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vab72 

Customer

 15 Aug 2013 15:39 UTCThu 15 Aug 2013 - 3:39 pm UTC 

Hello
I don't know if you can help me or lead me in the right direction. I'm from Baltimore, MD. I think it was Sears but it could have been a different retailer that had a display in their window of a seal blowing a ball in the air. The ball would actually go up in the air. I'm not sure if this was an ad for a vacuum cleaner for some reason that is sticking in my head. Anyway does this ring a bell?
Thank you for any help you can provide.
Valerie

 

Roger Browne 

Researcher

 15 Aug 2013 21:21 UTCThu 15 Aug 2013 - 9:21 pm UTC 

Hi valerie,

I think you are probably correct that this was an ad for a vacuum cleaner. The jet of air that comes out of the vacuum cleaner exhaust can lift a ball into a position where it will not fall (because the venturi effect causes a high-pressure "wall" around the ball and a low-pressure area above it).

Here's a YouTube video of a vacuum cleaner being used in this way. Do you think this is the type of effect you saw? Assuming, of course, that the vacuum cleaner exhaust air was fed to the seal's nose through a hose, or that the entire vacuum cleaner was placed inside a seal shape.

YouTube - "Vacuum Cleaner & Ball Magic"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q_Sh3smdkQ

The same trick can be done with a leaf blower:

YouTube - "Cool trick with air blower and ball"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgpRK-VXkDQ

So far I haven't found details of any Sears promotion with a seal and a ball, but please let us know whether these videos show the same effect that you saw.

 

vab72 

Customer

 16 Aug 2013 17:42 UTCFri 16 Aug 2013 - 5:42 pm UTC 

Thanks Roger
Your answer helps, I'm looking to purchase that seal. I know it may sound silly but it would make my somebody specials year. :D
Valerie

 

Roger Browne 

Researcher

 18 Aug 2013 19:50 UTCSun 18 Aug 2013 - 7:50 pm UTC 

Hi Valerie,

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any further details about the seal that you saw. Your question remains open in case any other researcher can contribute, and if not answered will be automatically closed and refunded 14 days after you posted it.

I think the easiest way to get a seal such as the one you saw will be to have one custom made from a resin or plastic seal, a vacuum cleaner and a plastic tube.

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 18 Aug 2013 22:06 UTCSun 18 Aug 2013 - 10:06 pm UTC 

Valerie,

Roger's suggestion (above) is a good one. Companies like this:

http://www.cowpainters.com/categories/sea-water-creatures

can make a custom-designed seal for you with (I'm sure) a hole for a vacuum cleaner hose. I have no idea of the cost, however.

Let us know how things go.

David

 

vab72 

Customer

 19 Aug 2013 11:23 UTCMon 19 Aug 2013 - 11:23 am UTC 

Thank you very much for all your help.
Valerie

 

Phil Answerfinder 

Researcher

 19 Aug 2013 11:53 UTCMon 19 Aug 2013 - 11:53 am UTC 

Valerie,

Was it something like this?
http://c.shld.net/rpx/i/s/pi/mp/19845/4151106008?src=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F617FHnJt36L._SX300_.jpg&d=d53638023f3c9c748b00c8c7f9d09d5324c6dc0e

It comes up in an image search and is indexed by Google Images as 'Banzai Mega Cyclone Ball from Sears'. However, when you carry out a 'similar image search' it comes up with the following description: Banzai Bobblin' Ball Water Sprinkler - Seal.
http://www.sears.com/manley-banzai-bobblin-ball-water-sprinkler-seal/p-SPM7524327108P?PDP_REDIRECT=false

I'm not sure if it is still available through Sears. Here's one on Amazon, although the review is not good. There are also some on Ebay.
http://www.amazon.com/Banzai-Bobblin-Ball-Water-Sprinkler/dp/B007TLQ10G

The photograph is not very reliable as it appears to have digitally altered.

Let me know if I am on the right track and this is the item you wanted.

Phil
answerfinder

 

vab72 

Customer

 19 Aug 2013 12:10 UTCMon 19 Aug 2013 - 12:10 pm UTC 

Thank you Phil, that is the idea but the seal was made out of different material. Metal or fiberglass.

 

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