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Kent Wong
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I've been wondering this for a while and thought I should simply ask: What are the key differences between the Blaney Ladder Levitation and the Blaney 3001 Levitation? I know they are both excellent, but there is quite a significant difference in price. Thanks.

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Hi Kent!

One thing I have heard is the Ladder Lev comes with a special hoop. Now I am not sure about the 3001. I had heard the hoop was available separately.

OK, I just checked...The Ladder does NOT come with a hoop, I understand now. It's 11 grand with no hoop. ZANEY BLANEY MIRACLE LEVITATION HOOP is $3500.

The difference I see is the Ladder Lev is a levitation, where the 3001 is a suspension.

Not much help, I realize. Best I can do, though! Smile

Doug
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I personally wouldn't call it a levitation without up and down movement. I usually assume that suspended in the air is a suspension, and rising is what makes it a levitation.

From what I've always been able to tell, it's just different supports. The 3001 supports are bigger and the ladder is much more streamlined and deceptive, thus more difficult to make as it is such a fine piece. I'm guessing that's what makes the price different really kick in.

That's just my thinking however, without having owned either.
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In Ladder levitation have very clever support, each ladder can remove( and rotate)and even step back on some distance ,and created overall impression by the lady levitate. Look great ,and more interesting then 3001, but price so expensive for no reason?Also hoop soooo expensive,but secret very easy ,i don't know why price???
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Because it is worth it!! The ladders are precision made as is the hoop. We are talking ten thousandths of tolerance in hollow Stainless tubing. Try bending this stuff and you will understand.

Neither is a levitation by the truest sense of the word. They are suspensions. There is no increase or decrease in height of the girl.

The other major difference is the ladder is built right in front of the audience. 3001 is set up already.
Both had similar mechanism internally.

The price is totally justified if you saw the work on this. Also remember that Walter Blaney did this for over 20 years before anyone was shown the work. There is a good reason no one just knocked it off. It is too hard to make. Ask some people who bought the foreign knockoffs. They are junk.

The few guys that have the ladder are glad they have them and are just as happy they expensive so they don't become another "flying carpet" illusion.
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Kent Wong
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Great information so far! Can anyone tell me if the weight capacities and the angle sensitivities are the same for both illusions? Thanks.

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Angles are similar on both. You can cover a lot by kicking the one corner downstage a bit. Weight capacity on the ladder is about 125#.

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Kent - You should contact Walter directly. He would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions. I've known him for 30 years and he's one of the nicest guys in magic. His contact info and phone number are on his website: http://www.walterblaney.com/illusions
Kent Wong
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Richard - Thanks for the quick and informative reply.
David - I will definitely do just that! Sometimes, I'm hesitant to go to the inventor since there is a very fine line between due diligence and fishing for secrets. I always try to steer clear of the latter category.

From everything that I've learned from the responses here, it sounds like the 3001 may fit my needs. Having said that, however, I have one last question: Are there any disadvantages to the 3001?

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For the love of Mike. Have you bothered to do a search?

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=7
Kent Wong
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Sponge - Thank you for the link and your incredibly polite reply. If you look at the link you posted, you will see that I actually participated in that thread. I was able to gain a good understanding of the 3001 from the previous discussion. The question I am currently asking is the DIFFERENCE between the two levitations that are currently available so I can better understand the variation in price. If you have any thoughts or constructive comments that may further contribute to this thread, above and beyond your most recent post, they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your time.

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That link is just one example. There are some other threads talking about both illusions. here's couple more that may have more info for you:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=7

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=7

Yeah, I was rude. Sorry. It gets frustrating on here sometimes and it's easy to get rude.

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Thank you for the additional links. They were very helpful.

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