62 entries in Illusions / Animation
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Henri Decremps Trois Figures colossales paraissent en l'air, descendent à terre, & remontent à la priere ou au commandement d'un Sauvage. story of three gods flying down from sky, using a hot air ballon, different theories why the balloon flies
1785 Supplément A La Magie Blanche Dévoillée 119
Unknown La figurine dans la main Figurine put in the spectator's hand begins to move
1786 Testament de Jérôme Sharp 33
Unknown La figurine dans la main expliqué Figurine put in the spectator's hand begins to move, from p. 33 explained
1786 Testament de Jérôme Sharp 81
Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin The Aerial Suspension
Related to 1876 Modern Magic 495
H. F. C. Suhr Mohammeds Sarg girl goes into coffin like box with glass side, legs removed and it floats, giant magnets at side of stage as presentational props
Nov. 1897 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 5) 78
Chevalier Thorn Der schwebende Fakir
Feb. 1899 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 2) 29
Eduard W. Lufa Das frei in der Luft schwebende Mädchen on the floatation à la Robert-Houdin, removing the last stick
Nov. 1900 Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 11) 174
Unknown Undine person floats through the air, pepper's ghost
Feb. 1905 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 5 No. 3) 41
Edward Bagshawe A Visitor from Down Under séance on stage with lights on, magician is tied to chair with screen around him and still from within the screen a bell rings, writing appears, knots tie in a rope, etc., trapdoor for assistant to reach under
1936 ca. Twenty Magical Novelties 74
Unknown Gag Floatation comic strip
1937 The Magic Annual for 1937 82
Theodore Annemann On Winston Freer's Dinner Table Levitation see also pages 514, 516, 520
1940 The Jinx 51-100 (Issue 76) 502
Alban's Equilibre instable par attraction magnétique chair suspension, person placed on two chairs
Related to Dec. 1941 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 3 No. 12) 6
Hart Fisher Chix-Levitation chicken on board levitates
1944 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1944) 5
Billy McComb William Turns Gravity Upside Down board on two trestles with three bricks on top, trestles are removed and the rest floats, then board, lowermost and middle brick are removed one by one, still suspended in the air
1947 The First Book of William 49
Eugene Gloye Haunted House Illusion haunted house design
1955 Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1955) 32
Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin Robert Houdin's Levitation levitation of a boy, two poles, with variation
Related to 1965 Magician's Magic 82
John Nevil Maskelyne Maskelyne's Levitation assistant levitates on a board in front of the magician
1965 Magician's Magic 89
Unknown Impromptu Levitation pushup on floor
June 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 8) 102
Glenn G. Gravatt Spooky Paper Floating / acrobatic cane with newspaper
1968 Newspaper Magic 80
Theodore DeLand DeLand's Floating Skeleton
1974 The Conjurors' Book of Stage Illusions 22
Felix Korim East Indian Rope Trick stage version, boy vanishes
1974 The Conjurors' Book of Stage Illusions 53
Horace Goldin Walking on Water
1974 The Conjurors' Book of Stage Illusions 68
Bill Joy Revelry in a Haunted House doll house used for seance effects
1974 The Conjurors' Book of Stage Illusions 78
Harry Blackstone Walking Away from a Shadow upper body in a box, shadow is seen, then he walks out and shadow stays in box
1974 The Conjurors' Book of Stage Illusions 80
Ed Balducci Impromptu Levitation with presentation angle by Martin Gardner (reaching up)
Related to July 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 9) 755
David Douglas Palladino Lift table sticks to hand, with ring
1975 The Compleat Magick — Volume II (Issue 142) 709
John Nevil Maskelyne, Unknown The Levitation
1976 The Big Book of Magic 261
Unknown The Three Swords Suspension balanced on a sword
1976 The Big Book of Magic 271
Unknown The Chair Suspension
1976 The Big Book of Magic 290
Al Mann The Secret of the Ancients levitation off a chair, brief discussion on seance levitation
Inspired by
  • U.F. Grant's "Bodies in Orbit", 1963
1977 Psycho-Mentisis 18
Karl Fulves Levitations on impromptu levitations
Variations 1978 The Chronicles (Issue 2) 1077
Marcello Truzzi, Martin Gardner Truzzi/Gardner Method solo levitation behind cloth
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 2) 1077
John Cornelius John Cornelius Method solo levitation behind cloth
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 2) 1078
Karl Fulves Karl Fulves Method solo levitation behind cloth in doorway
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 2) 1079
Unknown Stage Method solo levitation in the dark with glowing shoes and hands, shoes stick together
1978 The Chronicles (Issue 2) 1080
Karl Fulves Impromptu Levitation comment on the Balducci trick
Related to 1978 Interlocutor (Issue 16) 62
Looy Simonoff Looy's Sooperman one-man floatation behind cloth
Inspired by 1979 Close-up Entertainer 115
Juan Tamariz El Mago Contra las Tinieblas (Un Misterio en Blanco y Negro) script for broom levitation by Gustavo and Doris Lorgia
1984 Magia Potagia — Volume III 43
Karrell Fox "The Rabbit Asrah" asrah levitation and vanish with rabbit
1986 For My Next Trick... 135
Jim Steinmeyer Hot Air girl lies on three upright modelling balloon, two are popped and she "floats" on one balloon
1991 Device and Illusion 81
Unknown A Comedy Levitation secret is seen
1993 Tarbell Course in Magic — Volume 8 305
Karl Fulves Things Go Bump "Unsolved Mysteries"
levitation illusion in which the person tumbles and just learns to levitate, posed as a problem
1996 The Fine Print (Issue 4) 77
Karl Fulves Introduction on Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Magic on television, self-levitations
Related to 1997 The Fine Print (Issue 6) 131
Dondrake The Flying Carpet Magicians levitates while sitting on flying carpet
1998 Black Art Breakthroughs 24
Dondrake The Hindu Rope Trick Rope levitates out of basket, boy climbs up, disappears in smoke, rope falls down
1998 Black Art Breakthroughs 25
Dondrake Floating Into and Out of the Body Girl levitates, gets absorbed into magician's body, then comes out of his body before floating down
1998 Black Art Breakthroughs 27
Dondrake Darwin's BlackArt Striptease Lady's clothes slowly float away from her body one by one into a basket, then clothes in basket vanish
1998 Black Art Breakthroughs 33
Gary Darwin Darwin's Exorcist Live! Woman brought on stage begins to get possessed by a demon, head floats around, body levitates etc.
1998 Black Art Breakthroughs 39
Hen Fetsch Der schwebende Magier Asra presentation
1998 Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 1) 28
Ali Bongo Die schwebende Schrumpfmumie mummy floats up, changes into girl
Inspired by
  • Vanishing Ladies and other Magic, Norman Hunter
1999 Intermagic (Vol. 22 No. 4&5) 164
Karl Fulves Multi Lev "Problems"
three people levitate under cloak and vanish, posed as a problem
2001 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 6) 211
David Berglas In Town Tonight stopping the traffic at Piccadilly Circus for thirty seconds, people, animals and cards freeze
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 168
David Berglas Robby, the Robot robot comes to live and divines chosen colors, Kenny Baker
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 172
David Berglas Rocking Horse "The D.B. 'Do-It-Yourself' Machine", objects selected from a catalog mounted together in a box on their own, with explanation and appearance of real horse kicker
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 189
David Berglas Chair Balance presentation for chair suspension, spectator lies on a chair and seems to levitate
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 314
David Berglas Finale suggestion and chair balancing effect, spectators seated on chairs tilted on the back legs on performer's commando they tip forward, vague explanation
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 374
David Berglas Variation: The Mechanical Band Opening beginning of show, mechanical band player turns out to be Berglas, costume change and masks
2002 The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 378
Al Baker Trilby Jr. person levitation
2003 The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Magazines) 659
Karl Fulves Rug Rise "Problems"
performer floats over carpet which is pulled out, posed as a problem
2004 Latter Day Secrets (Issue 9) 379
Robert E. Neale Modern Rope Trick Hindu Rope, rope is made to rigidly stand vertically when held in hand
2008 This Is Not a Book 385
Johnny Thompson The JT Asrah performed on large glass sheet
Inspired by
  • "The Flight of Venus" (Harry Houdini, Houdini's Escapes and Magic, Walter Gibson)
2018 The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 2) 189
John Carney Great Leon's Haunted Doll House doll house used for seance effects
  • "Spiritual" Inspiration
  • The House and Hookup
  • The Effects
    • Jump-Rope
    • Milk-Go Glass
    • School Slate
    • Doll's Hand
    • The Wind-up Monkey
    • Flash of Light
    • Gimmicked Frame/Floating Ghostly Face
    • The Tray
    • Wand/Thread Hooking Up
  • The Routine
Inspired by
  • "Miniature Haunted House" (Leon, manuscript)
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