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Topic: Okito style ball
Message: Posted by: Paul Jester (May 31, 2009 06:43AM)
I've been working (where possible!) an Okito floating ball routine. I love it, but the trouble I'm having is with the balls wearing out. I'm making my own from polystyrene balls and a biro pen for the tube, I know, high tech! I do paint them though...

But I really could do with one in metal, or other material that the silk wont saw through over time. Does anyone know of any dealers who sell the Okito style ball? I can't find one...

Thank you,
Paul
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (May 31, 2009 07:23AM)
Try Owen Magic or use a Don Wayne ball and rework it.

Richard
Message: Posted by: keithmagic (Jun 1, 2009 02:05AM)
Have you tried going "old school" and trying to use a cardboard globe with gold leaf? Or paper mache'?

I have always wanted to try making one like that.

Keith
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jun 1, 2009 06:51AM)
Biro pen??
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jun 1, 2009 10:53AM)
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On 2009-06-01 07:51, magicians wrote:
Biro pen??
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Named after Laszlo Biro, inventor of the ballpoint pen. We can assume that the original poster ran the pen shaft through the center of the Stro ball for passage of the gimmick instead of using hooks on top.

One other potential source for the ball are large plastic Christmas tree ornaments. Get one in silver. Cut off the stem, and patch with a small piece of silver chrome tape. Looks fine from a stage.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 9, 2009 12:38PM)
Paul,
PM me....
Walt
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jun 9, 2009 02:22PM)
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On 2009-06-01 11:53, Michael Baker wrote:
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On 2009-06-01 07:51, magicians wrote:
Biro pen??
[/quote]

Named after Laszlo Biro, inventor of the ballpoint pen. We can assume that the original poster ran the pen shaft through the center of the Stro ball for passage of the gimmick instead of using hooks on top.

One other potential source for the ball are large plastic Christmas tree ornaments. Get one in silver. Cut off the stem, and patch with a small piece of silver chrome tape. Looks fine from a stage.
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That's what I used when I distributed a floating ball thru Robbin in the 80's. Plastic vaccuum plated silver or gold.
The bigger ones are tempermental at the puntel point.
Message: Posted by: Paul Jester (Jun 11, 2009 05:27PM)
I tried making the paper mache sort. Back when the balls were made that way the hooks were used on top, but I need the V shaped shaft through the ball for some of the more unusual movements. A ball made of paper/card, or even plastic (judging by the biro) seems to get sawn into after not that much use. Remember silk is tougher than steel pound for pound, so they tell me! If it saws in it snags... not magic!

I looked at Owens, but wow what a price tag! Some day... some day!

For now I'm just replacing the biro... they're not that expensive... if I were clever I bet I could find some kinda metal pipe that I could bend... ooohhh... see you in a bit!
Paul
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (Jun 11, 2009 05:58PM)
There's a Don Wayne floating ball up for auction at Martinka:
http://www.martinka.com/martinka/auction/APViewItem.asp?ID=15214
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jun 19, 2009 12:08PM)
I was in a California “Cost+Plus World Market” this week.

They carry a 7 inch round globe of the world,
after soaking the ball and removing the paper map,
you have a very lightweight black-plastic 7 inch sphere,
with a very small hole at either end.

With some gold-leaf and some work,
also a perfectly serviceable and sturdy Okito Ball,
at about the size he used on stage
…and for only $9.95.

My two-cents,
Walt
Message: Posted by: Jeb Sherrill (Jun 19, 2009 12:55PM)
Nice find, Walt. Looks like I'll have to run over to World Market today. :)

Jeb
Message: Posted by: keithmagic (Jun 21, 2009 12:35AM)
Nice -

Old school like I was talking about.

I'd have to go back and look again, but I could have swore that's how Spreer made them (albeit out of cardboard)

Keith