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(Some Guy)   Spotted a super-neat levitation street act last weekend in Verona- think I figured it out but nonetheless very cool, anyone else see something like this?   (whereisyvette.com) divider line 21
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2012-10-17 03:06:37 PM  
Even just looking at that picture, her hand that holds the stick, and his hand that holds the stick - both look fake.

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

...e.g., the only way she can be held up is through some sort of framework through that stick. Ergo...
 
2012-10-17 05:12:54 PM  
It's either shopped, or the woman is made of Styrofoam.
 
2012-10-17 05:27:41 PM  
That's the ugliest helium balloon I've ever seen.
 
2012-10-17 05:39:00 PM  

Mark Ratner: It's either shopped, or the woman is made of Styrofoam.


I took this picture myself on a busy shopping street in Verona, Italy this past Friday. I very much assure you the woman was real and this wasn't shopped.
 
2012-10-17 05:56:31 PM  

Andromeda: Mark Ratner: It's either shopped, or the woman is made of Styrofoam.

I took this picture myself on a busy shopping street in Verona, Italy this past Friday. I very much assure you the woman was real and this wasn't shopped.


I know. Just kidding around. I agree with your conclusion as to how they pulled it off. Cool pic, indeed.
 
2012-10-17 06:16:12 PM  
The metal pole runs up her sleeve and is attached to her seat. On the other end it runs down through his sleeve to the platform base, which he is sitting on.
 
2012-10-17 07:10:15 PM  
This is a seriously old trick. And revrendjim hit the nail on the head.

This trick actually dates back to Indian fakirs, who would actually make themselves look like they're levitating while holding onto a cane or a stick. The fakir's robes will disguise the platform hidden by the stick.

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2012-10-17 07:25:46 PM  
Oh, Andromeda, I see you've already figured it out. Anyway, it's an interesting trick from the viewpoint of magic history, but for magicians, this is kind of useless because you're limited to staying in one spot for long periods of time and not being able to move.
 
2012-10-17 08:29:30 PM  
WORST UPSKIRT EVAH!
 
2012-10-17 10:00:02 PM  
I'd run my pole up her sleeve and attach it to her seat.
 
2012-10-18 12:07:02 AM  

Richard Saunders: I'd run my pole up her sleeve and attach it to her seat.


That's a nice lookin' swammi
 
2012-10-18 07:51:28 AM  

RexTalionis: Oh, Andromeda, I see you've already figured it out. Anyway, it's an interesting trick from the viewpoint of magic history, but for magicians, this is kind of useless because you're limited to staying in one spot for long periods of time and not being able to move.


True, but it's infinitely better than the endless "living statues" one sees in touristy areas these days especially in Europe. I remember seeing several where the "mummy" is wrapped in a sheet and wearing a mask these days- what on Earth is the point of that?
 
2012-10-18 12:05:18 PM  
this is very cool. particularly because all those other pictures are of one person floating a foot or two off the ground, but these two have taken it up a notch (bam) by having her over his head. because she is so much higher than normal, they would have to have constructed a more sturdy platform, with prosthesis and that explains the yellow gloves, and he is acting as ballast to keep it from tipping over.

the pictures posted inline dont have such obviously fake hands, but in the top pair and the third one down it appears there is a space between the stick and the person. that confuses me. the robes should cover where the stick meets the platform, right? but there's space.

I'd like to do this at drum circles but looks like i have some research to do.
 
2012-10-18 01:15:30 PM  

Keigh: this is very cool. particularly because all those other pictures are of one person floating a foot or two off the ground, but these two have taken it up a notch (bam) by having her over his head. because she is so much higher than normal, they would have to have constructed a more sturdy platform, with prosthesis and that explains the yellow gloves, and he is acting as ballast to keep it from tipping over.

the pictures posted inline dont have such obviously fake hands, but in the top pair and the third one down it appears there is a space between the stick and the person. that confuses me. the robes should cover where the stick meets the platform, right? but there's space.

I'd like to do this at drum circles but looks like i have some research to do.


The platform runs down the arm and to the seat. The platform isn't directly attached to the stick.
 
2012-10-18 02:03:22 PM  

RexTalionis: Keigh: this is very cool. particularly because all those other pictures are of one person floating a foot or two off the ground, but these two have taken it up a notch (bam) by having her over his head. because she is so much higher than normal, they would have to have constructed a more sturdy platform, with prosthesis and that explains the yellow gloves, and he is acting as ballast to keep it from tipping over.

the pictures posted inline dont have such obviously fake hands, but in the top pair and the third one down it appears there is a space between the stick and the person. that confuses me. the robes should cover where the stick meets the platform, right? but there's space.

I'd like to do this at drum circles but looks like i have some research to do.

The platform runs down the arm and to the seat. The platform isn't directly attached to the stick.


I said platform but I meant seat. So you're saying there's a platform (at the bottom?) Which is not connected to the stick, and the stick has an extension which runs down the sleeve to a seat worn under the clothes. Am I going to be tracked down and disappeared by magicians for trying to figure it out?

Eip if you can clarify. I don't get how they stay up if the stick isn't attached.
 
2012-10-18 02:31:31 PM  

Keigh: I said platform but I meant seat. So you're saying there's a platform (at the bottom?) Which is not connected to the stick, and the stick has an extension which runs down the sleeve to a seat worn under the clothes. Am I going to be tracked down and disappeared by magicians for trying to figure it out?


Specifics are always going to vary, but the critical detail won't: There is an obstructed view path from some point directly below the person's center of gravity and the hand holding the stick. Whether they use a fake arm, something that's form fitted into the sleeve, or from that blond guy's jams, there's a pathway of support from the stick, down the billowing sleeve (or pants), and attaching to a harness or platform. I'd imagine for the less complicated ones the stick and hand are fake and attached together, but for nicer rigs, there's some sort of ring or cap that can be placed on a notch on the stick to quickly balance while demonstrating you can get on and off the stick to obscure the actual trick.

The more off center the person is, the heavier the base platform will have to be to prevent tilting.
 
2012-10-18 03:31:11 PM  

Keigh: RexTalionis: Keigh: this is very cool. particularly because all those other pictures are of one person floating a foot or two off the ground, but these two have taken it up a notch (bam) by having her over his head. because she is so much higher than normal, they would have to have constructed a more sturdy platform, with prosthesis and that explains the yellow gloves, and he is acting as ballast to keep it from tipping over.

the pictures posted inline dont have such obviously fake hands, but in the top pair and the third one down it appears there is a space between the stick and the person. that confuses me. the robes should cover where the stick meets the platform, right? but there's space.

I'd like to do this at drum circles but looks like i have some research to do.

The platform runs down the arm and to the seat. The platform isn't directly attached to the stick.

I said platform but I meant seat. So you're saying there's a platform (at the bottom?) Which is not connected to the stick, and the stick has an extension which runs down the sleeve to a seat worn under the clothes. Am I going to be tracked down and disappeared by magicians for trying to figure it out?

Eip if you can clarify. I don't get how they stay up if the stick isn't attached.


Here's a crappy diagram on how the rig should look under the guy's robes.

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2012-10-18 03:52:03 PM  
I'll just leave this here
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2012-10-18 03:59:25 PM  
Thanks, I actually found that video, but I love that drawing, rex! I guess the shirtless guy just has a pretty big hole in those pants? My SO can weld and if I can figure out how to counter balance my weight at the bottom, we can have one of these ...!
 
2012-10-19 12:22:11 AM  
Don't they teeter?
 
2012-10-19 04:09:53 AM  

Porous Horace: Don't they teeter?


Nope, it was solid as a rock. As others have said I think they had a fantastic setup- one thing to "hover" a few feet off the ground, another to have a person under you and make it look so realistic.
 
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