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My One was the package waiting for me at the post office, so as promised here are my initial reactions. Please bear in mind I have yet to perform this for a paying audience and will update my comments accordingly when I have.

I was eagerly waiting for this and cursing the Christmas post but, judging by the postal mark, it was actually sent a week after I ordered. No disrespect to Peter, who has been a pleasure to deal with and I consider a great guy but I would have preferred to have known there'd be a dispatch delay, or even better had it posted closer to my order date. Unfortunately I've no more gigs until New Year now, so I won't be able to road test it for a good few weeks.

Before I go on, I also want to take this opportunity to thank Peter for answering all my questions promptly and giving me the information I required in order to ascertain if this effect would be usable for my routine, style and clothing options. I can understand why some Café members may have been reluctant to respond to my post but Peter was very helpful and comes across as a really nice guy.

Now to the gimmick. I have to say, unlike one reviewer stated, the gimmick doesn't look like something out of a James Bond movie, this gave a false impression of what I'd receive and raised my expectations. What you get is a practical, usable and real gimmick - not some out there special effect. As other people have mentioned, part of the gimmick is made of wood, which I can't quite figure out why and am sure another material would have been stronger and just as practical.

For comfort the effect does require some footwear modification. I haven't had a chance to do this yet but have tried the temporary solution. I found this quite uncomfortable, which made performing difficult, it's also not Peter's recommended method so I will be trying a one of the other modification methods.

I have to admit I wasn't impressed by the gimmick when I first saw it, I just couldn't see how it would look realistic. There's also some chips where it's been cut but I'm hoping these won't affect the performance. I rigged it up, went to a full length mirror and up I went and I have to say it looked very, very impressive and better than in the demo video. I also think, with practice and with a one of the other suggested modifications, I'll be able to stay up a lot longer than in the demo video, which looks more like someone jumping rather than levitating. One thing I did find is, if I went up on one foot before the other, I could see a bit of the gimmick in the mirror but as soon as I raised my other foot the gimmick completely disappeared and looked like, well magic. I have to say the levitation looked great and far better than I ever expected. It genuinely looks real and I can see this looking great on stage, where the audience will have a clear view under your feet.

The package comes with some well written, if occasionally confusing instructions and an entirely pointless CD-ROM. I expected the CD-ROM to guide me through the various methods of shoe modification and performance but instead it has the demo we've all seen and a slightly extended version of this, that offers very little additional value.

At present I find value for money very hard to gauge. The parts certainly wouldn't cost anything near the value of the effect. I also found the international shipping and handling to be a little high, being almost twice what was written on the docket. It's the effect, ingenuity, research, development and exclusivity you're paying for and I find it hard to comment on this at present not having performed it but I can really see this amazing audiences. The price also acts a barrier, preventing everyone from owning this effect, whether this is valid consideration is a discussion for elsewhere on this forum.

I won't mark this out of 10 as I'm in no position to do so but from what I've seen, The One is a very impressive levitation device that does everything we've been promised and really did look like I was floating off the ground, which is exactly what I wanted.
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It seems that no US dealer carries this.

I called H.P. and they told me they don't sell it anymore.
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Frank Russell
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I think the best and possibly only way to get it is through MasterOfIllusions.ca
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HP had an incredible deal on this about a month ago, in their clearance section, selling it an extremely low price. Don't know why, didn't ask questions; just bought it. And I echo the thoughts that it is extremely clever. I haven't got it worked out for me yet to perform, will take some more time.
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On 2009-12-22 16:47, Frank Russell wrote:
I think the best and possibly only way to get it is through MasterOfIllusions.ca


Yes and we all know how great the Canadian postal service is...

I had things arrive after 2 month or never.
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Ugh! I forgot about that. Hank Lee probably still has it. I think they give free shipping on orders over $60.
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Nope, don't have it either.

Maybe someone can shed light on the case.
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WOW! Not sure. Peter will probably read this when he gets back into society any time now. He is out in the boonies making a horror film. I guess he does it all! Anyway, he is real good about checking in and filling in the blanks. If you can be patient with Canadian P.S. (many would consider it Canadian B.S.) but you can definitely order it straight from Loughran.
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Hi. I aded a demo Video for a few days. Here you can see the shoe on the Gimmick. Very nice Mr. Loughran!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXQlw_Fd2wI
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Wow, as demonstrated by the invisible man.
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Yes Very funny really!
But it isn't April Fools Day yet
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?What´s the problem? I filmed it for other magicans, so they can view the angles, because I think the Demo Video of Peter Loughran is not so good cause it looks like he´s jumping. So my Video is the "one Levitation"!
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It's nice, but it would be better if you were wearing them while levitating. Smile
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Really?Thank you for this good bet:-)
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Hello Fairmagic,
No problem I didn't think it was for real!
Respect to you Sir
Cheers
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On 2010-01-21 08:15, pegasus wrote:
Wow, as demonstrated by the invisible man.


The 1 legged invisible man. Smile
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On 2010-01-22 21:55, edh wrote:
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On 2010-01-21 08:15, pegasus wrote:
Wow, as demonstrated by the invisible man.


The 1 legged invisible man. Smile

Paar an Hals?
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I'm starting to get really interested in this levitation.
Can anyone tell me, am I able to do this levitation without filling up any more pockets?
Thanks.

Also, I would have thought that there would be more video demo's of this product, I'd certainly include one on my showreel if I could do it to the effect of Peter L's.
Booyah!
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It's a few months since you posted this but will answer your question if you're still interested. Nope no more pockets to fill up. Am surprised there's no more demos either and I honestly don't think Peter's does it justice. I was amazed the first time I performed this in a mirror. Unfortunately I've never performed this in front of a live audience so can't comment on what their reaction would be.
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Just purchased this from Peter.. Hopefully it arrives soon Smile
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