Encyclopedia of Suspensions and Levitations by Bruce Armstrong

(c. 1976,1983) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

This gigantic encyclopedia is in response to the demand for comprehensive and accurate information concerning levitations and suspensions. It supplies answers to hundreds of questions raised by professional and amateur magicians alike. There is a complete selection of all known methods of suspensions and levitations, as that the performer can select those which best suit his individual needs.

In addition, S.H. Sharpe has provided a complete chronology of the levitation, covering its history from the earliest recorded account (1355) to modern times. Entries of concurrent political, social and intellectual history have been added to give the reader an historical background to the evolution of levitation.

The act of levitating a person has remained the most entrancing and talked-about illusion of all time. Audiences still marvel at the sight of a person floating freely in mid-air and remaining there under the magician’s control. Every great magician has featured the levitation – Thurston, Dante, Blackstone, Kalanag, Sorcar, Mark Wilson and many others.

This deluxe hardbound book is divided into sections on Suspension, Levitation, The Mystery of Asrah, Novel Ideas and Presentations, The Contemporary Wizard, The Historical Chronology, and Source-ery. With over 250 illustrations and a complete index, this is a must for the serious performer.


A Living Woman Made To Recline in Midair 23 
Broom Suspension 27 
Riser Broom Suspension 32 
Riser Improved Suspension 34 
Overseas Suspension 36 
The Hewes Levitation 38 
Indian Bed of Arrows 41 
Indian Sword Suspension 43 
Stream Lined Sword Suspension Illusion 46 
Girl on Swords -Oriental Version 51 
One-Man Body Suspension 64 
Easy-Do Board Suspension 55 
Gravity Defied 57 
Trilby Jr 59 
A Vertical Suspension 61 
Revolving Suspension 63 
Carousel Suspention 6ff

Aga 73 
Rising Block Version 73 
Screw Lift Aga 75 
Triple Column Aga 77 
The Goldston Aga Illusion 79 
The Floating Lady 81 
The Great “Flying Lady” Illusion 82 
Trflby 84 
The Revolving Lady in Midair 85 
Siro’s Revolving Levitation 88 
Aga Thru The Floor 90 
Aga Aga’st 92 
The Couchless Floating Lady 94 
“Fan Levitation” 96 
Improved Aga 98 
Electro Magnet Levitation 99 
Sinclair Levitation 101 
“See Through” Levitation 103 
The Lady Floats -With Wires 104 
Super Levitation 106 
Kellar Levitation 109 
Deland’s Levitation 114 
“Etheria” or The Human Aeroplane 116 
The Floating Mummy 119 
The Floating Princess 123 
Club Performer Levitation 125 
Les Levante’s Levitation 127 
Best Yet Levitation 131 
Improved Super Levitation 133 
Super X Levitation 135 
Two Hoop Routine 137 
Dream Levitation 138

Asrah Illlusion 145 
Watch Her Go 147 
The “Phantom Illusion” 151 
Dunninger’s Improved Asrah Levitation 154 
Parlour Asrah Levitation 156 
Night Club Asrah 158 
Casket Asrah 161 
Small Stage Asrah 164 
Sorcar’s Floating Lady 169 
Aga -Asrah Combo Levitation 173

  • Publisher: Hades Publications
  • Pages: 275
  • Location: Alberta, Canada
  • Dimensions: 8″x 11″
  • Date: 1976, 1983
  • Binding: hardbound

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Approx. Price: $86.00 (2005) ***

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