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Kent Wong
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I just has had an ad for this product pop up in my Facebook feed and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it? I've done some online research and I wasn't able to find any reviews or performance videos. Even the promo video seems to be a computer generated image as opposed to an actual performance. Any feedback you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Bill Hegbli
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Here is a tip: Whenever you search, always end your search quarry with magic or magic trick.

Here you go:

http://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=59006
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Dougini
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At almost $800, this is made for stage. No parlor Zombie, this! This could be a very powerful illusion in the right hands.

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@Kent, we just purchased one for a major project overseas. I can try to answer any questions you have. So far it seems to be pretty solid. Looks great too.
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Other than glowing plastic, what are the differences between the Orb and Don Wayne's Floating Ball?
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I bought one of these, recently. I'm still learning to work with it. It's heavier than I thought it would be. One of my concerns was that I needed it to fly at speed, and I was concerned that a ball this heavy would be problematic, but it's not. I call it heavy, but that's a relative term. For its size, it's not really heavy, at all. The Orb is really good quality, and durable. I've dropped it from height, and it survived just fine. The fact that it glows poses some lighting issues, both in terms of artistry and exposure, and what I found is that it works really well when subtly back-lit.

The Orb cones with hardware and IT (which is quite strong), and a one-man, six-point rigging method. It can be used with a variety of rigs and methods. It's a very large ball! Takes some getting used to. The Orb glows in 12 different colors, and in varying degrees of brightness, all of which are controllable mid-act (preferably by an assistant), or it can be used with a single color and brightness, or programmed to cycle through colors.

As with all floating balls, what will make or break it is the artistry, choreography and work the magician puts into it. It's a wonderful prop, but it's a lot of work. The Orb doesn't make things any easier, no shortcuts, but the results can be very dramatic.

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The LED weight is around 2lbs (900g) or so I think the DW Ball is about (400g)
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The Orb weighs 1 lb. 14.5 oz. I just weighed it on a baby scale.
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Have just been checking out floating ball effects on YouTube and found a performance by Penn and Teller. Penn introduces the piece by explaining that what they are about to see is a thread trick. Teller then does a beautiful and artistic routine ending with Penn coming back on stage, holding the ball up by it's thread and cutting it with a pair of scissors; as it bounces to the ground he boots it off stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUH2FhG7VoE
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