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I have had this levitation device for a week or so now, and it has been sitting in my prop room still wrapped in the original plastic bubble wrap used for shipping--due to my traveling and performance schedule. I have read everything provided, and watched everything provided, but today I unwrapped the "One" and tried it for the first time for myself in front of a full length mirror. I almost FELL OVER--not from any kind of a "balance problem" but from seeing myself floating! I (obviously) know how it works, but when I looked at my feet in the mirror, I COULD SEE UNDER MY FEET AND COULD NOT SEE THE METHOD THAT I KNEW WAS THERE! Talk about freaking yourself out! If this "One" has that kind of effect on me, it is going to BLOW AWAY anyone I perform it for. I can't WAIT to take it out on the road.

Many thanks to the two great inventors who created this. BRAVO!

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On 2009-02-10 20:36, Peter Loughran wrote:
Hey Guys thanks for all the continued reviews, and videos. Just a note to all about the fragility, the units have now been coming with an add on that one can use for those who want to use thin soled shoes or different pre-set options, and elimates any chance of the product being damaged from any kind of footwear.

[...]

Peter.


Great!!! That's good news!
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Hey Charlie,

your post made me very excited to receive my ONE.
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Just a reminder to everyone who has this or is getting it - PLEASE make a huge deal out of doing this, do not do it as if it easy, and do not do it over and over again, as it loses it's believability and power.

I say this because I just had to say the same thing to a guy I saw using the elevator. He turned a miracle into a trick by acting as if it was easy. A Person who saw it said 'it must be a trick, no can can levitate for real that easily'. Everyone else agreed. Interesting that they believed levitation may be possible though...but they did not believe this guy could.

But yeah - really PERFORM this. Don't let it be a trick.
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Very sound advice indeed.
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On 2009-02-11 05:32, The Mac wrote:
Hey Charlie,

your post made me very excited to receive my ONE.


You won't be disappointed. I have all of Peter's other levitations and the "One" is the one!

Charlie
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On 2009-02-11 06:39, psychicturtle wrote:
Just a reminder to everyone who has this or is getting it - PLEASE make a huge deal out of doing this, do not do it as if it easy, and do not do it over and over again, as it loses it's believability and power.

I say this because I just had to say the same thing to a guy I saw using the elevator. He turned a miracle into a trick by acting as if it was easy. A Person who saw it said 'it must be a trick, no can can levitate for real that easily'. Everyone else agreed. Interesting that they believed levitation may be possible though...but they did not believe this guy could.

But yeah - really PERFORM this. Don't let it be a trick.



That is great advice psychicturle. Before I started using ONE I always used my On Thin Air and found that if you involved the spectators in the levitation, they seem to really enjoy it.

What do you mean get them involved Mr. Ray? LOL ….. Well, I would do this a few different ways, but the one that I liked the best was to have people from a circle and hold hands. You do NOT tell them that you are going to levitate. Because you will make this a caught me if you can type of challenge. Instead tell them that you need the help of everyone to try and do something very special for them.

By holding hands they each will create a flowing energy force that you hopefully will be able to tap into. (For those who have On Thin Air, have ONE in the advance position.) Once everyone starts to form the circle and the last of the spectators are reaching to hold hands, is the moment that I am ready to levitate. I then grab the hands to the right and left of me.

I asked everyone to slow their breathing down and to concentrate on feeling any odd sensation in their bodies. I ask everyone to squeeze each other hands to reinforce the connections between the circle. I tell everyone to image an energy coming upward from their feet into their legs, and up their backs and into their shoulders.

The energy is now coming down your arms, feel it. Your arms are tinkling and there may be a slight warm feeling all though your body now. Force the energy down into your hands, your arms and shoulders are becoming stiff and rigid. Stiff and rigid ……Hold the hands TIGHT! I can feel the energy…… Everyone, take a big breath in…… hold it……… let it out slowly…….(close your eyes) Mmmmmmyyy feeeeet, look at……… my…feet. (Levitate)

If you do this right, people will freak out. The reason of having the energy flow through their bodies such as the arms and hands and telling them that they are becoming stiff and rigid, plus the squeezing of the hands sets them up to HELP YOU levitate. The two people on your sides will not feel you working the levitation. They will remember this magician who had everyone hold hands, and using their energy FLOATED off the ground!

Anyway, presentation is EVERYTHING when it comes to making this a mind numbing experience. Or you could just say, “Hey, look at me, I am going to levitate like you see on TV. Here I go!”

I hope that you get the idea that this levitation is really special and should be treated as such. Don’t do this ALL the time. If you do, it just becomes another TRICK and not the miracle that it was designed for.

I have at times tried to levitate using My On Air, and FAILED! I did this on purpose to create the feeling among people that what I do is special and that I can’t do it at the drop of a hat. I have at times left a gig without levitating because I was unable to generate the energy needed to perform this miracle. May sound like a dumb thing to do, but on my RETURN gig, I DID levitate and it became very special in the eyes of the client.

If you believe (acting) that you can really levitate but only if everything is in order, then ONE will set you apart from the guy who buys this and JUST FLOATS.

Please don’t just FLOAT. Make this real in the eyes of your spectators and you will become the 'ONE' who can really levitate!


Best
Ray


P.S. Charlie, I am really glad that you like ONE!
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One of my levitation patter scripts: I am about to do something that will create a moment you will never forget.A lot of the things you have seen me do are illusions but this is as real as it gets...and you may never again see it for the rest of your life...
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One of my levitation patter scripts: I am about to do something that will create a moment you will never forget.A lot of the things you have seen me do are illusions but this is as real as it gets...and you may never again see it for the rest of your life...
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...except on youtube.
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There are hundreds and maybe even thousands of levitation videos on youtube I doubt the average person that isn't in magic could ever decifer them, nor would they bother too! Patter and presentation can certainly change the mood, effectiveness, and alter the perception of any illusion. I remember when I was younger I used to do a PK M. to stop clocks/watches and would then get a nose bleed after and complain about a severe headache after, and it left such a lasting impression, I still see old high school buddies etc who still remember that from 20 years ago and still to this day beleive what they saw was some kind of real ability. Did they remember the card trick I did on them too? Nope, but they remembered that, and probably will never forget either!

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Just waiting for mine to arrive.Knowing my luck it will probably be in customs for 3weeks.
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On 2009-02-11 06:39, psychicturtle wrote:
Just a reminder to everyone who has this or is getting it - PLEASE make a huge deal out of doing this, do not do it as if it easy, and do not do it over and over again, as it loses it's believability and power.

I say this because I just had to say the same thing to a guy I saw using the elevator. He turned a miracle into a trick by acting as if it was easy. A Person who saw it said 'it must be a trick, no can can levitate for real that easily'. Everyone else agreed. Interesting that they believed levitation may be possible though...but they did not believe this guy could.

But yeah - really PERFORM this. Don't let it be a trick.



YES! Never levitate (or perform anything) TWICE for the same crowd, Under any circumstance's! Act like your out of breath in the end, make them feel your pain, your light-headed and your head hurts! Believe it or not, the woman I did my levi for in the vid is still at the Hotel, I see her daily, and the main thing she brings up to me about levitating is "How she felt my energy and emotional stress during and after the levi!". She showed her cousin the vid a couple weeks back, and told her "It's not the same, I felt the energy and what he went through to do that!".

I learned a long time ago, performing an effect more then once loses yourself credibility, respect, and you performing "what-ever-the-effect-may-be" makes it irrelevant in the end, in the specs mind.


I learned the hard way many years ago, there is no magic in it without patter and presentation, sell the effect, perfect the illusion, never show an effect more the once! Once you have mastered and perfected these steps and incorporated this discipline into all and everyone of your performanses,routines,effects, you can bet your "BUTT" that your on your way to a successful hobby/career!


P.S. I had a itty bitty problem with the levi (due to personal affliction caused by me, had nothing to do with the levi it-self)), I PM'd Peter with just a question and he took care of the problem ASAP! He actually did more then what I asked of him, he went WAY "out-of his way!" to make sure I was happy! Smile Once again Peter, I thank you for that! Smile Has to be the best service I have ever received from a seller, and it was MY Fault why this happened! In this case, Peter went beyond being generous indeed, and can see he def goes out of his way to please his customers!


Thanks Again Peter!


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Read Richard Osterlind's The Principles of Magic for a different view on performing the same trick twice.
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"Why don't you order ONE and use your presentation to create your own reactions?"

In my case I don't have the cash. So it's nice to wait and read reviews and see videos. Reactions always comes after you bought something, but some don't buy unless they have a legit reason. Like Piz's video is reason enough to spark interest. AMAZING reaction. Did you really just do that? It's wasn't about how he did a magic trick but how he just levitated.

And here is a little idea. For anyone who owns the elevator and I'm guessing it will work with "ONE" as well. Take an egg and place it under your toes on the foot which does not contain the gimmick. Act like you are distributing your weight onto the egg but really use the gimmick to support yourself and give off the illusion that you can stand on an egg without having it break. The idea was influenced by a sideshow picture I saw of a man standing on a bunch of eggs but thought it would be impressive with only one egg. Ow and placing the egg under your toes gives you an easy set-up for the elevator. Tell me what all you "One" owners think. Smile

It might not me levitation but can be used for the coin in egg trick or just an interesting display of the old sideshow stunt.
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Don't reduce phenomena to stunt.
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I kind of like the egg idea is it reducing it to A stunt or is it creating a whole another effect? I think that's a cool presentation.

One thing I realize as I get farther in magic is that effect, books, or DVD are NOT instructions. they are just ideas. Ideas on how I can rework it or present it or change it to make it my own and different and that egg idea is prime example of what I am feeling is the "right" (if you will) way to think when learning new magic.
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Being imaginative is not reducing.

Say you love performing the coin in egg trick. Try suspending yourself ontop of the egg for a couple of seconds and then having the egg break under your weight. When they look through the yoke and broken shells they find their signed coin.

Or say you perform an exorcism effect like the one in Gede Nibo's "Vo-Du Magick" where you exorcize evil spirits by trapping them within an egg. The evil spirit makes the egg so strong that you can stand on it. With much healing energy the egg finally breaks under the performer's weight. Revealing blood and black stones.
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Not all magicians are willing to make their audiences believe that they are the real deal.
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Where did I say 'and then portray yourself as the real deal'. I'm sorry for trying to think outside the box and share ideas. It's clear it is not wanted.
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