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The support is definitely up his left sleeve - watch his left hand through the whole performance, he never significantly moves it & is definitely "cuffing" something when it's empty Also Notice how he uses his right hand to put down & pick up the staff for his left & how stiff he is when he walks on stage When they zoom in on the staff after he puts it down you can almost see a notched or concave area where the frame probably clicks in & you can see him trying to work it in with his fingers right after he picks it back up with his right hand & puts it in his left Also - right before the smoke & when he puts his feet down - watch when he pulls up the staff - it is definitely in the ground - probably a metal plate with an inset hiding under the rug Another tell is that @ the moment he pulls his feet up the staff flexes to the left ever so slightly under the additional weight
watch the moment he pulls his staff up right when he puts his feet down & throws the smoke - I'd say there's at least a 1/2" in the ground & he's probably setting it in a hole that's been drilled through a 3x4 or 3x5 steel plate laying under the carpet (don't know the size obviously..just trying to give some dimensions to help visualize it)
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by qmantoo
At the moment, I am inclined to think it is genuine.
Any wires? Anomalous shadows? Is it genuine? Or can it only be genuine if it's a "monk'?
edit on 6/9/2013 by Phage because: (no reason given)
John Gaughan described how the trick works in US Patent #5,354,238. According to the patent, the performer is supported by two fan-shaped arrays of fine wires that remain invisible to the viewing audience. The wires are about ¼ mm thick, and support about 10 kg each; the arrays contain more than enough wires to support the performer's weight. The wire arrays are mounted at the hips, near the human center of mass, to a harness worn under the clothing. This creates a balance point facilitating a wide range of movements while suspended. The wires are attached to a complex computer-controlled rig above the stage that maintains the tension in each wire, and keeps each array of wires perpendicular to the audience's line of sight so that the wires never overlap one another, which might allow the audience to see them. During the later phases of the performance, two hoops are used simultaneously, which aids the deception as the hoops do not come into contact with the wires. Instead, each ring is brought flush to the wires before being twisted under Copperfield. In the glass box demonstration, the top of the box is threaded between the two sets of wires in a vertical position, before being rotated ninety degrees and lowered into place. The wires remain in place while the performer is in the glass box, passing through crevices between the lid and the sides. Since the box limits movement and he is only able to rotate on one axis, he stays side-on to the front of the audience while in the box. When flying with a volunteer, he holds her in front of him, and she does not come into contact with the set-up.
one trick pony. he won't be winning a million..its not really a talent..its a single trick he does well..but ya, after watching the vid a bunch of times..actually it was his street performance trick, I noticed (frame by frame) unnatural jutting out of his robe right below the..cheeks. aka, a sitting platform.
So ya..good little trick. fun for a one off..thats about it though.
and of course it was an illusion.
Has there ever been any explanation as to how David Copperfield did that? I have seen it so many times over many years and never been able to think of an explanation!