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Topic: Levitation
Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Oct 29, 2004 02:04PM)
I need info on a cost effective way of levitating myself on stage. I think there was a book of effects published a while back dealing with different rigs and what not. Please help.
Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Oct 29, 2004 02:25PM)
How elaborate are we talking here? A few inches, a few feet, standing, reclining, in front of a backdrop or out in the open?
Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Oct 29, 2004 08:29PM)
A few feet, standing, back drop..
Message: Posted by: redstreak (Oct 29, 2004 11:35PM)
Get Touching Sky, by Andrew Mayne. It's very cheap and has several different methods in it. The one that would probably best suit you is called mid-air. You have to be sitting down, but the effect is very good.
Check is out, here's a link.

Message: Posted by: tuffnavyrn (Oct 30, 2004 06:03AM)
I second Andrew Mayne's "Touching Sky" as it's for one very affordable and has a lot of good theory and application for you. Go for it!
Message: Posted by: templemagic (Oct 30, 2004 08:51AM)
Try Nicholas Einhorn from the UK's "Inflight". Basically you float up out of a cardboard box. Its not cheap but it is quite effective. You can get it from http://www.nicholaseinhorn.co.uk in the UK or from http://www.hocus-pocus.com in the USA.

Message: Posted by: dsilverfield (Oct 31, 2004 01:20AM)
Hi temple magic. I don't seem to find it in Hocus pocus and Einhorn's link doesn't work.
Message: Posted by: templemagic (Nov 2, 2004 03:30PM)

Sorry, my fault. Einhorn's link is actually http://www.einhorn.co.uk/

As for Hocus Pocus - they advertised that they sold it when it first came out. Check with Nicholas.

Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Nov 8, 2004 03:00PM)
What about a seated yogi style levitation that could be done outdoors?
Message: Posted by: Reverand (Nov 8, 2004 09:44PM)
I have heard great things about the levitation called the Elevator at
Message: Posted by: edcathome (Nov 10, 2004 09:26PM)
Try contacting The Magic Café member DenDowhy. He knows quite a bit about the various types of levitations available and could probably give you some very helpful ideas. He gave an excellent lecture on levitations at SAM 4 in Philadelphia last year that was one of the best lectures I've ever had the pleasure of attending.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Nov 13, 2004 09:54AM)
Thanks Peter, for the comment on my SAM 4 levitation illusion lecture.

The 3-in-1 would do it and it's about $1,000. Wilds Levitation would do it and it's about $45.

"BA" is another method and it can be done many ways, see the Donster.

The $100.00 elevator levitation is not a stage trick.

Suspensions are easily made, but do not move up and down.

Copperfields method is in the many thousands of dollar bracket, not cost effective and is a patented levitation.

[quote]A few feet, standing, back drop.. [/quote]

Based on the quote, this sounds like a job for the 3-in-1, (Requires a stage hand/assistant and cannot be done without one! Well it could be done without an assistant but I won't get into that because of the complexity of modifications necessary.)

As for books on the topic, I have most on levitations and they only spark the imagination.

To do what you ask, I would resort to Fritzkee, [b]"The Trick Brain"[/b]. Chapter 24, Anti-Gravity and Page 276 Basic mathods of Levitation which he gives 13 basic methods of levitation.

You know what you want to accomplish, now pick a method and create a way to do it.

I wanted to remove the third sword from the sword suspension, and make it into a levitation. Well, I've created a method of doing this by combining two of Fritzkee's basic methods.

Hope this information helps. Only through studying of the exsting methods, reading as much as possible watching great levitations on VHS/DVD, one gets a broad understanding of the power of levitation effects.

One of the most powerful levitations was done by Galinda (Worlds Greatest Magic), another was done by Lance Burton on his [b]Secrets of Magic[/b] DVD. (Amazon.com has it for $5.00 Great buy!)

Study the method, the music, the form, the presentation. As Losander has said, a levitation is only as good as you making your audience believe it to be a real levitation. (His DVDs are also an excellent understanding of floating methods.)

You've got to get yourself to believe it is really floating before you can convince your audience of that!
Message: Posted by: Midnight333 (Nov 26, 2004 03:11PM)
Where can I find the trick brain?
Message: Posted by: phatboi408 (Nov 27, 2004 03:06PM)
David's Flying is a good one, but you can't find it anywhere else because it's a secret. I know how its done, so PM me if you want to know the secret. The cost of the trick might be pricey.
Message: Posted by: NFox (Nov 27, 2004 03:43PM)
Yeah, when Copperfield bought his flying illusion it was in the $100,000-$250,000 range, if my memory serves me correctly. And would be overkill for what Midnight333 wants to do (standing up and levitating only a few feet). Plus he said "cost effective." DenDowhy is one source you can take to the bank, I would trust him on this and get "The Trick Brain," or the 3-in-1...or wait a little until the 5-in-1 comes out.

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: RJE (Nov 27, 2004 03:46PM)
OK, to levitate cheaply. First you get a bunch of balloons and then a big tank of helium...No wait, get some string and and about 120 really big doves and..... No wait. Ah heck, I don't know. These other guys are gonna have to help ya. :lol:
Message: Posted by: Eduardo (Nov 29, 2004 02:34PM)
You can try this...

Good Look ;)
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Nov 29, 2004 02:59PM)
Denny & Lee has "The Trick Brain". One word of warning, this book is not like other books. It is a book to force you to be creative.

So you want to levitate. Here is a method mentioned in "The Trick Brain:

"4.-Concealed Support." Support the assistant and conceal the support? Figure a way to do this and you have your suspension. Add a means for it to go up and down quietly and you have your levitation.

This is not exposing a secret, we all know it is impossible to levitate, it is an illusion. Some type of support is necessary. Put on your thinking Cap and develop it.

For example, If I owned a Super X, (which I do) I could have a surf board on two saw horses, like I was waxing them, Palm trees in the picture. Place a boy on the surfboard, have the assistants remove the saw horses, as I stood inbetween the board and palm trees.

The assistants would then remove the palm trees and use them to wave over and under the surfboard giving the illusion of Suspension.
Message: Posted by: Maforen (Dec 17, 2007 10:57AM)
Has anyone see this new effect that is out on Hocus Pocus " Cap Levitation Kit" Sounds nice but they give no clue to what the kit is??? More invisible string??? most likely, but they don’t show any video or state what is doesn’t use... If anyone knows what this effect is all about let me know. Sounds fishy to me :)
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Dec 17, 2007 11:12AM)
Now you got the wrong forum...cap levi is a close-up trick and this thread-albeit 3 years old-deals with a person levitating...
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 17, 2007 11:17AM)
Jump real high. No seriously, good levitations for stage generally are expensive and there are a lot of pieces of junk out there. I would highly recommend Dennis's levitation. While I don't own one, I helped a friend who does own one as his back stage assistant a few times. This is a great prop, well constructed, does the job, packs reasonably well, and at a very reasonable cost. For a all around "journeyman" levitation device, this is the one.
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Dec 17, 2007 08:53PM)
I have a new illusion that has been discussed by many on these forums. I've come up with a version that lends itself to being done without an assistant. It is called the Magellan Solo, and it is described in this thread


The top names in the business agree that this is the most revolutionary levitation concept to be invented in several decades. None of the people commenting on this thread so far are aware of the concept, but there are many top notch floating lady experts that are beginning to think differently about the concept of levitation in magic.

Please see the Magellan Witch levitation on youtube, and visualize doing this without the magician standing behind the assistant. Imagine that the magician walks to center stage with the cloth held between the hands, and he begins to levitate. Then, one of the hands drops it's corner of the cloth, and it falls to the ground, revealing the performer floating, rotating slightly, in mid-air. The cloth is gathered again, and the performer descends to the floor.

This is a beautiful, effective concept, and it is priced way below the standard suspensions. This is solid, legitimate suspension principles, made into a levitation.

Please contact me for more details.

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Dec 20, 2007 09:36PM)
I think one of the BEST levitations/suspensions I've ever seen was recently on Criss Angel's show. Right in the middle of a Las Vegas street...a woman is suspended and is completely SURROUNDED! The camera goes around, up and over...no CLUE!

I don't imagine you'll find THAT one for sale, any time soon.

Steve Fearson's Fantastic Floatation is one that might work for Midnight...it would have to modified a bit (ala Ron Jaxon's), so that the magician faces FRONT.


Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 20, 2007 09:54PM)
Doug, what Angel did there was related to DC's Flying.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Dec 21, 2007 08:37PM)
Oh, OK...thanks Pete! Different venue. I thought it might be related to the Broom Suspension, until BOTH feet went up! Still, I find those absolutely stunning...it really shows his skill in showmanship, which I could certainly learn more of...LOL.

I built a scale model/mini "Flying", just for giggles. John Gaughan is a genius!

I still have the original Steve Fearson's Fantastic Floatation in it's manila package...One of these days, I'm going to modify it. I like Angel's version the best. Actually Ron Jaxon has the best idea, but Angel "floating" above the escalator stairs cracked me up! That's really good to do in the mall!

Glad to hear you're doing better, Pete! Prayers going out your way!