I've been performing for a number of year Don Wayne's Floating Ball and I have to say that it allows a freedom and a movements' range way beyond Okito's routine.
Saying that, however, Don Wayne's riggin requires a fairly large space in the wings, if one wants to take full advantage of the movements of the ball, and this may not be available in all theatres. Don't get me wrong: you can still perform the routine in less than optimal conditions, but you won't be able to achieve its fullest potential.
Also, Don Wayne's routine needs lot of practice and coordination between you and your assistant, which may be working "blind" in some situations. While the magician's work may be simplified, compared to Okito's method, Don Wayne's method requires as many hours practice as Okito's, with the same assistant, to be effective.
I wouldn't recommend floating a "thin" object (like a candle or a flower), as it won't be visible enough on a large stage: a ball or a "consistent" object would be the preferable option. A candle may be suitable for a quick floatation, but I think the effort would be wasted if you were trying to make it a feature of a show.
Marco Pusterla - http://www.mpmagic.co.uk/ http://www.hauntiques.com/