Ages 9+
Ages 9+

Levitating Lantern


What you get

Harness the power of physics to engineer a mind-boggling magic trick — a levitating lantern that floats in thin air! Wire up the lantern, build the stand, and learn all about how tension and tensegrity make your “impossible” illusion possible! Read up on the science and mechanics behind other illusions, from flying candles to hovering magicians! Ready to discover science that’s totally, float-ally amazing?

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From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

What's cooler than building and customizing your own lantern? Making it float! I decided to use transparent rings to mimic how magicians create floating illusions — the harder the rings are to see, the more magical the illusion looks!

By the numbers

Lantern prototypes built: 15

Shades styles tested: 10

O-rings accidentally fired across the workshop: many



26 reviews

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Aug 8 2021

I wouldn't change a thing. My 10 year old worked this project and the walking robot in 30 min each, with no help from me. He is thrilled with these projects.

Jul 20 2021

This is absolutely great project for 7-8 years old kid. My son loved the mystical part of it that it’s “levitating “. We love kiwico and I occasionally buy a crate to occupy my kids with science and get their hands and mind busy in thinking. It’s great that they use wood as a natural material.

Jul 18 2021

Very cool project! It works exactly as expected. My 9 year old enjoyed putting it together, and while it was a little challenging, he was able to do it himself. I love that it’s also functional and nice looking on display!