Sunday, May 31, 2009

Larger magic illusions

I meant to write this for a while but somehow have been very busy in 2009. In this article, I would like to discuss the "larger" magic illusions. These are the illusions you often see on stage - someone levitating, sawing people in halves or even many pieces, the transposition where the magician changes into someone else and reappears else where. No doubt these effects are wonderful and everyone enjoys watching them on stage. Magicians have built reputations around these illusions and everyone is amazed when some of these amazing things happen right under their noses. While I have always watched and admired these illusions I have never tried to perform them. Well that changed this year when a lady who wanted to hire me asked me if I could "float the birthday child".

This got me thinking - this family had just come back from Las Vegas and wanted to recreate at least a small portion of what they saw on stage at their home. I have always thought it was impractical to carry a large, heavy illusion into some one's living room and perform it there. Now I had second thoughts about this. So I spent a lot of time learning about this and other effects that one could perform in a living room. To cut a long story short, I am now happy to announce that I can optionally include "a floating the birthday child" effect that I can perform at your next party. I have tried this a few times this year and the feedback has been very positive. Here's a comment from a satisfied mom from my website:

Thank you so much for coming today. Your show was great.
The kids loved it. The levitation was really incredible!


This illusion is definitely a bit heavy and is not suitable for all occasions but it provides the audience with a sense of wonder that is truly amazing. The parents love the wonderful once in a lifetime photo opportunity when they can see their child suspended in the air in an impossible position. Please do let me know if you want to include this illusion at a small extra cost. See below for a picture of this.

Have a great summer - I will be away from the country for 4 weeks but will be back by July 12.