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I will be working in a large shopping center, I need to do effects that can be done surrounded. I am very keen to do a levitation.

What are peoples favourite levitations that can be done surrounded?
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Broom suspension
Jim Steinmeyer's Pole Levitation
Get the book called Ency of Suspensions and Levitations by Micky Hades (I think)


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I am not so keen on the broom suspension, not sure exactly why, perhaps its the feasibility of teh start. I do like teh Yogano version - Super Nova 2 I think which combines the levitation with a penetration.

I remember seeing a levitation where you pick up your assistant, turn her sideways in front of you, let go and then the rise up your body. I don't recollect the name though
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Broom suspension is the most practical method. but I believe for surrounded situations pole lev is the best.
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I believe that there is a levitation by Steve Fearson that might work. A friend of mine did it and it was pretty convincing. It's not the milk crate one. It's a cardboard box that the walls pop out on all four sides so you get a clear view all the way through. You then grab a hoop cloth and stand in the box then rise up. The audience can see straight through and then you come back down and show everything again. Like I said it is cardboard so in a way it is a little convincing. Not the best but my friend did use it in trade shows.
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This is not a Steve Fearson illusion! it is from Nickolas Einhorn !
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Thanks El Rafael. I did not know who it was by. My friend did three different ones and Fearson was the only name that stuck in my head. Thanks for the clarification. I'll remember this time.
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Chair Suspension is cheapest and most practical, I've been using it for a few years now and it has never let me down.
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I am surprised to see that no body mentioned the sword suspension. I prefer this over the brooms for surrounded and close up. Since the gimmick is easier to conceal, at least in my mind lol. It also packs a little smaller which is always a good thing. Just my two cents.

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What are peoples favourite levitations that can be done surrounded?


A suspension is not a levitation. Pole, chair, broom, etc.. all have a point of contact. If you really want to do a levitation surrounded, your choices are few and far between. IMHO suspensions are not as magical as levitations.

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Suspensions are NOT as magical as levitations this is true in most regards, but the illusions suggested are FAR more practical for real world situations.

It's all in how you routine it, like do a smaller levitation of an object which leads into the chair suspension, broom suspension, etc.

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Suspension, levitation, it doesn't make a hill of beans difference to an audience if you present it correctly.

There are several elements to consider here.

1) the sell -- do you make a distinction between a levitation and a suspension when you discuss it with the client. Or do you just say that you are going to make someone (or something) float?

2) the actuality -- do you do what you promised.

Also, some illusionists of fairly decent repute make a different distinction between levitation and suspension than others. Most of us say that in a levitation, the subject rises, while in a suspension, they stay at a constant level.

Walter Blaney makes a different distinction. He feels that to a lay audience, the difference is whether anything is apparently touching the subject. By his definition, Super-X and the Blaney Ladders are levitations, not suspensions. I don't believe the lay audience makes any distinction at all.

A few years ago, when the first Harry Potter movie premiered, I was asked by a local newspaper to come in for an interview, as well as a photo shoot and a video to appear on their web site. I was to come in my costume. Before I hung up, the reporter asked if I could perform a levitation. I kind of hedged on it, not having read the book. Then I read the book and realised that, to the reporter, floating ANYTHING would qualify as a levitation.

I dug up a floating ball that I had marketed during the 1970's -- it used IT, and I adapted it to the performing conditions. The ball, itself, was about 1.5 inches in diameter, chrome-plated. It floated completely free in front of me.

The result? A half-page color photograph of my face and hands, with this ball floating in front of me. This was on the front page of one of the inner sections of the paper. I also got about 12 column inches of ink inside.

Now, regarding performing a "levitation" in the round. I did the Harbin Super-X plus in a mall situation. I was basically surrounded, in an atrium, where people could look down on the stage area. I had a folding backdrop which blocked the bad part of the back view. To kill the other critical angles, I moved small, portable signs from various parts of the mall into the few critical spaces. A friend of mine, who knew how the illusion worked wondered how I was going to get away with it. So I told him to walk around the area upstairs while I was performing the "float."

He did. Every time he was about to see something that he shouldn't, there was something in his way, a cigarette urn, a sign, a bench, something that the average customer would not move. This created the impression of being able to work surrounded.

So, block off the bad spots with things like taller props, other illusions, assistants, etc. and the gilpins won't know they are being flummoxed. That's how Jack Gwynne did some of his dance floor work.
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Why is it that when an effect is asked, there seems to be no new illusions mentioned.

The one that was performed on T.H.E.M. wherein 2 magicians suspended with their feet on the ground but in a lying position is something different.
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So far I only know of one levitation that can be performed completely surrounded without any tables or chairs and it is only custom made by Yogano of Belgium. I don't think he makes these anymore. The effect is that a lady assistant is made to lay down on the floor in front of the magician. The magician then levitates the lady until she reaches the magician's waist. The magician then holds the girl and lifts her until she is in a standing position and she simply walks off.
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On 2004-10-14 03:28, Bill Palmer wrote:
Every time he was about to see something that he shouldn't, there was something in his way, a cigarette urn, a sign, a bench, something that the average customer would not move. This created the impression of being able to work surrounded.


Excellent piece of advice Bill!
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For my money the Harbin Chair Suspension is best for Malls and similar conditions. Always use an adult spectator and look up Harbin's presentation. It follows a logical sequence and people always ask me afterwards if it is achieved by hypnotism. When the lady is suspended and the board removed,I always duck down and walk under the spectator then stand up to take the applause.
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Floating in any form is extremely powerful. Losander lecture and his routine with bubbles is fantastic.

He finised with his table floating and that also was powerful. If you want a levitation surounded, then you want a new effect.

What you want is a electronic device that raises and lovers and for it to be concealed so no one can see it. This is a job for "The Trick Brain"
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