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Topic: In-Flight by Nick Einhorn?
Message: Posted by: Mr Mindman (Mar 10, 2005 02:40AM)
Hi all,
I am considering 'In-flight' by Nick Einhorn http://www.einhorn.co.uk

Just want the opinion of people that own this illusion?
is it worth the money?
what is the reaction like?
hocus Pocus used to sell it, but I couldn't find it on their site now.

Jon James
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Mar 14, 2005 01:45PM)
I haven't used it but from what I've seen it looks great. Knowing Nicholas, it will probably be genious. From the fact it's sold out, I would guess it has recieved few if any negative comments.
Message: Posted by: eb02 (Mar 14, 2005 02:52PM)
As far as I know its not so easy to do and you need strong legs...
Message: Posted by: Mr Mindman (Mar 14, 2005 03:18PM)
Hummm, OK cheers guys.

it doesn't seem as though many people on the Café have it, maybe that is a bad sign?

Message: Posted by: Michael Berends (Mar 20, 2005 09:09PM)
I saw Paul Daniels do "In-flight" at the World Magic Seminar last year and it looked good.

After the show I heard lots of magicians saying great things about it!

Michael Berends
Message: Posted by: Steve Dela (Mar 24, 2005 05:10PM)
I have seen this version done live by Paul and know that his version has been greatly modified!

it is back on Hocus Pocus with an online demo, looks good.

bit of a price tag though, I am considering it.

In Magic
Steve Dela
Message: Posted by: Jason London (Mar 24, 2005 05:40PM)

Hocus Pocus Magic has aquired a small number of In-Flight, 10 to be exact, from Nick Einhorn. This item will be available in mid-June. We've already taken 3 pre-orders, so if you're interested, you may want to order one soon!

Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Apr 3, 2005 10:36AM)
My question, concerns a small detail of the effect. After you levitate, does the audience see your feet? Obviously, they see the box void of the feet that were there a moment ago, but, do they actually see (or THINK they see) your feet under the cloth? I hate to sound brash, but to my way of thinking, covering your whole body with a cloth, and then only letting them see your head after you rise, (and not the feet), seems kind of hokey, and pointless. If I were in the audience, and I was a non-magician, I would be thinking to myself "Why is he covering himself with a cloth? What is he hiding?"
Message: Posted by: Paul h. (Apr 3, 2005 06:05PM)
Everything I have heard about this suggests that you don't see the feet...also many take note of the fact that not only are you covering things with a box, but also with another shade as well.

Each time I see the demo, all I can see is him stepping up on something....moving from side to side as you "levitate".

I was expecting more!

Paul h.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Apr 4, 2005 09:37PM)
That is precisely what I was thinking about it. Despite all the hoopla, to me it comes across as a rather weak effect. My feeling is that laymen would not be real impressed with this, unless they were a lot less than sharp.

That is simply my opinion, for what it is worth. (sometimes not much)

Still, I remain open minded.
Message: Posted by: Tim Taylor (Apr 10, 2005 09:08PM)
I have this and I think it's slick.
However, I have never used it in a show, just for friends who come over.
The ideal of your feet showing would be a wonderful addition to this.
Is it a workable ideal? I think so, by using your "King's Rising" gimmick you could kind of float out in front of the box, you could also land outside of the box. So in a nutshell, you rise up out of the box, float forward and land outside of the box. FEET SHOWING THE WHOLE TIME after you rise out of the box!
This is asumming your "In Flight" gimmick is facing forward, there may be other possibilities if you face your gimmick the other way.
WOW! I think I just impressed myself!
I got to go try this!!!!!
I'll be back!

Message: Posted by: Tim Taylor (Apr 11, 2005 09:28PM)
Just tried it out...
takes a little balance but it looks REAL ERRIE when you float out in front of the box and slowly lower down to the ground.
Got to go and play some more :)
Message: Posted by: mr majik (May 25, 2007 08:09AM)
Ok so you got a cloth, work it in to the patter, that's what magics about. also it does take some practice to work smoothly, but its worth it. I don't own one myself (because for love nore mony I cant find it anymore)but I know its workings very well. (yep I know how its done and I'd still willingly perchase it) its a fantastic illusion. by the way, if anyone has one for sale (as I think hocus pocus have sold out again) please let me know echo-ruby@orange.fr
Message: Posted by: Cliff G (Jun 7, 2007 09:54AM)
It's still available at HP - check out the CLEARANCE section

Message: Posted by: floridamagic (Jul 5, 2007 11:32PM)
I have in-flight and I love it. It packs flat plays big. I perform this illusion every Sunday at Wonder Works in Orlando. Erick
Message: Posted by: Sealegs (Jul 6, 2007 01:16PM)
I bought one of these from Nick before he's actually stated marketing it. I only had a 2nd hand verbal description of the effect to go on when I purchased it but felt it might fit with another idea I had in mind which incidently meant I needed the cloth altered which Nick obligingly arranged for me. :)

The 1st time I saw it performed was when I went to pick it up from Nick. He demmed his version for me in his front room and I have to say that even though I knew what was going to happen the weirdness of seeing someone just a few feet away suddenly float up still took me by surprise. It looked really great and had an eerily freaky quality to it.

It can be performed surrounded, is very portable and you have control over the speed at which you levitate. It might not be so easy for anyone past their mid 50's though. Nick has a teriffic bit where he appears to let go of the curtain which very momentarily floats with him...then suddenly drops, as does he, only to be caught half way down and refloat back up. Looks very cool and spooky,

I think that this 'parlour' kind of environment is what this effect lends itself to best. The closeness of the spectators and also of the ceiling! are important factors in maxamizing the perception of the height to which the performer appears to float up to. The fact you don't see the feet doesn't matter as you're too busy taking in the whole picture which looks so weird and startling that you momentarily even forget about the cardboard box.

In a theatre setting though things I feel are diffferent. The distance of the audience allows them to see the whole picture instantly and the impression of levitated height is substantially reduced. More importantly though because the audience can instanly take in the whole picture they have time to start to wonder..... where are his feet? how it's done? and what's with the box? etc.

If there's a weak point to the illusion it's not that you don't get to see the performers feet it's the rational for involving the box. Stepping into a cardboard box with the sides folded down in order to do the levitation needs some kind of explaination. Any illusion can be thought of as looking strange but there's normally a rationale behind the look of the prop in how it's subsequently used. I've yet to see a theatre style presentation for In-Flight that 'explains' the presence of box in a way that isn't so ludicrous as to throw even more suspicion on the box than its mere presence already burdens it with. A big part of the impact of the effect relies on the audience not concerning themselves with the box, otherwise it starts to become a just puzzle rather than an effect.

In an intimate, smaller space with the box gets ignored because the floating takes place 'in your face', but in a bigger space the box seems to invite you to start guessing what the method might be.

This is why, after a lot of experimenting with it, I sold mine on. (without the cloth which I still use for the other part of the routine that I wanted to integrate In-Flight into)

So I'd say that this can be a teriffic, startling, and very freaky looking effect in the right settings which in my opinion are smaller intimate venues where your audience is reasonably close and/or even surrounding you.

Message: Posted by: The Drake (Jul 31, 2007 04:55PM)
Does anyone have a video of this for a live audience?


Message: Posted by: harry knight (Jun 2, 2008 09:24AM)
Yes, I'd also like to see a video of this effect, someone must have done it on video. There is also another version of this levitation, can't for the life of me think what its called though. I think you get a small carpet and bag.
Message: Posted by: MagicBrent (Jun 2, 2008 09:00PM)
I can't remember the name either Harry. But I remember being intrigued as well.
Message: Posted by: Peter Loughran (Jun 3, 2008 04:41PM)
Wasn't that called the ultimate bag levitation?
Message: Posted by: Kay99 (Dec 7, 2016 05:25AM)
Anyone know where I can purchase this illusion still??
Message: Posted by: Eugene Chekhov (Apr 21, 2017 01:51AM)
I worked with this illusion, I think they are on sale. I also saw Paul Daniels Levitation - and I think its version is more perfect. Although this is the same trick) I made improvements to the design of Paul. What is better to hide the support. :) I know that India sells its illusion and it costs $ 3,000. Although the maximum cost of the trick is $ 150.This good levitation is an illusion. :online:
Message: Posted by: magic4545 (Aug 10, 2017 06:01PM)
I never understood the appeal, when there is something much more mystifying and clean, for much less.

I guess that the fact that Paul Daniels was doing it made it automatically better.

Jimmy Fingers
Message: Posted by: G Marshall (Jan 21, 2018 01:24PM)
I saw Nick demo this last week, and sorry I just didn't get it, I'm sure to some its a great routine, but he basically played a tape recording that is fo ra stage version where it says " unpack your box etc etc " then revealed a small woodeen crate, he then kick all the sides out, leaving the frame wich I didn't understand, he then got in the box, put a big curtain around him so you only see his head, and then appeared to stand on the box, rise a couple feet in the air, completely surrounded everything was covered , he moved the material about a bit, sank back down a foot or two and that was that. Nicks a great magician, I'm not trying to be rude, Just to me I didn't get it,, just looked like he stepped up on the box, maybe the box extends up a bit to under the cover of the big shopwer curtain.. It wasnt for me. But I have loads of respect for the guy he has some great inventions out.
Message: Posted by: MR Effecto (Mar 13, 2018 08:13AM)
I happen to buy one of these and ten sold it 6 months later. I never did get it to look like I was floating up. Very hard to look like your not stepping up on something.