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Levitating Street Performers: How Do They Do It?

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If you’ve done some travel around the world, at some point you may have encountered “levitating” street performers. Have you figured out how they do it? If not, here’s the explanation:

The “floating man illusion” is usually set up with one or two people. In the one-man version, the mystic will appear to float above a carpet or small garden in a sitting position while holding the top of a rod with his hand.

How does he do it? Well, the illusion is accomplished via the strategic placement of steel rods and plates, as shown below. Of course, there’s always a rug or garden to cover up the plate, and the street performer would also require long sleeves or baggy clothing to help hide the shaft.

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The golden guy below actually fogot the golden rule: hide the plate well! It’s fairly easy to notice below a one-coloured carpet.

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Here’s an example of the two-person version:

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And most probably, this is how it’s done:

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Here’s a video with a more detailed explanation:

via Relatively Interesting, 22 Words



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