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Any update on this? I hate waiting.
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Hi macGyver,

Yes there is a wait. Please just be patent. We'll advise any further info when we have made progress in getting this to market.

Thanks to all those who have registered for further information. Our first info pack will be sent out to you all in a couple of weeks time. We hope to have a few things sorted out by then. For example: will it be a book, a kit, a DVD, or finished, produced product? Or a combination.

Cheers

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Any news on this yet Ben?
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Perfect timing, oombob!

We've just sent emails to all those registered for updates, and have just updated the website with the latest news.

Briefly, the effect will be released as three parts.

Part 1. A DVD (The Look of Enlightenment)

This will show performances and method basics so the viewer can understand
HOW the principle works and then DECIDE if it is right for them.

Part 2. The Book (Manual of Enlightenment)

This contains history and development of the idea and full details on making your own Floating Card Unit. The book will come with a gimmick and you will need to assemble the complete outfit with basic craft skills. As a bonus, the FLOATING BOOK will be taught. (Hardbound, lavishly illustrated, circa 150 pages)

Part 3. Assembled Unit (Enlightenment: The Ultimate Floating Card)

A completely assembled unit, beautifully boxed with certificate and serial number. Handmade by Ben Harris.

Basically, the idea is that once you've seen the DVD you can decide if you'd like to either make this up using the gaff supplied with the book, OR, on the other hand, purchase the unit fully assembled.

Release date is not yet decided as we're currently negotiating TV rights.

Cheers guys and thanks for your interest.

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Has anyone been to Ben's site to see the video demo? My jaw dropped. A SIGNED card floats. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination. I just hope Angel or Blaine don't see the vidoe and buy the rights and it doesn't get released.

BRAVO Ben Harris!!!!!!!!

Ben's site:
http://www.wowbound.com
You can watch the trailer and register for updates. Here's the latest:
__________________________________________________________________________

NEWS (25/9/07)

ENLIGHTENMENT: The Ultimate Floating Card.

Please understand that we cannot offer a firm release date at this time. Television rights are currently under negotiation and the final release of the principle to the general magic fraternity hinges on these contractual arrangements.

However, we are actively preparing the item for release, and this is how we propse to do it. (These plans are not set in concrete, and we do reserve the right to approach this from a different angle if we see fit). That said, the following is looking pretty firm.


After much careful deliberation and discussion it has been decided to release ENLIGHTENMENT as a three-option package.

This is to the end user’s benefit because you will be able to find out exactly how the effect can work for you without an unnecessary outlay.

If you decide ENLIGHTENMENT is for you, then you can progress to the next stage, and so on.

Here’s what we have in mind:

Piece 1: A Look At Enlightenment (DVD)
This DVD will contain performances and handling basics that will allow you to decide if the over-all methodology is for you.
You’ll learn and see the basic principles in action.

The DVD will show you a BEHIND THE SCENES look at the ingenious method.
You’ll see how it is a genuine leap in close-up levitation technology.
You’ll come to understand how it has applications way beyond the FLOATING CARD effect.
You’ll see the variations demonstrated.

Again, the purpose of the DVD is to help you decide if the effect is right for you.
At a projected retail price of a low, low, $9.95 we think that this will supply excellent value for money.
We predict that you’ll be VERY EXCITED when you see the “BEHIND THE SCENES”—when you come to understand the possibilities,
the power of the effect, and the almost “feels-like-real-magic-to-perform” method.


Piece 2: The Manual Of Enlightenment (book)
This oversized and lavish book will teach you the history of the effect, and how to take the included part-gimmick and MAKE your own FLOATING CARD unit.
Profusely illustrated, it will take you step-by-step through the easy-to-assemble-process.

You will also learn how to construct OTHER EFFECTS using the principle.
The book is a complete “how to” and teaches you EVERYTHING you need to know.
You will only need to add basic hobby-like construction skills.

You will need to work for about an hour with glue, cards, scissors and tape. Nothing hard at all.
Once the construction is taken care of, the book then guides you through all the performance and handling details.

You’ll learn how to make a signed card:

1/ float off the deck in your hands
2/ with the deck on the table
3/ when being held by the spectator

Full handling details:

4/ getting in and out of the effect
5/ angles and restrictions
6/ basic handling details
7/ advanced handling details
8/ caring for your Enlightenment unit

As a BONUS, you will be given the construction details of the amazing BOOK OF ENLIGHTENMENT.
The effect has to be seen to be believed. Basically, you make a BOOK, that weighs several pounds FLOAT!
Yes, a spectator places the book on the floor or table, anywhere they like, and you cause it to levitate WITHOUT touching it!
A complete history of the effect and method development will also be included.
This book is being designed to last a life time—to be a strong foundation for the future development of the idea.
So, if you are fairly handy with basic hobby skills, this book option is the most cost-effective way for you to add ENLIGHTENMENT to your repertoire.

Projected retail is $59.95 including part-gimmick.


Piece 3: Enlightenment: The Ultimate Floating Card (assembled)
This is a complete, ready made unit. Hand made by Ben Harris with the ultimate components for the effect.
Complete in beautiful custom printed packaging with instructions on performing the FLOATING CARD EFFECT only.
You also receive a certificate of authenticity and serial number.
As these are time consuming to manufacture it is envisaged that supply will be intermittent.

Projected retail price: $129.00
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Is it possible to find the parts of the gimmick in stores?
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Ben,

Can you jump straight to the full package or is there a phased release ?

Looks like a great effect.
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Hi Gil,

Yes, you can just go straight to the completed, manufactured unit.

It is hoped everything would be released together. The DVD and book will be readily available from dealers, but the finished unit (which will also be available from dealers) may have to be pre-ordered.

I'll be trying to make as FEW of the finished units as possible. It's too much work to be doing these in large quantities!!

Cheers

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Guy 26

When you buy the book, it will be accompanied by a part gimmick. You'll then use basic craft skills, along with the gizmoid, to form a complete Floating Card Unit.

This is relatively easy, the book will be lavishly illustrated and take you step by step through every detail.

You should have everything you need to accomplish this about your home. If you don't, then you'll spend between $5-$25 extra to come up to speed. You'll then be ready to start your own journey of Enlightenment.

When you invest in Enlightenment, you'll be opening a whole new world of possibilities for yourself. This has a zillion applications. You'll spend years exploring the possibilities!

Cheers

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Is the part gimmick makeable?
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Ben thanks for making this a book. I hope that tv guy don't hold it up long!
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I like the concept of making the minimal investment to pre-determine whether the larger purchase is right for me.

This is top of my list right now.
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Oombob.

Don't make it the top of your list just yet. It could be a while before it actually hits the market.

We will be posting new video's shortly. What's up on our site at present was a bit of a rush job in order to fill a minute of pre-booked space on REEL MAGIC Vol 1. It was never intended as the "proper, official" video. We'll post the proper, more detailed, video as soon as possible.

Cheers

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Hey Ben,

You mentioned earlier that the principle can be used to float more than just playing cards. Will the book provide the necessary info and materials to float other things as well, or is it only good for a card?
Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Unfortunately every problem also contains the seeds of an infinite number of non-solutions, so that first part really isn't super helpful.
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Quinn,

The book, I'm very happy to say, covers all aspects of the principle including other objects. This book will give you an indepth look at many of the posibilities. You'll be creating your own variatins, too!

My fave non-card version is the "floating book application". Presented in a serious setting, this is way more magical than the floating card. Everyone gets to handle the book, they know it weighs a ton! And, you levitate it without touching it. The spectators then lift the book to make sure that there is nothing beneath it. You DON'T TOUCH the book!

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Sweet! Thanks.
Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Unfortunately every problem also contains the seeds of an infinite number of non-solutions, so that first part really isn't super helpful.
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Kinda expensive for a floating card... But then agian it is so amazing and you can do so much with it! I will defently buy the book when it comes out!
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On 2007-09-26 20:12, Ben Harris wrote:

Don't make it the top of your list just yet. It could be a while before it actually hits the market.



Hey Ben... Robbie Knievel called... he wants his profile pic back! Smile

Looking forward to some further "enlightenment" whenever it arrives.
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Oh wait.... Nerdly McAbracadabra on line 2 ...apparently I owe him my profile pic.
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UPDATE

Hi everyone. Here's the latest.

1/ Just a quick note to say that new video presentations of Enlightenment will be up at http://www.wowbound.com soon.

2/ RELEASE DATE: Enlightenment will be released and in stores by mid 2008. May/June 2008 is our target. We want this out just prior to the 2008 convention season.

There is a lot of work to put in to bring this to fruition. Register (if you have not already) to be kept up to date. (Those registered will be emailed WHEN the new video is posted).

Cheers

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