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My welders just called and notified me that they have finished 5 of these. I have 4 people on a verbal waiting list. If you want one, these won't last long!

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I performed this recently for an audience and they didn't go wild like this effect deserves, I guess this can happen sometimes because people just don't know how to react. It's an odd reaction to get from such special effect, it deserves rapturous applause. I also think it may have freaked people out a little. Has anyone else experienced a similar reaction?

I have of course received the expected response many times and have even performed this close-up with people on a foot or 2 away, as well as with people behind me (other acts waiting to go on) and they haven't seen how it's achieved. One act even told me he had to double take when he saw from behind before he clocked how it was done, but then kept checking my legs for apparatus!
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I think you may have experienced "audience shock", the state of mind where they are extremely focused on what you are doing, their jaws are open, they are witnessing a miracle, but they truly don't know how to react. They may not know when or how to react. They are also looking for permission from you to let that out. And sometimes they don't realize your visual cues. They also may be waiting to see how high you are going to go before they applaud.

In performing the Magellan, I tend to throw one of my arms high in the air when I'm at the apex of the levitation, in an applause cue pose. Typically I hear gasps and "no way's" as I'm rising, but there have been some performances that have been totally silent until I throw my arm up and allow them to release their excitement.

Well done, Havens! I think you better get the crash cart out, because you may have to defibrillate some people back into this world!
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I guess you have to compose music with a dramatic cue when you reveal your feet to signal the audience to respond.
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There is a natural applause cue when you drop the cloth. The left hand is still holding the cloth, and the right hand is in a natural position to be raised and to open itself to applause.

Don't forget to smile!

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I always am very carefull with what I'm asking an audience to believe or where I'm dircting their focus. Applause cues typically follow a tension and release format. You're under tension holding out for the magical moment, you create the effect then you release all of the energy giving the audience a chance to relax and applaud. If there is any residual tension, the applause will be muted. For example, I'm doing a vanish and my gulity hand with the load has any residual tension in it, even though I show my other hand clean, the tenson keeps the audience from falling into total believability. If you whip the cover off of a box to show that it's empty, there is a natural release which will cue the applause. What would happen if instead of whipping the cloth away from the box, you carefully slid the cloth back until it only covered the load chamber. The movement of the cloth directs the eye and mind of the audience to the exact method. There are times this can be used as a trick to direct the audiences attention AWAY from the actual method but when it leads to the method, it can be hard to sell. If you were to freely drop the cloth without leaving any hint of tension or "carefullness" to the reveal, that would help a great deal. If the cloth is "lowered" and there is a feeling of restricted freedom of motion, most audiences will suspect it and it will create subliminal unrest halting a full reaction.
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On 2011-04-17 21:46, Lou Hilario wrote:
I guess you have to compose music with a dramatic cue when you reveal your feet to signal the audience to respond.


Don't worry Lou, the music I use has a perfect cue and I've timed the effect to perfection to the natural cues in the music.

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I always am very carefull with what I'm asking an audience to believe or where I'm dircting their focus. Applause cues typically follow a tension and release format. You're under tension holding out for the magical moment, you create the effect then you release all of the energy giving the audience a chance to relax and applaud. If there is any residual tension, the applause will be muted. For example, I'm doing a vanish and my gulity hand with the load has any residual tension in it, even though I show my other hand clean, the tenson keeps the audience from falling into total believability. If you whip the cover off of a box to show that it's empty, there is a natural release which will cue the applause. What would happen if instead of whipping the cloth away from the box, you carefully slid the cloth back until it only covered the load chamber. The movement of the cloth directs the eye and mind of the audience to the exact method. There are times this can be used as a trick to direct the audiences attention AWAY from the actual method but when it leads to the method, it can be hard to sell. If you were to freely drop the cloth without leaving any hint of tension or "carefullness" to the reveal, that would help a great deal. If the cloth is "lowered" and there is a feeling of restricted freedom of motion, most audiences will suspect it and it will create subliminal unrest halting a full reaction.


A lot of very good points to think about there Ray. Additionally I don't think the audience were in the mood to witness a miracle of any sort, they were cold, many were busy eating and the compere hadn't done a very good job of warming them up. They were certainly on their guard and I can imagine a totally different reaction later on in the night, when they were more relaxed. I don't think I failed in my performance, though some blame can always lay there, as the other magicians were wild about the effect, even picking up on some the subtleties gone into producing a steady rise, as witnessed from an exposed angle. As I mentioned previously some were even puzzled by the effect, despite having a clear view of the workings.

Part of the blame lay on the environment but as a performer I should also be looking at ways to improve on my performance and deal with tough crowds. Don't get me wrong, they were clapping, but I think this effect deserves more, as I've previously received. The gig was tough and I had to work hard to gain the audience's attention, which I did by the end of my set and was glad I had something as powerful as the Magellan to end on.
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Hi Everyone,

I have A Magellan Master Levitation for sale in the Tricks and Effect for Sale here if anyone is interested.
Brand new, unused (was bought for a series of shows that unfortunately fell through, and does not fit in my current regular act)

Cheers,
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I never perform while an audience is eating. I only do after dinner performance. Eating, and even coffee/dessert service, can kill your reactions from an audience.

If you do your act for an eating audience, don't be surprised when they treat their food like a TV dinner, and your show like a TV program.

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I never perform while an audience is eating. I only do after dinner performance. Eating, and even coffee/dessert service, can kill your reactions from an audience.

If you do your act for an eating audience, don't be surprised when they treat their food like a TV dinner, and your show like a TV program.

JF


I totally and 100% agree with this, unfortunately it was out of my hands. It's even worse at standup comedy clubs where I've known audiences not only to be eating but to have their backs to the acts while they're on. I was booked to do a job, which I did to the best of my ability but my feeling is that both myself and the second act took one for the team.

"Don't be surprised when they treat their food like a TV dinner, and your show like a TV program."

That is an an extremely apt think to say that totally sums up the audience reaction - A brilliant way of putting it. Some were definitely enjoying the show, while others had their heads down in their food and when the response is subdued from those eating, it can infect others that aren't.
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Usually, comedy club food is enough on it's own to cause the audience to stop eating...
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I was wondering if anyone has found a small suitcase or something that this fits in? I tried my carry-on but seemed to be missing a couple of inches. I'm not worried about damaging it as it is built quite strong but I want to protect my other props during transport.
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I have a medium size Vidal Sassoon carry-on bag,
it is made from parachute material and folds up into nothing when empty,
but then holds the levitation and foulard exactly, safely, and with no added weight,
so it works well as carry-on.
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A carry-on is fine, but I'll be honest... I prefer to use a 29" large spinner suitcase. I use the "fits in a carry-on" to give the purchaser an idea of the size of the gimmick.

I use 5" sponge cubes with slits in them to cover the ends of the footplates and the two angles, secured with velcro strips. When you are driving through your neighborhood, and see a couch or loveseat being discarded, take the cushions and remove the upholstery fabric. Use an electric carving knife (the kind that you use for bread and turkey) and cut the sponge of the cushion into cubes. Cut the two for the angles larger than the 5" cubes. Then, cut a slit in the cube that fits around the gimmick. Obviously, I prefer to check this than to carry it on.

I've traveled all over with this setup. It's the most convenient illusion finale for a parlor act that I can imagine!

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I just received my Megellan Master Levitation yesterday and was very excited to get started playing with this thing. After a couple of hours of playing with it, here is my review.

I have been wanting one of these for a while but was hesitant because I just didn't know what the gimmick was and quite frankly, times are tough and it is expensive. All I know is I loved the video of Jimmy performing it. So, I decided to take a chance on it and honestly after playing with it, I love it and just can't wait to try it out on a live audience. Jimmy's customer service was top notch. He answered my question and delivered the product right away. I was very impressed because in this business you just don't find that a lot. When it came in, all I could say is wow, this thing is bullet proof and built very well. You can tell a lot of though has been put into it and it is designed very well.

What you get is exactly what you see Jimmy doing in the video. The angles are a lot better than I expected so I am very happy with it and highly recommend it.

At first I was a bit concerned with all the comments concerning the physicality or slight of body comments and I thought it would take LOTS of practice. Of course, I plan on practicing until, I feel like it is perfect. After an hour of working with it, I was starting to get the hang of it. I pulled out my iphone and shot a quick little video just to send to my friend to show him how cool it is. So, I thought I would post the link on here to show you guys what can be done after just an hour of playing with it. Keep in mind, it is a practice video and I was not worried as much with my showmanship as just demoing it for a friend. I think this thing is so good, I wanted to share with the community. I want to stress this is just after playing with it for a while! It is a private link and I will remove it after a while. Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_TGjE2yyGM

So, I love it and if you are thinking about picking one of these up, I recommend it!
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That looked really great!


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I recently did a gig where, backstage, the promoter saw the workings of the effect during set up. After I’d placed the gimmick on stage he said to me “When I saw it, I was think how are you going to get that on stage? Then you picked it up and put it down like it was nothing.”

The thought that has gone into the Magellan goes far beyond the just levitation itself.
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Thanks Ray! I love this thing.
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Thanks Ray! I love this thing.


Hi Wayne, I'd love to see the video but unfortunately I can't access it - any chance you'd be able to share the link with me please?
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I would like to extend an offer of online Skype coaching internationally or live coaching to those in Las Vegas working with their Magellan Master levitation. There are several subtleties and important details to the performance of this that can be stepped up in almost every presentation. I have upgraded my computer, webcam and wifi infrastructure reliability to accommodate this. The interactions are currently more stable and seamless.

Thanks so much for your continued enthusiasm and input.

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That's a great offer, Jimmy. Thanks. Think I'll take you up on it. I purchased this from you almost two years ago, but have performed it only a handful of times and would love to hear any tips you didn't include on the instructional download.
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Hi everyone,

To the request of further tips on performance, I would simply say this. Really copy and emulate the moves on the instructional to the nth degree. Then, make sure that you've seen yourself on video performing it. Over and over. Only then would I "make it your own". Then video again, and make sure that whatever you do to change or improve it does not take away from the original performance method and effect.

I'm killing all over Vegas with this, and it's a showstopper! Every show that I'm in specifically requests it over everything else. It's a real hit!

If you're having problems with smoothness and the physicality required to perform it, make sure that you pay attention to the details of the instructional video. Most of the time that people complain about the stress of the rise execution, they simply aren't following the instructions.

Properly executed, there is a slow rise without any stress or pain.

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Hi Jimmy, I always employ a slow levitation but during a recent practice session I changed it to a quick rise - which I also employed at a subsequent gig. This seemed to work well as it looked like I'd shot up in the air, rather than floated - have you ever performed it this way and what are you thoughts on this?

Also do you have any advice for wobbly stages? Sometimes a venue's stage can be a little less sturdy than I'd like and I've found the part where I lower to be quite challenging and almost impossible to practice for. Any help much appreciated. NOTE: This is in no way a reflection on the excellent levitation itself, more on the temporary stages that I sometimes find myself having to perform on.
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Hi Havens,

I've never tried to do it that fast, but I was trying to get the most out of the mystery... I can't see it, but, hey, you never know until you've done it in extremely similar situations with different paces.

I usually prefer to have a background that shows your change of height. In other words, something with more of a horizontal pattern than a vertical on that doesn't show the difference.

As long as you're using the 3 point stabilization system, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

I've never had a problem with the illusion on unstable stages.

Thanks for the nice words on the Magellan Master Levitation, and best of luck!!!

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Is there an angle issue if the audience can look down upon the performer? I sometimes have to work beneath and somewhat in front of a balcony. Will the workings be revealed to spectators looking down from above the performance?
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Is there an angle issue if the audience can look down upon the performer? I sometimes have to work beneath and somewhat in front of a balcony. Will the workings be revealed to spectators looking down from above the performance?


You know what the angles are so good on this you could get away with it but all I really wouldn't risk it. I've had people standing behind me (backstage performers) and some clearly saw the gimmick, while others said they did but were later checking my legs for stilts. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable performing this with someone above and behind me, directly above and you may be ok. Could you not just set-up this one trick slightly under the balcony?
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Also do you have any advice for wobbly stages? Sometimes a venue's stage can be a little less sturdy than I'd like and I've found the part where I lower to be quite challenging and almost impossible to practice for. Any help much appreciated. NOTE: This is in no way a reflection on the excellent levitation itself, more on the temporary stages that I sometimes find myself having to perform on.


Havens just informed me of a bent element of one of the 3 points for the stabilization. My response was, yes, of course, this will negatively affect the stability. Please replace the bolt with one of identical length and size immediately.

Imagine, having a tripod table with one leg that is a different length that the others, and wanting the top to be level. Simply not realistic.

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Also do you have any advice for wobbly stages? Sometimes a venue's stage can be a little less sturdy than I'd like and I've found the part where I lower to be quite challenging and almost impossible to practice for. Any help much appreciated. NOTE: This is in no way a reflection on the excellent levitation itself, more on the temporary stages that I sometimes find myself having to perform on.


Havens just informed me of a bent element of one of the 3 points for the stabilization. My response was, yes, of course, this will negatively affect the stability. Please replace the bolt with one of identical length and size immediately.

Imagine, having a tripod table with one leg that is a different length that the others, and wanting the top to be level. Simply not realistic.

JF


Totally agree, and to think I've been using it like this since purchase as I thought it was meant to be like that - everything else is so well thought of I assumed this was just another fine touch - bent to the perfect angle! I wish I'd said something from the start.

Will replace the bolt as soon as I can get to the hardware store, thanks Jimmy.
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Hello everyone!

For the next few days, I am moving all of my stock to Las Vegas. In an effort to minimize the move, I will be taking offers for brand new Magellan Master Levitations. If you have been wanting one of these, but have found the cost to be prohibitive, this might be a good time to contact me. Please feel free to reach me here, through email or the website.

Thanks,

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Thanks to Justin Kredible for his purchase, and for the great job that I hear that he did while using the Magellan levitation at the Magic Castle!

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