yup need high currents...
I would recommend you watch 'boyd bushman''s video on falling super strong neo magnets.
he clamped two together that were opposing their fields
then another where the fields were attracting.
then placed them in identical plastic housings and dropped, they fell at different gravitational acceleration rates which is supposed to be impossible. If you remember your school physics, a feather and heavy object both fall at the same rate and hit the earth same time. Not in this case.
so you likely need similiar strength magnetic fields.
he used some really hefty pricey neodymium magnets. N50 strength.
get a 10 foot stickI never have given any credit to the Boyd Bushman magnet experiment because the magnetic fields are so strong they can literally cause a drag on their rate of fall due to the magnetic field being so large. That field can affect a compass needle in a room probably up to 10 feet away. Check this video of the drag phenomena I'm talking about: