I have always been intrigued with the Floating Ball as many magicians are over the years. This my
reason for purchase, and to see if there was new movements and gestures to enhance the artistry of
the total effect by the performer.
The DVD is one hour and 5 minutes long. The explanation
and act are covered in the first half of the DVD or approximately an half hour. The rest is a very
nice speech on the history of the those that have created the Floating Ball and those that have
performed it professionally over the years. So it goes rather quickly on the explanation of the
routine and giving as it looks to an audience, Then an exposed view with all the movements with text
explanations. Finally a non-text exposed view of the routine.
There will be a very large
investment to make no matter if you purchase just the DVD or the complete outfit as offered with
Mirror Ball and Box.
For those that already own the Don Wayne Floating Ball, it might be
of interest, as that is exactly the type of ball that is needed for this hookup and rigging. The box
or carrying case has no purpose to create the floating effect, so any box or case can be used.
The thread is a braided kind of line, a little thinner then button thread. On some hookups, it
may even sing - do to the braiding in the thread.
Please don't buy this just to see the
"Gimmick" as it is only a fishing swivel, but used in a new and unique way. Actually, this whole
set-up is the Don Wayne Floating Ball set-up that comes with Don Wayne Floating Ball. The genius
that Luis De Matos has done was illuminate needing an assistant to maneuver the ball on stage, the
performer is in full control 100%. Pure genius to convert a two man illusion to only the performer
being responsible for everything. So it eliminates the 3 pole setup as used by Don Wayne's setup.
What I found missing is his exact set up for his lighting on stage, or any suggested exact
lighting information for a performance. So it is left totally to the purchaser to work out the
lighting. He does lecture on lighting in general terms and does give resources on his lighting
fixture and computerized movable lights, but does not go into detail like he did in the movements of
the ball and his relationship to the ball.
There is no hoop involved in this presentation
for the reasons given by Luis on the DVD. Luis does provide his music score on the DVD for your use.
As usual with Essential Magic Collection the quality of the DVD is superior, shot in a
green room with picture in picture effects.
This effect as presented and explained is for
a "Stage" performance only, but there is no reason that the information contained on this DVD could
not used to enhance anyone's parlour or banquet hall presentation of the Floating Ball. This could
easily enhance other methods as well with some creative thinking. Like taking Mike Danata's Floating
Golden Stick and combining with some of the ideas given on this DVD. Mike Danata actually replaced
the Golden Stick with a Ball and presented a wonderful cabaret routine.
resource for stage and parlour presentations is The Invisible Thread Manual by Ralph Wichmann.
All these resources could and should be combined for the non-grand stage magician to present a
version of the Floating Ball.
There you have it! Highly Recommended for anyone who is
interested in the Floating Ball presentation. You will gain insight, knowledge, and along with
movement and gestures putting you in the professional performer class.
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This really is a wonderful DVD. The only defect is that the instruction...while the best out
there...is too brief. But the overall system is a good one, a one-performer system capable of moving
the ball in three dimensions, and of giving the ball a life of its own. No offstage assistants
As with all floating ball routines, though, it takes a tremendous amount of work.
No shortcuts here.
This floating ball method does not pack small. But this DVD gives you
the ability to get ready in just a couple minutes once the necessary basic rig is mounted before the
show. So you can be the closing act of a show, and leave the stage free for other performers.
Be aware that while some IT and a gimmick are included with the DVD, there's a lot to buy. You
need a ball (I use the Orb by Thomas Moore), standing rigging, and some hardware, none of which come
with the DVD.
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If you love the floating ball, then you should purchase this DVD. I know how most of the popular
versions of the floating ball are done and Luis De Matos borrows from some of the best - But, he
also introduces his own innovations that make his illusion seem so much better than the others I've
seen. You can learn to do this effect from this DVD! Highly recommended a must for anyone who
loves the floating ball illusion. Once again I received EXCELLENT service from Penguin Magic!
They're the BEST!
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