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When you know a product is good, I think knowing the method will not stop you from receiving (buying) the creators complete work on the subject.

This is a great move on Bens part. Just think if you get the nod on a new product from a dependable source, you would probably pull the trigger sight unseen, so why not go this route.

Can't wait for this one.

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On 2008-02-20 08:10, Paul h. wrote:
* When you know a product is good, I think knowing the method will not stop you from receiving (buying) the creators complete work on the subject.

* This is a great move on Ben’s part. Just think if you get the nod on a new product from a dependable source, you would probably pull the trigger sight unseen, so why not go this route.

Can't wait for this one.

Paul h.


Yes, so true!

. . . and one can take a quick decision without waiting for the much puffed-up reviews.

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Aaarrrggggh! Doncha just hate the wait?
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ENLIGHTENMENT UPDATE FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008


Hello everyone.

This is the latest Enlightenment Update and it will bring you right up to date with progress.

I'd like to thank you all for your keen interest, and for your patience. It has been a long time between communications.

THE VIDEO
We have long promised an updated video. This is still forethcoming, but it's just a matter of finding the time to edit the footage into something compact and concise. The footage needs to work for downloading and for a segment on REEL MAGIC. I simply don't have the time to make numerous versions. We'll make one good version that will suit both needs. It will be done by the time we release the effect.

PRODUCT EVOLUTION
Since the time I officially finished the creative process (which had begun in the mid-eighties) it has been a tough stretch in working out HOW to present the new methodology to the fraternity. This has been a weightier concern this time around because Enlightenment is not just a trick being "put out there", rather it is a genuinely new way of going about things. It will change the way a certain discipline of our art is thought about. It is, what they call, a "Paradigm Shift."

We had originally considered releasing the method as a book only. This would have taught the purchaser HOW TO MAKE the gimmick as well as providing instructions on how to perform the Ultimate Floating Card. The problem with this approach is that someone would probably rip-off the idea and then put out a rough and cheap gimmick. So.it was decided to develop and put into production a profesional, precision gimmick. This also allowed the idea to be developed a stage further making the final gimmick MULTI-PURPOSE. In other words, the refined gimmick will allow the levitation of objects OTHER that just playing cards.

Imagine, for instance, sitting with a spectator and borrowing a dollar bill. After charging the bill with static electricity by rubbing it on her sleeve, you proceed to make the bill FLOAT OFF HER KNEE.

Or, imagine a seance presentation using photographs of deceased movie stars. The photo of a chosen star is placed in the middle of the table. All the spectators sit holding hands in proper seance form. After a suitable build up the photo slowly levitates, hovers, and then falls back to the table. A spectator reaches foward and turns the photo over. A message from the long dead star is found scrawled on it's back!

The possibilities really are endless.

THE GIMMICK
The development of the final gimmick has been difficult, ongoing, and straining of both finances and my mental health. This has come so far in the last three months that it is scary. It is slim, balanced, delicate, tough. It way surpasses anything that you would make at home with card, tape and glue. We're dealing with the control of milligrams of weight and balancing that against a device that must perform thousands of times, over and over. The final gimmick is going into it's first pre-production test run in about a week. It is constructed of plastic and aluminium (not brass as previously advised) and is a thing of beauty. There has NEVER been anything like this before and I promise you, you'll be playing with it four hours, just amusing yourself!

OPERATING MANUAL
Accompanying the gimmick will be an OPERATING MANUAL. This will contain basic operating instructions (how to use the gimmick, how to care for the gimmick, how to practice with the gimmick, and so on). This booklet is photographically illustrated and printed in four languages: English, French, Japanese and Spanish.

THE BOOK
A book of 100 pages: ENLIGHTENMENT: THE ULTIMATE FLOATING CARD is the feature. This book covers the history and development of the new method and then teaches the ULTIMATE FLOATING CARD in full detail. Written in a way that takes the reader throough the creative process, the book will, if read in the right frame of mind, allow the reader to experience the "eureka moment" for themselves. Photo-illustrated, this book teaches all the fine details of the floating card handling and then reveals the real work behind the FLOATING DOLLAR ON KNEE. Designed as a creative primer, the book is the launching pad for generations of creative ideas that this new method will undoubtedly inspire.

RELEASE DATE
Release date is still MAY 1, 2008

DISTRIBUTION
The package will be distributed world-wide and available from all dealers, online or bricks and mortar. (Dealers, contact Murphys magic Supplies)

PRODUCT SPECIFICATION PACK (FREE DOWNLOAD)
During the first week of April we will advise you of the availability of the PRODUCT SPECIFICATION PACK. This is a 24 page downloadable PDF document that will take you through all of the supplied components in detail. Fully illustrated, you will be privy to all you need to know in order to make a purchasing decision. The method will be revealed in this document so that you may see how all the elements fall together and how effective this really is. You will also understand how and why it would feel so magical to actually perform Enlightenment. In fact it feels just like "real magic." You will understand this more fully on a "gut level" when you review the Product Specification in full.

PRICE
The final price is yet to be decided. It will be advised as part of the Product Specification Pack.

So, once again, thanks for your continued interest. Feel free to pass this document along to anyone who you think may be interested.

Sincerely

Ben Harris

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+Inventor of the world famous Floating Match+
+Author: Machinations (Vanishing Inc, 2020)+
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Precision work in plastic and aluminum. Wow... I love the sound of that.
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Cool! I love the seance bit!
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This shows that Ben really cares about his costumers and putting out great magic.
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Ben,
Your work has always produced mystery with a smile, and I'm looking forward to this charming new creation... "Enlightenment" ...


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Can this levitate ANY card? Or must it be Bicycle cards? Reading Ben's post and seeing that this gimmick can float other kind of objects...I guess it doesn't matter what brand the card is? Can I just bring the Enlightenment gimmick around and float any card?
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Can this levitate ANY card? Or must it be Bicycle cards? Reading Ben's post and seeing that this gimmick can float other kind of objects...I guess it doesn't matter what brand the card is? Can I just bring the Enlightenment gimmick around and float any card?



I guess we'll know in April when he reveals all the info!
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Tantalizing clues on Ben's web site now. The info pack apparently is coming out in LATE April but a photo of the pack(s)are very cool and touches on the method.
(It's a M.L.P. and you'll have to go see what that means for yourself.)

My mouth is waterin' for sure....
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M L P - Nice term for the lifter!

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On 2008-02-28 18:18, Ben Harris wrote:

So it was decided to develop and put into production a profesional, precision gimmick. This also allowed the idea to be developed a stage further making the final gimmick MULTI-PURPOSE. In other words, the refined gimmick will allow the levitation of objects OTHER that just playing cards.


I'm sold!! Smile

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MLP?!!

Dang... and I just sold my microscopic levitating parakeet.
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Okay...MLP!!!

If this is what I think it is its going to be awesome!!
I (And I'm sure many others) Have always had an idea about this in the
back of my head but could never quite figure out how to get it done.
In truth... I really didn't know where to start at all!!
There were stability issues and the like.
It sounds like Ben has found the answers that where needed to make this
a reality.

I can't wait!!

Tim
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The effects on the DVD and lecture notes are far beyond your abilities. (They require mastery of the mechanic's grip.) It would only break your heart.
Sincerely,
Darwin Ortiz.......(This post has got to be in my top 5.)
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Wow,man...I haven't seen a microscopic levitating parakeet since 1969!
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On 2008-03-15 12:53am, oombob wrote:
Dang... and I just sold my microscopic levitating parakeet.


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Wow,man...I haven't seen a microscopic levitating parakeet since 1969!


I bought one on Mar 15, 2008 at 12:53am. Lucky me!? Smile

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I thought MLP stood for mutilated lever press..... Smile
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Ustaad...enjoy...he sheds a bit when he floats, but he is so small that this is difficult to see.

I remain inexplicably very attracted to this new effect.
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Well whatever MLP ends up being, I hope that it will prove to be smaller than a box of Wheetabix, unlikely to suck pacemakers through one's ribcage and (hope against hope) won't require that I have to strap it to my leg.

See you in April!!!
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On 2008-03-18 23:24, oombob wrote:
Ustaad...enjoy...he sheds a bit when he floats, but he is so small that this is difficult to see.


Oombob, I know, I know!! I had to buy an electron microscope to see him float. He is too good at it. He is such a loving & obedient darling. He has never let me down in any of the performances. I have been getting great reactions followed by many long term contracts. Do you have another one to sell??? Smile

He has a grievance though! He is very annoyed and want's to know the reason as to why you got rid of him? Smile Smile

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