Reports of paranormal human levitation have been reported down the ages. In most cases, the phenomenon is associated with Christian saints, Yoga practitioners, witchcraft, Spiritualist mediums, 'demonic possession', and poltergeist cases. Among the most famous examples are:
Also, of course, there are many example of the use of magicians' tricks to present the illusion of human levitation.
The effect described below was popular in Victorian times, but may date back much earlier. Although various explanations have been proposed, this classic demonstration continues to mystify and amuse.
When attempting this experiment, sensible precautions should be taken to ensure that the person to be lifted cannot fall or hit anything. Allow plenty of surrounding space.
Do not try this if inebriated. Also none of the participants should have any contraindicative medical condition (e.g., heart or back problems).
Participants attempt this experiment entirely at their own risk. We will not accept any liability for any mishaps that may occur.
There are several variations to this stunt. For example, sometimes it is suggested that the hands push down on the seated person's head. However, this can be dangerous and should NOT be attempted. Alternatively, the person to be lifted may be standing and is then lifted by the elbows, chin and feet. However, this can also be dangerous and is NOT recommended.