"A cool and animated levitation of a card or dollar bill...
EASY TO MAKE!"
My goodness, this little effect created a shit-storm when it was released in 2000! I don't think the attacks had been so brutal since Cosmosis
(in the mid 1980s). Anyway, this simple and effective idea was loved by some (see, for example, Richard Kaufman in Genii Magazine
), and hated by others (see, for example, Michael Close
in Magic Magazine
). Ben relishes dividing opinion, and Alida
certainly did that.
However, it was also a genuine stepping stone in the thought processes that would eventually lead to Enlightenment: The Ultimate Floating Card - which is way superior. So, controversial or not, Ben hesitates to dismiss Alida as he digitizes the BackStory Project.
While the physical product is no longer available on dealer's shelves ("Enlightenment" made it obsolete), we are very happy to supply a digital version for you to explore.
You can easily construct the gimmick at home. And if you work on the "Squeeze-Play" clean-up, you will have a real winner. Try it and see! You be the judge!
1st edition 2000; 18 pages, 20 photos.
word count: 1775 which is equivalent to 7 standard pages of text