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LEVITATION

Ever seen a magician make someone float in the air? Have you ever wondered how this was done? Magic trick secrets such as this are not easy to come by and even when you know the secrets they can require much practice. These are the type of tricks that the Master Magicians of the past performed. The likes of Howard Thurston and Houdini are associated with them and perhaps the much heralded Indian Rope Trick involved levitation of some description.

Here are a few pointers: you need a special type of couch that has a secret compartment where the person can slide into and stay in until the trick is over. You can call someone from the audience or just let your assistant help you by letting them sit in a reclining position and then covering them with a piece of cloth.

After some time, you command that person to rise and once she has risen to a height about a foot from the couch, you remove the couch and walk around that person. Unknown to the audience, the person does not really levitate and what they see is simply a mesh like screen that is shaped like the body of the subject.

To make it more believable, you tell the person to rise a few feet more way above your head.  This is made possible by the four strings of invisible thread attached to the mesh and controlled by another person who follows your lead by telling them when to raise or lower the cloth.

Once the body is lowered and leveled to your head you remove the cloth and astound the audience because nobody is there.

You then make the person to show him or herself by calling them to come out. So that people will not think she hid in some hidden compartment backstage, your assistant can bring this person somewhere else and then let everyone see that assistant or the volunteer.

This is done of course as the couch that was removed earlier has been brought backstage so the person can come out already.

For the trick to work, the background or the backdrop has to be dark. The best color is black. The mesh that is used for the magic trick should be made of nylon material and can either be black or transparent.

When the trick is about to be completed, the off stage assistant who controlled the strings earlier should raise the uncovered screen completely out of view so they won’t see any strings and making sure that the stage is clear.

There are many versions of the levitation magic trick and using string and an assistant is just one of them. There is one where you can make yourself levitate and make you go one foot off the ground but for that to work; you will need to saw a block of wood that is smaller than your foot.

This is then placed on your trouser leg and then when you are ready, you bend over and remove it pretending that you are tying your shoe but what you are really trying to do is put the block on the floor and then hide this behind the shoe. You then hop up on the block with one foot and float a few inches of the ground.

People can catch on to how you did this magic trick so don’t stay too long up there. You can avoid this by dropping down fast and telling everyone that it takes a lot of effort to do this so you can’t stay up there for so long.

 

 

 

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