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sjdavison
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Hi Guys,
Just wondering if anyone owns this product, and if it is as good as the advertisement says- sounds completely impossible. How practical is it, and is it suitable for walkaround/parlour magic?
Thank you,
Simon
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The verdict is that it's a major rip off. No offence to Brace who doesn't exist. Smile
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I knew it. There is no way to make a good levitating ball with nothing attatched to it? Smile
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When I found out how it was done, I couldn't believe it. I think it would take some work to make it look good enough to perform for audiences.

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Could you give me more information on the effect, and how is it different than the normal floating bill?
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SOHartist; The effect is a floating BALL, not a BILL, and from the previous discussions on this effect, not a very good one, although I have no experience with it.
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Daniel Faith
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I know a guy that bought it and it IS a rip off.
Magic magazine stopped carrying the ad after the first month.
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I posted a review of this item last year. Stay Away!!!
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In 1973 I purchased the book "Floating Routines for Table and Stage". Written by Ralf Wichmann-Braco. That was 31 years ago.

The book is written in English and German. He has some very unique ideas for floating balls, and his attachment arrangements are very original. There are close-up as well as stage set-ups.

His thinking was to push limits on the gimmick. So I do think he does exist, but he is only using his stage name.

I think the new offering might be possible, but if it is anything like his book it will take hours and hours of practice. Again you do not get the material you need with with DVD so that is a major hurdle to overcome. Finding the proper items to make the thing up. That is the same problem I had with the book, he give details, but no sources.

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Bought the routine just because I was curious about the method. This thing is a total joke and is a rip off, so anyone considering buying, do yourself a favor and get the Don Wayne version.
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I don't use it but have seen one. It is not very practical but if it has to be acheived then the performer first of all has to be an excellent mime artist.
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I had a friend I looked over this manuscript with, and really, I don't think it is that bad. I think a lot of people are put off by the secret, but if you really take a shot at trying this sort of thing, it just looks fantastic for laypeople and magicians. Magicians always look for the wire or zombie gimmick, and laymen really do not know what it think. With propper presentation of the idea, you can really get this off the ground.
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On 2002-12-24 04:50, hUrOn Low~ wrote:
The verdict is that it's a major rip off. No offence to Brace who doesn't exist. Smile


The man's name is Braco, not "Brace." To be exact, his name is Ralf Wichmann-Braco. He lives in Berlin, and he is a friend of mine. Braco is not his stage name. It is his surname -- like Henning, Wilson or Blackstone.

I will say right off the bat that the floating ball, as advertised in the text that all of us read in English is grossly misrepresented. This is not Ralf's fault. It is the fault of the fellow who translated the manuscript into English and tried to sell it at an inflated (pun intended) price.

Stay away from this item, if you are expecting a finished product. It is more of a pipe dream than a practical idea. There is material there that will work, but this is definitely not for most people on this forum.

I will say this: unlike hUrOn Low~, whoever that is, Braco did put his real name on the manuscript.
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Is this anything like the Zombie?
Bill Palmer
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No. It is not at all like the zombie. It is really basically a method for doing a floating ball. It's more of an experimental idea than a finished product. Unless you really want to play around with the idea, I wouldn't recommend it.
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Without getting wrapped around the method, I tell you that this is the biggest ripoff that I have ever seen. A friend bought it and when he received it he called me to look at it. I cannot believe that companies, or magic magazines would advertise such items. STAY AWAY...........!!!!
Harry Murphy
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I guess your friend is not a member of the Café' and did not read all the negative reviews warning him to stay away from this product.
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But it is the compelling Advertisement and sometimes one doesn't feel like waiting for a discussion and just go ahead and buy it much to their disappointment.
Harry Murphy
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Yep that is true with every advertised product, magic and otherwise! Some people actually believe advertising at face value. I always suspect hyperbole and bombast and try to research the product (unless it is so cheap that it would cost more to research it!).
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A friend of mine bought it and his really mad with the product...

It is not worth buying
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