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Does anyone know of a good source for learning the theory behind levitation illusions? I've spent the last several years trying to crack this, and have purchased all the commercially available ones - King Rising, Balducci, Criss Angel's levitation effect, and others.

Looking for more advanced theory.


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What do you mean by theory? Like how to perform them to achieve the best reaction or the "best" method to perform in the first place?
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There are many kinds of levitation, are you refering to self levitations, most of those you listed are of that type. There is the type done in stage illusions, and there are the hand type, or levitations like floating dollar bill, etc that take place in the hands. All have different methodologies and different theories. Some of the theories of stage levitation can be found in Mark Wilson's Video Course in Illusion, and there are some versions in his Complete Course in Magic. Hand type levitations, Dirk Losander has a video out that covers those very well, and you have pretty hit most of the types of self levitation.
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Encyclopedia of Suspensions and Levitations is a good source.
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I know what you are talking about.
You want to know about the ultra high type of self levitation like C. Angel did at the park. Also the dude dressed in black did this (I saw this online but cannot recall the link name or anything) in front of two or three people on a farm by a shed. I have a theory or two but they are a bit dangerous (anytime you are over 20 ft off the ground and fall something is gonna break) and I am not sure where to get certain materials to visually make it work up close like C. Angel does. He obviously has a very good supplier and knows what to ask for by it's technical name.

Since this site is so A**L about giving away or possibly (OMG) letting a secret out, I will give you a hint.... watch every levitation that C. Angel does where he goes over 7 ft in the air. Watch his feet......... hummmmmmm then watch his hands........ hummmmmmmmmm why would he do this EVERY time?! I can tell you why I think he does this but not here. This should be enough to start the seeds of growth but email me if you would like and we can discuss this further.

I would also like to point out that MANY of Angel's "demonstrations" are kind of dangerous even if you know how they are done (ie. the knife, bag, and PK ring thing, go to you tube and do a search for magic accident if you doubt me) don't get yourself killed trying them without taking needed precautions (like a giant airbag or a lot of cardboard boxes to land on).
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Forgive me for jumping in here...but Criss does those for television. The close-up versions (on a chair/wall) were available from Steve Fearson a while back. Ron Jaxon uses a version, and it's KILLER! I believe it's called Fantastic Floatation.

The equipment necessary to do a Copperfield/Burton "Flying" type lev, takes up a whole tractor-trailer! Not practical.

The best impromptu? King's Rising, Balducci, Fantastic Floatation...this last one impromptu if you are "prepared".

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Just wanted to recommend the Icarus levitation. This one, in my oppinion, is definetly one of the best self levitations on the market. Not impromptu, a bit expensive but it gets the job done so to speak.
As far as levitation theory goes, I am really not sure what you mean but I am sure that the sources suggested earlier are useful.
Good lucK!

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Doug Henning believed that he could learn to really levitate. He passed on before he could attain that goal.
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Hi JG,
Take time to do a long, long search here on Magic Café,
if you take enough time and go back far enough,
you'll learn more than you want to about the pros-and-cons
of levitating yourself or an assistant.

You'll find I open my big mouth a lot about the theories I hold to,
and others who've worked hard in this branch of magic talk freely too.

Good luck and let us know what conclusions you arrive at.
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