I’ve been seeing these floating/levitating man tricks that buskers do around the world and was always curious to how it was done. It is an amazing act that is for sure. The performer appears to float in midair like some sort of wizard or something. Turns out it’s actually a complex system that holds them in place. Sorry for ruining the fun but the video below shows exactly how they do it.
There is a steel plate on the pavement, covered with a grey carpet. In the corner of the plate, there is a rod sticking out. Into this, the there is a steel platform, on which the performers sits. The steel tube which holds the platform runs up his left sleeve. Whoever thought of this gets a round of applause from me because this just looks so cool!