Harry Houdini once said that what the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind will believe. For those amateur magicians who want to mimic the great Houdini and impress their friends (or members of the opposite gender), the key to the magical act of levitation is to convince the audience that the object rising is doing so on its own, with nothing to support it. Magicians have been known to levitate everything from a single playing card to an entire car, though there is always an explanation behind it. How do you make things levitate? Simply put but making people believe you are not touching it. Most often this is done by attaching an object to your body or holding it in a hand that cannot be seen by the audience, who believes that you have no connection to the object in hand. Then, you need only use the power of gravity or simple force to make it rise on its own.
The Levitating Ring
This basic trick is one that all ages can do or enjoy watching. Simply take a ring from a person’s finger (not a valuable one, unless you want to add drama) and use a pencil to levitate it into the air. You will need a magician’s bundle of tricks, particularly black sewing thread and clear scotch tape. Tape the thread to the top of the pencil so that it is concealed from the viewer, facing you if you were to hold it out. Then hold the pencil and run the thread to an item on your clothing, like a button or buckle or belt loop and tie it down. The line should be very taught. Put the ring down onto the pencil until it touches the fingers with which you hold the pencil. Then move your hand away from your body, which will cause the line to tighten further and draw the ring upwards. Do this slow, without jerking, to show that your hand is not controlling it.
You can make things levitate with few supplies. In this trick, all that you need is just a rubber band and a single ring. Just cut the rubber band so that it is a single length, about as long as the length of two hands. Thread the ring onto the rubber band, but keep a length of rubber band (about a finger’s length) in your non-dominant hand. You will be levitating the ring from your non-dominant to dominant hand. Pull the band taut and begin to rotate it slowly, with the ring on the lower part of the band. Pull the rubber band as taut as possible and then very slowly release the extra length of band in your non-dominant hand. The rubber band will tease out and make the appearance that the ring is rising. You will need to practice this one to get the timing and motion right, since jerking movements make the ring shudder instead of rise.
Take a clear plastic bottle that has been used for soda pop or sparkling water and clean it out, removing the label so that everyone can see the interior. Take a packet of ketchup (or mustard, or any other condiment) that is small enough to fit into the bottle. Fill the bottle near to the top with water, making sure that it is cold. Then put the packet into the water; it should float at the top. Hold the base of the bottle as if you were steadying it and very gently (and inconspicuously) squeeze the bottom. This causes the ketchup packet to sink downwards because the pressure on the inside of the bottle is greater than the pressure on the inside of the packet. As soon as it hits the bottom, stop squeezing and it will float back up. The trick behind this illusion is to get the squeezing just right so that it remains centered exactly in the middle.
Tarantula Levitation Device.
Imagine that you and your friends are sitting around when you take a coin or a pencil or another small object, give it a spin in your hands, and pull back. The object floats on its own — everyone is amazed and wants to know how it is done. A true magician never reveals their secrets, but those who are in the know have heard of Yigal Mesika’s line of magic products. The Tarantula Motorized Reel is a method of levitating, hovering, and floating whatever you have on hand or one of the particular methods for money, pens, and single bills. With an explanation DVD of the steps from start to finish, furthermore, even someone who has never so much as stepped foot into a magic store will be able to astound their friends by making all manner of things levitate into the air.
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