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cardboy18
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I'm looking for a levitation trick, but preferably something inexpensive. I've heard of super-x levitations but haven't found any. Are they worth it? Also, what is the price?
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Super X and Flying Carpet can be made if you hire a welder. They are both effective and you can buy plans. I suggest you buy some plans or books and see what you like.
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cardboy18
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Where can I find the plans?
Harry Murphy
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Man oh man, there is a ton of stuff out there on this subject! For example, a simple and basic “super-X” suspension can be found in “Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic” ($19.00 from Borders books) it is good, easy to make and works like a dream (for a suspension).

Further, the Abbott’s catalogue has several suspensions and plans listed. You can still find the suspension/levitation pamphlet that U.F. Grant put out “Bodies in Orbit” in the 50’s. It has several nice ideas that are fully workable.

You could also look into the Osborne Illusion series. I believe that it has at least one set of plans in it. There is even an “Encyclopedia of Levitations and Suspensions” out there. These resources and many, many more can be found at your favorite magic dealer!
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Hello,

To clear the fog a little and get terminology straight...Are you positively looking for a "levitation" or is a "suspension" good enough?

The classic super X is a suspension. The classic look is that of a magic table with a top, screen and then two long knives or poles holding up the table top. Your assistant (or knowing member of the audience) lays down on the table top and the knives (legs) and the screen are removed, making it appear as a "suspension" in mid-air. The legs/screen are put back in place and your audience member is sent to his/her seat. That basic "suspension" retails for new/used for $250 - $500 depending on what other acoutrements surround the effect.

Now, LEVITATIONS can be from lying down, a bar stool, etc., and may involve a motor of some kind and cost a minimum of $1500ish and up into tens of thousands.

Did you want to suspend or levitate?

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cardboy18
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Thank you. I am mostly close-up and am just breaking into stage magic so I don't know much about it.
Blair Marshall
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If your location is New York City, try Tannens, I am sure they can get you what you want.

If you wish to go all out, try Wellington Enterprises in Garnerville, N.Y.

Have you tried MagicAuction??? They often have levitations, suspensions etc. etc.

So many people and places willing to sell!!

Blair Marshall
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cardboy18
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yes thank you, im only 13 and for now im not looking for something really good, or really expensive, im on long island and when i get older and my show gets bigger ill have to check that place out. Wait a minute, could you tell me some more detalailed location through a pm. I just realized i might go to the city on a little day trip with my family and i could check it out.
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Based on your description of yourself, and your probable budget at 13, maybe you should look at the Balducci or Steve Fearson's box. Both might be useable, to your advantage, now more so than in a stage act.
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Here is the booklet for you. Touching Sky, By Andrew Mayne. http://www.weirdthings.com Stage and street levitations.
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I second that recomendation! Touching sky is amazing for cheap stage trick stage levitation that looks top notch try Andrew levitation that costs around $20 dollars to build and like less then thirty minuets. I HIGHLY recomernd it and the price is GREAT.

Take care,
Kyle
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