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Rainboguy
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I have only known ONE Magician who could pull off, and most importantly, SELL the "Stuff from Mouth" Trick....and he more or less made a CAREER out of it....and that was my friend, the late, great, fabulously talented Tom Mullica.

His work with cigarettes and gum was simply PHENOMENAL and WORLD-CLASS!

There has never been, and never will be, a Talent like Tom Mullica, in my opinion!

Having said that, Yes, I know that many excellent magicians "Pull Stuff out of their mouths"...especially Mercury Card Folded Cards (Jeff Hobson), card streams (Jeff McBride), mouth coils (Just about everybody), and on and on and on........but in my opinion, the best thing that a Magician can pull out of his (or her) mouth is:

GREAT, FUNNY, ENGAGING PATTER!
daffydoug
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Amen!
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Eugene Chekhov
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With all respect, what you get for $ 40 is a couple of balls and a magic wand. Learning is superficial. He did not even care to turn on the music. I recommend similar stuff - http://magicdirect.com/balls-from-the-mo......download
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Thanks for the heads-up!!
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Eugene Chekhov
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Ok) Chris Randall - Teaches much more stuff.
Knowing the method, you can combine routine.
I do not use this trick - although I'm sure it has good entertainment stuff.
I trust Chris Randall - so all his routines have passed the test - on the streets - before different audiences and honed to the smallest detail.

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The continuous production of balls from the mouth is taught on many videos. You can find it as a sequence in Aldo Colombini's "Cone-Tact" and, if you can find it, Steve Bedwell's "MD not required" (best technique without the silly wiping motion).

Chris Randall's routine mentioned above is pretty standard. It is short and snappy with some magical moments that will throw the knowledgeable off. It is well thought out. You'll need three sponge balls and a mouth coil or two. The downside of Randall's routine is that you are consuming a mouth coil (or two) each time you perform the routine. Cost for Randall's routine (aproximately) $3.00 for the download routine, $4.00 box of super soft sponge balls, $21.00 Mouth coils (Creasey 46-feet long box of 12). Yes you can get mouth coils cheaper but I buy dave Creasey' considering them to be the best and most reliable. Go cheaper if you have a brand you trust. Here the longer the better.

The one trick download is part of a lecture he presented. The better value would be to buy the whole lecture as a download for about $10.00 and get "Live at the Magic Castle" lecture download from Penguin Magic http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S18052

Eric Leclerc's routine is slightly different in structure. The "move" is basically the same. For the price you get an adequate teaching download showing the routine, a discussion of the development of the routine, etc. It is everything you need. You also get five (5) sponge balls, three red, one green and one black that are used for the specific routine. You also get a magic wand that has a pointing hand (extended pointing finger) for a gag and for some motivation in the routine. It ism a well made, nice prop being about 16" long and a little over 1/2 inch in diameter. So for the price $40.00 it isn't a bad value. You could probably assemble all the props for less.

Both routines play big, both routines are pretty fun, and both have solid endings. The biggest problem from most continuous productions from the mouth is that they just go on and on with no real ending. Both Leclerc and Randall have solved the problem. Both routines suffer from the same problem and it's the same problem the "needle" and razor blade" routines suffer. They are productions from the mouth. They are gross.

Honestly it doesn't seem to be a really big problem with a young adult crowd (20s and 30s) and kids love gross magic. Still knowing one's audience and venues and adjusting accordingly is critical. You don't see many cigarette manipulators anymore and color changing knives have all but vanished as a standard.

Which is better? Neither, either...it makes no difference. It will be up to the performer to sell the routine, to get the laughs, and to get the "wows" for the magical moment.

If $40 is too expensive and you only want to know the "move"/secret then get the $3.00 download, watch it, and move on to building your own routine. Let your audience tell you if they want to see this kind of magic.
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Thanks Harry for the links. It will be useful to guys, yes, I also recommend buying a full lecture in a magical castle!
I have a version of Eric - but I'm upset about his lesson.
He had to say - watch the demo - and learn from it.
Although Erik is great and funny - his contribution to magic is huge, but for clients one must always do more. Smile
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I know this is an old post, but...
I just bought Everlasting Spongeballs during a Hocus Pocus 40% sale, so cost wasn’t an issue.
Obviously, I haven’t performed it yet, so I can’t speak from experience, but I have NO doubt the kids will love it!
My reason for the post is this... in response to those that feel that things from the mouth is “gross” magic... In my kids show I do a Miser’s Dream routine that includes producing a coin from the child’s behind when their leg is raised. I was concerned about doing this and watched carefully the first few times I did it...and I was amazed at the response! The best was when I had selected a young 4 year old girl to help me. When the coin dropped in the bucket from underneath her, she turned and looked at me in astonishment and said “that came out of my butt!!”... to which the adults cracked up!... and this was a rather conservative crowd!
So... don’t be afraid to do something “out of the ordinary”!... it’s what makes us all a little “different”!
Tada!...

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