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Everyone should buy Quarks & Quirks, then you will see how creative this guy is with cards. He's invented some of the best stuff out there.
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I agree. Some great stuff in there that really looks at tearing a card in a COMPLETELY different light.
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Didn't Ben Harris put out a "close up levitation" quite a few years back that was basically a piece of clear thin plastic? It was hyped up to be the most amazing thing ever...and then died just as quickly. Anyone remember what I am talking about?
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Hi Magic168,

I don't recall anything like you mention. Mike Bornstein had something like you describe as the secret engine to his original Floating Bill. This was/is a wonderful concept too. Check it out if you can.

My own previous close-up levitations have been Alida (hated by many), Etherial Ember, Flight Case, Pyramid Power and, of course, my baby - Cosmosis: The Original Floating Match. This was created and released in 1986 and is still a solid dealer item 21 years later.

All of the above cited effects have been part of the 20 year journey to the current result - "Enlightenment." None of the methods, though, have anything to do with the latest concept. "Enlightenment" is 100% NEW. It has NEVER been used before. The method to accomplish it was non-existant until recently.

There wll be NO HYPE in regards "Enlightenment". It will just be there one day. Those who are interested in following it's progress are invited to do so. That's it.


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So looking at the above in a different light it probably means that Cosmosis could be classified as a "hit" and the others, to varying degrees, as "misses."

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Alida! That was it. I remember seeing the ads for it and very excited about the effect until it finally came into the local magic shop and the guy told me to save my money.
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I liked the Alida gimmick. It was small and easy to get into use and to ditch it again. Great for table hopping.

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Thanks for your kind comments.

Guy26 - I appreciate your words. I love topological card magic with just a card or two and there is some really "off the wall" material in Quarks & Quirks.

Magic168 - Alida did polarize opinion. Your dealer's comment is fair enough. And Chad's post (which follows yours) is another example.

Chad - Yeah, Alida is great for table to table. I'm glad you've enjoyed it.

I don't think that there will be any such divide in thought with "Enlightenment." I'm confident that virtually everyone will go "Wow, that is *%#@ing cool!"

I'm sure that almost everyone will be taken by:

1/ the power of the effect as a performance piece
2/ the ease and fun of performance
3/ the method
4/ the possibilities for variation

We'll be putting new video demonstrations up at the website in the near future. These will show full performance with lead in and lead outs so that you can see how practical it is to actually work with this. I may even put up a demo of the "Book of Enlightenment" - see below.

The battle before me is to work out how to best bring this new methodology to market. Remember, the "Floating Card" version is just one of many possible effects that can be performed with the technique. It's just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine levitating a huge examined book - over a pound in weight, or an examined solid steel block? Etc. All possible.

So, do we release a book with all the details? Or do we release a DVD with all the details? Both of these would teach you how to make the effects.

Or, do we release finished, manufactured product? Maybe a combination of both.

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If whats needed is not easily accessible then I wouldn't mind a fully manufactured product, and a manuscript/book would be fine, maybe with links to helpful vids if needed. DVD would obviously be good but I'd rather have written instructions and a quicker release, though I'm not saying to rush it out.
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So here's the big question for you, Ben...what would've happened if the woman did what any OTHER spectator would've done...look UNDERNEATH the card while it was floating in her hand? Smile
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Ben,

If I may, I reckon the best option would be the booklet. The booklet would detail all the different handlings (obviously) and then there will be another chapter with basic routines and the last chapter giving examples of the other possibilities of the gimmick, with reference to the handling section so that we, as readers, would know how to apply the gimmick to other objects.

This is on the assumption that the MO for all the levitations are the same. I wouldn't know but this is merely a suggestion.

I think part of the beauty of magic (and I think you endorse this thinking as well, as I have a copy of your Quarks & Quirks book) is to see what else YOU as a magician can create from one effect. Will you do it like everyone else? Or will you try something new? I always admired the fact that you gave us readers JUST ENOUGH information to go on (in your Q&Q book) and then end the chapter with a question (or questions) as to HOW the routine should end. You never provided an ending and I applaud that. This encourages us, as magical thinkers...to think.

So perhaps, in the booklet option I mentioned earlier, you provide us with just enough information (handling techniques, limitations of gimmick, etc.) to go on and then another chapter with basic routines and then in the last chapter you pose questions and suggestions as to how else the gimmick can be used.

So to those who are contented with basic routines will be satisfied and to those who like to think about how else something can be used are also satisfied. Everyone will have something to chew on.

Just a thought, I already registered for the updates so I can't wait for its release!

Take care Ben,

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Why don't you guys wait 2 weeks until after the release of this and you can get it cheaper off ebay from all of those un satisfied customers.
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Give it a chance Sleight King.

Why do you choose to focus on his one flop (Alida) rather than give him the benefit of the doubt based on his one hit (Cosmosis)?
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Ben for what its worth, id rather have a book with the details. that also keeps it from usenet/p2p/youtube
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Hi guys,

Your feedback is appreciated.

Sleight King - you keep your eye on ebay, you'll be lucky to find an Enlightenment there, but if you do, good luck to you!

Magic168 - the lady DOES LOOK UNDER the card right towards the end of the video.

The spectator's can grab the card at ANY TIME. That is the real strength of this. You have a genuine levitation in that the card floats up and down, all under your control, and the spectators can GRAB the card at ANYTIME. There is nothing attatched and nothing below, just the way it SHOULD be.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, we will post a proper video demonstration in due course. This will show the effect in full flight, from beginning to end, rather than little snippets as per the current video (this was shot to fit everything into 1 minute for Reel Magic Quarterly).

Logan - thanks for your considered thoughts. I love forcing magicians to do their own thinking, as you have noted. People often miss-understand the approach, but I think it's an exciting way to do things.

Joshua - NO explanations will appear on DVD. If there is a DVD then it will be performances and peripheral info only (and would accompany a book of instructions). Will not give the P2P (Pimp2Punter) b*&tards ANYTHING!

Cheers

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Glad to hear it ben that's very encourages. I like the perfomace only dvd idea. as I feel its the only thing dvd has and should offer
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I have never failed to be stimulated by Ben Harris' magic. Some ideas have been more practical than others... but I have always find myself engaged and entertained by Ben's thinking and his ever present invitation to "think for yourself".

I'm looking forward to some further enlightenment.
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On 2007-07-31 17:12, Ben Harris wrote:
Hi guys,

Your feedback is appreciated.

Sleight King - you keep your eye on ebay, you'll be lucky to find an Enlightenment there, but if you do, good luck to you!

Magic168 - the lady DOES LOOK UNDER the card right towards the end of the video.

The spectator's can grab the card at ANY TIME. That is the real strength of this. You have a genuine levitation in that the card floats up and down, all under your control, and the spectators can GRAB the card at ANYTIME. There is nothing attatched and nothing below, just the way it SHOULD be.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, we will post a proper video demonstration in due course. This will show the effect in full flight, from beginning to end, rather than little snippets as per the current video (this was shot to fit everything into 1 minute for Reel Magic Quarterly).

Logan - thanks for your considered thoughts. I love forcing magicians to do their own thinking, as you have noted. People often miss-understand the approach, but I think it's an exciting way to do things.

Joshua - NO explanations will appear on DVD. If there is a DVD then it will be performances and peripheral info only (and would accompany a book of instructions). Will not give the P2P (Pimp2Punter) b*&tards ANYTHING!

Cheers

Ben


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Looks interesting! I'll defintely be following this one.

For the record, I think a combination of gimmick + booklet is the way to go - at least if you have a decent version of the gimmick included with the effect it can serve as a guide to make your own for the ham-fisted amongst us Smile

Ben seems to be picking up a lot of flak on this topic for his past releases. Live in the present guys, and judge each product on its own merits.

Cheers,
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We havent seen the product yet so we cant give it merit. TOP MARKS TO BEN FOR THE IDEA. ideas are worthless without methods
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