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Father Photius
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At TAOM this past weekend I was privileged to see Jimmy Fingers perform the Magellan Levitation before a handful of magicians, including former IBM president Roger Miller. Everyone in this room was far from a beginner; most had been in magic at least 3 or more decades. The reaction to this levitation was one of pure astonishment.

Compared to previous videos I had seen that Jimmy had posted of the levitation, I felt I was watching a whole new illusion. The lift was a good 14 inches from the floor, both feet fully visible and no visible means of support.

His set up time was seconds, and he finished “CLEAN”!

This can be done at very close quarters; the closest one in the room was no more than 5 ft away and the farthest was probably 10ft. All you need is a corner or a bit of wall behind you. (The wall or corner has nothing to do with the levitation, just the angle).

I was amazed at how wide the angle for this levitation was.

I was more than fortunate enough to be one of two people, who had been present at that demonstration, that Jimmy revealed the secret of the illusion to.

Let me say this is genius if I ever saw it. Incredibly well constructed, would support at least 230lbs if not more. Every detail thought out to the ninth degree, and no moving parts!

Whole thing is very light weight about 12 lbs. This illusion is a breath taker, and believe me it fools very experienced magicians and will wow any audience, can be done parlor or stage, and a living room is more than large enough to do perform this in.

Right now they are basically being built one at a time, so contact Jimmy to acquire one. You won’t be unhappy that you did.
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Forgive me Father, for I have...

Oh, wait, wrong place.

I must confess, I actually have several of these ready to ship at this time.

I don't know if the Padre saw it, but I performed this at the TAOM midnight magic show, as well.

In terms of angles, the room was three rooms wide, and I was against the center of the side wall of the middle of the three rooms. Just about the most impossible angles ever! You would not be able to perform a Harbin/Gwynn/3001/Klamm suspension within those confines. But, the Magellan was workable.

Even a strong parlor act without illusions has a hard time connecting with this type of room layout! Most simple suspensions aren't workable, let alone a levitation.

I hope that this answers the concerns of those who assume that the youtube presentations are necessarily 'flat' or manipulated situations.

Everyone who has seen the online videos and the live performance have been shocked at how little justice video does to this piece.

Cherie Kay crashed my cleanup outside the room, and saw the gimmick. She denied that there was any way that it could have been the method of accomplishing the effect that she had just witnessed. She kept badgering me for more, but there was nothing else to show her. Ron Wilson saved me, by assuring her that he had seen me rehearsing it earlier, and that the piece that she was seeing was what enabled me to accomplish the feat. Even upon explaining it to her, she seemed more and more perplexed by the workings. I think that she still had her suspicions about altered clothing, worn braces, or gaffed shoes, but I assured her that what she saw was it.

I know that many of you consider this to be vaporware, like most of the levitations proposed on these forums. But, there is a large group of magicians that attended the TAOM midnight show that can testify otherwise.

Would a priest lie?

Thanks for your interest!

Jimmy Fingers
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I got to see Jimmy do this one from the front and from the back. I know exactly what the gimmick is. After I saw him do this, I went up to him, congratulated him on the BEST self-levitation there is. PERIOD. I even gave him a hug. I'm not a hugger, most of the time. But Jimmy's self-levitation is worth five hugs!

From the front, this is what you see. The magician walks over to a spot on a floor, a riser or any other solid, flat walking surface. He is carrying a large, opaque piece of cloth, about 2 yards wide and two yards high. The cloth is basically bunched up, without any apparent rhyme or reason to it. He faces the audience, lowers the cloth to a bit above ground level, takes it by the upper corners, and raises it to a point just above his waist.

He takes a deep breath, and slowly begins to rise, bringing the cloth upwards with him. The bottom of the cloth remains on the floor. He rises a little over a foot, then he drops the corner of the cloth he is holding in his right hand.

The audience can see clear through the area under his feet. He holds that position for a good length of time, then he takes the corner he dropped back into his right hand, holds the cloth in front of himself, and slowly sinks back to the starting position.

He then drops the cloth and it lies crumpled on the floor, in a very low pile -- a pile that is only a couple of inches thick. After he takes his bow, he can either repeat the illusion or he can pick up the cloth and walk away.

Things to consider:
1) The illusion is silent. There is no noise, no snapping, cracking or any other kind of tell-tale mechanical sound.
2) Jimmy could do this wearing a pair of off-the-shelf sneakers, a pair of shorts and a T-shirt without modifying the works in any way.

Jimmy's research has paid off. It's not vapor ware. This is the real deal.
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What is the wieght limit?
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Hello Big Jeff,

Jimmy can answer this question.......but I believe it is around

260 lbs.

Is that correct Jimmy?

Thanks
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Hi,

Yes, that's what I've seen so far, but I can probably make it up to over 320, if necessary. It would weigh a bit more, and it would have to be custom made. At that point, there are other considerations, mostly physical.

Thanks everyone!

Jimmy
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I took the plunge and purchased Jimmy's levitation. I own and have used the Icarus, Fearson's box, Elevator #1 and #2, and my own vesion which for now I'm keeping to myself (it's nothing revolutionary, just a modification/improvement of an existing self-lev). Jimmy Fingers' levitation is hands down the best I've ever used. I mean, you levitate over a foot into the air and the audience can see under your feet! The angles are superb and the thing will last a lifetime. I've got a Halloween show I'm doing where I'll perform this as a closer. I'm just working out the bugs on a routine...

This might be considered expensive, but all the better to keep it out of the hands of posers and exposers. You can make back your money in a few shows, and I'm sure this thing will win you more gigs. I can't wait to do this in front of an audience. This is one of the top 3 high-end purchases I've ever made, right up there with my Higley Zibits and Losanders table. Once I've road tested this a few times, it may turn out to be the best thing I've purchased period. Thanks, Jimmy. You've given the magic world a wonderful gift.
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Fellow magi,

I also purchased this today, and prior to purchasing I called Jimmy.
He answered all my questions, doubts, and concerns, and so I bought this immediately.
I do not have the levitation yet for its on its way, but let me say that this is by far the BEST self levitation out there. Some might say its expensive, but its perfectly fine to keep it out of the hands of the curious.
I also owned most self levitations including, Balducci, ICarus, Skywalker, Criss Angel one as well, and this tops all of them barnone.
I will also use it for shows near Halloween and beyond.
I also cannot wait to get started with this device.
Thank you Jimmy for your support, and for giving the magic community something spectacular.
FAther Photius, Bill Palmer, Scott Emo were absolutely correct in all their statements regarding this beauty.
Thanks again.
And if someone isn't sure whether they want to take the plunge, contact Jimmy, he is a really nice guy and is willing to help you out in all your needs.
Thanks again

ALEX
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It costs less than a set of sterling silver Sherwood cups. Smile

You are getting a good value for your money with this.

If I were going to do a self-levitation, this is the one I would buy.

And Jimmy -- you can quote ANYTHING I have put in this review thread into your advertising material!
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I am considering this illusion...it looks great...does it pack small...I would assume it does...?
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Hi,

It's weighs 12 lbs. and fits in a carry-on sized piece of baggage.

Please see http://www.jimmyfingers.com/magsolo.htm for more information and videos.

Thanks,

Jimmy
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Thanks Jimmy, I will contact you if I decide to go with it.
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Also, does it require any protective case or anything like that??
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This piece is literally bulletproof. The only thing that might be required for protection would be a case to protect other things from it. It isn't going to break anytime soon.

I use my clothing in my suitcase to pack around it so that I get optimal space and some padding so that it doesn't get slung around during shipment or travel.
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I wouldn't call this illusion expensive in light of what other levitation suspensions cost, especially those that allow you to do what this one does. It is one of the best thought out and best tested pieces of magic I've ever seen. Pure Genius.
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Can this levi be performed at any house gig I perform at?

Does it need "Set-Up"?

How clean at the end? Am I gonna have to pick something up under the curtain after dropping it at the end?

It's says :"The most Practical Levi Ever"! Is it?

How practical is this for your average walk-around performer (I usually have an assistant with me).

I do a-lot of backyard walk-around and house parties, we end up in the guest house most of the time. Is this levi sporadic enough to just snatch and perform?

How clean is this? That's my question?

I seen someone compare this to Icarus Effect and Elevator Levi. I used Icarus at many of my gigs already to great reactions. Just wondering how good this levi will be for the average performer, as far as practical is concerned?


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Hi,

I perform this at EVERY house party that I do. And I do quite a few. Usually in the foyer, or out of a corner.

I know, it sounds too good to be true, right?

Please see the reviews by the owners and the experts.

Do you know how hard it is to impress Bill Palmer? Do you know how many levitations Bill and Father Photius have seen in their lifetimes? Walt Anthony has seen the previous version, the Magellan Witch, but he hasn't seen the newest Magellan Master. It's completely different, and much more practical and workable.

This is not a street performing piece, it's actually a parlor illusion that would be perfectly fit for stage, as witnessed by attendees at the TAOM in Fort Worth.

The setup is exactly as shown in the video. But, you will never be able to imagine the reaction to this until you've seen it in front of a live audience.

Even an audience of magicians.

It's nothing like any other self levitation. There is no comparison between this and the effects mentioned. No comparison. Listen to the experts and owners.

It seems too good to be true, but it's true. It's that real. It's the real deal, according to Bill.

I love doing this effect! I'm actually bummed if I don't get to do it, that's how great the reaction is.

Jimmy Fingers
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I had talked online with Jimmy before TAOM, and I have performed with him at our local variety show.
I have seen the levitation online and he did it at our variety show.
To be honest, I wasn't that impressed at that time.

But then!! I saw him do it at TAOM.
And I agree with Father Photius, it was like watching something new that I haven't seen before.
When he did it, knowing what the gimmick was, I said to myself, "wow, that looks really good."
Then the people around me were freaking out and had no idea how it was done.

So... online video... no good...
At our variety show, I didn't have the best viewing position and not the best stage area...
But when done in the proper area... It looks really good!

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Hi,

Yeah, Slice of Variety is a very long, narrow pizza place in a nightclub area of Dallas, performed at the end of this room. About ten acts, no dressing room. Randi was literally standing directly to my right within 4 feet, waiting to perform. I could have reached out and high fived her!

Since she's a magician, I wasn't playing to her. I wasn't considering addressing that angle, and I'm not the type to hoarde a secret from other performers if their visual awareness of the method allows me to do the effect better for the audience. She was staring directly down from one of the few difficult angles and I'm sure that it was much less than deceptive.

But, it's just not what the rest of the audience was seeing.

I'm just glad that I got to redeem myself at the midnight show at TAOM.

JF
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I contacted Jimmy on Friday last week (He was in Houston, me Chicago), I had the pleasure of talking with him for a good 30min. We talked about the Levitation and many other aspects of what was behind his creation.

While on the phone with Jimmy, I had no choice but to order!! Believe it or not, He was in the middle of Hurricane IKE! He literally packaged up my product I just ordered from him, and drove to his local post-office in the middle of 40-50 mile an hour winds and got my package out ON-TIME!!!! I was shocked while on the phone with him, as I heard the wind constantly beating him and his phones azz! He was actually packing to leave Houston at the time I called him, getting ready to run from the Hurricane.

Jimmy is AMAZING!! This man risked his life for a customer!

Jimmy got ahold of me Saturday morning, texting me from someone else's Cell Phone! How cool is that?! Answering a question I asked him the night before on the Café! This showed me; While protecting him and his family, he took the time out to send a message to a customer while in a dire situation!

How much more stand-up can you get then Jimmy? You can't!!


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