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Great new price! Wow, that's quite a savings.

Watching the video for this, a possible alternate presentation occurred to me.

Instead of presenting it as a levitation to begin with, talk about how you've read articles recently saying that people who are taller tend to earn more, have better success romantically (probably more for guys), and are picked first for sports. You've decided to improve your prospects and love life through a little magic.

As you raise the cloth in front of you, step out of your shoes and leave the tips pointing out underneath the bottom (if that doesn't work with the gimmick, have a second identical set of shoes loaded into a pocket in the cloth, which you can drop and position before beginning). Have the audience chant something as you attempt to "grow" - something like "tall-er, tall-er, tall-er..." or whatever. When you get to the top, smile and thank everyone. Then say, "I'm sorry - I've been putting you on. You can't really 'grow' with magic." Then drop the cloth and say, "Actually, I'm just floating. But it was worth a shot." Drop back down and move on.
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Hello everyone, (I also posted this in Grand Illusions)

I just received Jimmy finger’s Magellan Levitation and like to tell you guys what I think about it. I was looking for a levitation that I didn’t need a TRUCK to haul it around but still gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that the illusion would played well. I also wanted something that could not only be performed on stage and platform but also at private parties.

I feel that this levitation is a really GREAT concept in magic and something that has made leap and bounds in self levitations. It ranks among one of the BEST NEW IDEAS that has happen in magic in a VERY LONG time. Simple in concept and deadly in performance makes this levitation simply great! IMHO

I was concerned that the cloth may look out of place and suspicious but found that people don’t care about the cloth. Watching the video doesn’t do this levitation justice because seeing this performed live will make a believer out of you. It just looks so darn cool.

What I also like is that your feet are pointing slightly downward. If you could really levitation, your feet would just hang there in the air just like they do with this levitation! I am really digging this levitation!


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Since the price came down so much, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this. It's terrific. Similar to the experience of some others, my first reaction upon opening the box and examining the device was "what...?" But everything about it is there for a well-thought out reason. The device itself is quite possibly literally bombproof, it is constructed so solidly. The illusion appears exactly as in the demo video. It certainly will require practice and a bit of acting to look magical, but Mr. Fingers' explanatory demo is full of tips regarding every aspect of use and performance, including angles and practice tips.

Also included was a bonus portable levitation that you can carry around in a pocket and gives an effect similar to "One," with your feet an inch and a half or so off of the floor.
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Today I ordered Magellan Solo Levitation. Can anybody explain the difference between the Solo and the master levitation?
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I got my Magellan Levitation some weeks ago and I am happy with it. Great idea
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How does an old knockoff of a Magellan Solo from several generations ago compare with the current Magellan Master Levitation? Let me count the ways.

The knockoff has no three point stabilization system, rendering it useless on carpeting, unstable on uneven floors or surfaces.

The knockoff has no cheat block. This results in uneven, jerky ascent and descent, and an inability to perform the transition in a slow, smooth manner, unless you're in the physical condition of an Olympic athlete.

The knockoff does not have the toe-track system for ensuring the correct, blind alignment of the cheat block.

The knockoff lacks the current transport system for getting the unit into position without the need for curtains or blackouts.

The knockoff will not have ANY kind of after the sale support, according to those who have purchased it, and attempted to contact me for support and service when the German thief refused to answer emails or other correspondence.

In many cases, the knockoff actually costs more than my new price offered at the Magellan Levitation website, the only place that you can order a legitimate, up-to-date Magellan Master Levitation.

I hope that this answers your questions.

Thanks,

Jimmy
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Does the spectator ever ask why the magician needs a cloth to hide the feet during the elevation and coming down phase? Other than that, looks good.

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Jimmy,

I LOVE the Magellan, but I think your new price point is a slap in the face of everyone (like myself) who paid $1500 for it.

Cris
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Jimmy,

I LOVE the Magellan, but I think your new price point is a slap in the face of everyone (like myself) who paid $1500 for it.

Cris
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Jimmy,

I LOVE the Magellan, but I think your new price point is a slap in the face of everyone (like myself) who paid $1500 for it.

Cris
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You must really be upset. You posted the same comment 3 times! =(
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No, the comment posting 3x came from a hiccup on my computer. *** PC...
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Jimmy is an honorable guy, but the way his product is being ripped off, he really had little choice than to fight back with price.

The illusion is worth the higher price, but I'd rather see the original sold and performed than the rip-off which many will buy just because of the cost.

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I still think it's a bad move, as I can't be the only PO'd customer who paid full price for the unit...only to see the creator drop his price by around $700...while continuing to improve it.

Cris
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On 2010-06-28 18:58, Cris Johnson wrote:
I still think it's a bad move, as I can't be the only PO'd customer who paid full price for the unit...only to see the creator drop his price by around $700...while continuing to improve it.

Cris


So once someone sells something at a certain price, they can never change that price? That makes no sense.
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I'm not going to argue about it..I have my opinion, you have yours.
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Trust me, Cris, I'm getting slapped much harder than you are. I'm running damage control against someone ripping me off, and all of your concern is with thinking that you are the one getting ripped off. At the time that I sold the unit to you, I promised several things, and delivered. You agreed to pay a certain amount to obtain an effect, and you received, in good faith, what you bargained for.

I sold no "price control" or exclusivity guarantees, I simply delivered what you asked for, for a price that we agreed upon.

Trust me, I'd rather be able to provide a valuable illusion for the price that I was providing it for before. Trust me, you think that you're MY victim here?

I've given you a tool to continue providing entertainment for your audiences, gainfully. I have almost no living to be made now.

If you were to see the product that he is selling as a knockoff, next to what you have, you would be glad that you spent the extra on the original, regardless of the price now.

So, it would follow reason, since the money and price are all that matter to you, that you would have been one of the purchasers of the knockoff if you had purchased it months later. Right?

Well, rest assured, you've dodged a bullet, at any cost.

Everything that I've ever had is tied up in the Magellan. I have no investments, no savings, no property, no credit, no health insurance.

I'll bet that you have all of those things. But, like anyone crying foul about a money issue, you just want to complain.

You have absolutely no complaint that can even come close to mine.

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Jimmy,

I have to admit...you're right.

I'm the kinda guy who does not run away from admiting when he's wrong.

I don't spend much time gossuping or cruising the Café. I only heard about the price drop and flipped.

I didn't realize someone was running off ripoffs of the Magellan.

Quite frankly, the people doing it should be kicked in the groin and dragged in the streets.

I stand by my review - it's a great prop. It sucks that you got ripped off.

I was wrong to jump the gun and you were right.

Over and out...

Cris
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Thanks for that, a lot of people would justify, justify, justify... Takes a lot of character to admit that maybe the perspective was a bit skewed without knowledge of the knockoffs.

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Jimmy,

You're absolutely right...I am AWESOME.Smile
I'm kidding! Actually, you're wrong - my perspective was not a bit skewed...it was a LOT.Smile

In all seriousness, I heard about the price drop from one of my own customers. He asked me if, after several months of using it, I still recommended the Magellan. I told him in confidence that yeah, the thing ROCKS. In fact, I had just used it that day 2X when he emailed me.Smile

After I received your post, Jimmy, I went back and re-read the other posts and got the skinny...boy, if people are willing to risk their health with a knock-off to save money, I have three points:

1. You're supporting a thief, plain & simple.
2. You're killing the willingness of top pros to release their best stuff
3. You're freakin' putting your HEALTH on the line! In the case of the Magellan, you're up in the air, supported by a gimmick. If you buy a knock-off, it could break, you could fall and crack a bone or smack your head on the floor, etc.

I've been knocked off with my products, and it sucks, but with a Levitation, you're risking your OWN health and safety.

In my review, I stated that the gimmick would never die under normal useage...honestly, I think it will outlive my next of kin.Smile

Anyway, Jimmy, now that I've "groveled" enough (LOL) add me to the list of people imporing magicians to only support the creators who originated an effect, or marketed an authorized release, etc.

The first time I performed the Magellan, I got an awesome response. If thieves continue raping the good work of pros like Jimmy, those of us who cannot build our props (Like ME!) won't have as much good magic to buy.

Make the RIGHT choice.

Cris
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I agree with Cris.

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I don't want to get involved in someone else's argument Jimmy, I completely understand your postion and what you're trying to do but I'd go easy on Cris, he seems like a nice guy and it was his review that convinced me and no doubt many others to buy the Magellan.

Best of luck to both you guys, there should be more people like you.
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I've always said Jimmy put out a good product and it was worth what I paid. I jumped the gun and whined about the price drop, thinking Jimmy had just decided for no good reason to drop the price, but as I read through the other posts, it seems as though some STUPID P***K is ripping Jimmy off, which is why he feels he had to drop the price - to stay competitive. It's a shame because the only ones who suffer are:

1. Jimmy, for not rightfully getting paid what he wants and
2. the misinformed who buy the rip off, not knowing they're putting their health at risk.

By the way, Havens, thanks for putting in a good word for me. I am a nice guy.Smile

Jimmy & I have kissed and made up...uh, let me rephrase that...Jimmy & I are on good terms! Smile

Cris
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All good points Cris, can I also say that as for "misinformed" that's putting it lightly as the eBay seller was claiming they were genuine units, even when asked directly in correspondence. He was also claiming to only have 2 units left to stimulate sales. I nearly purchased but when something seems too good to be true it usually is. It was and I'm so glad I didn't get burned, that's also thanks to Jimmy.

Jimmy is a honourable man & a great thinker & I hope price reduction puts an end to the eBay conman's sales, as anyone would be a fool to purchase elsewhere for the sake of a few dollars.
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I've finally had the chance to perform this great effect in front of a live audience and I have to say the reaction has been better than I could have hoped for. It's one of those effects that magicians write it off, by harshly judging the YouTube clips (which don't do it justice), the cloth and the fact that they know they're about to witness a levitation. This is not how the audience perceives it, they have no idea what is about to happen, they don't care about the cloth and will be shocked when you drop it revealing the empty space beneath your feet.

Everything about this effect has been well thought out, the more you perform it, the more tiny details and refinements you spot. This can only be the result of years of development, thorough thought and ingenuity.

The effect comes with everything you need to perform. You get the gimmick, which is heavy, sturdy and incredibly well made, the cloth and some other bits and pieces to help aid setup. You also get a downloadable video, which can be limit where it's played. Luckily I had a laptop so I could take this with me to my practice space. A DVD would have been nice, even just a rip but what this does say to me is Jimmy cares more about the effect more than he does about a flashy video, with high production values and little substance, like many of the effects these days. The video teaches you everything you need to know and gives a very detailed explanation of how to perform the effect. It does have a few sound issues and the video quality isn't great but then Jimmy can easily be forgiven as it still more than adequately does the job and everything else, including his after sales service, is beyond the call of duty and I couldn't recommend anyone higher. I was having a few issues with some elements of the performance and Jimmy went to length to help me nail the effect. Even with the price reduction Jimmy is extremely dedicated to his customers.

For anyone tempted to buy a knock off version of this, please don't. The explanation will be in German (fine if you speak German, not so good if you don't), you'll get no after sales services and you'll end up with an inferior unit. Personally I think the new price point is bang on, it's still not cheap and is easily the most expensive effect I've ever purchased but you get what you pay for. At the previous price I simply couldn't have afforded it but this is what made me jump.

The effect also comes with a free street levitation, I'm going to talk about this because it's there but my views have no bearing on the Magellan. This levitation is very similar to Peter Loughran's 'One', except you can't view under the performer's feet. Personally I prefer the One as it has a slightly better retrieval system and people can really see under your feet but Jimmy has come up with a very elegant and simple solution to the shoe modification some levitations require and I wish I'd known about this before I committed to Peter's. This is a very nice addition to the package, I'm unlikely to use it because I own the One but for those who do, you'll find that the value of this purchase has just gone up.

Thanks to Jimmy for all your help. The challenge for performers now is to make this your own and fly.
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Have you guys noticed how few (if any) of these come up for resale or auction? Must say something about how useful they are and the reaction they get?

Two-cents,
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I have so much faith in Jimmy’s ethics,
and so much respect for the Magellan Levitation,
I’ve featured an original presentation in my new book, out today.

this performance is intended to move the spectators from
Left-brain thinking
(the part of the mind that wants to solve the puzzle and method)
to Right-brain thinking
(which excepts wonder and enchantment).

It pretty much resolves any problem of method guessing.
In case you’re interested here’s a link.

http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/tales_of_enchantment.htm

Magically, Walt
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I performed the Magellan Levitation last night at my kid's middle school fundraiser (kids and adults present) and I presented it straight up, as a levitation. It was on a stage for about 300 people. The gasps when you drop the cloth are awesome. There were kids running out after the show telling their moms that "that guy was flying"..."OMG, he flew", and other quick notes of astonishment.

I have an original presentation that I'm working on to perform for a Halloween show that I will tip later.

With Walt's new book on his ideas for the Magellan, doing it as a straight levitation, or completely changing it up like I will be doing soon for Halloween, this device is destined to become a utility item with multiple uses and unique performances that you can make your own.
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Hi,

Thanks for all of the awesome support over the last few months! Unfortunately, I am discontinuing the free promotion that included a Streamline Street Levitation with each purchase. I'm still working on it, but I just haven't had enough feedback to justify the project.

Thanks again,

Jimmy Fingers
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Can the Magellan Levitation be purchased at any magic shops in the Midwest or on the east coast?
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