I've been featuring the work of automaton-maker and magician Pierre Mayer on my blog for a while now. His is the creator of many wonderful magic-trick automata including The Orange Tree, Miniature Orange Tree, The Harlequin, Fechner's Levitation on Stool, a tribute to Siegfried and Roy, and many others.
Here is new and mysterious automaton by Pierre Mayer called "Laetitia".
From the artist's web site:
This automaton differs from the previous one: the Fechner’s levitation. It uses a completely different principle, no magnets this time. Laetitia floats in the air when you turn the handle and the arms raise. A mirror at her back shows there is nothing to hide and creates a perfect illusion for this levitation. Also the flames from the candles twirl and move up.
See more magic automaton by Pierre Mayer on his web site.