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Bill Hegbli
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I have no problem with anyone building their own Floating Table. It is coping Losander's exact design so they can make supposedly make one. Coming on The Magic Café and asking for dimensions or plans of someone table is just wrong. I did not read the person even offering remuneration for the person's information.

I don't know any kind of plans for any Floating Table of any kind. Paul Osborne has not even tackled the project.

And to the person who asked previously, yes Losander invented the Losander Floating Table. The only other floating table in magic that I have seen or heard of is the Abbott's and Owen's Floating Tables that is a totally different method, the hand has to be in contact with the table top at all times.

Years ago, Tim Wright had a large version of Floating Table built and sold it on the magic market. I believe it was the hand in contact method as well, but the table was much larger then the above mentioned tables. Almost the size of a folding card table, his did not fold of course it looked very solid like fine furniture all in white.

You could contact Owen's and ask if their floating table is in their huge book of illusion plans they published. The books are very expensive, see their website for details.
TravisNye
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I just posted a photo of one I finished...I love it and sold a few to a local SAM group
RonAllen
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I have a floating table I bought used but I am left handed. I would like to make a left handed gimmick. What is the best metal wire I can use to make the gimmick and where do I get it. It must be thicker than a coat hanger. not sure what to ask for. Thanks
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And here's one I made earlier, before staining and varnishing. Works well but I've since bought the materials to make the feet bigger (but haven't got around to it yet!) and there are a couple of other design issues that I would change if I was ever to make another.

Click here to view attached image.
Cleverpaws
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Very nice design magicjohn2278. I'd be interested to know what other changes you'd make.
magicjohn2278
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A lot of work went into making it look heavy - at a rough count there are over 72 pieces of balsa making this table! A lot of the work went into making the top. But the audience only sees the top for 30 seconds or so at the end of the routine. Most of the time its covered by the cloth! I'd also make it a little shorter. The "floating height" is fixed by the tabletop.but the audience (probably) determine the height as being from the stage to the feet. Making it a few inches shorter effectively adds a few inches to the height it floats.
Bill Hegbli
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On Feb 22, 2020, RonAllen wrote:
I have a floating table I bought used but I am left handed. I would like to make a left handed gimmick. What is the best metal wire I can use to make the gimmick and where do I get it. It must be thicker than a coat hanger. not sure what to ask for. Thanks



Any good Hardware store or home improvement store, Steel wire, they usually have it on display in the store in many different thicknesses. YOu will need a good bench vise to bend it, depending on the thickness needed. Or just approach a metal shop, and have them make it for you. You'll need to have the original with you so they can copy the exact forms, only to work from the left side.

If the turn you down, then ask if any of there craftsman do freelance work.
Dan Ford
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I used 3/16 inch cold rolled steel rod, which can be found in the hardware stores, like Bill mentioned.
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I'm left handed too. When I bought my Losander Table, I asked if he had a left handed gimmick. He said, "No, but I can bend it around the other way for you, or you can do it yourself"
I decided to do it myself, so when I got home, I traced out an outline (2 views) of the right handed gimmick and then bent it to match a mirror view of my tracings.
I've used the gimmick with my table for the last 10+ years.
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countrymaven
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Just buy the book on the floating table.
countrymaven
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Buy the book. look for it on Amazon dude. don't make life hard.ok.
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Here is my version of the floating table... This is just a test, not the actual routine. I built it out of balsa wood and pine, it was about three pounds to float... In my next version it's going to be all balsa wood and I'm updating the floating method.

https://youtu.be/iXu03YtPcLg


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LOok this book up:
How to build a floating table on Amazon. He is a friend and a really good guy. HE helped me get into performing. Very helpful guy helping magicians
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