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Greetings Magical Friends. I have been building illusions under for years but have never attempted a levitation. I'm aware of many - but simply do not know which is best for a traveling performer. I'll really appreciate some ideas on this. I'm skeptical of the one-man zombie-like forms. Has anyone had experience with them. I'm not interested in stationary effects. I'd love to construct Blaney's, but the plans are not available that I'm aware of. That's the only stationary one I'd consider. Beyond Blaney's I'm not sure any others are credible. In this era of micro technologies you'd think a compact device could be made to achieve the effect of a floating vanish that really blew folks away.
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I visited Own Magic Supreme around Thanksgiving
and spent half the day working with there incredible “Gossamer Flight”
their one performer/on assistant Asrah, as used for years by Goldfinger and Dove.

It is a masterpiece of engineering and technology,
combined with theatrical and magic performance know-how.

Every aspect has astounding well thought out and constructed details.
It should it’s been worked on, tweaked, and improved every few years for several decades, aiming for perfection.

True it is expensive, but the illusion engineer who was with me said to build an outfit like that he’d have to charge about twice the price, it can also be customized to meet a performer’s style and theme.

I’ve heard about Gossamer Flight for a long time,
and seen a few around on and backstage,
but to actually handle this latest version was like driving a Porsche.
It was true love at first site.

It can be performed under almost “test conditions” and has!
The angles, lighting, distance to audience, or type of venue
have all been carefully taken into consideration.

I guess what I’m trying to say….
for the Volkswagen of One-Man Asrah, Jim Sommers is an acceptable place to start, if you have limited experience and budget.

But the Owen’s is a racecar masterpiece that can not be duplicated or replicated.
So I’d consider dropping this version of the Illusion and going for something totally different,
as skilled as your shop is, I don’t believe there is any way to compete with this.

My thoughts anyway.

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Walt is awesome. I totally agree. I owned the Jim Somers asrah. It was not very flashy and was very clumsy for me. I have heard that the gossamer levitation is easier to manuever.

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