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It isn't my favorite either but it is GOOD for platform work. I can leave my BIG heavy levitation at home and still do a levitation at smaller gigs. That reason alone makes it a good prop.

It would be cool to have this in a cape.


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Well, I guess that I can say that it IS my favorite.
1. It is a chore to carry around big levitations. This can be carried in a small duffle bag or case.
2. It is a levitation and not a suspension.
3. It is a silent operation. No music needed.
4. It is not vaporware or hype.
5. It REALLY looks magical when properly performed.
6.I have seen the looks on people's faces. Most levitations/suspensions that I have seen seem to most people like puzzles. This looks MAGICAL.
7.It is affordable.

Just my humble 2 cents.
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I'm glad Jimmy weathered the storm. It was a real booger!

One of my friends said, "Ike was a really bad hurricane, wasn't it?"

I told him, "I went through Carla, Alicia and Ike. I never heard anyone say 'WOW! That was a GREAT Hurricane, wasn't it?'"

Sitting through a hurricane is like riding a roller coaster for 12 hours. Without the fun part, of course!
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Hi all,

I don't think that we're through with the storm, by any means. The after effects of this are huge, especially when the bailout has taken away the focus from our situation, and has almost sent people into a spending freeze, due to the fear of scarcity, due to the economy AND the hurricane recovery. Demand for performers is not great at this time, from what I'm hearing. And, yet, I still picked up a couple of big gigs in the last couple of days. It's weird. I'm feeling vulnerable, even though I picked up two of the biggest bookings that I've had all year! Part of the securing of these bookings has to do with the fact that the agencies promoting these have now both seen the Magellan live, and they're actually selling the act with an emotion that they may not have seen before.

I was scheduled to do 7 shows at the main Houston comedy club, but that was all canceled, due to the hurricane causing a lack of power. I was set to do two-camera shoots during every show to get legitimate video of the harsh angles of the comedy club and the audience response that this receives.

I am up against a lot of unseen forces with this effect, but I'm sure that time and history will vindicate the value of this piece, and the ideas behind it.

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Jimmy
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Very good to small places.

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Hey Jimmy,
Comedy Club?
I thought you had to be funny to perform at one of those places.
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I must be a master of comedy, 'cause so few people take this illusion seriouslyl!!!!
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"so few people take this illusion seriously"

It is the way that your eyes cross when people see you rising about a foot and a half off the ground.
I promise you, I will never forget the way that lady cried out,"NO WAY!"
Oh yea, I don't know if you were aware, but the projection screen was on behind you at Midnight Madness.
The light was shining through the cloth. It looked GREAT.
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On Jimmy's latest (I think) video, he is doing this really close up in a living room without the cloth.
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Sorry for the confusion, that video is of me doing a souped up version of Skywalker. I call it Magellan Warlock for promotional purposes only.

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Hi everyone. I just wanted to report that I performed the Magellan Levitation as a closer for a Halloween show last night for about 50 people in a school Caféteria.
It produced gasps, laughter and lots of applause. Once again, I have to say thanks to Jimmy for releasing this. For me, this is fantastic.
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Steve,
This is similiar to the reactions that I have been getting as well with the Magellan. And I have one of the early models. This piece has been significantly enhanced since my early model.

I get PM questions about the angles of this. Angles are great from my perspective. Can you explain the angles that you performed in the school Caféteria? It might give a clear idea of the angles. Also, did you have a curtain or did you setup/cleanup in front of the crowd as designed?
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Hi Scott-
Glad to hear you're getting good reactions (I've seen your video clip at the Magic Garage and thought it looked great...it helped sell me on the idea of purchasing the Magellan). The angles were fairly good except to my right side which had audience members a little too close for comfort. Nonetheless, I was able to cover the angles by holding the cloth a little tighter to my body on the right. One thing I need to watch out for is lifting the cloth too high and exposing the base. I know I just need to keep in practice which is no problem since this is so much fun to do! I did not have a curtain and chose simply to have the cloth piled up on the ground throughout the set, and then go straight into the levitation. Doing it this way does not allow you to lift the cloth high and show your feet before the levitation, but I noticed on some of Jimmy's video clips that he doesn't do this everytime anyway, and the effect is still looks good. By placing a folded towel in the spot where you lay the g*****k down after the descent, I was able to eliminate the noise. I'm looking forward to using this awsome tool again soon. All the best.
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Have performed this a a few gigs now, and it always draws gasps from the audience. With regard to Jimmy, he's really a great guy and is genuinely concerned about ensuring you're getting the most out of the Magellan. He's shared many tips with me over email and the bouncing of ideas back and forth have really helped in getting the illusion to work just fine.

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Hello everyone,

Please note that the increase in the price of the current Magellan model reflects an improvement in the current units, any built since the beginning of this month, June 2009.

The current model includes a self contained transport system, as opposed to the previous sheet connected system. Much more convenient, clean, and easier to wash the satin cloth than the older version with the cloth and attachments.

These units are all hand-made, and variations within the previous production models are possible. All what I would consider evolutionary upgrades.

I only offer online video instructions, due to the low price and the difficulty in putting the performance finesses in writing. The effect is highly dependent on rehearsed nuances in performance that would be better described as a mime or movement presentation than a magic act.

I should not be surprised with pre-owned used Magellans being offered for sale. I would cite a difficult economy and a performer's inability to discern between the audience response to this being presented properly and the reaction to the usual suspension.

This is not a push-button, "wheel it out, pull a lever, wheel it off of the stage" effect. The best comparison that I could make would be with Karson's Zombie. If someone puts the work into the presentation, they will have a jaw-dropping miracle. If you buy it, and don't try it or follow the instructions closely, and if you try to get too fancy with the presentation without thought about the changes, you'll end up with a 'ball on a st**k.'

As a performer, are you losing the credit for creating the miracles in your act? Losing out to the perception that the boxes, bases and boards are doing the magic? Contraptions and contrivances are doing the magic, not cleverness and concept. Just think about it. Don't fall in love with the glossy finish or the big prop on stage, when YOU can be the focus of the levitation in YOUR act.

In my shows, I put the audience response first. I own a very effective version of the traditional Harbin/Gwynne suspension and this Magellan levitation, and the audience response to this is enough to never, ever even imagine using the conventional Harbin/Gwynne suspension, ever again.

My fabricators are constantly working on ways to lighten the unit, using advanced materials and alterations in design that don't affect the strength or reliability of the prop.

At this time, these units are being hand made, one-by-one, on a per order basis. Made to order.

Thanks for all of the positive reviews and support from the brave magicians who dare to step up to the challenge of being different, giving their audiences something better.

Jimmy Fingers
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Can the Descension be done without re-lifting the cloth?

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Hi Kent,

No, the descending can only be done in a similar manner to the ascension. But, there has never been a question about that. Is there a motivation for descending without it? I might be able to help.

JF
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Hey guys,

I've seen some of the improvements that Jimmy has made to the Magellan Levitation, and I must say that they are north of genius. When Jimmy told me that he was messing around slightly with design changes to the original, I initially cringed since I couldn't really imagine how you could improve upon it. I have one of the very first models and I love the way it works. But Jimmy has for sure raised the bar and improved upon this levitaion.

Improvements include a new setup system that is now self contained in the unit, ability to perform in more places due to some stability enhancements of the design and decreased sway of the originals versions. Efforts have been made to allow heavier magicians to levitate as well. Jimmy can set up you "huskier" magician to float as well.

Great work, Jimmy!
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Thanks for the updates, Scott... Just so everyone knows, since that report, I was able re-engineer a 3-point base carpet stabilization system into the new units, and a new way of retrieving the transport system. Like Scott says, I've made these units much more stable and confidence inspiring by adding more strength where it's needed and trimming where necessary.

If anyone has an older unit, and would like to upgrade, the price of the upgrade, $425, is less than the difference in price of the new one vs. the old one. In other words, if you added the original price of the old unit to the price of the upgrade using the exchange program, the combined price would be less than the retail price of a new one.

I'm also offering customized service for heavier magicians who want to float, as well. I am lowering the lift from just under 18" to about 15" for those over 260 lbs. who might have problems with the more physical aspects of this piece.

Also, Hocus-Pocus is offering these units at this time. Thanks to Paul and Ken for their support of all of the Magellan product line through the last few years. They're involvement adds huge legitimacy and credibility to this project.

Jimmy Fingers
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This is one of the neatest, self contained illusions that I have ever seen.
This week, I watched an episode of America's Got Talent. A magician on there did a very quick teleportation type effect.
First thing that I thought of was that Magellan would blow them out of the water.
One of you young whippersnappers should jump all over it.

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Hi everyone!

Please see the new live performance with huge audience response.

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

Thanks for the overwhelming support and enthusiasm that everyone has shown for this piece!

Jimmy
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For at least two years I wanted to do self levitation, but I didn't get good info of other levitations, but when I read info about ML on this forum and on the ML web page I decided that I will buy Magellan levitation and put it on my show.

Thanks...

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Hi Aftereight,
did you already buy the levitation? What is your experiances with it?
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This is the second time I'm considering this again - but every time I watch the video, it doesn't look good. It just looks like the magician is stepping on a support of sort - doesn't look like any levitation what-so-ever. Am I missing something?

And the reveal looks really suspicious. That cloth is gigantic and the magi looks like he's about to tople over trying to balance on one foot.

I really want to like this. Does it really look different in person than on youTube?
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I have no problem believing the Padre or Bill or randi, and I don't think you should either. But that is only my humble opinion.
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Hi, I just wanted to share, with his permission, a note that I received from Pascal Koller regarding this levitation.

Hi Jimmy

Yesterday I've done the Magellan Levitaton for my director to take it in my program.

He flipped out! And he sees a lot of magic...
Think I'll take it as closer.

Thanks a lot for the development and sharing.

From Switzerland
Magically

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I received the latest Magellan Master levitation just before Christmas. If you remember, I had the earliest 1.0 version (maybe you could even call it the beta version) that I used in a video once posted on the Café.

When I opened the latest version (the one that Jimmy is shipping now), I was astounded by the improvements from the original. This is like version 7.0. The thinking that Jimmy has put into this to improve all aspects of the illusion was incredible. He improved the stability, the foot view/dangle, the get ready system, the cleanup system, the cloth and the cloth positioning in the final reveal. I'll tell you that previously it looked good. Now it looks like a miracle.

Well done, Jimmy. Your awesome, relentless focus on minute details absolutely paid off here.
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Is there a video available that demos the latest version? I also own one of the first generation Magellan's and I think its great. I'd like to "see" the difference from the audience perspective.

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Hi Kent,

This is the video of the current version...

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

Filmed in front of a couple of hundred magicians with significant others, at a wedding in Texas.

The newer version has better angles... The gimmick is better hidden from angles than the previous versions.

I'll email you the picture of it, I know that you had a previous version.

JF
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