Pavement performers and artists have always been a feature on the streets of towns and cities the world over, from buskers to painters, dancers to human statues. In recent years, a new breed of street entertainers has emerged with an interesting twist as they seem to have achieved the impossible. They are ‘levitating’ performers, emulating the ancient levitating yogis of India and they’ve sprung up in various locations causing quite a stir.
Levitating performers are a variation on a theme of the human statue, but they’re intrinsically different as they appear to defy the laws of physics and enter into their own mystical realm of super-power. They attract large crowds of bystanders who stop and stare, hardly believing the spectacle before their eyes. Usually, these levitating humans are dressed in attire that’s straight out of India or the Middle East with draped clothing and headgear such as turbans and cloth facemasks. They form a very interesting, enthralling and curious sight.
Perhaps very young children would be completely taken in by this but anyone with moderate intelligence and a basic understanding of gravity and physics, will quickly realise that something very clever is going on and that it’s NOT magic or mystical power! Few in the crowd can actually work out how it’s been achieved. Thankfully, various resources at people’s fingertips today can explain the mystery, putting minds at rest. Video evidence has been captured of street performers setting up their act with the ‘device’ and clothing before carefully climbing into their costume.
Sometimes 2 artists are involved, one levitating and the other seated on the ground. Sometimes, the seated artist’s ‘holding’ the staff that supports their levitating companion, with even greater dramatic effect to the illusion.
It’s interesting to note that all levitating artists have some form of staff that connects with the ground, giving the illusion that the whole of their body weight’s supported through the staff or stick. They also all have a mat on the ground that’s part of the structure and integral to the stability by forming a wide base. In the case of 2 artists, both are joined through the same steel frame that’s a little more complex than the single frame for just 1 performer.
Basically, the steel frame is divided into 3 parts, all inter-connecting:
1) The base;
2) The staff, which sometimes extends up along the arm, across the chest and down the other arm (although not always as bare-torso performers are common to see);
3) A wide seating platform upon which the performer sits.
Praise has to be given to these street performers who dedicate hours to entertaining tourists and officially ask for nothing but a donation to show appreciation of this stunning visual display.
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