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A.Iezzi
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Hi All,

For my show in September I am trying to use the Zombie Ball in a different light. Previously Envoute has done a belly dancing routine with the traditional Zombie set-up but THIS time I want to see if I can pull it off without the gimmick and sheet. I figured taking an approach as if it were a contact juggling ball would be possible, where the lovely performer rotates the ball aroung her hands and along heer arms and adds in the occasional mysterious float, but how would that translate on a cabaret stage? Thoughts?
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I don't think it would work very well. Part of the knowing the ball is floating is that if the ball moves the person does not, and the person moves the ball is at rest or stationary.

I would try Raymond Crow "Naked Zombie", but I believe the rules would still apply. The audience has to be able to tell that the ball is moving, other wise the illusion is totally lost in all the gyrations of the performer.
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Hmm...perhaps I will get you a video to let you know what I mean.

When the ball is levitating out of the performer's hand she will not be moving. It is similar to the suction-cup-thumbtip in execution.
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I don't see how a belly dancer and a ball can work together, but that is how I see it in my minds eye.

Again, get Naked Zombie and go from there, you have to create or make the prop yourself, it is only DVD instruction and routine.
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You could look at Charlotte Pendragon's "Wonderball" too. It is a different kind of hook-up for a one person floating ball. It would take a bit of choreography to get it involved in a vigorous dance situation. But it and the Naked Zombie Bill referenced would get you brainstorming. You may actually have to do an OKITO floating ball thing (off stage manipulation of the actual ball) and build a strong routine that flows. Kind of like John Calvert did for the Dancing Hanky (Casper the Ghost). Same idea different object.

Interesting idea. Bill is right. If you go for a contact juggling kind of thing that's what it will look like - Contact Juggling. The premise of the Zombie is a heavy object floats with a mind of its own. It should seem detached and remote from the dancer/magician.

Years ago Vito Lupo did a floating ball mainly using Mime. His skills at Mime sold the fact the ball was totally out of his control and detached from him. Yet one or the other of his hands never left the ball. A good presentation, it was short, whimsical, and magical.
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Check out YouTube on the "Wonderball", before you purchase it.
It's painfully obvious what's going on. I can't believe you could convince anyone except may be five year child.
And it's not cheap ($350 USD).

The Naked Zombie is probably exactly what you are looking for, although I would cut out some of the over the top moves in the version I saw. That's on YouTube also.
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Raymond Crow's "Naked Zombie" artistically beautiful handling of the disarmed Zombie Ball is as lovely and magical as these things get.
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Go back to some of John Calvert's old routines.
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On 2013-08-03 15:06, Bill Hegbli wrote:
I don't see how a belly dancer and a ball can work together, but that is how I see it in my minds eye.

Again, get Naked Zombie and go from there, you have to create or make the prop yourself, it is only DVD instruction and routine.


I played a club date for a men's club in Chicago, a couple years ago. Following me on the bill was a belly dancer. He wasn't very good.
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Actually, the Naked Zombie Ball is EXACTLY the look we were going for. It even has the elements of contact juggling that I was referring to. Thank you so much, folks!
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Zombira is picking up momentum in popularity, and the value to the manipulator is substantial. I've added to the end of my traditional zombie routine for a completely engrossing effect.

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