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Ryan:Ruple
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I just recieved my Morrison Zombie Ball today, and while I was testing it out something happened. Of course I was dull enough to try it out on hard floor. Needless to say, there's now a small dent. You can't see it from performing distance, but it still bothers me. Does anybody have any good methods of getting rid of dents? Thanks in advance.

All the best,

--Ryan
Ryan:Ruple
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Also, I'm interested in some good ways to keep my Zombie clean. Any pointers?

All the best,

--Ryan
Jeb Sherrill
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Yes, smooth it out from the inside with the ball end of a screwdriver or similar impliment.

I also buff mine with a smooth cloth and practice as much as possible over carpet or a bed.

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BalukMagic
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If by any chance you mean Morrissey and not Morrisson, you can take it apart and take a small rubber mallet to it....
Ryan:Ruple
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Ah, yes Morrissey. Just went off for a second I guess. I'll try these methods soon, I want a smooth Zombie again.

And Jeb, thanks for the polishing hints. I'll be getting your ReAnimated DVD's this Thursday, so I'm excited. Smile

All the best,

--Ryan
damien666
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Billy McComb used to hammer dents all over his zombie ball (in a pattern). He said that it made the ball more visible due to light hitting it at several points (much like a disco ball) and it also took the pressure off of trying to keep it in pristine shape. He ended up 'denting balls' for several performers and him doing that service became so popular, he had to stop doing it because of how much time it took.
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What is the name of the DVD your getting from Jeb and how and I get a hold of one too?
WoodRat
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I learned my zombie technique using an inexpensive plastic ball. If I dropped it, I just picked it up and continued practicing.

Practicing over your bed (as mentioned above) is excellent advice as well!

Unless you're a Stradivarius, you'll never completely remove the distortions from dropping your zombie from a standing position. And it's a lot of work I'd like to avoid Smile
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Dmann
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Jeb is right about using the rounded end of a screwdriver to round a dent out. But, a mallot might work better depending on the kind of dent. If your still looking for his DVDs, or Dream Gimmick check my site.
JamesTong
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The above tips are excellent for getting the zombie back in shape. And practicing over the carpet or anything soft is also very helpful.

But then again, murphy's law applies here too. You will still drop the ball and it will land in funny places. More dents will appear. Even after smoothing it out it will not look like it is newly chromed.

Here's what I do to my zombies (dented umpteen times): Get some of the craft powders and apply over the ball and then apply a layer of gloss over it and you will have a zombie with special illuminating effect. The powders come with all kinds of special effects. Select the one that interests you.
jay leslie
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Hay

I traded Vernet a holdout for a bunch of stuff a few years ago and one of the things was his plastic Zombie Ball. Everyone should look into this model. Looks great on stage and it doesn't dent if it drops. I recommend it.
Father Photius
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A roller if you can find one will work best since you are working with a round shape. It won't be perfect but more than good enough. The wheel or the roller needs to be probably no wider than a pencil. Too wide and you can't make it fit the concave of your zombie.

Take it slow even if you decide to use the rounded end of a screwdriver. Try to get one that is smaller than or close to the actual curvature of your sphere. Trying to work it out too fast will only cause more distortion to the shape of your zombie. While the metal is soft, don't stress it by trying to work it out too fast, metal will stretch and you will end up with an outward lump versus an inward dent.
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Brent McLeod
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Rollers & bang out with a cloth over the instrument etc.

Also I have 3 Zombie balls-Morrissey.

Keep 1 for shows & a few spares.
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