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Here's an "amazing" levitation trick.

(I practiced this on my Brother a couple of years ago and his eyeballs nearly popped out of his head.) It was invented by magician Ed Balducci.

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    One should never reveal the secret to a trick. Once the secret is known, the "magic" is gone.
    You are correct in who invented the trick though.
    I believe it was invented in the late 50s,or maybe 60s, but was relatively unknown until David Blaine had his first Street Magic tv special,where it looked awesome.The thing is for the special they did the trick and added special camera effects. It is impossible to do it the way it was televised.
    After that everyone was trying to do it.
    If you can find someone that hasn't seen it,you can still use it to get a gasp of disbelief now and again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      One should never reveal the secret to a trick. Once the secret is known, the "magic" is gone.
      Or more people get to appreciate the "magic" because there's more people practicing the trick.

      Ed Balducci himself published the trick (and how to do it) in 1974 in "The Pallbearer's Review."

      Share the magic. :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author ThomM
        Back in 72 Old Far Seeing Art showed Jack Flanders how to walk on air, simple really.
        First you pick up your left foot, then you pick up your right foot. WHY DID YOU PUT YOUR LEFT FOOT BACK DOWN?

        (From The 4th Tower of Inverness)
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

          Back in 72 Old Far Seeing Art showed Jack Flanders how to walk on air, simple really.
          First you pick up your left foot, then you pick up your right foot. WHY DID YOU PUT YOUR LEFT FOOT BACK DOWN?

          (From The 4th Tower of Inverness)
          And for my next trick, let's make Thom disappear. (Haha)

          ;-)
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      • Profile picture of the author KimW
        Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

        Or more people get to appreciate the “magic” because there's more people practicing the trick.

        Ed Balducci himself published the trick (and how to do it) in 1974 in “The Pallbearer's Review.”

        Share the magic. :-)
        The fallacy with your logic is if one is predispositioned to learn such a thing to entertain,they normally seek it out. The people here,imo,would more likely like to be entertained by a good demonstration of it,more than a how to.
        That being said, The Pallbearers review in the mid 70s could be right too,my memory isn't what it used to be.
        I agree with you though, share the magic,but not the secrets
        The artist formerly know as Majik

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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Originally Posted by KimW View Post

          The fallacy with your logic is if one is predispositioned to learn such a thing to entertain,they normally seek it out. The people here,imo,would more likely like to be entertained by a good demonstration of it,more thatn a how to.
          Well - that's an interesting point. (I never thought of that.) Just thought I'd pass on something cool.

          Nice name and "avatar."
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  • Profile picture of the author surfless
    Very nice, thanks, that was cool to watch and a nice break on the forum from reading how everyones making ten grand a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I see nothing wrong with the way this trick is revealed.

    1. For the most part, only those interested in magic are going to click on THIS thread.

    2. It mentions the importance of practice.

    3. It covers some basic principles of magic (misdirection, stagecraft) which can be applied to any trick.

    4. It's realtively simple, making it a good "starter" trick, and may actually get people to try it.

    5. The explanation of how it works is already out there, so what's the difference if it's in here.

    6. Most people will NEVER see this video, or any others explaining magic tricks, so it still has the potential to surprise an audience.

    7. It emphasizes the importance of practice (yes, I know I mentioned it already, but you can't say it enough).

    I don't have anything approaching an act, not even close, but I have a few basic tricks I like to do from time to time (the Vanishing Cigarette is my favorite). In fact, I practiced the French Drop so many times that I find it next to impossible to grab a coin in the normal way.

    That being said, I have been very good about not revealing how the tricks are done. A lot of people THINK they want to know, but it's SO much better when they don't. But that only applies to when the trick is actually being done, and that's not the case in this video.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Too bad that nobody knew this trick back in 69 when hundreds (maybe thousands) formed a circle around the pentagon and tried to levitate it. Miight have given some officials the willies for years.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Jonathan, I hope you understand I am having a discussion with you and not jerking your chain. I truly love the art of magic,having studied it for a bit over 40 years now. Even so, I am still a rank amature in the big scheme of things.

    Shoot, you knowing about the Pallbearer's Review gives you points in my eyes.
    Over the years there have been several here on the WF that appreciate seeing and enjoy performing.
    I switched my username from Majik to KimW when the big thing going around was using your real name gave you more credilibility.
    As far as the Avatar, that was my online gaming avatar,but thanks, it is pretty awesome!


    And Michael,
    I love ya man but sometimes you way over think things.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    I have one illusion video from illusionist.com, it teaches how to do it. Actually they are not levitating, just they show this to us on one angel so the other leg's toe cant be seen which touches the floor
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  • Profile picture of the author Sunfyre7896
    I won't reveal how it's done but a good friend of mine and I were talking of David Blaine and he showed me how it was done after he sort of did it to my surprise. It's all about perception I will say. Not bad. How did I not think of that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    I levitated in the 60s enough to last me a long time.
    The next time I fly I'm gonna have my own wings.

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