self-levitation platform

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Photograph from http://metm.org

wood, pulleys, cable, scaffolding

It is one of the strongest memories from my childhood. I was five or so, playing with my blocks. One of the blocks was almost my height. I picked it up and flew it around my head. Then a powerful, incredible exciting thought gripped me...

I can pick this block up. 
If I could just stand on it when pick it up, 
then I could fly !

Why had no one thought of this before?

mechanics

In this piece you actually pick yourself up by the bootstraps. It is difficult, but anybody can do it. If you can stand up you can pick yourself up, but only as high as you are tall. It is powerful feeling yourself in compression suspension.

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