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Rick
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I have been interested in floating tables for many years. But if you're like me, you don't have a million bucks to spend.

So, does anyone know any books where I can research and build one of my own? Your feedback would be greatly appeciated.

Thanks,
Rick...
wikiro
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I heard about a 2 volume book series called Tables. I don't have it, but you can ask around and also Andrew Mayne has 3-4 for illusion books. It might be in there. He likes to levitate things.

Otherwise use mirrors on poles angled down to make the table look like its floating.
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Rick, As a builder of magic myself, I would advise you to save your money and purchase this effect from a repuatble builder. The higher price is totally justified as to how much woodworking is involved to create this effect. This will be nearly impossible for you to build on your own unless you have a great deal of experience working with wood and laminates. I don't want to pop your bubble but I even hesitate to take on this effect as I see it as one big headache to make in a reasonable amount of time.
Save up some cash and buy a used or new Wellington Table. Nice work and looks "normal".
Good luck!
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Rick
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Thanks guys for your opinion. Maybe I should save some money, because I thought the wood would be hard to work with.

Thanks,
Rick...
Larry Barnowsky
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I agree with Chance. Building a light weight table for the floating table effect would be a challenge to make correctly. Of the tables out there, I think the Wellington has the best method and looks quite ordinary and is well made.
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The Count has spoken...and he speaks of wisdom. Smile
Let us share a bottle of bubbly in agreement!
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Zack
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I made my own with an aluminum table base and a piece of cardboard covered in velvet.

--Zack
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A friend had an interesting suggestion for building a floating table— Styrofoam covered with veneer. I haven't done anything, but it offers some interesting possibilities.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

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Great Scot
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Houdini has a method using an actual small table, a ring, and a gimmick. You can find out how to make it in one of his books.

Dirk Losander makes an awesome floating table that can actually float out over the spectators, but it is pricey. It is well made, it is sturdy enouhg to put props on, and is a killer effect.

I ahve also heard of folks building the tables out of foam core boards.
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