Above It All

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Filed under: Illusion and Magic

From Angstrom at Timeshard, October 23, 2007:

levitationrex_200.jpgThis rather stoned looking dutch man “levitated” in Times Square and outside the White House this week. Although it is a magic trick his stated reasons are very pranksterish, specifically that he wants people to think about things in a different way.

According to News.com.au: Dutch magician Ramana has been doing his best to freak out American people…

The illusionist, real name Wouter Bijdendijk, hovered several feet above the pavement with apparent ease. His only “prop” was a stick that he held with his left hand.

A household name in his native Netherlands, Ramana has performed for Queen Beatrix and has been honoured in India with the Golden Cloth award, the highest cultural honour ever given to a westerner, metro.co.uk reported.

“This is an art,” he said.

“And in India, they see it also as a science. I hope I make people wonder,” Ramana said.

Ramana’s repertoire also includes “flying” up to 10 metres above ground, mind reading and other forms of Indian street trickery.

Watch him hover outside a building here: