Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball
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The Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball is an aerodynamically designed sphere that is made to look like it is floating on its own when customers use certain hand motions. Fushigi is similar to a yo-yo in that there are tons of tricks that can be learned and practiced. The tricks and techniques range from simple and easy to requiring lots of practice. It being a skill based product makes it very popular among children 10 years or older, but even younger children can have fun playing around with the ball.
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- Tutorial Dvd
Each Fushigi ball comes with a tutorial DVD that shows customers the basics needed to utilize the fushigi ball. It shows tips and tricks on how to manipulate the ball, and gives you tons of explanations to make the learning process more fun. The instructional videos are detailed enough that you will get everything you need to know from them.
- Color Variations
After customers complained that the clear glass spheres were reflecting light and creating glare, the creators of the Fushigi ball allowed for color variations which made each ball solid colors. This makes it less likely to create glare when used outside in the sunlight.
- Mini Versions
Mini Fushigis are offered for those who want to use more than one Fushigi ball at a time. This opens up a whole new batch or tricks and techniques that can be performed.
- Poly Resin Material
Fushigi balls are made of solid poly resin plastic. The creators assure customers that the ball will not break, shatter, or seriously chip if they are dropped.
While the ball can get some minor scratches, it will not break or shatter into a million pieces if dropped. Considering the ball must be maneuvered around with the fingers and hands, many customers might find themselves dropping the ball once or twice.
- Performance Art
The Fushigi is considered by the creators to be performance art. You can show the tricks and techniques you have learned to impress your frriends or even perform at local events or talent shows. Like many other art forms Fushigi allows users to be creative and come up with their own tips and tricks which helps them stand out.
- Levels of Difficulty
The tricks each have different levels of difficulty required to perform them. Some of the easiest tricks are simple enough that a focused child could learn them in an hour or two, while some of the most advanced techniques take months to master. Hardcore Fushigi users spend years practicing and honing their craft, but you can get a lot of enjoyment out of playing around with a few tricks during your downtime.
- Therapeutic Qualities
Many have said that playing with the Fushigi has certain therapeutic qualities. Moving the ball with your fingers and hands can be calming and relaxing. Learning to do tricks increases your mind and body connection, which can also increase your mood and relieve stress. Manipulating the ball requires a lot of focus, which can help kids and adults who struggle with short attention spans.
- Hand Eye Coordination
Playing with the Fushigi and learning its tricks will increase hand eye coordination. This can help improve reaction times which can be beneficial when driving or playing sports. It can also make you a more productive worker as you can get more work done ( you will probably become much better with your hands ).
How It Works
The Fushigi ball does not actually defy the laws of gravity. It is designed so that when it is moved with the fingers and hands properly, it creates an illusion of floating and moving by itself. Fushigi is based off of what is often called contact juggling, a concept that has been around since the early 1980s. One example is the one of the most basic moves often called "The Enigma". In this move, jugglers roll the ball with their thumb and opposite middle finger. Then the jugglers use the other fingers to disguise the movement, which makes it seem like the Fushigi ball is floating on its own. All of these tricks are essentially rolling the ball along your skin and disguising the motions to make it look like the ball is floating.
- Missing Instructions
Some customers have complained that they have received Fushigi balls without the instructional DVD or without a manual.
The Fushigi is a skill based product and may not be suitable for those who get bored very easily and don't want to put effort into learning. It does require some time and effort to do the tricks that are the most impressive.
- Floor Damage
While the creators of Fushigi claim it is durable and sturdy, some customers have posted reviews indicating otherwise. Some claim that the balls when dropped will break in pieces if dropped on hard tile floors. The ball will also supposedly damage floors it falls onto.
Some complain that the ball is too heavy for many children and will drop very easily.
- Scratches and Imperfections
If the ball has any scratches or imperfections in it the illusion may be ruined. Many customers complain that their Fushigi's have came with imperfections.
- Any Ball
The thing about contact juggling is it can be done with any lightweight ball. It can be done with a tennis ball, baseball, etc. You can even buy a regular acryllic ball to perform these tricks.
How it's Different from Competitors
The main reason Fushigi is different than other balls is that it has a mirrored surface that creates a more interesting illusion when performing contact juggling. Fushigi's mirrored look creates more movement and creates a better illusion.
- Damage or Injury
The ball is not a toy and could cause serious injury if thrown or dropped onto someone. It also could greatly damage walls or floors if it hits them. This product should be used with caution and should only be used over carpet.
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