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This is a really old clip, but it has one of my favorite routines with a Zombie in it by Tina Lennert.

I think I like it so much because there is a definite context to it with it being a hauntingly animated 'spare part' since the rest of the routine sets up for it so well defining what it is.

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Her routine is from 6:00 to 8:15 in the video.

(Also some great footage of other magicians in the special.
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Congratulation to Peter and the Twins for the new Floating Ball illusion. Once I saw on a World Greatest Magic video when Galina did the floating ball routin and I was stunned. You can see on YouTube just write Galina in the search. Do you know what version she used?

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Hey Las, it appears to be the Don Wayne method but with a different ball obviously. Great Video! Thanks for sharing. You can do all of those same moves with the Voyager and then some, but probably a lot easier than what she had to go through to perfect that! She and her crew did a wonderful job!

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Peter thanks for clearing that up. Your site amaze me. I like your thinking behind your illusions. Thanks again.

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Great info. New LED light up balls (outdoor decoration, pools, etc) are a fascinating option which I'm looking in to now.
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On Aug 31, 2017, glennmagi wrote:
Great info. New LED light up balls (outdoor decoration, pools, etc) are a fascinating option which I'm looking in to now.


I'm looking into that too. What info do you have?
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I guess I'm late to the party. But I thought I would slide in an idea I have thought of lately. The routine I offer was designed to be done at blue and gold banquets. In those one often performs in a the corner of a church basement essentially surrounded by blue and gold kids. Thus it was designed to be done surrounded. The gimmick is the kind of prop in which I walk into a magic shop and say, "Give me a zombie ball." Just a standard ball. I twist the gimmick a bit and off I go. I have done it many times close up as well on full stage. There is no set up to it. Pick it up and go.

Here is the thought. I believe the routine can be done with a see through cloth. With this it is more of a stage thing. But the cloth flutters at the right times to conceal you know what. There is only one spot in the routine where there is danger of exposure. However, some thought can get around it. The cloth can be cut from a bug net people put over their bed to keep bugs off your bod. It is very floppy and easy to see through. That is it. Just thought this crowd might find it interesting.

Some comments above are very appropriate. It is not an easy routine to master. Doing what I do took well over a year to master. My routine is in a book I sell on amazon dot com. Look up Al Schneider Magic. The book is kind of a reprint. Not great but the information is there. As I mastered the routine I felt as if the ball acquired a personality. It is more like a puppet than a magic trick.

As an aside. One day long ago I found myself doing a lecture at a magic convention. Part of it was about zombie. I demonstrated one of the practice drills presented in the book. I was explaining how the thing worked. Suddenly the entire audience gasped. The entire audience seemed to go into shock. I stopped in amazement, looked dumbfounded at the audience trying to figure out what happened. Someone in the front row said, the way your hands are moving and with the black clothes you are wearing; the ball seems floating all by itself. Then he said, "It is really creepy."
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I recently bought the ORB by Thomas Moore, and I'm still learning it. But so far, I have to say this is a great ball and system. It lights up in 12 different colors, with varying degrees of brightness. There are some lighting issues to be aware of, but to me it seems the best out there. Back-lit, it's wonderful. It's a little heavier than I expected, but it flies around at great speed with no problems.

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Nice Dana, but out of my budget for the next ten years. Are you using D'Hotels set up?
BTW Ganson's Zombie teach-in is in the hardback collection of his books, and occasionally as a used single.
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