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Christopher Rinaldi
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I think I've seen this stuff before, what is it being repackaged and sold as a DvD?
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We will be getting this product so you will be able to order it from your favorite dealer world wide!
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Just to let you know there is a video demo up!
The last one looks particulary impressive.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb46sdkM5iQ

This?

Definitely not for me
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I like the demo and will order the DVD!
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Ok...so I just watched the demo...

I think they ALL SUCK!

Question...why is it that every single levitation that is out on the market makes you look like that something is either attached to your person, or that your trying to balance on something.

If I'm going to to vanish a coin, why do would I first pick it up with my right hand to simply toss it into my left hand to make it vanish. If I'm already picking up the coin in my right hand, then why don't I make it vanish from that hand.

In the same instance, if I can really float off the ground, then why must I first hold a foulard in front of my body to float up to a chair. The lack of motivation makes little sense to me.

There will NEVER be a good self levitation. Everyone has saturated the market with their own version of this and IMO they all suck.

Jimmy Fingers has the most practicle version of this tho' you still hold up a foulard in front of you to hide the gimmick.
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That last one is stage magic
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Thanks for the kudos on the Magellan, Chris!!!

They're all good for different situations, and I'm convinced that the inventors of these effects can all perform them to appear as if their own method is the second coming of awesome!

Some people have been put off by the methods used. Understand, by definition, we're trying to provide the user with the impossible. For a fair price. And something that will wow the audience. Without jet packs, electromagnets, rigging, etc.

At some point, you might have to suspend disbelief, or at least be able to provide a working situation where you can cause the viewer to suspend disbelief. None of these methods are capable of being totally deceptive and impossible to figure out. Sometimes video cheats, and doesn't provide a very good idea of what your audience will get. That's not good. And it hurts the rest of us who will not compromise our credibility in that way for a sale.

One of my most proud moments was when Piz contacted me, telling me that it wasn't what he was looking for. Then, a few months later, he contacted me again telling me that he needed the instructions again, because he ended up in a situation where the piece would work. He was initially looking for something that was more of a self contained, strolling piece, like an Elevator or Levitation One by Peter Loughran. The Magellan is more of a stage/parlor effect, even though it would be more effective close up and at angles than the one-on-one Icarus. But, with the cloth, the potential effects of wind on the Magellan still relegate this to working out of a corner or foyer of a room. The Magellan should be considered by someone looking for a 3001 Suspension, Klamm's Walkaway, Flying Carpet, Super X, 3-in-1, Harbin Chair suspension, broom suspension, Flying, Stool levitation, "No Feet" or Gamolo. It's more effective in that arena. It's not so much of a potential polishing of the Balducci or current levitation tool that you're carrying in your pocket, no doubt.

Mayne's 'new' Levitator is something that appears to be similar to the Pocket Levitator. And that's not bad, especially since it's his to begin with! Performed properly, and with the right presentation, a masterpiece. So good, in fact, that one of my friends told me that Andrew was 'ripping off' my Magellan. Actually, a HUGE compliment to BOTH of Andrew AND I. That means that they're not picking up on the methods at ALL!!!

I would recommend NOT buying a levitation for the secret, but, instead, being aware beforehand what you're getting. Even if you figure out how to make a certain version, if you use it in your show, try to support the inventor. Especially Andrew. His stuff gets knocked off and published illegally, so much. Hook a brutha up!!! Even if you have to order a cheaper manuscript of something else, get some cash to him if you're using his stuff, that's all I'm saying. Encourage great thinking, and you will be karmically rewarded when YOU come out with something amazing!

I was very impressed with the Skywalker manual, but it IS a LOT of work to put this together properly and make it look good! Don't be afraid to try other methods of building this that aren't exactly in the instructions. Research the Magic Café, I've posted TONS of improvements and hints for improving and making Skywalker more livable!

I was very disappointed with the Levitation One videos where people used the low quality of youtube and a specific angle to give viewers the idea that an extended viewing below the feet would provide no hints of what was going on in this effect. I don't think that Peter did that, I really don't think that he would. He's got too much going for him in a credibility way to encourage that type of compromising of his reputation. But, I'll bet that THAT video made him a FORTUNE in sales!!!!

King Rising is brilliant thinking but just not something that I've ever been able to fool anyone with. Very difficult to execute in an impromptu situation, but so gimmickless and elegant, that it appeals to me on a purity and cleverness level that very few of the contraptions do. Talk about an amazing, prop-free follow up to the Balducci!!! But, I'm in Houston, and wearing a jacket for this would be a very short lived solution, because of the heat and humidity. Ugh!

I feel that with the proper execution and motivation, we could use ANY of these levitations in some way at some time.I also like shocking other magicians with the effect done LIVE!!! It's unbelievable and spooky. But, for my taste, the shock of rising almost a foot in a half, and revealing the legs and feet completely, make it worth only working situations where I can do the Magellan. I don't do outdoor shows. I rarely take strolling shows. I can go to an area of the room usually and perform it. But, I just really like doing it in a standup, house party parlor show.

I don't believe that the best use of Andrew's Levitator has been caught on tape, yet. Or invented. I think that someone is going to come along and find a use that will really emphasize the beauty of this concept. I'm thinking of a shopping bag, similar to the one in the "This End Up" video, that would contain something to take the place of the chair in the Levitator video. Offset, back out of the way enough, and not something that you would normally step on. Seriously, get thinking, everybody, it's too good to pass up for what it would cost or take to work on.

There is a huge range of complaints over the years about levitations, but what I'm seeing is so much potential if the purchaser takes the concepts, and says "What if?" We've got so many great methods that were not available 20 years ago. Wow, what a renaissance!

Best of luck to all of you, and never stop thinking,

Jimmy Fingers
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So is the DVD just a visual version of his Touching the Sky booklet?
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Jimmy,

Im confused by your statement here;

Jimmy fingers wrote:
"I was very disappointed with the Levitation One videos where people used the low quality of youtube and a specific angle to give viewers the idea that an extended viewing below the feet would provide no hints of what was going on in this effect. I don't think that Peter did that, I really don't think that he would. He's got too much going for him in a credibility way to encourage that type of compromising of his reputation. But, I'll bet that THAT video made him a FORTUNE in sales!!!!"

Are you refering to my demo or ones posted by other such as this one here by Piz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KcUQcJK-SY

Piz's demo is shot in HIGH DEF. Or are you insuating something else from my demo?

Just so you know, we did not make a fortune on this product. I wish I did but I didn't. I don't think the words "Fortune" and "Magic tricks" can ever be used in the same sentence to be honest, espicially in todays economy. However both me and Ray beleive very strongly in our product, and still believe that for the price it is the most practical and convicing levitation on the market today.

I hope I misunderstood your comments.

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MagicBrent,
I think the levitations on the DVD are different ones as in the booklet.
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Jimmy,
ONE is really "one" of the best self-levitations on the market for a price like that.
Sorry but I don't know your levitation - only saw your videos - because the price isn't for my pocket.
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Hi Peter, this is a total misunderstanding of what I meant. I was referring to a totally different video that was not from you. Someone posted a video that burned on the gimmick in a way that was not indicative of how the end user should believe that the piece is capable of actually being used consistently and effectively. You had no such shots in your promo, as I would expect. This has been discussed before, not by me.

I would spend triple what you charge for the One Levitation, and would not hesitate to make it part of my own repertoire, in any way.

Your friend, huge fan of your genius,

Jimmy
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Is this just a compilation of already marketed levitations? Someone mentioned King Rising. I believe Corey King created that method, and his DVD is still available on the market. What other levitations are on this DVD?
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On 2009-08-22 15:37, magic4545 wrote:
Hi Peter, this is a total misunderstanding of what I meant. I was referring to a totally different video that was not from you. Someone posted a video that burned on the gimmick in a way that was not indicative of how the end user should believe that the piece is capable of actually being used consistently and effectively. You had no such shots in your promo, as I would expect. This has been discussed before, not by me.

I would spend triple what you charge for the One Levitation, and would not hesitate to make it part of my own repertoire, in any way.

Your friend, huge fan of your genius,

Jimmy


***Sorry for getting off subject, but I feel this need to be said considering the slight turn in conversation, and also my name being mentioned***


First off "Thanks" Jimmy, and not because of it being a proud moment for you, but "THANK YOU" for you selling me SUCH a GREAT levi! It is truly a MASTERFUL levitation! Smile

YOU ARE GENIOUS MY FRIEND!!! Smile


I also cannot agree more about ONE levi being way underpriced!

Just to clear some things up for those who are posting ONE video's without thinking before hand, or even watching them before posting, consider this...

The viewing under the feet is something to look for, you cannot go floating around the neighborhood asking everyone to look under your feet, it's not gonna happen.

As I have stated numerous times, it all depends on the pattern of the carpeting/flooring you are performing ONE on.

I have done this on every imaginable patterned surface since I've had ONE, I pretty much mastered that part of it to where I know exactly what I'm looking for when I step into performance mode.

Check-out Jon Maronge in his ONE levi video (Remember to watch in HD), you can clearly see under his feet to the other side, and he stays up there quite a while. Once you have that knowledge of knowing what to look for, there is no worries of the spec seeing anything.

BTW, I was actually sitting on a couch while filming this vid (a LOW couch), and what you see in this vid (while watching in HD), is exactly how I saw it in person! It's a diabolically SICK illusion when you know what your doing with it! Smile


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



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I think it is a little evident what is going on in the youtube video for Levitator (perhaps not to spectators). That being said, I have *never* been wronged by Andrew Mayne and love all of his work. For the price and his way of "selling" an illusion as being real to an audience, I will be picking up his dvd.

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Hello all,

The thread that I was referring to was from "The Mac" on this page of the One Levitation thread.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=570

I am in support of this effect, completely. Even as Peter's competition, I want this piece in my repertoire, and I have just ordered this to support Peter's creativity, livelihood and to show general support for this piece.

Please accept my apologies for any possible second guessing that this may cause you as a potential buyer.

I'm putting my money where my mouth is. It's a tough economy, and I want anyone who has any questions about spending their money on this piece to order soon and support this kind of creative thinking. If you're on the fence, come on off and put this in your arsenal.

http://www.masterofillusions.ca

And throw a "Sacred" into the basket when you're checking out... Scotty has some upgrades and improvements in store for you, as well.

Sincerely,

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Is it just me or do the first three levitations in the demo look just like "Wild Levitation"?

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=337
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I just got an email that this is being released today http://itricks.com/store/2009/08/levitator/
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Call me impulsive, but I watched the promo video five times and then ordered it just now. I have always been happy with Andrew's creations, so without hesitation I took the plunge. Price is $19.95.
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