Conjuring Credits

The Origins of Wonder

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Papilio-Butterfly aka Astro-Sphere Floating Ball

This floating-ball effect, which resembles that of Joe Karson's “Zombie”, in which a large ball floats in proximity to a foulard, through the agency of a thread hookup rather than Karson's rod gimmick, was invented in the early 1960s by Otto Stolina, who marketed it in 1963; see his ad in Magie, Vol. 43 No. 9, Sep. 1963, p. 303. Two years later it was marketed in France as “Belle de nuit”; see Le Magicien, No. 97, Oct. 1965, last page; and then in 1971 in the U.S., by Louis Tannen, Inc., with a handling by Tony Spina, who called it “Astro-Sphere”; see M-U-M, Vol. 61 No. 3, Aug. 1971, p. 43.