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Topic: Asrah levitation
Message: Posted by: JoeNathan (Dec 3, 2004 10:04AM)
I want to build an asrah form for an horizontal levitation.. Can anybody give me some tips on how to build it... and what material to use ? I just need one that has the form of the head only.

Thanks
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Dec 3, 2004 02:38PM)
In a recent Genii magazine Paul Osborne had a nice write up on this. (Either the beginning of this year or last year)
Message: Posted by: M-Illusion (Dec 7, 2004 04:49PM)
Since you're building a small one, it won't be as difficult as a full body. Use thin metal wire (can't remember what gauge I used for a similar project, but 22 rings a bell...don't quote me on that though), and solder it together. I acquired a foam "wig head" (no idea what the proper name for it would be!) and molded all of my wire around that. After everything was done (and removed from the foam head), I sprayed it flat black and wrapped it all in black gaff tape for an extra measure. There are probably better ways, but that is what has worked for me.
Message: Posted by: London (Dec 7, 2004 05:41PM)
Piano wire is best if you can get it at a good price. It is not the easiest thing to work with but it holds up the best. I have helped build a few asrah forms from this stuff and it is great.
Message: Posted by: JoeNathan (Dec 12, 2004 07:26PM)
Ok thanks for the tips. can anyone can tell me how the form can desapear in mid air ? I usually tought that the form was foldable or something like that.
Sorry I'm in close-up magic since 1989 but I really don't know a lot of illusion stuff!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 12, 2004 09:42PM)
We cannot expose secrets on the Café forum, it is against the rules. May I suggest you do a search for illusion books. There are tons of referals on the Café. Then you can purchase the secret just like most of us had to do.

Being your question does not make any sense and is not detailed as to what you are trying to accomplish. Then this is all the advice I can possibly give to you.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Dec 12, 2004 11:30PM)
When I got to work with a magician who did this illusion, he pulled me into his confidence and showed me everything.

I was amazed how easiy it was made, used and how great it looked.

It's one for my wish list, however, it does require a stage and a bit of set up prior to using. Not every stage is capabible of performing it and lighting is critical for both the effect and presentation to work well. I was on spot light and given critical instructions on how to use the spot.
Message: Posted by: rtgreen (Dec 15, 2004 11:36AM)
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On 2004-12-07 18:41, London wrote:
Piano wire is best if you can get it at a good price. It is not the easiest thing to work with but it holds up the best. I have helped build a few asrah forms from this stuff and it is great.
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What gage of wire would you use? I found a site that sells remnants at a very reasonable price.

Thanks,
Richard
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Dec 15, 2004 10:14PM)
I would not fool with remenants. I would use .035 wire for the outer outlines and .071 or more for the basic structual outline.

Every place you solder a joint will have to have all the residue from soldering cleaned out and the metal sealed to prevent rusting. Then everything must be painted black.

Personally, I would buy the form.