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But its one heck of a tool!
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Lets not get all hypey hypey until the things out, that way we don't get the adverse reactions when people realise its not Marty McFly's hoverboard they have bought.


The "hoverboard" analogy is perfect...it appears many people might be expecting just that. Personally, I hope it's NOT. Have you ever played with those mag-lev toys like a "Levitron"? Shesssshh! Almost impossible to get that dumb thing airborne
for a fumbler like me.

Besides, if it WAS a hoverboard, cruise ship magicians wouldn't be able to perform it 'cause, as you know, "hoverboards don't work on water!"
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"Keep it! I got a pitbull now!" Smile

Can't wait for Enlightenment!
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As far as I can speculate, Enlightenment will be a doo-dad that when brought in close proximity with another thing-a-ma-thing, will give the impression of a card levitating when viewed from above. No more has been promised here... but that's enough for me to want these two thing-a-ma-whats under my roof a.s.a.p. so I can begin having fun with them.
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Enlightenment is a tool to accomplish some cool effects. It still will require good presentation skills ( unless you can be asleep while the magic is happening, I don't believe anything is self-working ).
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On 2008-04-15 01:21, oombob wrote:
(...)Enlightenment will be a doo-dad that when brought in close proximity with another thing-a-ma-thing, will give the impression of a card levitating when viewed from above. No more has been promised here...


Oombob, a lot more has been promised here : no trace of the doo-dad-thing-a-ma-thing when the spectator takes & turns over the levitating card from the deck (previously fairly shuffled)that she holds in her own hands !!!
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When it's a dollar bill or card that's levitating over a table—it looks as though there's nothing laying on the table's surface. Is this true?
Though there is one portion of the demo that the card levitates over a book, which is what I might expect... (perhaps to hide the doo-dad-thing-a-ma-bob in).
I'm in line to purchase this beautiful effect, but was just starting to think about any restrictions that I'd have to deal with.

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Gents...

While "Thing-a-ma-bob" is certainly proper English, I winch at "thing-a-ma-thing". "Thing-a-ma-whats" is borderline.

"Doo-dad" just makes me giggle.
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Hi Marco,

Other than with a deck of cards, the Enlightenment MLPV.1 gimmick can be "installed" in conjunction with other objects, and for many applications:

+in conjunction with a book (to make objects float off the book)
+in conjunction with a magazine (to make objects float off the magazine)
+in conjunction with a menu (to make objects float off the menu)
+in conjunction with a note pad (to make a drawing of a butterfly float, for example)
+in conjunction with a pile of photographs (dead movie stars--seance presentattion)
+etc.

The puropse of the "install" is to make the effect you intend to perform, SELF-CONTAINED). This way, there is never anything to be found under the levitating object. All you need to do is activate the object to be levitated with your "drive magnet". The rest is self-working.

Alternately, the gimmick may be introduced via sleight of hand, if desired.

An example is a typical Floating Bill effect. Here you would introduce the gimmick via sleight of hand. However, you will probably clean-up with one of the clever "automatic clean-ups" (explained in the literature supplied).

The gimmick is a tool. It's truly MULTI-PURPOSE, and there is a whole new world of applications just waiting to be explored. You can be a part of this.

By the way, the first run of Paradigm Shifter magnets has arrived from the manufacturer. They have done a superb job. I'm so happy. This is the magnet I've always wanted. The rubber coating is done to the highest industrial standards (not just dipped). Powerful, comfortable and just ***ed classy!

Remember, if you already have a good PK magnet, you don't need the "Shifter". But, if you want a good "drive magnet" this is it!

Cheers

Ben
+Inventor of the world famous Floating Match+
+Author: Machinations (Vanishing Inc, 2020)+
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Can't wait for mine Ben.
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On 2008-04-15 16:34, Ben Harris wrote:
The puropse of the "install" is to make the effect you intend to perform, SELF-CONTAINED). This way, there is never anything to be found under the levitating object. All you need to do is activate the object to be levitated with your "drive magnet". The rest is self-working.
Ben


Personally for me this would be the only way I would perform this effect, whether the install is with a card, a dollar bill, or whatever is used. This way the spectator can grab the floating card and find nothing and you are completely clean.
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Ben, any idea when the Paradigm Shifter will be with the UK dealers? I don't have a PK magnet and would like to get this at the same time as the Enlightenment package. Thanks.
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On 2008-04-15 16:34, Ben Harris wrote:
The puropse of the "install" is to make the effect you intend to perform, SELF-CONTAINED). This way, there is never anything to be found under the levitating object. All you need to do is activate the object to be levitated with your "drive magnet". The rest is self-working.

I guess that's where I don't understand how it all works... I can understand activating a magnetic thing-a-ma-jig but not activating a playing card (unless they're magnetic cards, which was earlier ruled out).

I guess I'll just have to wait til my package arrives.
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I don't want to get into a lot of speculation here since Ben has already been gracious enough to share a "Product Info Pack"...a first in magic from what I can tell.

However...and it's just my guess...if you go back over Ben's long list of magical creations, I believe you might stumble upon one that could be a very distant cousin of "Enlightenment".

I could be wrong. It's rare, I'll admit. But, it has happened. Once, maybe twice.

And, to quote Forrest, "That's all I got to say about that".
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I guess that's where I don't understand how it all works... I can understand activating a magnetic thing-a-ma-jig but not activating a playing card (unless they're magnetic cards, which was earlier ruled out).


My guess : Liquid copper electrodes / CaO-Al2O3-CaF2 electrolyte / Sulfur reversion / reversible electrochemical process involving two electrons, etc...

No shim.
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The Paradigm Shifters, along with Enlightenment, will be available from all dealers in the first week of May. I think you can pre-order it NOW from Alakazam.
(World Magic Shop in the UK won't have the Pardigm Shifter because they have their own range of magnets, which is fair enough).

RooMan

You are right. In fact there are several, along the path, so to speak. Cosmosis was my first attempt, but I couldn't suss it magnetically, so I fell back on threads. Alida, another one along the way, was too dirty for most at the climax. Enlightenment is the finale to my personal journey in this genre. I'm happy, and I'm done!

Only 2 weeks now... Yikes!

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On 2008-04-16 14:57, simcoscor wrote:
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On 2008-04-16 12:06, marco1 wrote:
I guess that's where I don't understand how it all works... I can understand activating a magnetic thing-a-ma-jig but not activating a playing card (unless they're magnetic cards, which was earlier ruled out).


My guess : Liquid copper electrodes / CaO-Al2O3-CaF2 electrolyte / Sulfur reversion / reversible electrochemical process involving two electrons, etc...

No shim.
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Chemicals, Shemicals...My guess: VOODOO!!! Smile
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Ben Harris is brilliant. He pushes the envelope from outside the box
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On 2008-04-17 12:34, KOTAH wrote:
Ben Harris is brilliant. He pushes the envelope from outside the box


I agree. Searching since 1979, he came out with The Right Stuff.
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On 2008-04-17 12:34, KOTAH wrote:
Ben Harris is brilliant. He pushes the envelope from outside the box


I agree. Searching since 1979, he came out with The Right Stuff.
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Ok, somebody explain this to me.
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