23, 2021 06:16AM)
Calvert did the floating organ even in his later shows. Lee Grabiel did the floating piano.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Apr 23, 2021 03:27PM)
[quote]On Apr 23, 2021, hugmagic wrote:
Calvert did the floating organ even in his later shows. Lee Grabiel did the floating piano. [/quote]
Calvert did "Lady Godiva", over the crowd, in his early shows, the authentic costume was what Fran Ireland didn't like. Calvert would get closed down on opening night, then sell out the week. Of course, everything was patched with the police in advance. People used to be smart.
Message: Posted by: Jonah_Illusionist (May 3, 2021 12:39AM)
Does anyone have anymore information on this illusion? are there any books that talk about this? does someone own the rights to it? I couldn't seem to turn up anything.

thanks,

Jonah
Message: Posted by: reedrc (May 4, 2021 02:57AM)
I believe the patent and drawings are out there online. I stumbled on them once but don’t remember where.
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (May 4, 2021 07:06PM)
After seeing it many times the machining and mechanics would require a level of skill that is virtually unknown today. That might be the reason that John Gaughan was one of the few willing to tackle bringing it back to life.
Message: Posted by: Jonah_Illusionist (May 5, 2021 10:15PM)
I was able to find the patents after searching for a bit, I found the links to them on the Magicpedia website.

Thanks for the help,

Jonah
Message: Posted by: Dougini (May 6, 2021 08:27AM)
[quote]On May 4, 2021, Ray Pierce wrote:
After seeing it many times the machining and mechanics would require a level of skill that is virtually unknown today. That might be the reason that John Gaughan was one of the few willing to tackle bringing it back to life. [/quote]

John Gaughan is a MASTER builder! He was the genius behind taking Peter Foy's Track-On-Track system and converting it to D.C.'s Flying! Foy is famous for creating the Peter Pan illusion.

Doug
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (May 7, 2021 12:18PM)
Doug Henning told Mary Martin that he did not use the Foy system.
https://www.pinterest.se/pin/200691727130701114/
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (May 7, 2021 03:57PM)
[quote]On May 7, 2021, ringmaster wrote:
Doug Henning told Mary Martin that he did not use the Foy system.
https://www.pinterest.se/pin/200691727130701114/ [/quote]

I’m not sure where Doug fit in. The Astarte is totally different than any Foy system that has ever existed. As far as David’s “flying” is concerned, I’m really not sure that Foy’s track on track compensator system had any actual inspiration for John’s design for “Flying” outside of it also being a multi axis rig.
Message: Posted by: Philip Hitchcock (May 8, 2021 03:51AM)
Here's the patent from 1889. Enjoy.

https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=00415084&IDKey=BD5D863E829F%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO2%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsearch-adv.htm%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526d%3DPALL%2526S1%3D00415084%2526OS%3DPN%2F00415084%2526RS%3DPN%2F00415084
Message: Posted by: reedrc (May 8, 2021 09:36PM)
When I get back home from Vegas I’ll have to look if it’s in the suspensions and levitations book. I don’t recall seeing it there. Patent is always an interesting look. Glad you found it 👍🏻
Message: Posted by: Dougini (May 10, 2021 09:31AM)
[quote]On May 7, 2021, Ray Pierce wrote:
The Astarte is totally different than any Foy system that has ever existed. [/quote]

Correct! I've never seen anything like it!

[quote]On May 7, 2021, Ray Pierce wrote:
As far as David’s “flying” is concerned, I’m really not sure that Foy’s track on track compensator system had any actual inspiration for John’s design for “Flying” outside of it also being a multi axis rig. [/quote]

That is the big deal about that system. I did not get as good a look at it as I would have liked. When you work with D.C.'s people, it's not protocol to ask too many questions... lol!

Doug
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (May 10, 2021 06:03PM)
[quote]On May 7, 2021, Ray Pierce wrote:
[quote]On May 7, 2021, ringmaster wrote:
Doug Henning told Mary Martin that he did not use the Foy system.
https://www.pinterest.se/pin/200691727130701114/ [/quote]

I’m not sure where Doug fit in. The Astarte is totally different than any Foy system that has ever existed. As far as David’s “flying” is concerned, I’m really not sure that Foy’s track on track compensator system had any actual inspiration for John’s design for “Flying” outside of it also being a multi axis rig. [/quote]
You didn't see Merlin ?
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (May 28, 2021 04:49PM)
Where does "Swans", not "Swan Lake", in the Russian State Circus and the Ballet fit in ?
Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (May 31, 2021 11:26AM)
John Gaughan posted a link to the video on Instagram. Fantastic performance.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CMqmXqLFJwG/
Message: Posted by: Dougini (May 31, 2021 12:04PM)
[quote]On May 31, 2021, Irish_matt wrote:
John Gaughan posted a link to the video on Instagram. Fantastic performance.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CMqmXqLFJwG/ [/quote]

Oops! You have to be a member! Drat!

Doug
Message: Posted by: Irish_matt (Jun 1, 2021 10:06AM)
The Instagram post also contained a youtube link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SphJHLjhxMM

Enjoy.