Glowing orbs and stuff

Hey i wanna try doing some kinda special effects im looking to do something like in this advert where the smoke is coming from his fingers and the glowing ball.

can that kinda stuff be done in blender? if so does anyone have and really good tuts for it?

thanks for the help

I have moved this to the Compositing and Post Processing forum where it’s more appropriate. The Tutorials forum is only for posting actual tutorials.