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Bill Lhotta
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Greetings!

I have similar symptoms with my gimmick (i.e. cap card not going all the way down and activation occurring at 4.5" with a magnet equivalent to the Paradigm Shifter).

One solution I was thinking of was to replace the magnet in the MLP with a slightly thicker and stronger one. Right now I believe the MLP magnet is a 1"x1/2"x1/16" N42 magnet. You could upgrade this by using a 1"/1/2"x1/8" N50 magnet. This would provide more weight to pull the cap card down flush again and also give a greater activation distance.

Be aware that adding the larger magnet to the MLP would require you to modify the gimmick (i.e. remove part of the MLP bottom under the existing magnet) or add some additional cards to the top of your block.

Hope that helps!

** Bill **

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On 2008-05-21 16:16, magicianinja wrote:

I am thinking that the gimmich won't lay flat after a few uses anyway. At least mine doesn't. The weight of the top piece is heavy towards the "active" end, causing the middle to ramp upwards a little. I've been looking at mine trying to figure out how to compensate or if it's really that big of a deal. I'm thinking of adding a few more cards to the breather. Hmmm.

The instruction book says the MPL should start to rise when bringing the driver within 8 inches. I'm using the paradigm shifter and I still have to get within 4" to get the effect to start. Is anyone else getting the start at 8 inches?
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Adding 2 more cards to my breather worked for me. I just amazed a few people at the pub.
Ben Harris
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Jamie9,

As indicated in our PM to you, if you supply your name and address we'll immediately send you a new gimmick by airmail at no cost.

Magicianinja,

Well sorted!

Cheers

Ben
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Robert M
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Ingenious... absolutely ingenious. I have never seen anything like this in magic before.

Robert

PS - I wish the decks were available now. Hey, I'm lazy. But, Ben obviously isn't.
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My gimmick arrived damaged. Most likely curious customs officials, but the inner plastic chain had been severed between 2 adjoining sides. I emailed Ben, and he offered to airmail a new gimmick to Canada the next day.

Now that's some fine after-sales service. Bravo Ben. I will of course mail back the damaged gimmick, with post charges, as per his instructions, but the fact that he offered to airmail it, free of charge, shows how ethically Ben is treating the purchasers of his creation.
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Customs like it so much they have to play with them first./Gerry
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Dream,

Please keep the old gimmick. No need for you to spend any extra money sending it back. Pull it apart for spares!

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I had my first performance for a "lay audience" tonight. I showed this to my Uncle, who is not a magician himself, but is somewhat magically savvy, after having been my primary test audience for about 1.5 years now. He doesn't know a lot of methods and things, but he does know some basic principles (he was with me the first time I ever bought IT about 10 years ago, etc.)

I had built up a good bit of confidence with this after showing it around the local shop last week in front of magicians, so tonight seemed like a good time to give it a whirl for a more 'normal' spectator.

Let me say that my uncle is not shy one measly bit about speaking his mind when it comes to ideas for the method, things I may have flashed or flubbed, etc.

After I performed it, he just kept commenting on how good it looked, how he was watching really closely for something but didn't see anything, etc. It his mind, it was nothing but a fair selection, which was placed face-up on the deck, floated up and back down, and was given back to him. Clean. Simple.

Definitely enjoying Enlightenment so far! This has also been with a 'quick' version of the install. I can't wait to get my hands on the deck made by Ben so that I have a 'true' unit!

Thumbs up for sure!
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Could you use more than 1 gimmick to increase lift power and pick up something bigger?How much does and additional mlp cost?
Ben Harris
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The Mac,

You cannot use two MLP's to create greater lift or to lift heavier weights. BUT you can reconfigure the CONCEPT with larger magnets to lift anything (within certain boundaries, of course!).

I regularly use a self-contained "floating book" and will perform it live with a genuine audience on the forthcoming DVD. This is an example of reconfiguring the CONCEPT.

I may have copped some flack re Enlightenment NOT being a revolutionary breakthrough in physics, and that's all fair enough. I'll take it on the chin.

BUT let's not forget something very important.

The Enlightenment Concept IS A NEW WAY of using magnets--albeit, a mechanical one. To me, this in itself is MORE important that any other aspect. Being new, it has yet to live its life, yet to fully develop, mature, evolve, mutate. All the real fun is ahead of us!

So, let's all explore the possibilities.

That's why I released it.

Cheers

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This one will do a great levitation with enlightenment from across the room! It's a great driver:

http://www.unitednuclear.com/magnetfull7.jpg

You might have a little problem flashing it though ...
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Wouldn't want to hide that one in your pants. Your family history would be forever altered. LOL

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I just purchased Enlightenment with the paradigm shifter and when I assembled them with the cards it immediately attached to the magnet. When I tried to detached it carefully , the gimmick didn’t returned to its flat form .
Does somebody have any solution ?
I sent several emails to Ben explaining my problem but I didn’t get any response from him.
I’m very disappointed .
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Ben
Have you finished the CUSTOM INSTALLED DECKS... have they been dispached ..etc
I understand they take a while to build , and that you have been on the case..
( no pun).. just wondering if the inital orders have been compleated and sent..
becouse I can't wait to get mine...
Been using the deck I made ... getting great reactions...

john
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On 2008-05-23 09:34, flekka wrote:
Ben
Have you finished the CUSTOM INSTALLED DECKS... have they been dispached ..etc
I understand they take a while to build , and that you have been on the case..
( no pun).. just wondering if the inital orders have been compleated and sent..
becouse I can't wait to get mine...
Been using the deck I made ... getting great reactions...

john



Supposed to be out next week Ben told me.
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On 2008-05-23 08:11, frank54 wrote:
I just purchased Enlightenment with the paradigm shifter and when I assembled them with the cards it immediately attached to the magnet. When I tried to detached it carefully , the gimmick didn’t returned to its flat form .
Does somebody have any solution ?


I'm thinking that it doesn't lie fully flat after a few uses anyway. Just add a couple more cards to your breather and you should be fine.

Also, look through the thread there are links to other precautions, like to always have something in the way between your drive magnet and the MLP. I always have my fingers in the way because I fingerpalm the driver anyway. This way, if I get too close, it won't damage the MLP.
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Quote:
On 2008-05-23 08:11, frank54 wrote:
I just purchased Enlightenment with the paradigm shifter and when I assembled them with the cards it immediately attached to the magnet. When I tried to detached it carefully , the gimmick didn’t returned to its flat form .
Does somebody have any solution ?
I sent several emails to Ben explaining my problem but I didn’t get any response from him.
I’m very disappointed .


That's a shame.
Did you reead everything first before playing around with it?
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Well, I recently received my Enlightenment. It was what I had expected (and I ordered it before any of the reviews came in on this forum), so my comments reflect that. I'll get right to the point-WOW. What an ingenius little gimmick. I have tried for some time to come up with something that would leviate a small object, in a magical way, with magnets, to no avail. This really works well.

Yes, I know it is not "true" magnetic levitation (like the previously mentioned Levitron device, or levitating pyrolytic graphite 2mm above a bed of cube magnets), but until someone comes up with a much smaller, portable device that does what the Levitron does, this is the best there is, IMHO.
In fact, because you can control the ascent and descent of the card in a nice slow, controlled manner, I would suggest that this is MORE magical than a real magnetic levitation, which is more a static suspension than a levitation.

I don't want to fuel the heated debate about what was or wasn't promised, etc, etc, but I must say I feel a little sorry for the individual on this forum that ordered Enlightenment, had it in his hands, but then decided to return it to his dealer for a refund without ever having actually tried the device. (Yes I know he wouldn't have been able to return it if it was opened). I just think he is missing out on a nifty little gimmick/method of levitating a card, or other object using the same concept. Again, this is just my opinion. To each his own.

I look forward to playing with this thing and performing it. Thank you Mr. Harris for coming up with this.
Ben Harris
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Hi Frank54,

Never received your emails, mate. PM me here and we'll walk through it.

Flekka,

All the CIDs will be finished THIS weekend and sent out on Monday. That's the lot of pre-orders. Once again, thanks to everyone for their patience.

rsn,

Thanks for your kind words.

Cheers

Ben
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Ben,
Thank you for the reply, I understand... realise there was a lot to make up ..
just looking forward to it.... not worried,.. it gets here when it gets here..

john
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