The Spinball Wizard is an obstacle, firstly introduced on American Ninja Warrior 9 as the ninth obstacle during San Antonio finals.
It consisted of five sets of handles, shaped like an inverted-V, each with a set of spherical-shaped objects to hold on. Except at the second set of handles, the other four sets handles could spin freely.
Competitors had to hold on to a set of handles and must swing four feet to another set of handles. Then, they must repeat this process, until they could make the last swing to the landing platform. Among the 6 competitors who attempted the obstacle, only Karsten Williams and Andrew Lowes failed to complete it.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 10
On American Ninja Warrior 10, the Spinball Wizard appeared as the ninth obstacle during Philadelphia finals, and the obstacle remained unchanged from the previous season, except the fourth set of handles was made stable, meaning there were 2 sets of handles that stable (at the second and fourth sets of handles), while the other 3 sets of handles could spin freely (at the first, third, and fifth sets of handles).
During Philadelphia finals, the obstacle shared the exact number of clears and attempts as during San Antonio finals on the previous season, as among the 6 competitors who attempted the obstacle, 4 of them could complete it. Dave Cavanagh and Judas Licciardello were the only 2 competitors who failed on the obstacle.
American Ninja Warrior 11
On American Ninja Warrior 11, the Spinball Wizard appeared as the ninth obstacle during Cincinnati finals.
On Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Spinball Wizard appeared as the fourth obstacle in Semifinal 2 and Semifinal 4. However, compared to the one used on American Ninja Warrior, the obstacle featured:
- A trampoline at the start,
- Only 2 sets of handles were used, each with a set of spike-shaped objects to hold on, and
- Each set of handle (along with its axis) could spin freely. Therefore, competitors must maintain their body control and momentum while making the transition between the sets of handles (in a similar fashion to the Double Twister).
Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Spinball Wizard appeared as the fifth obstacle in Heat 1 and Heat 3. This time, the obstacle featured 3 sets of handles, with each of the first and third handles having a set of spike-shaped objects to hold on, and the second handle having a set of spherical-shaped objects to hold on (similar to the Spinball Wizard used on American Ninja Warrior).
This version of the Spinball Wizard was proven to be much more difficult and brutal, as only 10 competitors completed the obstacle out of 32 competitors who attempted it across those 2 heats.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found