Hovering is the ability to temporarily levitate short distances above the ground. You can make your own magic at home with custom-built hover shoes. You can do this with a pair of old, rugged shoes that you have not worn for a while. Pick up a few supplies at the local hardware store, and in less than an hour you will be floating above the ground. Since the key ingredients are powerful lift magnets, you will also need access to a garage that has metal supports in the floor or a full metal surface to stand on.
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Things you need
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- 4 50-pound lift magnets
- Wire cutters
- Soldering iron
- 2 rocker switches
- 2 9 volt batteries
- Old shoes
- Black electrical tape
Use the wire cutters to create two wires that are 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length.
Solder the ends of one wire to the positive charge on the 9 volt battery. Take the other wire and solder one of its ends to the negative charge of the battery.
Pick up a rocker switch. Attach and solder the positive wire to the rocket switch's positive charge. Complete this task for the negative wire, connecting it to the negative charge of the same rocker switch.
Complete steps 1 through 3 for the second 9 volt battery and rocker switch. Each battery and rocker switch set will be attached to a shoe.
Turn over the shoes so you are looking at the bottoms. Add a patch of glue on the heel end of each shoe. Also, put glue near the front bottom of the shoes. You should have four small glue piles between two shoes.
Stick the 50-pound lift magnets on the glue piles, one magnet for each glue patch. Most importantly, make sure the heel end magnets are tightly secure. You will also want to trace around the outside of the magnets with your glue gun, giving them extra strength.
Glue the 9 volt batteries to the outer sides of the shoes. The batteries should be toward the heel end of the shoes.
Glue the rocker switches near the front outer side of each shoe. It should be opposite the batteries on the same sides. Wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the glue to fully dry.
Use the wire cutters to create 4 additional wires that are about 3 to 4 inches in length.
Take one shoe and solder two wires into the positive end of the rocker switch. Then solder each wire to a different magnet on the bottom of the shoe. It is best to solder the wires onto the exterior metal casing of the magnets. Repeat this process for the second shoe.
Find where the metal supports are in your garage floor. Mark them with black electrical tape.
Stand evenly over the tape markings. One shoe should be standing on each black mark.
Hit the rocker switches on both shoes.
Wait approximately 10 to 15 seconds for lift-off.
Tips and warnings
- Use protective eyeglasses while making the hover shoes.
- When first testing the shoes, it is recommended that you hold onto supports. Do this until you are confident in your ability to hover.
- Watch the video in the Resources section to see how the hover shoes are made. The video also includes a short demonstration of their use.
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