Originally posted by ADG:
Hello Steve......I just posted the same question under Platform Magic. From the description on Hank Lee's website, this trick has me thinking of an Abbott's Floating Balloon effect called Super Duper Balloon, whereby the balloon really remained suspended in mid-air with nothing attached to it.
As I posted over on that other thread, I think you are on the right track.
Here are some quotes from Abbott's Catalog of Magic , No. 23 , describing "Super-Duper Balloon" :
"Without a doubt , the closest thing to real magic yet devised in the magician's craft! A large balloon is inflated and held between the magician's hands. Slowly , the hands are removed ----the balloon floats suspended in space, defying the laws of gravity ! There is positively nothing attached to the balloon!
While the balloon is floating the performer may walk away ---- he may even go so far as to sit among the spectators. You will thrill to the spookiness of the balloon floating in space. Hand passes and gestures are made and the balloon floats away from the performer, then floats back towards the performer. To add further mystery , you may pass a solid hoop completely over the balloon from any direction.
At any time, at your command, the balloon will float down to your hands.
This great magic was invented by the late John E. Peyton, an electronics engineer, and first marketed by Abbott's in 1958. It comes complete with balloons, hoop, instructions, gimmick, etc. Notice to customers outside the U.S. : This unit is electrical and must be converted (by you) for use with the power supply in your own country."
end of quote from Abbott's Catalog of Magic, no. 23, June 1990 .