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Icarus effect

Postby kazami » Sep 1st, '05, 19:04



Anyone else viewed on web site 'hocus pocus" the Icarus Effect, looks really good.any comments from other viewers before I buy.

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Postby the_mog » Sep 1st, '05, 19:06

a link to it may help?

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Postby kazami » Sep 2nd, '05, 02:11

hocuspocus.com is the biggest magic outlet in the USA .

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Icarus Effect

Postby kazami » Sep 2nd, '05, 02:17

Sorry the web site is www.hocus-pocus.com

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Postby i1011i » Sep 3rd, '05, 10:37

It looks impressive, and impressively expensive.

heres my review,

I am too broke to review it.

I would love to know if this trick works how I think it works, and if so I wouldnt buy it. The description just sounds angle sensitive.

That is not to detract from it, its just my opinion as a preformer on how well it would blend into my style.

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Postby katrielalex » Sep 4th, '05, 20:55

Well, to me it didn't look that impressive, for many reasons.

  1. The knee bending made it look awfully like jumping...
  2. Pressing down on the speccys hands does seem to me like it takes away a bit of the effect, even if there is no reason to.
  3. Only being able to do it at a step or kerb is extremely suspicious - again, makes it look like you're jumping off the kerb or you're just leaning on it...
  4. Why not get King Rising and save money/


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Postby Steve Dela » Sep 4th, '05, 22:19

The gimmick is not that practical. you have to make it urself and u have to do it near a step!.

I wouldn't buy it.

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Why I WILL be buying this trick.

Postby muggleboy » Sep 7th, '05, 03:41

First of all I have to say I love how you all are thinking like magicians! We do that way too often. You're thinking of the cons to the effect from a magician's point of view and not a spectators point of view....

What self-levitation effect won't be angle sensitive??? Unless we can drill a hole in our feet and install hydraulic lifts, there will be no true 100% angle-proof street levitation... period.

The Icarus effect looks better (to me) than king rising(awkward coat handling and the most "angly" of them all) and balducci. Peter Loughran's Elevator is OK most of the time and dynamic under the right circumstances). For the price Zero Gravity (available I know on hanklee.com) is the best bet.

The knee bend doesn't bother me... I love to do that in my other self-levitations cuz they think you are going to just hop up... but when you slowly hover up it knocks them for a loop.

Now for the supposed cons:
Constructing the prop - When did magicians stop enjoying the process and gratification of making their own tricks or building stuff themselves? I love the extra work personally (zero gravity construction is a pain but so satisfying in the end).
Being Close to step(s) - Who cares... you can't do the king rising all the time but when you can pull it off.... wow! So there's a few conditions to it... think of the final result.

Finally the price - I do concede it's pretty steep. However, this will keep secret seekers and casual hobbyists from attaining the trick. I will pay the price for it because I will use it to my advantage to create a buzz while I'm travelling w/ work (we travel all over the US). If it was out of my price range, I'd save for it anyway! Why? Because I know that sometimes the impact of an effect on spectators is more important than angles, steps, etc.

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the curb thing

Postby muggleboy » Sep 7th, '05, 03:48

Quick addition: They don't know you can only do it by a curb or ledge... only YOU know this. Would we all stop doing scotch and soda or silver/copper/brass cuz it can only be done w/ that particular set of coins? I think not. Or stop doing the ID because we can't do it w/ EVERY deck... doubt it. It's amazing how we only think like magicians when the price goes up. Just an observation.

BTW personal style does play a big part. If I couldn't fit this into my style & personality I would never think of buying it... so think of that.

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Postby Laurens » Sep 17th, '05, 19:36

Is there someone here that actually bought it?

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icarus effect

Postby entity » Oct 5th, '05, 14:31

I've owned this for a while now, because I'm a friend of the creator of this levitation.

It's very practical, and you don't HAVE to do it near a step or curb, you can do it on level ground, as is seen at the end of the demo video. It's a better illusion to rise up onto something, though.

It's priced the way it is in order to keep this exclusive to those who buy it.

Re: assembly... You don't have to build any mechanics, it's just about customizing this to your own clothing. The kit provided and the DVD make this pretty straightforward.

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Postby danata » Nov 3rd, '05, 14:59

Hi!
This is Mike from Mike Danata's Magic Studio in the U.K "Icarus" arrived yesterday, I've watched the Dvd & looked at what you get etc, & I think it's GREAT!!

The item is priced high to keep "Curiosity seekers" away from purchasing the effect just to find out how it's done. I think that's a good thing, it really is that special!

Anyway I've got to "Fly" another customer has just popped in!!

Mike

www.mikedanatasmagicstudio.co.uk

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Postby dat8962 » Nov 3rd, '05, 15:52

Hi Mike

I look forward to a demo when I'm next in :lol: :lol:

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Postby danata » Nov 3rd, '05, 16:39

Unfortunately you won't be seeing me dem it when you come in!! (SORRY!)
Not for any other reason than the fact that I had a dozen to sell, I've only a few left, & if I customise one up for myself, then it will be one LESS to sell! ALL THE VIDEO CLIPS ARE A TRUE & ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE EFFECT.

As you no doubt realise when you know what the effect is going to be, you are no longer interested in the effect, but merely THE METHOD.

I spend half of my days in the studio trying to get this message through to people (especially amateurs). Sometimes if you have an idea as to how a trick is done, then you refuse to see the effect, becuse you notice a certain sleight or whatever. A lay person would only see the EFFECT. The METHOD is NOTHING, The EFFECT is more & the PRESENTATION is EVERYTHING!!!

Here ends this afternoons reading!!!

Mike

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hmmm

Postby Rydinhi » Nov 7th, '05, 06:38

This is a joke and the icarus is a rip off.... LOOK who is promoting it in this forum..... 1. a guy who is friends with the maker.... like he is gonna say if its bad or not.... 2. a magic shop owner who thrives on making money from these home made gadgets that have mis-directed marketing. As far as im concerned its another cheap trick that is way over priced... why are they next to a curb or step? because it stabalizes the object you lean on to rise.... sure you could do it on flat ground, but u gotta be lucky and balance really well.... $499 is rediculous especially for a peice of paper that tells you how to make a stupid brace...... sorry to bust this out but im sick of people making tons of cash off of amatuer magicians trying to make a living.

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