Flying Yogi Illusion

Simmilar to Still-Life Preformances by Johan Lorbeer, this Yogi guy manages to levitate infront of large audience. If you can’t figure out what’s the secret behind his levitation, read the comments in Johan Lorber post, and I believe you’ll come to solution. This picture was submitted by Laura Adomaityte and this is what she wrote: “This photo of Flying Yogi was taken in Amsterdam few days ago by my friend! Awesome, isn’t? Best regards!”. What’s with all those levitation illusions lately, seems these tricks are becomming popular every day!

52 Replies to “Flying Yogi Illusion”

  1. i’m guessing it has something to do with the post on the yogi’s left. it may have a horizontal support, like a seat, sticking out and providing a surface for the guy to sit. his baggy pants are loose enough to cover this from view.

    1. yeah, if you look underneath him, you will notice that there is a bit of reflection. plus he’s titling a bit to show that the metal plate he is sitting on is bending. the core of the stick is probably metal and there is another plate on the ground to help balance the bamboo. easy.

  2. Yeah it’s definitely a horizontal support attached to the post, as you can see the bending moment applied to the bamboo.

    The best part of this picture, however, is that dude’s face in the background. :)

  3. Yes, support through the cane. With the body weight, you would think that the lower part of the support would have to be wide enough on the ground to counteract the upper (the seat). And, hey, what d’ya know — there is a carpet on the ground that is spreading far enough to do cover any construction of that size. Materials would still be a challenge…

  4. I think I the bamboo pole has an iron/steel core: The last inch before it touches the carpet seems to be thinner and black. Still, it needs good welding to support a person’s weight.

  5. the rug is the base is is steel and coverd by the rug with wieghts behind or under the flowers with a rod going though the bamboo pole connected to a fiberglass seat that he is on

  6. Well.. I saw this same guy a couple of days ago in Amsterdam. After the act he rolled up the carpet. There wasn’t any metal construction in the carpet as far as I could see. The post on the left is about 15 meters away so no horizontal post connect to that.

    1. Jimmy: the post is not 15 metres away dude.. Look again. It is going into the carpet. And don’t tell me “it’s the angle”
      you didn’t mix the white widow with the columbian gold did you??
      i went to amsterdam once, mixed the two, and watched an episode of Larry Sanders on the tour bus, that felt like it went for about 9 hours. True story.
      I wonder if a similar thing happened to you at the ‘floating man’
      (who just HAPPENS to keep an upright stick right next to him. rofl).

    1. He is a bear who, with his nephew boo-boo, steals pic-a-nic baskets from Jellystone National Park, and that floating bong-head is an imposter.

  7. It cant be a high velocity pic, because his necklace is still. Plus, it has got to be magic, notice the intense concentration and the weed on the ground…

  8. Its the Bottem part of his body. The cain is attached and spreads out to a part that his lower body slips into without much recognition.

  9. Fakirs have done this trick for many generations in India–steel rod into ground concealed in bamboo, small seat and connection to steel rod hidden by garments. Can anyone do this? Why would they want to.

  10. I bet he’s sitting on a camaflouged seat. Notice how the pole is leaning slightly to the left. If he was putting weight on it, it would lean.


  11. I saw this on tv last night and they exposed the secret. Ok so the guy is sitting a a little plate, hidden underneath him, connected to the pole he is holding, and the attachment of the seat and pole is hidden inder his sleeve. The trick has been used for hundreds of years.

  12. i REALLY want one of those sticks. Yes, they do have a thing to sit on- i’ve seen them before.

    I’d want that costume too. Especially the pants.

    and fortunately, my hair already looks like that.

    The beard… maybe not.

  13. if u look carefully, there seems to b a platform of some sort that is underneath him…although i dont really noe how the bamboo stick stays up on its own unless drilled into the ground (unlikely) and even with which it would have to be strong enough to support his weight…aside fromt that, i think there is a platform that sticks out from the bamboo stick

  14. Wasn’t he the winner of the Dutch television program ‘The New Uri Geller’?
    What’s his name again? Ramana I think.
    So we have to believe it isn’t magic or just a trick but that he is a mentalist.
    But who believes that crap, except for all those stupid Dutchman who watch this show.

    ow, I love your site by the way, have it as a widget on my IGoogle :)

  15. he’s sitting on some sort of seat that is attached to the pole that leads to the ground. look closely. and no, i have not looked at any solution ye.

  16. given the mass of the guy, the height and mass of the stick, the dimensions of the carpet, plus the distance of the man from the ground multiplied with acceleration due to gravity and constant velocity with a transfer of heat energy he’s absorbing from the sun, i conclude that there’s an invisible man carrying him.

  17. ive read somewhere that this guy is actually holding on to the stick beside him and balancing on it..but i think thats,he is probably sitting on a seat attached to the stick.

  18. So the stick is a steel rod and the guy is hiding a steel frame supporting his body under his clothes …that would be a tad uncomfortable but I guess its not impossible

  19. Yeah. it is definitely The bamboo post that has something sticking out of it. I saw one like this in an airport once. Go look up “The Invisible Chair” on you tube.

  20. What I’d really like to know, is how do these performers set up the rig, and take it down without other people noticing and ruining the illusion. Do they do it at the crack of dawn, and stay till no one’s around? What if they need to hit the john?

  21. the man probably has a platform attached to the rod thats covered so no one can see it…

    and if ur wondering how a stick can support the man, maybe the stick is attached to the carpet nd inside the carpet, there’s a metal plate that can be rolled like a carpet…

    nd mb the stick is foldable so when he carries it it looks like hes carrying a sticks thats ON the carpet, not attached to it…nd who would really care about a person whos rolling a carpet on the ground? so noone would really see…

    or maybe theres another glass rod on the other side and maybe we cant see it in the photo…

  22. Are you people really that brain-dead…..of course its a trick…I’m a dum-ass & I figured it out in a city second…READ CLOSELY…IRON POLE INSERTED INTO HOLE, POLE HAS ATTACHABLE SMALL SEAT…….period. (wow sum people are scary)

  23. YES it is possible there is practise in YOGA is an a art of practise which the Electro Magnetic system will be applie3d between object and the EARTH mostly the study of YOGA from INDIA & CHAINA and some other parts of the world. we can see miracles in yoga we can float on the WATER one of the ITALIAN street magician also done the performed

  24. The bamboo stick bends and goes right up his arse ;-)

    Nah, probably a steel rod inside the bamboo stick and and attached rod going through his pants to a steel plate that he is sitting on ( maybe even with a cushion ;-) ).
    And underneath that carpet is another wider steel plate to balance the whole thing to keep him from tilting.

    But how does he get up there without anyone noticing it? Does he have helpers who cover him
    up, while he gets into position?

    Here is a video from a pedestrian street in Copenhagen of a variant of this illusion
    that involves two guys.

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