In my professional work as a psychic, I often get asked a question or two from people that I encounter concerning levitation. Specifically, they usually want to know one of two things. Is levitation real? And, if so, how do you go about levitating yourself or some object? Most have experienced levitation on television programs featuring professional magicians, stage illusionists or street performers. Unfortunately folks, I am here to tell you that the levitation you’ve seen on T.V. is just as fake as making the Statue of Liberty disappear. The human levitation trick is usually produced through one of two simple methods of illusion. Those that perform levitation on themselves or others meticulously practice their craft day in and day out to produce a very slick ability to levitate when that isn’t actually whats occurring. Television levitation is almost always accomplished with camera tricks, very controlled settings or small groups of accomplices. Oh, and having a very large crane usually helps.
With that said, some levitation which is also called telekinesis is actually very real but I believe it to be an incredibly rare psychic talent. This seems to involve the bending of electromagnetic forces with the mind. And where the T.V. guys are just pulling rabbits out of hats, those that can actually levitate something are tapping into a psychic force that is almost impossible to master and not fully understood by the public at large. Some scientists speculate that levitation is more a matter of physics than psychic ability. But more about that later. Let me first dispense with the televised bullshit.
Keep in mind that magicians like Chris Angel or David Blaine are just performers. What they offer is meant to be consumed as entertainment, not proof of or a demonstration of actual psychic power. Perpetrating that lie is very good for business I am sure as magicians can be seen levitating themselves, others and various objects as a standard part of their acts. One of the very first such magicians I ever encountered who could levitate himself was the self-described illusionist Doug Henning. This new crop of performers working the Vegas casinos and hosting television specials are no different than Doug. But the techniques of this type of magic have come a long way since the seventies. I’ve never minded seeing this sort of work on the stage, in the street or across the small screen. It’s fun, lighthearted and simply meant to entertain. There’s certainly no harm in that. But you should be weary of magicians and illusionists that attempt to extract money from you using these common levitation tricks. Beware of charlatans and tricksters claiming they can levitate objects with their mind who also happen to be soliciting your hard earned cash. They are almost always looking to swindle you with simple magic tricks. It’s cup and balls stuff designed to separate you from the contents of your wallet. Buyer beware.
How Does Chris Angel Levitate?
OK, so in entertainment magic, these guys often levitate themselves from building to building or across massive distances on camera. What might look great on television, though, would look very different indeed if you were present for the taping. This T.V. levitation has always come off looking fake or hokey to me when I’ve seen it. In fact, I am often reminded of the levitating CEO skit from HBO’s nineties comedy program Mr. Show with Bob and David. Most of the time, that is how truly unreal the levitation trick comes across when seen in real life or if you really pay attention.
In this illusion, the magician always floats straight up, then across, over and straight down. Often, the levitating person stands motionless only moving their arms while they move through the air. Certainly, if a person were actually levitating, their motion wouldn’t seem so restrained or forced. There’s a great reason for this and its called having a crane. Magicians generally perform a major levitation trick in public using a crane that cannot be seen by the cameras. But of course everyone present can see it. Why do they look so amazed? Simple. They are in on the act. In this video, Angel even asks four supposed “spectators” to join him on the roof of the building. Heck, he even makes them film the trick. Why do they look so filled with awe? Cause they are getting paid by the production. And I’m sure that getting to see Chris Angel suspended from a crane in broad daylight must look pretty awesome in person.
How Does David Blaine Levitate?
The other method of fake levitation isn’t produced as high in the air but simply just inches off of the ground itself. And its way easier to pull off. You neither need a crane nor a group of spectators that are in on the rouse. This trick leans highly on misdirection or the magicians ability to control where the audience is looking. Magician David Blaine is probably the world’s most famous street levitation guy. He is incredibly practiced at his art and almost always covers up what he is actually doing by making his small street audience look where he wants them to. To levitate a few inches off of the ground for just a second or two, you only need one fake leg, the ability to control your audience and years of intensive practice.
Street performers are actually using one of their legs in front of their bodies to lift themselves slightly up while employing a fake leg to hang in place of the one doing all the work. In every case of this levitation that I’ve ever seen, the magician turns his back to his subjects before doing the trick. There is a pretty simple reason why they all do that. They don’t want you to see they are just pushing themselves up with one of their legs. That certainly isn’t levitating. This trick is usually performed very quickly as giving the audience ample time to watch what is actually going down would ruin the illusion itself.
Check out this video of Blaine as he does simple street levitation quite effectively on groups of unsuspecting suckers. Each and every time he turns away from the audience keeping them from discovering the way he is “levitating.” By making them focus their attention on the back of his body and feet, they never see what he’s quickly accomplishing on the other side of his body. It’s pretty slick stuff that’s aided by the camera man’s discretion of where he aims his lens for the televised audience. Street tricks such as this are also repeated hundreds of times for taping, allowing the show’s producers to pick on the most bewildered audiences and David’s very best attempts at pulling off the levitation in public. Believe me, you don’t want to see the multiple times Blaine blows the illusion or when a skeptical spectator catches onto the secret of the act. They don’t show those takes on T.V.
Real Levitation and Telekinetic Psychic Power
Actual levitation does indeed exist although I’ve certainly never been able to tap into that specific psychic power myself. It is very rare and I have never met anyone personally with the ability to do so. A very small number of people in the word can actually levitate or move objects by using only the power of their minds. And this is usually accomplished using very small subject matter, certainly never with people. Personally, I believe that this psychic ability to move objects involves being able to control the flow of energy. It is the not the ability to move the item itself but rather the elements that surround the object in question. This ability to control the environment surrounding a levitated object is essential to moving it through the power of telekinesis.
When it comes to levitating, moving or bending things, there is perhaps no person better at this skill on Earth than Uri Geller. The Israeli born psychic and illusionist has long professed the ability to move objects with his mind and has used spoon bending as a mainstay of his routine for forty years. I’m amazed by Uri’s ability to truly form his mind around something and bend it to his own will. And you’ll never see this actual psychic trying to trick people with cranes and fake legs. That simply isn’t what he’s into. I fully believe that Geller is a powerful telekinetic and possesses this very special power. The “there is no spoon” scene in the Matrix was inspired by him. Almost everyone in my generation is familiar with that. But how does his ability to levitate items actually work? Is it mind over matter or just simple physics?
Any kid that’s played with a couple of magnets understands the concept of magnetic levitation. The principles behind this type of levitation can be found in anything from executive toys to high speed Maglev trains. Magnets create magnetic fields that have the power to counteract gravity, creating the levitation of objects in the process. Not only are we protected from the universe by Earth’s massive magnetosphere, but literally almost everything has some form of magnetic properties. I believe Uri Geller is able to interact with these magnetic fields somehow and that the manipulation of them allows him to move objects and bend metals. It is an incredible psychic talent that he possesses. As a psychic, I am jealous. But this talent may simply come down to science.
The Science of Levitating Frogs
Recently a group of scientists announced that they had found evidence that frogs can levitate. Yeah, I said frogs and I said levitate. Through magnetic experimentation, they found that these amphibians actually experience a small shift in the orbits of their electrons when exposed to powerful magnetic fields. Not only do their electrons become affected but this causes the frogs to actually slightly levitate as it occurs. One reason this can be done with frogs is that they have a very high water content. Another reason for the phenomenon is that they fit rather easily into the high powered tube shaped magnet used in the experiment.
In science, this concept is called diamagnetic levitation. We are just beginning to learn more about how this works in living creatures. I believe this ability has long existed as a psychic power and that this is most likely how those with real telekinesis are able to control matter. Perhaps this can explain how monuments like Easter Island and Stonehenge came to exist. Perhaps the ancient Egyptians simply harnessed magnetic energy in their construction of the Giza Plateau. This now forgotten technology could in fact have been a psychic power over magnetism that we no longer understand well enough to replicate its results today. I fully believe that this influence over magnetic fields is in fact what the small number of people exhibiting telekinesis in the world today are using to move small objects. Too bad we no longer seem to know how to move huge stones using the technology of our ancestors.
Still have a question about the reality of levitation? Feel free to fire it off below by posting a comment. I try to answer anything my readers ask to the best of my abilities. Again, beware of hucksters looking to swindle you out of your money using con games and street magic. I hope I’ve been able to shed some light on the differences between those common levitation tricks and the actual psychic ability that I know absolutely exists. If you have discovered your own ability to levitate or move small objects, please let me know. I would love to hear from you and find out more about your amazing talent.