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Hello, it is not so much that I am new to magic, I guess it is the fact that I am a hobbiest and rather limited in what I do. I really enjoy performing, I consider magic an art and have great admiration for many who perform well. My question is based on IT. I love levitation and the delicate work with IT. I guess I want to ask "Is it magic." I have heard it said IT work is not magic on many of the magic forums but I disagree. I know if one were to just take something and "float" it, it would be lacking. But if I take my time and add the patter and presentation I think it is as good as anything else. So, what say you?
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Ask any layperson who witnesses a floating miracle. It's magic - some of the best magic that can be performed.

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Of course it is, never look at magic from the magician's perspective. I remember the first time I saw it done, when done well it looks like a miracle. I understand what you mean by the whole 'just picking something up and making it float' and how it isn't amazing, but if performed well to apparently show there's no IT it could still look amazing even without presentation. I used to use it when I was younger but soon found unless it looked amazing, I shouldn't bother - I never liked the thought it could break, and just in general how unpredictable it could be, which was mainly down to me not practicing with it enough.

One tip I would give you is not to perform it around kids as they seem to have a nack for just overlooking the 'magic' and just thinking 'well obviously there's IT' and just start grabbing the air which can end with disastrous results.
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I guess it depends on how YOU want the spectator to react. Is it a puzzle? A "creative" stunt? Or do you want them "to believe"? Pre-selling an effect is just as important as doing it. You're telling them what you want them to believe!

This is a book I highly recommend for people who want "magic" to be the theme of their presentations. IT is just one tool, and there are many, many "tools". Smile

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I have never failed to get a mouth opening when floating something and widened eyes. As stated above the pre-selling work is what can. Low peoPle away. Of course they could be thinking... It just. Any be floating. It's impossible. Sure they 1st conclusion is there has to be a thread. Then we use our techniques to disprove that theory. Floating something is magic. Just watch your spectators face.


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Its some of the best magic
out there if peformed right.
routiening is very inportant.
and the right conditions.
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I agree 100% with bowers, it can be some of the best magic offered. There is a big difference between having an object hang or swing in mid air and levitation. But in the hands of someone who has practiced and is knowledgable, it is breath taking magic.
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Ya know...having used IT for over thirty years, I have found that pre-selling this gets the best reactions. You have to ask your spectators to join you, in a trip to the world of their minds!

Otherwise, it's just a puzzle, or a weird form of "juggling". Make it MAGIC! Set it up that way beforehand! Take the time to weave a strange tale, giving a reason for the spectacle! Don't hurry! And whatever you do, don't let it "dangle" in the air too long, in fact less is more!

One or two seconds is all it takes. They won't believe their eyes! They'll say, "do it again", and you do...for an even shorter time...

That's it! Thank them for joining you in your journey to The Worlds Of Enchantment, and you will leave them with a memory they will have forever!

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