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Dave Scribner
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I found out that FAB is related to the old Abbott Magic Factory!

I am going to do some more research about that.


Doug, Fab is not directly linked to Abbott's but the Abbott family is partnered with them. I remember when Rick first started FAB magic. There was a lot of controversy but Rick has grown FAB into what Abbott's used to be.
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On Sep 15, 2020, Dougini wrote:

Then I took out the ball and looked it over. The seam runs vertical. I cannot see it from 6 feet away! It came with a base unlike any Zombie I've ever seen!

I'm afraid no one's going to be able to tell me that this looks like it's plastic!

A friend of mine came over and I pointed to it on the shelf. "What's it look like it's made out of?" I asked him. He said a metal ball.




Glad to read you're happy with the FAB ball.

I've noticed in the past there has been discussion ad nauseum on the Café about metal balls vs. plastic balls. I doubt anyone is going to change their minds on that point. However, to me the main thing is whether the performer has mastered the floating moves to present this effect , rather than the material the ball is made from. (I would draw the line at using a ball that is obviously made of styrofoam or a large sponge ball. A hard surface styrofoam ball or paper mache ball could be faux finished in such a way as to disguise what they are made from ... but that's another topic.)

In the past I have used a metallic-finish plastic Christmas Tree ornament and from stage distance I don't think the average person can tell that it's plastic , it looks like a metallic ball. If the performer handles it as if it has some weight and has the floating moves down pat it will be perceived by the audience as a "metal ball". But even if it's a floating plastic ball , who cares ? The floating ball is the effect, not what the ball is made from. Floating light bulb can be an impressive effect , too , but people know it's a light weight glass bulb. The metal z-balls have a seam , too. But if the seam is minimal (either on a metal ball or plastic ball) it's not visible from a distance.

Raymond Crowe recommends using a plastic ball in his "Naked Zombie Ball" routine. At no point when I'm watching him performing am I thinking: "oh, yuck, it's a cheap looking plastic Christmas Tree ornament."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVukDF0lmIU




I suspect this performer is using a plastic ball:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA94WVZdRco






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