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Bill Hegbli
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Last week I was at a favorite restaurant and some acquaintances were reading the news paper. I talked about Michael Jackson performing The Lean in his Thriller Music Video. There were photos and a full explanations of the effect he and his dance group performed.

It involved a special metal plate attached to the heals of their shoes with a simple 'V' cut in the middle of the plate. All the dancers and Michael had to step exactly over a nail head sticking up out of the stage floor and engage the head of the nail into the 'V' cutout. Then they all in unison performed The Lean. Quite a trick in itself, I would say.

This is a very old Vaudeville stunt I remember seeing in a old black & white movie as a child on television.

This effect has seen a revival of sorts on The Worlds Greatest Magic shows on television last season. Two different performer one female and one male both performed the The Lean and most recently it was on America's Got Talent by a young male performer.

I have seen this advertisement for years and Doug Malloy offers it for sale. I am wondering if it is the same method as published in the national newspapers? I don't think hammering nails in clients floors would be okay with them.

http://www.malloymodernmagic.com/the_lean.htm
chias
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The website already says No Special Stage Needed.
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On 2009-08-23 07:10, chias wrote:
The website already says No Special Stage Needed.


Learn Dealers Speak Smile

"not needed" doesn't mean "not there".
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On 2009-08-23 09:06, Roland Henning wrote:
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On 2009-08-23 07:10, chias wrote:
The website already says No Special Stage Needed.


Learn Dealers Speak Smile

"not needed" doesn't mean "not there".





LOL
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On 2009-08-23 07:10, chias wrote:
The website already says No Special Stage Needed.


You just need a straight floor where you can place the metal plate, no a special stage. See the catch?
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You ca defo see Jay on AGT has a thin metal plate on the floor where he performs the Lean, I'm guessing its the Malloy one! I hear good thisg about the Malloy version!
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Well, I guess the Newspaper was correct then, I always thought it was a specail built shoe. Mainly, because they had you send them a pair of your shoes for doctoring.

You really have to be in shape to do this kind of thing or you can really pull some muscles all over you body.

Thanks guys for the observations, I usually catch things like that. I guess I was looking at the attractive girl. Smile
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Wm, you need those as well.

regards,

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If I lean too much, my belly touches the floor. It happens when your shaped like a weeble. Seriously, if I lean 12 degrees, all you will see will be my shoes on the stage and I will be rolling.
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Here's a video with the Malloy lean and the Losander table being used together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTuzHSNsGrY
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Remember Bert Easley made this his trademark effect decades ago...

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Bill Hegbli
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Just found this newspaper article, Jackson has the patient on the Lean.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2009......nt_N.htm
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The newspaper said at the end "The patent ended early, on Oct. 26, 2005, after failure to pay a final maintenance fee to the federal government."
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Samslaven... THAT'S THE WORST ACT I HAVE EVER SEEN.
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The lean you saw on SGT was performed by jay Mattioli and yes its form doug malloy.
you need to send heim your shoes to have him work the magic into th em and then you get them back along with a metal plate that you have to put on stage inorder to perform it.

its a great sight gag
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Pete,

If you thought that was fun, you should check out the whole Rob Higgins act from Abbott's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnvv-Ocv_......nel_page

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Well before I saw the lean at Masters of Illusion and on Americas got Talent I thought it is done differently. Maybe its a big exposure, but if that's not the method, then I think I'm free to talk. Maybe even some get inspiration from my idea.
Well, I thought that there were a reasonably thick and durable cable from the back of the shoes to the special vest. First the cables are loose, but the cables have this pulley mechanism so if you stretch the cables so their at a tension the pulley will retract some of the cable, tightening and locking the cable, you are able to lean. I remember that kind of pulley from vanishing bird cage, Tommy Wonder version. I tried it with a cable(without the pulley)and it surprisingly worked. But I'm not aware of how many degrees you are able to lean,but the lean was noticeable. Just an idea of mine,but not very practical.(Well at least you don't have to have a special things on stage.)

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At 3.57 in this clip you can see one of the dancers get his foot caught on the mechanism.
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Pete - you are NOT alone. I have yet to see that act where the table doesn't end up on the floor or in pieces.
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Oops, just realised I didn't post the link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUYD13W-oWs
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