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The Secret Of Street Levitation

You have probably seen some impressive examples of street levitation in town centres and busy streets where you can view the amazing spectacle of a person who appears to be levitating in mid air is attracting the attention of the crowd.

This can look really spectacular and there is a lot of attention to detail and imagination gone into the creation of the costumes and decor of the performance by the entertainer.

This page will explain the basic concept and secrets of how these wonderful illusions are created.

You will see below here, a popular youtube video showing the set up of a street entertainer getting his equipment and costume ready for the performance.

You can see from the picture below, that the equipment consists of three main parts.

Levitating street performer image.

    1. The seat, which is used for sitting on.
    2. The shaft, which – disguised as a staff or walking stick – extends up from the platform, and then into the sleeve of the performer, and  all the way down to the seat.
    3. And the platform base which is covered by some kind of carpet or blanket (as shown in the photo), while the shaft and seat are covered by the performer’s baggy costume.

Its amazing that a seemingly simple set up can produce such an astounding looking illusion. Respect has to be given to the artists for both their imagination in creating these elaborate costumes. Also the concentration and dedication required to keep in position for long periods which is an admirable accomplishment on its own.