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I Saw Some Amazing Levitation By Criss Angel On Television

was this a superb editing job . . .

   
4:23 am on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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. . . or is Angel an alien?
5:15 am on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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ummm, what did you see that was so amazing?

an alien?
After the amazing dream sequence I had this morning, I'm beginning to wonder if I might be an alien, or more correctly, an inter-dimensional being.
2:07 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What did you have on your toast, grandpa?
3:20 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What did you have with your toast, grandpa?
8:53 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What did Criss Angel levitate?
10:26 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Himself and others. Made David Blaine look like a beginner.
4:17 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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on Television.
Maybe that should be your first clue.
5:07 am on Jul 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I checked out his web site. There are some intriguing images, but it's difficult to determine just what I'm looking at in some of them. He's clearly got the theatrics together (lights/setting/makep) which is a plus for anyone in that line of work. Maybe one of these days I'll get a chance to see his performance. I do enjoy that sort of thing. And who knows, he might even be a fellow dimensioner ;-)
2:52 am on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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David Blaine uses the Balducci levitation, tough angles but it looks good for a one-second or so bit of levitating. King Rising is a bit better, you can see both feet off the ground. (you think you see that with Blaine's levitation, but his street version is different than the post-edit levitation you see on TV).

You can't walk away from the Elevator levitation method but it looks great and that'ss three of the most common close-up levitation methods. Stage levitations usually have a bit more setup, and the results are smoother.

Criss Angel uses Jacob Spinney's levitations. Just for fun though, look up the Balducci method, get in front of a mirror and practice a bit with the angles. The levitation looks great if the angles are right.

If you want really fantastic levitations, you need a hoist. Sometimes, the best looking illusions have really simple gimmicks, and sometimes, there's an entire crew involved. I prefer the illusions with simple gimmicks. When they start bringing out big hokey-looking boxes, my interest drops.

Lawman, order a few books from Tannen's Magic Shop. They'll ruin magic for you forever, err, they'll enlighten you about the methods and the gimmicks.

When I see a live, outdoor performance of the Hindu Rope Trick, I might start to think about aliens.

5:11 am on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Lawman, I saw that this weekend too... he was going much higher then 3-5"

The other thing I am wondering is how they got the camera to pan around them so fast, if there was no track...

I am guessing they just make the whole show look like it is live on the street. Either way it was quite entertaining.

12:45 pm on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That guy is freaky. His show is getting lots of word of mouth, in the last week I have walked into two discussions about his show.

It is somewhat entertaining, but I remain a sceptic.

5:49 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>I am guessing they just make the whole show look like it is live on the street.

Excellent guess. Blaine does the Balducci levitation, they film the crowd's reaction, then they do a hoist levitation to "show how other levitations are performed", then they cut that with the crowd reaction from the Balducci levitation. The tricks aren't "edited", but that doesn't mean continuous shots are used and that the camera angle isn't dictated by the performer.

2:47 pm on Aug 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Did anyone see the show last week where he was suspended from a helicopter w/ hooks in his back? Now -THAT- is freaky... but apparently there are quite a lot of people who do the suspension thing...just not hanging from an aircraft.