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semo
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For those of you who have a Super X levitation, what material do you use for the 2 "supports" that sit under the board that you pull back to show the girl is floating? I would like it to be portable, yet look solid enough to hold up a person.
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If it is what I think you're talking about, on the one I built years ago, it was channel iron. Of course, type of support and number of support will vary with design and the weight your Super X is built to take. I had three, not two.
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Steel, plain and simple.
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I think he's talking about the two boxes pulled back in a walk-away X. The cheaper versions are made out of coroplast and tape. They fold flat and are light, but may appear flimsy. The higher quality ones (Blaney) are made of wood. They do not fold and are solid.

I made mine out of coroplast. As it is presented on stage, it is hard for the audience to see how solid or flimsy it is (to a point). For me, weight and potability are always high on the priority list.
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If you make the supports in the form of two-fold screens, you can get double use from them. Use them as supports for the Super-X, and also use them as a chimney production screen when you put them together to form a four-sided tube. Producing a stack of fishbowls from them makes a nice finale.
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Oh, if you mean those supports, mine were 3/8 inch plywood with hinges and a chain to hold them from opening too far, folded up nice for easy moving.
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I've always liked the look of small step ladders. They fold and are light weight!
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I used small steps with mine, when I did it.
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Bar stools. Smile
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Thanks for the ideas, guys. (And I am talking about the board supports, not the metal/steel actual support.) Ladders or bar stools would be great, but this Super-X is not built for a leg to hide the actual support. You must have the boxes/V's hide the real support. A box setup of plywood or coroplast would probably work best. The V-shaped screen is not a bad idea. I'm just wondering which would look better, or if there are other materials that folks used before I go to build them.
Thanks again for you help.
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Mine are the original Abbott's, and they look like cheap pressed board (painted). I wouldn't worry about how sturdy they look. If someone's lying on the horizontal board and being held up by (2) whatevers, nobody is going to think twice about how solid they are. V-shaped screens are used on the "Floating Carpet" illusion.

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