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Topic: Zombie Routines-Need Help
Message: Posted by: WR (Apr 25, 2002 04:11PM)
I am starting out with a zombie. I have Wright's Video. What are some of your routines? (If you don't mind sharing). I do mainly kids shows and am a Bumbling Wizard, Professor Trickus P. Bumbledumb.

Most magically yours,
WR :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Apr 25, 2002 06:25PM)
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On 2002-04-25 17:11, WR wrote:
I am starting out with a zombie. I have Wright' Video. What are some of your routines (If you don't mind shareing). I do mainly kids shows and am a Bumbling Wizard Professor Trickus P. bumbledumb.
Most magically yours,
WR :magicrabbit:
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First thing you need to do is to train yourself to forget about the gimmick. You need to convince yourself that the ball is not only floating but it will go wherever you want it to go just by willing it to do so.

Things you can do with it includes making it appear to float around your body, sitting on your arm without the cloth, disappearing and popping up behind your other leg, floating up and down the silk, and if you can manage it, making the ball disappear at the end of the routine.

Hope that helps,
PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Apr 25, 2002 10:33PM)
:coffee:


Go the the MAGIC archives here:

[url]http://questx.com/magic!/magic-23.html[/url]

Scroll down to look for the message embedded in this archive from Tommy Wonder regarding tips on performing the Z - ball. You'll be glad you did.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Apr 26, 2002 04:25AM)
One critical point:
Don't -- whatever else you do -- go on too long with Zombie.
About two minutes is the max.
After the ball appears above the cloth, the routine is, in effect, over. Anything else in a denouement. So end it there.
I've seen performers figure they could get five or ten minutes out of Zombie. :wow:
I think I'd sooner have root-canal work done, than sit through that again! :lol:
cheers,
Peter Marucci
showtimecol@aol.com
Message: Posted by: WR (Apr 26, 2002 02:18PM)
Bad experience with Zombies Peter.... :P Thanks! Are their any good books on the Zombie???
Most magically yours,
WR :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Apr 26, 2002 07:07PM)
Reminds me about the first time I was on television. I was a young kid making an appearance on a children's show and it was live television. Half way through the Zombie routine, while on camera, the ball fell off the gimmick and rolled off the stage. I triumphantly threw the cloth aside and took my applause. <shrug> What else could I have done, it was live television after all.

PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: Ustaad (Apr 27, 2002 10:28AM)
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On 2002-04-25 19:25, Thoughtreader wrote:
First thing you need to do is to train yourself to forget about the gimmick. You need to convince yourself that the ball is not only floating but it will go wherever you want it to go just by willing it to do so.
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WR, Just keep that in mind and all will work out automatically for you.

Paul, Very Good advice.

:xmas:Ustaad
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Apr 27, 2002 01:27PM)
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On 2002-04-26 15:18, WR wrote:
Are there any good books on the Zombie??? [/quote]

[b]Further Tips on Zombie[/b] by Joe Karson and Neil Foster published by Abbott's Magic Co.

[b]Supreme Magic Teach-In on Zombie Floating Ball[/b]
by Lewis Ganson and Will Ayling, published by Supreme Magic Co. (out of print.......check with H&R Magic Books)

:coffee:
Message: Posted by: Magique Hands (Apr 30, 2002 04:13AM)
Although the book "THE INVISIBLE THREAD BOOK, by Braco", doesn't use the 'Zombie' principle, it is a WONDERFUL resource for 'One Man Floating Ball' routines. This book, is more on 'Stage' ball floating effects - vs - close-up floating effects.

The book "FURTHER TIPS ON ZOMBIE' by Joe Karson and others, is a great resource as well.

To go completely along with Peter Marucci: Your 'Zombie' routine should be no more than 2 to 4 minutes, AT THE MAX!! Keep the audience wanting more, and you'll do well.

When I perform 'Zombie' on a FULL-STAGE, I only begin with about one minute of the true 'Zombie' effect, then I go into a full-stage float. My 'Zombie Only' routine is 2 and 3/4 minutes long. You will be able to do many of the great 'Zombie' moves, within this time frame, if not a lesser time frame.

Happy 'Floating',
- - Troy
Message: Posted by: karmic (May 6, 2002 05:19PM)
the Jeff Mcbride stage magic video volume 2 (I think) has a great Zombie routine on it
Message: Posted by: omnibozo (May 20, 2002 05:27PM)
I have heard from several sources that Christopher Hart (Thing) has a great routine. I have also heard the someone was selling VHS tapes of his Zombie routine lecture at a Desert Seminar two or three years ago. No one at Stevens knows anything about the tape. If you know who might have such a thing, let me know... I have not been able to contact Hart directly.
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (May 27, 2002 07:10AM)
Actually it's the McBride On Stage vol 3 "Classics of Magic" that has the Zombie routining with and without the gimmick as well as some pretty good Dancing Cane and Fountain of Silks advice.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Jul 3, 2002 04:26PM)
"The How To Book on Zombie", published by Morrissey Magic, is rather nice.
Message: Posted by: ***Kev*** (Aug 8, 2002 04:22PM)
The Magic on Stage volume 3 routine is kinda cute,
It works for me!
I like his linking rings on volume 1!