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Corey K
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Well, I was lucky enough to be picked by Ray to be one of the testers of this new levitation effect. I received my unit today and it is actually very close to what I expected it to be. I'll break my review down into different sections...

Starting off with the gimmick itself. It's nicely made, should last a long time. There are a couple of sleight differences that I would've made to it, some regarding appearance and other's regarding size, but it is very minor and doesn't make much of a difference. Overall, nice gimmick.

The actual levitation itself looks identical to Peter's Elevator. The only difference in actual effect is that with the Anti-Gravity gimmick, the set-up, in a sense, is fairly easier. You don't have to bend down (although this isn't necessary with the Elevator either) so people who don't feel comfortable with that don't have to worry about it with this one.

The difficulty, I've found, is a bit harder than the Elevator. I found the balance issue a little bit harder with Anti-Gravity, but I'm sure if I work with it more it won't be a problem. It's only slightly more difficult than the Elevator, but the difficulty will be noticed. Again, there are some modifications that would make it a lot easier.

The instructions are nicely printed with plenty of pictures to make learning a breeze. It starts off with a little history on how levitations came to be what they are (really popular!) and has some descriptions of some other notable self-levitations that could be considered. It then goes into a nice explanation of the different parts of the gimmick, performance etc.

Finally, I just want to note that this gimmick is absolutely silent in operation. There is basically no way that it could be detected before or after the levitation. The angles are nice -- about the same as The Elevator's. Definitely nothing to worry about in that department.

Overall, I like this. It's similar to Peter's, but the gimmicks themselves are significantly different. It's all a matter of personal preference. If you would like to stay away from the bending down and woud like a really easy way to get into the levitation, than Anti-Gravity may be for you. If you don't mind, then get whatever one you think would suit you better. My guess is that they will be around the same price range, Anti-Gravity maybe being a bit more expensive due to the materials used.

I like Peter's a little better, mainly because of the balance issue. Again, I have not worked with Anti-Gravity as much as I have The Elevator, so I'm sure that it would come with practice, like anything, even the Elevator which I had a little trouble with at first too.

My .02...take it for what it is!
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Thanks for the review Corey. Since I just bought The Elevator from Peter, I do not think I will be getting one of these. However, it is definitely something that anyone looking for a levitation should consider. Since the actual levitation is very similar to the Elevator, I would love to see a performance since no bending down is required; however, I understand Ray's reasonings for not making a video. The only problem with your review is that it is not called Anti-Gravity anymore. That's right, it is currently the Nameless Levitation. Hopefully Ray will pick a new name soon. Thanks again for the review.
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Thanks Corey - for your review and for your own contribution in this area,

My question is, do you think either of these effects are suitable for parlour (Peter says there is a performance adaptation of the Elevator that is designed for parlour) Do you think either effect is suitable for parlour conditions (small stage - not necessarily eye level, but groups of 50 to 100 plus) and if so which would be better for that kind of presentation, or is it a toss up, or is it a no go with either?

Many Thanks
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Thanks Corey for the review.
You told it like it is! Thanks..

I will have a very important up-date on this levitation very soon.

Ray Noble
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Good review Corey. Lets people know who have the elevator what to expect. I will stick with the elevator.
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For the people on the café that were interested in getting my , I have some bad news. I was informed last night from a friend that explained to me about a copyright placed years ago on a certain type of levitating. Seems that I may have reinvented a levitation that is close to this other.

With respect to this person who had the smarts to get a copyright and keep it for all these years, I now must do the right thing.

I am pulling my effect from the market. I hope that you all understand.

Ray Noble
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Hi,

Well, nice to see you are honest

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Where can i find more details for presenting this specific levitation?
Don't wait for the perfect moment...Take a moment and make it perfect!!!
Corey K
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Read the post two above yours...
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I applaud you, Ray.

There are so many people with questionable scruples, especially relating to a 'HOT' new product. Many would release it anyways, either claiming ignorance, or creative immunity. You did the right thing. I wish more people were as honest.

Later,

Sean
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Thanks for the kind words.

I am sorry that I couldn't offer this product to magicians, because it really does look like real magic....

I am sure that the person who holds the copywrite on this method will release it one day.....

Ray Noble
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Do you mean copyright or patent??? Are you saying the physical gimmick you devised is the same someone else came up with in the past?

And why can't magic stuff be patented? Too much trouble and money? Never quite understood that one... sure seems like it could help a lot of inventors...

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Copyright

The gimmick may not look the same, but the method is very close to one another.

Ray Noble
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Getting a patent is a very long process and costs loads of money. I imagine most magical inventors would not make enough money on the sale of one effect to even secure a patent, let alone still be able to make a personal profit. Plus, patents become public record so people could read about the secrets if they really wanted to.

In magic I think a lot of the intellectual property stuff is sort of an honor system, counting on good people like Ray to know when to exercise their better judgement.

I'm sure if you google you can find a more thorough explanation of patent law if you are curious...
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I didn't know you could copyright a physical device. That doesn't make sense. If the previous inventor had a patent that would make sense, but not copyright.

Perhaps you should look more into this.
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Hello everyone,

I wanted to thank all the Café members who have contacted me regarding this copy write issue. A few of you went beyond anything that I could have asked for.

Some of you told me where to go for information while one person contacted people on my behalf.

I want to thank you for your support and kindness.

Ray Noble
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