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lawrenceng
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Got mine a few days back, decided to hold off the steam and put it through a couple of runs before writing a review, had a feeling you guys might want something more objective instead of hyperbole ravings. Here goes:

The packaging: It came well packed in a box, comes w/ the instructions, the gimmick and a CD containing the video instructions, credits, and the high res version we have all seen on the web.

The gimmick: It is well made, so far, in my handling of the gimmick, it has inspired confidence and gives the impression of long lasting durability. Peter is true to his word on having only good quality material used in his products, kudos to that. 5/5
The instructions: Not only does the instructions come w/ details on the basic routine, it gives different presentation ideas, plus hints on how to maximize your angles, starting out and accomplishing the levitation w/ the help of spectators and practise tips. 5/5
The CD: The video instruction basically shows what was being described in the hardcopy instructions, with a brief mentioning on how to do the levitation without squatting down to touch the feet. The video demo is a better version of the web version. 4/5

Overall: I have been practicing this levitation for the last few days, and the more I experiment w/ it, the better it gets. It has all the misdirection built into the right places, and also allows you instantaneous outs when the needs arise. The mid-air rotation that is such a powerful visual display, would take some time to master, but Peter has provided a method which makes it simpler, involving the help of a spectator or two. I am still not confident enough to have spectators too close to me, so I will hold out on that one for the time being.
Mr. Fitzkee would have been proud--allow me this single hyperbole.
I gave 4/5 for the video instructions because the method that Peter suggests for not having to squat down was only mentioned briefly, and would have to be worked on quite a bit by anyone who might be interested in trying it. A more explicit explanation and demo would definitely have satisfied even the most critical. However, after viewing the basic routine given, I feel the misdirection built into the basic routine allows you to fool the spectator completely, ie: it is very unlikely the spectator would suspect your squatting down has anything fishy to do w/ it. Therefore, I gladly would have this product out earlier than having to wait for Peter to go through the extra video editing, etc., just to show the no squat method.

Value for money: This product should definitely be sold at a much higher price. The current price reflects the actual cost of the material (Peter states that part of the gimmick was customed designed and made, in addition to the human labour involved in the actual assembly) with (in my humble opinion) a low cost built into it for intellectual property. It is my sincere wish, and also Peter's (as noted in his instructions) that this effect be protected as much as possible from the masked magician.

Congratulations to Peter. This has been one of the few effects which has not been disappointing in terms of advertised expectations, and value for money. It does what it says it does. Period.

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Well, glad you like it man.

One more note.

The video does teach you how to levitate without bending down and touching your feet.

However, you need to set it up in advance which REQUIRES you to bend down.

It's a shame since I thought the device would levitate you.
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We all should be careful on describing the effect so that we might not expose to much of how this works. I'm sure many of you will agree!
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Another thing.

The part where it says that you can show both your feet free of any device before the trick will require you to bend down wether you like it or not.

You can't just walk in front of someone and levitate straight up. You must bend down in order to do the set up.
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I received The Elevator today. It's GREAT. Simple but elegant solution that will undoubtedly be a HUGE hit. I'll be floating around most of today.

Lawrence did a great job reviewing this and said most of what needs to be said.

Congratulations Peter. Superb job.

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Great Job Peter!

The Elevator arrived today! I am very pleased!! 200lbs. and I float like a butterfly!

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Hello,

A question I still have is under what situations do you think the effect should/could be done? Is it the kind of thing that is best used in a "social" situation or street kind of show? Or do you think it packs enough power to be added to an actual "show"?

Assuming it is strong enough to be a "show" piece...on a stage? In a house? Outside? What criteria would the show have to meet in order for this effect to be performed (if that makes sense - ha!)?

I'm thrilled that the reviews are positive. This restores my faith in dealers.

Thank you and Congrats to Peter,

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It's comments like these that made the many weeks of hard work all worth it in the end.

It's comments like these that add to the motivation for releasing my new creations to the rest of the magic community.

Thanks guys.

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Very good review Lawrence. Glad it is everything Peter said it is.
Congratulations, Peter, on your Elevator. Smile Smile Smile
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Thanks Gerry,

You should have yours by Monday!

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>It's a shame since I thought the device
>would levitate you.

There is no such device in the natural world.

I wasn't expecting a force field or anything like that, so I wasn't disappointed. I think Peter's solution is logical, simple, and a definite value-added investment.

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What of the claim that a method is included to do the effect on a stage is provided?
Is it possible and something that would be attemtped.
OR
Possible but not really practical to attempt. (Meaning too many conditions would apply to make it practical to attempt on stage with people sitting in line with your feet at eye level.)
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WOW...mixed emotions and time!!! I just got home from a 5 hour clown 'n magic gig to find the Elevator here! But the ARCA 200 race is due on from Daytona in less than 15 min (I used to race with them!) so I get to watch the race and open the Elevator at the same time! Magic**********;)
Will post my thoughts on it...and read the ones that were posted during my 5 hour gig later!!!
***, still *wish* I was getting strapped into a race car at Daytona right now!!
Well, let's see them drive a race car blindfolded! A major stunt I plan to do later this year!! And maybe "levitate" on pit road before the stunt, too!!!! **smiles**
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Peter , received my elevator and watched your cd instructional video. Looks great, can't wait to practice it to try it out as quick as possible. Smile
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Well, received my Elevator today. It was what I expected. The only thing that immediately stood out is how well it was constructed.

I didn't read the manual or the look at the CD. I watched the Elevator so many times on the Internet I just duplicated the moves in front of my 9 year old son (First time). He screamed "WOW Dad's Floating!". As I landed he ran in the back to see how I did it and I pulled up my pant legs and he was stunned. The gimmick was in full view but he was so focused on my feet he didn't see it.

Well, my critic loved it and I have to commend Peter for a fine product. Boy, will I have fun with this!

Thanks Peter!
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My wife (my toughest critic) had a similar reaction... a loud WOW!! And she even knew I had gotten a new levitation in the mail (although I did take some time to practice first).

My review is in the other Elevator topic (the long one), but suffice it to say... I'm totally 100% pleased with it!

Thanks again Peter!

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My oh my, what a fanstastic thread.

Any more reviews or comments??

This sure sounds like an interesting product.

One question:

Realistically, would you be able to wear the gimmick all day without it annoying you??

Thanks

Gary
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Yes, you could, but there is need to. It is well thought out and is the best to come out that I have seen.
Buy it and chances are you won't be disappointed.
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What of the claim that there is a method to do it on stage with people sitting in normal theatre seats with eyes at stage level? I am sure I read that he includes a method.
Is it one of those claims that IS possible but so many conditions have to apply to make it not practical. OR is it practical and most likely will be used.

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It is possible to do it on stage.
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Thank you, but you did not address my question in full.
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The reason I did not address it in full is because I don't believe it is up to me to go into every detail about the effect without giving it away. Buy the trick or read the post and decide for yourself. Too much information is given out on too many effects. If this was in the secret sessions maybe it could be addressed with Peter's consent.
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thehawk said it pefectly: Yes, it is possible.

We can't give the secret away, but I will tell you this, I'm not sure what the purchasers think of the presentation I included with the product regarding this as it just came out. However, when I first went out and began experimenting with The Elevator in front of real people this was the routine I was doing. I was initially going to sell the illusion with this presentation in mind, then I discovered in many cases it wasn't necessary. I hope this helps you out a bit more. If you do stage work this method will be very practical and easy to set up. However, because you still only rise a few inches off the ground people in the balcony seats will have a hard time seeing it.

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I received my Elevator in today's mail. At just over 6'1" and 225 pounds, I was concerned about stability, even though Peter had told me it wouldn't be an issue. He was right!

I've seen the complaints about having to bend down to do it here and in another topic. First, it is true, you do have to bend down to do it, unless you use the method Peter describes to avoid this--which is clever. However, the bending can be EASILY covered by presentation. One guy suggested tying your shoe. Peter does it under the auspices of warming up and stretching. I think I would wave my hands next to my feet, "to build up some air currents." Regardless, it's easily covered.

The unit is very sturdily made--it'll last a lifetime. I had no fear at all of it breaking or giving out. The angles are better than any of the other marketed levitations or the Balducci, etc. The gimmick is VERY light and easy enough to have in place all day with no discomfort. It is also exceptionally easy to move, remove, replace, etc.

The ONLY problem I'm having is that I'm a bit stiff due to some old injuries, and the bending all the way down isn't quite as easy for me as it used to be. However, this effect will give me a fun excuse to limber up!

Great product, and well worth the money, IMO. It is, as has been said, very simple, but that is part of what makes it so good! Well done, Peter!

I will have a review of this item in the next issue of Visions.
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Got mine and love it. I would sure like to knock some ideas around with those in the know.
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From what I have seen on the demos, it appears that one heel is on level with the other foot.

Can someone please clarify that you have both heels off the floor when you levitate, and the spectators can see from the left and right side and still not see anything suspicious?
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Peter has answered this several times before. Check through his previous posts and you will find the answer to every question you could ever possibly have about this illusion.

P.S. The answer is yes. Smile
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I think I have read all the posts and this question has not been asked - although the answer will not affect my purchase. It sounds like one of the finest releases on the magical market ever.

My question is about balance. (Scottt Guinn mentioned that "stability" is no problem and I assumed he was referring to the sturdiness of the apparatus). I am tall and have never had very good balance. That affected performing King Rising and the Balducci. Could anyone respond to the requirements of "balance" on the elevator?
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Their is a slight bit of balance required (after all, you are levitating), but a little bit of practice gets rid of that. Peter gives tips in his video that help make it even easier. The balance needed for The Elevator is less than that of both the Balducci and King Rising. I have used all three of these and had problems with balance on Balducci and King Rising, but the Elevator is much easier and I now have no problems with it. Hope this helps.
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I agree with Lester that balance is required... and likewise, I also agree that Elevator requires less balance than Balducci and KR. In my opinion, Elevator is currently the most "balance friendly" street levitation out there (once you've practiced with it a bit).

And once you get comfortable with it, you'll likely be able to stay levitated longer than other street levs as well due to Peter's unique approach.

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