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Recently there’s been a lot of buzz about the Fushigi Ball. It’s a super hot Christmas item. Since we’re in the most expensive season of the year, I figured I’d do my part to help out.
The Fushigi ball is not a scam, but I do feel it’s a bit misrepresented. My goal here is to help you understand what you’re buying before making a decision.
The commercial is filled with people talking about how easy it is to do! You’d be forgiven for believing that the ball is somehow doing all the work for you. This is definitely not the case…
The Fushigi Ball Is Actually an
Established Art Called Contact Juggling.
Contact Juggling looks VERY cool when done well. My first exposure to it was a few years ago and I was blown out of the water. It’s truly fascinating to watch.
Like any art though it requires practice. Some moves are easier than others, but ultimately how well it works will be based entirely on how much you practice.
There are some excellent resources online for getting started with Contact Juggling. Check out contactjuggling.org for starters. Also search YouTube. I’ve included a great tutorial video at the bottom of this post.
The Fushigi Ball is Simply an Clear Ball with No Defects
A lot of people are under the impression that its got special weights or connects to your body in some way. This isn’t true.
With contact juggling you’re creating the illusion that the ball is defying physics. To do this you need a ball that doesn’t have any “tell marks” that break the illusion. That is the only thing that makes the Fushigi “special”.
There is some metal inside, but that’s to keep it from acting like a magnifying glass and setting stuff on fire. It has nothing to do with the actual functionality of the ball.
So is the Fushigi a rip-off? From what I understand a decent contact juggling ball goes for around $20 and doesn’t come with video instructions. The Fushigi is probably priced about right for what it is.
If your son or daughter is REALLY interested I don’t want to discourage them. Just realize it’s an art form they’ll spend a life time mastering, not a toy they’ll be able to enjoy instantly.
The video below is a great introduction to the art. It’s well worth the 10 minutes, even if you aren’t thinking about buying a Fushigi!