Since I didn't particularly like the Vernet Zombie I decided to write about Uday's. This ball is a
little larger than the average zombie ball and it is beautiful, a chrome/mirror like finish that I
thought I might not like because it might reflect the gimmick (wire) but it did not. It worked like
a charm. The foulard that came with the package was beautiful too although you do need to iron it
to take out the folds.
The only draw back that I could find in this product was that
because the ball has such a highly reflective surface, you have to be sure and remember to wipe away
any finger prints on the ball before performance time. If you order Uday's Zombie Ball you will
like it a lot too.
I DO recommend that you pick up a DVD on Zombie. The DVD I have is
"World's Greatest Magic: the Secrets of the Zombie Ball". It's great (5 stars)!
Magic is a wonderful place for all my performance needs!
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Every single magician should own one of this zombie ball. Absolutely amazing and mind blowing. The
way its made is fabulous. Very good quality. I highly recommend this trick to all parlor magicians.
Uday's items are very cheap so get one of these. You should also look at other tricks he
manufactures such as blendo plus
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The ball is nice, the silk is nice. The gimmick is almost useless. Really disappointed, worst
penguin purchase yet. The gimmick does not use cork, but a plastic part that does not full fit.
The ball is loose and wobbly. I had a zombie for years and was looking to upgrade. Wish I didn't.
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- The Uday zombie ball is 5"inches in diameter which is the size I prefer and is not as common as
the 4" in. balls. So I took a chance on this one , hoping I'd have a decent back-up ball. But as it
is , I would only use this Uday ball as a practice ball to avoid denting my performance ball.
Unfortunately, the seam where the two halves fit together is very visible. The two halves of the
ball I received don't fit together securely. I'll add a few small dabs of wax or sticky-tak placed
around the inside rim to hold the halves together more securely. The quality of the Uday ball
doesn't compare well to the better zombie balls I've seen or used. In my experience, some Uday items
are good quality props, some are not so good. I think Uday's quality control is an issue. This one
is not so good , but I'm just going to use it as a practice ball.
- The part of the
gimmick that connects to the ball fits loosely, as noted in another review here, but is fixable by
using a bit of electrical tape to pad it , or replacing it with the usual thing.
IMPORTANT to point out: minimal instructions are included with Uday's zombie ball. From these
instructions you would not get a good idea of how to perform this properly if you weren't already
familiar with the effect. It's really almost like no instructions on HOW to perform the effect,
just a brief explanation of the basic mechanics of the trick. Not a big deal for me as I'm already
familiar with it , but this would be disappointing and inadequate for someone who has never worked
with this effect before. If you haven't performed Zombie before, I would suggest looking for a
Supreme Magic Co. publication by Lewis Ganson called "Ganson's Magic Teach-In Series: Zombie , the
Floating Ball". It's out-of-print, but there is an e-book/pdf version of it available if you can't
locate a used hard copy of the actual book. The Lewis Ganson Teach-In on the Zombie is also part of
"The Complete Ganson Teach-In Series" by Lewis Ganson and L&L Publishing , which is available from
Penguin. And/or get the L&L instructional video "World's Greatest Magic: Zombie Ball" available from
- Note that the listing above says: "Foulard not included" , but the one I
received DID have a foulard included , solid black. The foulard quality is not bad , although I
don't think solid black is the best choice , I would use a solid color foulard. I already have a
foulard from Losander , so I'll use this for something else. In his lectures, Losander recommends
using a foulard with a solid color on the front and black on the back, so you could find a solid
color cloth of the same size and similar material (silk/polyester) , then sew the two together.
Overall, I can't really recommend the Uday zombie ball except as a practice ball to avoid
denting your performance ball when you're rehearsing. ** 2 Star review because of the minimal
instructions and the highly visible seam on the ball.
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Was very impressed with this prop. I had one many years ago and decided to purchase a new one. I was
hesitant at first because of the many poorly made props out there today, but this one is very well
made. But it isn't just the prop that I am impressed with. The people at Penguin Magic are really
about customer service. I won't hesitate to buy from them again and let others know this is a great
place to buy magic.
Loren Christopher Michaels