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Shoppers hover as artist appears to float on air


A LEVITATION performance left audiences on a high in Cork yesterday as German artist Johan Lorbeer appeared to float on air.

As Mr Lorbeer hovered above the heads of shoppers on Opera Lane, seemingly leaning against the wall casually with his hand, locals asked if he needed a drink to steady his nerves.

"They are full of jokes, the Cork people, asking if I'd had one too many pints or if I needed one and talking about how everyone floats in Berlin -- that it's normal," Mr Lorbeer laughed.

At 61, he has travelled the world with his stunt. The technique is down to the use of a wooden frame, attached to a wall with screws hidden by a false hand. While he makes no secret of the mystery, it makes no difference to his audience, Mr Lorbeer said. "It's funny, the males always ask about how it is done and the women ask personal questions like whether I am hungry or thirsty," he said.

Mr Lorbeer is performing in Cork as part of Gravity, an exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork today, from 11am until 1pm and tomorrow at the same time.

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