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Just last week I saw the Suspension 3001 featured in Bill Blagg's show. It really caught my eye as something simple, practical and affordable. In all my years I think it's the first time I've actually seen the illusion performed live .. and it was very effective.

I'm seriously considering adding this illusion to the show, does anyone else out there have one?? I know it hasn't been over done. Even though this illusion has been around for quite some time .. it's really something different.

Your thoughts ...

Steve
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Where can I find this? Is there a website or a video clip showing a performance of the levitation?

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I have been contemplating on getting the Suspension 3001, however in Singapore we don't get to work much situations whereby we could set up the stage in advance, hidden away from the audience. Most of the venues are hotel ballrooms and we got to do a hit and run show, as sometimes doing up to 3 - 4 rush shows a night. And the entire set up could be quite bulky.

I decided to stick to the chairs suspension for an audience levitation effect, however bought the Bill Smith's set.

The 3001 is an impressive illusion, and the Great White Hoop really sells the trick...
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It's available from Procraft Illusions. There is even a clip of Walter Blaney performing the illusion. It's very similar to his Ladder Levitation .. just a more affordable version that's less complicated to manufacture.

The hoop of course, is a vital part of the illusion. Very visual .. she's floating!

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I still like the ladders better.... but his concept sells the fact she is floating either way. He walks in between both pedestals and the board numerous times. To me, its the only way to go if doing a suspension... with blaney that is.

Have fun with it.. you are lucky to have this option.
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Steve, I used the Suspension 2001 with the Great White Hoop for literally thousands of performances at Six Flags in Texas. We suspended all shapes and sizes and probably put more weight on the thing than recommended. It was a great effect. After one holiday show where we had a small sleigh made to sit on top and used a little girl from the audience, the family came back and asked by what spirit we had levitated their daughter. I guess it had a strong impact on them! I highly recommend it.
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On 2008-11-14 11:52, magicman845 wrote:
Where can I find this? Is there a website or a video clip showing a performance of the levitation?

Kent


Here is a very good video of this suspension:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMZGp2BXjR4
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I have one myself.i bought it last year at Procraft illusions.great prop. no regrets!
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Steve,

Had a blast talking to you and Paul after the show last week. Glad to hear you liked the 3001. It's a great piece. I just did the 3001 live on WGN TV in Chicago and will post the video to youtube by mid next week. I'll put the link on here once it's up so people can check it out. It's really a wonderful effect and can be performed in a variety of venues and always gets a great reaction. I hope you decide to get one.
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He did not get a clap until he used the ring. I hate to sound mean but I get a better reaction from a regular chair suspension.

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I purchased one from ProCraft right after they started making them for Walter. The workmanship is excellent.
I've had great reactions from it. If I had the funds, of course I would love the ladder levi but certainly for the money the 3001 is terrific.
It should be mentioned that as I understand it, the angles are actually better with the 3001 than the ladder. Just another perk.

Wish I could have caught the show Bill. Fortunately or unfortunately...however one wants to view it....I had a performance that evening and couldn't make it out to Elgin.
Hopefully next time.

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Wow .. thanks for all the great posts. You've all been very helpful.

Now what's the deal with the gold cloth that goes over the volunteer?? I don't really understand it's purpose other than it may be covering "something" before hand.

Just curious ..

Steve
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I don't get the cloth either... doubt its needed nor would I use it.
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Actually the gold cloth serves a very unique purpose. It's there to "help" when placed on the volunteer when performing in theatre environments with a steep balcony. Recently we played a black box style theatre where the house seating was raked well above the performance space so the cloth really helped there. The gold material on the top of it is used to create "bounce"...the theatre term for light being directed upward. The cloth reduces light spill and the bounce it creates virtually elimnates any sight line issues throughout the whole effect in situations where the audience is at a drastic above angle. On a side note I've never had one single comment in 4 years about why do you put that cloth on the girl. I think it's one of those things that the audience accepts and quickly dismisses and forgets about. Hope this helped.
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Bill:

Thanks for adding valuable details to this thread!

One point of clarification if you can regarding the gold cloth:

Because of your wording, your post made it seem like the cloth's purpose is to protect the illusion from an audience that is elevated above the performing area. Is this to mean that under some circumstances, the gold cloth would not have to be used? Or is it a mandatory part of the presentation?

Thanks in advance for clearing this point up for me.

Chris

P.S. - still waiting for my copy of the book. Smile
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If you use your own assistant then yes the effect can be performed without the cloth however as I mentioned the cloth serves a vital purpose with audiences above and it also serves a purpose when you're above the audience; As in those people in the front few rows that are basically looking right under the table during the whole trick. It's an amazing sight for them to sit there and look and see abolsutely nothing from under holding the girl up. Personally, I always use the gold cloth and will continue to do so.

P.S. Never printed the complete book that I started years back. Still have all the files so maybe one day.
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As much as I like both of WB's suspensions, I must say that I like the Harbin Walkaway Suspension better. IMO, removing the board on which the volunteer is laying so that it's the volunteer that's being suspended, and not the board, makes for a much stronger illusion.

Of course, the WB hoop--as opposed to Harbin's handling of a rattan hoop--makes the illusion complete.
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For purposes of comparison, here's a link to a YouTube clip of magician Steve Trash (whom I don't personally know) performing the Harbin Walkaway Suspension:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP_NoEIfUn8

While he doesn't walk away from the setup while the suspension is happening, I trust that everyone reading this thread knows that he could. There's also an unfortunate bobble with the hoop, but you'll get the idea.
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WOW... cant believe something of this stature would need the gold cloth. Its one of those things that really makes no sense to the illusion itself from the audience point of view.

Much like the harbin.... why wrap someone in a cloth, makes no sense to what is happening. Must we be wrapped up or covered with a cloth to float? This is why I always hated the chair suspension... has always looked obvious that she is still laying on something after board is removed. And why wrap her up like a mummy.

As good as the blaney 3001 is, id personally think twice due to the gold cloth being needed. Just my opinion and style.
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