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SpellbinderEntertainment
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Clinton, I'm off to Magic Live,
but next weekend call or email me
and I can give you the soup-to-nuts details on this,
and where I have and have not been able to perform this.
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I saw that illusion last year. It was performed by a friend of mine and the results were great. People enjoyed it. I hope that helps.
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Luis De Matos has a Floating ball routine designed to be performed by one person. No assistants needed. I don't perform it but bought the DVD because I heard the hook up was clever and may be useful for other floating effects.
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I have an original Don Wayne Floating Ball on the way. However, it does not come with instructions or thread. Can any help me in getting the original instructions (including the solo version) or let me know where I can find the routine?
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On Jul 20, 2020, Micheal Leath wrote:
I have an original Don Wayne Floating Ball on the way. However, it does not come with instructions or thread. Can any help me in getting the original instructions (including the solo version) or let me know where I can find the routine?


Jonathan Neal (who is a member here, user name JNeal) is the co-executor (with Christopher Hart) of Don Wayne's estate . He might be able to provide instructions. I remember that he posted last month that he had discovered a dozen 'Don Wayne Floating Balls' while clearing out Don's storage facility and would be making them available for sale.

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On Jun 10, 2020, JNeal wrote:
On a related note, last year when Don Wayne passed away Christopher Hart and I were designated as co-executors of his Estate.
Having spent the better part of a year organizing his assets for distribution to the beneficiaries of his will.. I have found about a dozen of his ORIGINAL DON WAYNE FLOATING BALLS!

These were packaged by Don himself and I will be selling these on the Café’ in the near future.
These will likely be the very last of the balls to be assembled.
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I agree 100% with Bill H. This is a huge undertaking to make this thing look right. Much more than getting a Mylar curtain. I a magic show last year and the thread stood out for all to see. I would suggest trying to get a Tommy Wonder zombie and the Golden Zombie book and going that route
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On Nov 8, 2020, Kendrix wrote:
I (saw) a magic show last year and the thread stood out for all to see.


Lighting. It's all about the light.

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Buy a Zombie and Neil Fosters books, you'll be happy.
There are half a dozen th@@@d floating balls, skulls, candles.
the are for illusionists who already have full stage shows and staffs.
The Don Wayne CAN be done one- man and close-up under some conditions, but not vary well or very often.
Zombie is also a stage, parlor (sometimes) effect, but it is one-man and has a one hundred year history.
One of the last living 10-in-one performers. I wanted to be in show business the worst way, and that was it.
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An old thread, I know, but I agree with "ringmaster" ...
the way forward is a Zombie, and so easy to use.

However, through much disrespectful disclosure via social media, this effect might not be so "magical" any more.
Perhaps it is time to "re-invent" this classic effect ...

Wulfie
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Wulfie is right. I miss the old days of brown carpet thread and actual LIGHTING skills! Red and blue Gels. Blocking and testing the tech over and over. Here is a good semi-close up version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1iBQvfXbKA

And, it CAN be done close up!

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

Very pricey, but worth every penny!

Doug
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Thanks for sharing Dougini ...
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The best one man floating ball is by Luis deMatos this is by far the best one man floating ball you are in complete control of the entire routine without assistance . It takes time to rig it but once it’s rigged you’re good to go retails for $1600 And for the Don Wayne floating ball it’s just the ball smaller than the Luis ball you could buy the Don Wayne and then get the Luis deMato routine with DVD and line separate for about 40 bucks
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On Dec 15, 2020, ringmaster wrote:
Buy a Zombie and Neil Fosters books, you'll be happy.
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Please, what books has Neil Foster authored on performing the Zombie floating ball ? I know of no such books.

Joe Karson , the creator of Zombie, is the author of a small booklet published by Abbott's Magic Co. - 'Tips on Zombie' and the updated version called 'Further Tips on Zombie' (with contributions from numerous magicians , including Neil Foster, but Foster is not credited as the author of the book, it is Joe Karson). Perhaps you are thinking of those booklets ?

While we are on the subject, a very good book is 'Zombie: The Floating Ball Teach-In' by Lewis Ganson

It is available at Lybrary.com , along with Karson's 'Further Tips on Zombie'.

Of course, Tommy Wonder's theories on performing Zombie and modifying the gimmick in 'The Books of Wonder' (Vol. 2) is essential reading, too. (if possible, augment with viewing the video "Visions of Wonder" where he physically demonstrates his ideas on the technique used for floating the ball. )
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On Dec 15, 2020, ringmaster wrote:
Buy a Zombie and Neil Fosters books, you'll be happy.
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Please, what books has Neil Foster authored on performing the Zombie floating ball ? I know of no such books.

Joe Karson , the creator of Zombie, is the author of a small booklet published by Abbott's Magic Co. - 'Tips on Zombie' and the updated version called 'Further Tips on Zombie' (with contributions from numerous magicians , including Neil Foster, but Foster is not credited as the author of the book, it is Joe Karson). Perhaps you are thinking of those booklets ?


You have it backwards regarding Further Tips on Zombie. It was Neil Foster who compiled the collection while Joe Karson and the others were contributors. Abbotts acquired the rights to Tips on Zombie and looked to expand it. Joe Karson was battling alcoholism and had reduced performing and creating at that time (though he had another creative surge in late 70s). He had started to hand over the reins to others. Neil Foster stepped in to the role and did a good job getting others to provide items beyond Joe's initial material. Sid Lorraine explained to me how he was "persuaded" to do the illustrations for it despite a pile of other projects he had. So it is really Neil's and Sid's book and was marketed that way by Abbotts.
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