levitation

levitation lĕvĭtā´shən [key], the raising of a human or other body in the air without mechanical aid. The idea is ancient holy men, both pagan and Christian, were reputed to have had the power of becoming light at will and of moving through the air. It is a favorite manifestation in séances. It is also a popular conjuring trick, the illusion being produced by clever mechanical or lighting arrangements or other means.

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