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Aerial Suspension

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Aerial Suspension (also known as the Broomstick illusion), based on a feat performed by Indian jugglers, was a special feature first presented as a magic act by Robert-Houdin in 1849. [1]

A person is suspended horizontally with just one broomstick under his armpit.

Robert-Houdin presented the illusion, using his youngest son, saying he was administering ether (anesthesiology was just becoming known) to make him lighter than air.

The Fakir of Oolu improved the illusion by being able to take away the last pole and worked it up into a complete show. He presented his act under the title "Last Link Severed" at the Egyptian Hall.


  1. Modern magic. A practical treatise on the art of conjuring by Hoffmann (1877)