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Elevator: The Ultimate Street Levitation Review

May 30th, 2003 1:23pm
Reviewed by Coolini
One should be aware that the picture in the Hocus Pocus ad for Elevator is a doctored "artist's representation", not what the effect looks like in real life. Not even close. To see the real deal, one should log onto the Hocus Pocus website and watch the video clips offered there. If what you see in said videos seems hokey or like something isn't quite right, don't blame it on poor camera work, dim lighting, or anything else; you're seeing the trick in all its supposed glory.

The text of the ad itself plays fast and loose with some terms, and other parts are complete misrepresentations in my opinion. The trick basically can only be done in the viewing position of a Balducci or similar effects, except that in this version, the viewers see the stunt done from the front instead of back. Viewers (I hesitate to call it an audience, due to Balducci-type restrictions) need to be standing and looking down at your feet.

Watch the Hocus Pocus video clips and you'll see the performer stroking his legs and crouching down in a curious manner before doing the stunt. This is a necessary part of the trick, and may not be to your liking. The instructions suggest a method by which the stunt could ostensibly be done on a stage. You could also dance in a tutu on a stage, but would look fairly stupid doing either.

Due to the method, I'm unclear on why the ad text says the trick can be viewed from the sides, unless this refers to an additional suggestion in the instructions where you would perform the trick only for two people holding onto your hands at your sides. These people would theoretically be so close to you that they couldn't look down at an angle which would reveal the method. There seem to be a number of incidents of this nature where claims in the ad text are explained away via near loopholes in the instructions.

Questionable accuracy in the advertising of this item. Check out the video clips first, and ignore the photo in the print ad.

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Product info for Elevator: The Ultimate Street Levitation

Author: Loughran, Peter
Publisher: Hocus Pocus
Average Rating:  (4)
Retail Price: $99.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

How many times have you been asked to levitate after the David Blaine TV specials aired? How many times have you wanted to perform a levitation effect, but have feared the limitations, angles, etc? Fear not, because there are NO allusions with THIS illusion! Introducing The elevator from Peter Loughran, the last word on levitation suspension!

First there came the Balducci Levitation. And then came tons of gimmicked versions that claimed to make the Balducci and other levitations easier to perform. The problems with these versions were that you needed a coat, a towel, or other cover to shield how the effect worked. Not with Peter Loughran's elevator!

Imagine, at any time during your act, whether you perform close-up, on stage, or on the street, you simply rise a full 3 - 4 inches above the ground, all without the angle problems and viewing distance restrictions seen in other self-levitations on the market. Heck, you can even levitate over a puddle of water!!! Simply put, The elevator is Peter Loughran's new mechanical marvel levitation device that allows you to levitate while facing your spectators, and it can be viewed from the front and the sides! See the photo above!

There are no special shoes used! In fact, you can even perform the illusion wearing sandals or even barefoot! There are no special clothes or baggy pants required, and you can do this inside or outside on wet or dry land without any special lighting required! And get this, there are NO weight limitations! WOW! What other self-levitation can boast all these advantages?

You do not take your shoes off, nor do you lift up on one toe, and you can even show the bottom of your feet before and after the levitation. Please know that this is not a .pdf file, a mere manuscript, or instructional video; you get a specially constructed mechanical device that allows you to perform this miracle anytime, anywhere!

If you are looking for an affordable street levitation that works for real people in real situations, then be sure to check out this incredible and clever levitation device. The elevator comes complete with special mechanical levitation device, instructional CD Rom, and fully detailed manuscript.

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