Originally posted by Jim Riser:
Actually, the size of the ball gives things away. I hope that photo was not meant to make people want to buy this ball. It just looks like a guy blowing a huge soap bubble with his bubble pipe
Yeah, the photo shown on the web site at http://www.magiceffex.com/sites/con_005.html
is very poorly composed.........sort of like those bad snapshots where it looks like a lampost is growing out of the top of someone's head.
However, I don't believe that the pipe has anything to do with it (unless of course Braco thought up the concept originally as a "pipe dream" !)
I noticed a few of the smaller (very small) photos on Braco's web site appear to show him standing somewhat away from the floating ball so apparently the magician has some free movement around the thing.
Over on the other thread discussing this ( thread called "Lighter Than Air" under the Light from the Lamp category) it was suggested that what is being advertised is a variation of the principle behind "Super Duper Balloon" , a floating /hovering balloon effect put out by Abbott's (do they still make it ?) I think this is more likely.
Reading carefully Braco's description on his web page very honestly points out that prior to the ball being dropped to the floor with a heavy thud ("it's a 10 pound ball!") that the ball first floats back down
into the box that it was originally removed from. Only afterwards it is removed from the box by the magician and is then dropped to the floor to thereby "prove" that it really is a heavy, metallic ball.
The last Abbott's catalog I own is #23 put out in 1990 . In that catalog, on page 361 is this description of "Super-Duper Balloon":
"Without a doubt , the closest thing to real magic yet devised in the magician's craft! A large balloon is inflated and held between the magician's hands. Slowly , the hands are removed ----the balloon floats suspended in space, defying the laws of gravity ! There is positively nothing attached to the balloon!
While the balloon is floating the performer may walk away ---- he may even go so far as to sit among the spectators. You will thrill to the spookiness of the balloon floating in space. Hand passes and gestures are made and the balloon floats away from the performer, then floats back towards the performer. To add further mystery , you may pass a solid hoop completely over the balloon from any direction.
At any time, at your command, the balloon will float down to your hands.
This great magic was invented by the late John E. Peyton, an electronics engineer, and first marketed by Abbott's in 1958. It comes complete with balloons, hoop, instructions, gimmick, etc. Notice to customers outside the U.S. : This unit is electrical and must be converted (by you) for use with the power supply in your own country."
end of quote from Abbott's Catalog of Magic, no. 23, June 1990 .