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March 29, 2009

Quick quiz. The secret of this impressive levitation illusion is…

a) That pole is steel, buried six feet into the pavement, and it has a small seat on it that is hidden by her dress.

b) An army helicopter hovers overhead, suspending her by transparent cables.

c) An industrial blower hidden under the sidewalk shoots a super-strong column of air through that shag bathroom rug, holding her in mid-air. Her hair is glued to her back so it won’t blow and give away the secret.

d) It is written.

Okay, d) was just thrown in there as an homage to a certain movie that I don’t want to spoil for everybody else.

Anyway, this was sort of a trick question, because the photo was taken in Peru, where of course gravity works in a different way than it does around here. Those folks in the background all have heavy rocks in their pockets to ground them.

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Peruvian illusionist Claudia Pacheco, known as “Inca Princess”, appears to levitate during her act at the main square in central Lima, March 27, 2009. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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She either has incredible arm stregth to cantelever herself off that supported pole (see the bend) or more likely there is a crossbar that she’s sitting on and she’s just holding on for balance. Too obvious. Next!
BTW, why aren’t the pictures in this blog linked to larger ones? Can’t afford the liscense fees?

Posted by wrenchbert | Report as abusive

License fees aren’t a problem – we own them. But if we link to larger ones, we’d be giving high-res photos away for free. Not a great business model.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

I’m willing to bet if you get a super soaker water gun, you find out how this trick is done in no time!

Posted by BOB | Report as abusive

The real trick is how that dress is staying up.

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

Bob, you forgot the most obvious reasoning here…

It’s apparent to me that this lady has made a deal with the devil to gain the power of levitation in exchange for her immortal soul.


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Posted by K | Report as abusive

Well crap, K! I made a deal with him too, and all I got was free HBO!

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

That pole is steel, fixed to a flat plate hidden under the carpet piece, and the pole has a small seat on it that is hidden by her dress.

Posted by anwar | Report as abusive

Actually, the trick is beans. Another well guarded secret from Bushes baked beans! I’m thinking with one with onions…

Posted by bob | Report as abusive

Wait! I know! Its the magic carpet (made in China) that she got on sale at Walmart.

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