Dynamo the magician has stunned the public once again this week with his amazing bus levitation in London. Dynamo (whose real name is Steven Frayne) was seen levitating 12 foot into the air, and then began hovering onto the side of a double decker bus for several minutes as the bus made it’s journey down the road.
When we watch this for the first time everything seems legit, but you have to remember this is a on TV and If Criss Angel’s levitation over a building has taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t always believe what we see on TV.
So how was this levitation achieved?
It is very easy when viewing an illusion like this to get lost in the magic instead of paying close attention to what your actually seeing.
Firstly. Look at dynamos right hand that is attached to the bus, you will notice his arm is perfectly straight and that his fingers don’t move one bit. This is likely a fake arm that is attached to the bus, running under Dynamo’s clothing to a harness that supports his weight. Dynamo’s real right arm is tucked under-neigh his clothing by his side.
Secondly. Notice that both the windows on the bus are open in front and on the back where dynamo’s body is, This is to prevent any reflection that may give away the real secret of the illusion.
Thirdly. When dynamo Levitates up and back down, there doesn’t appear to be anybody on the bus nor around the bus, yet moments before the top of the bus seemed to look full and there was also lots of people surrounding the bus taking pictures. This is because when he levitates up and back down he was probably being lifted up by some kind of mechanism.
This is not the first time this levitation act has been performed, in fact Johan Lorbeer, a German street performer has been seen performing this levitation since 2002. You can find nurmious videos of Johan performing this stunt on YouTube.
Even though we know how the illusion is done, Dynamo is still a world class magician who deserves all the credit he gets. Dynamo even states he is a illusionist, he doesn’t claim to possess magical powers, he is a entertainer and a very good one at that. Dynamo we look forward to seeing your next big illusion, hats off to you sir!