When a magician makes a hat float mysteriously in the air, that's levitation. You may see levitation that appears entirely real at a magic show, with silver balls or scarves appearing to linger in midair.

In the illusion of levitation, a magician raises an object or person into the air, and a psychic or medium's levitation might consist of a table rising slowly into the air. There are also scientifically valid examples of levitation, from the simple occurrence of a feather being blown upward by a breeze to magnetic levitation, when a powerful magnet exerts a force that's strong enough to raise a metal object into the air.

Definitions of levitation

n the phenomenon of a person or thing rising into the air by apparently supernatural means

Type of:
any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means

Type of:
ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
the act of changing location in an upward direction

n movement upward by virtue of lightness

movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction
Type of:
change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something

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