How do magicians levitate? (VIDEO)

How do magicians defy gravity and make things float in mid-air? From silver balls to floating ladies, magicians have been presenting the illusion of levitation for years.

The magician passes a hoop over a levitating assistant
The magician passes a hoop over a levitating assistant

How do magicians make people levitate?

It's a trick, of course. It's not real. There are various methods and ways to accomplish big and small levitation effects.

Making something (or someone) float is an incredible mystery to see with your own eyes. It raises a fundamental question. Is it humanly possible to levitate? No. Physics is a proven law and gravity prevents us from being able to actually lift off the ground and levitate, magicians have a range of methods from strings to motors. The secret is to fool the audience's perception of reality, that's the secret of levitation.

beautiful assistant is floating in mid air by Harry Kellar
Old Magician Poster of Kellar floating one of his assisants

So if magicians have been floating people for years and it's impossible to levitate, how is it done?

How do I levitate? Magicians use various methods to make themselves and other people float including thin wires, strings, platforms and even your own foot will work if you know the secrets! From Asrah to Balducci magicians have the perfect method to make anything float.

Let's take a look at a few methods of levitation

We found this great video that covers a ton of different ways to make yourself float! We'll include additional methods and videos below.

How Do Magicians Levitate on the Street?

Check this video out! How to Make Yourself Float! Learn how to make yourself float in mid-air! Levitate off the ground, onto a chair and more! Family-friendly magic trick you can learn with this tutorial and step by step instructions for each trick.

All secrets revealed!

Watch: How to Make Yourself Float

How do Magicians Levitate Objects?

Discover the secrets to making objects float and suspend in mid-air! These are magic tricks that make objects levitate rather than people.

This tutorial teaches 10 ways to mysteriously make objects float, including cards, bills and it also includes the Balducci levitation, a self-levitation you can perform on the streets or impromptu.

Check out these 10 Ways to Levitate!! Epic Magic Trick Revealed

The Levitating Woman Trick Revealed by Masked Magician

Watch: How to Make a Woman Levitate in Midair

How does David Blaine levitate?

Many people consider David Blaine to be one of the best magicians in the world. In his first TV special, "Street Magic" David Blaine presented a levitation on the street that blew everyone's mind. Can a person really levitate? No. Science is pretty clear that it is not possible for any human to levitate and not possible by natural causes.

A brief history of levitations: how to make something levitate

Magicians have been performing levitations of various scales for hundreds of years. The methods for floating people boils down to these key methods: Asrah levitation, Balducci Levitation, King Rising Levitation and Chair Suspensions.

All of the most famous magicians over the past century have presented this illusion in their own unique style. Perhaps the best now levitation is David Copperfield's Flying that was debuted 1992 and is a patented piece of magic by famed magician inventor, John Gaughan.

Have you ever wondered:

Is Magic for Humans is Real or Fake?

In the illusion, David Copperfield flies around the theatre stage without "wings, strings or camera tricks"

Some of the other famous magicians to levitate people (usually a woman) include Harry Blackstone, Doug Henning, Siegfried & Roy, and Criss Angel.

Levitation Trick! Chair is Invisible.

Recently I saw this magic trick in the most unusual places. It was not on stage like the stage illusionists you see on television, this was on the street. It was a street performer that appeared to be seated or levitating on an invisible trick chair.

Since then I have also seen magicians who appear to be floating or suspended from a broomstick or pole. Those tricks use similar leg braces, supports, braces and gimmicks.

Check out the Invisible Chair Trick Revealed

Balducci levitation

The Balducci levitation was first described by Ed Balducci but it's an inventor is unknown. The Balducci levitation is an impromptu magic trick that appears to show a magician levitate an inch or two off the ground, anywhere in the world.

The levitation was made popular by David Blaine who performed it on his Street Magic TV Special.

What do you think? What was your favorite way to levitate?

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