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HN Review 69 : Paper Balls over the Head video – Tony Clark

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Tony Clark had the privilege of being one of Slydini's last students. One of the most valuable routines he learned was the Paper Balls Over the Head - not only because of it's incredible impact and audience reaction, but also because Tony learned Slydini's most powerful technique in misdirection to perform it. Tony used this technique and created a rendition of Slydini's routine. The live performance on this video was shot at one of Tony's 2,200 performances at the Horizon Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe. In that time, Tony honed this paper ball routine into a powerful and comical piece of entertainment that you and your audience will thoroughly enjoy. Tony gives you a step by step, one on one lesson teaching you the details of this fabulous routine.
PLUS! A bonus section with Tony's Kids Version!

REVIEW:

A classic comedy act: 5 minutes of impromptu magical entertainment, with nothing more than tissue paper. All the fine points are thoroughly explained, and the Slydini influence really shows through. Since Mr. Clark performed the routine more than 2200 times, one could wonder why the video showcases the same performance twice...

Anyway, a detailed lesson in timing and misdirection.

Overall rating: good

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Well personally I thought it was great.

Anyone who's done this classic knows how great it is, and how much better it works when everyone knows eachother.

At the right setting this is one of the best routines you can do, because everyone will be talking "about that trick you did with Bob where the balls went over his head"

It involves spectators and is basically impromptue as this can be done with tissue, napkin's, paper towels or even toilet paper.


I had learned the routine from Gregory Wilson's "On the Spot" video, which was great. After watching Tony Clark's video I really see how quickly Wilson skipped over this gem of a routine.

If you already know a basic version of the PBOTH, here are some gems on the Tony Clark Video:

-Proper Throwing Technique
-Timing and misdirection
-Outs
-Using a mouth coil in the routine(which I love)
-A kids version
-The ball on chest gag that I had no idea about
-The thought BEHIND the routine

I was on the edge of buying this for the longest time, and one night I did the routine for someone at a local bar, and after the reaction I had to go out and get the real work on the routine, Tony Clark's video.

I am really glad I did, not only does it give some extra phases and move, but it really explains the thought and timing behind all the moves, and really lets you play around with the spectator more.

I thought it was GREAT!
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This is the last word on Slydini's "Paper Balls over the Head". There is so much entertainement value in it with no props.
The only thing I don't like is Tony's version for kids. This trick is not suitable for children because it is based on a role game where the audience is playing the role of the confederate with the magician. In real world children will never accept this role which is the premise to the trick. And if you don't have the premise the whole routine is meaningless. There are a lot of routines which play much better for children than this one.

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Amy Daian was an Israeli mentalists that died in a car accident few years ago.
He used to do paper balls over the head in a way no one else could do.
I am not going to describe it here , but his version was much better the Slydini and Tony.
It was a 20 minutes routine that made people cry.
ask all the Israelies here ... they will tell you the same
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Lior I hope you meant “cry” from laughter… So where can we find a description of that method? Hope we don’t have to organize a séance to find out
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Cry from laughter.

He didn't published anything.
I saw him do it in the Israeli Magic club long time ago.
He also did a very good watch steal.
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Lior,

Why would a mentalist do PBOH or a watch-steal?
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Too many questions without an answer. Let's go with the sèance.
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I saw Ami does the paper balls, once live when I was young, and a year ago on a video tape. imitation is absolutly impossible. it was his persona combined with his amazing audience control. he used 2 persons, one to fool the other and vise versa, while he was fooling them both. I remember people falling from their chairs (literally) with loughter during this routine.
I wish I had known him in person.

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On 2004-02-05 13:10, academy wrote:
The only thing I don't like is Tony's version for kids. This trick is not suitable for children because it is based on a role game where the audience is playing the role of the confederate with the magician. In real world children will never accept this role which is the premise to the trick. And if you don't have the premise the whole routine is meaningless. There are a lot of routines which play much better for children than this one.


I too would be hesitant to do this for children but I have in the past performed a related routine succesfully in front of children. My "Nowhere man" routine, which is based on an idea by Paul Harris of taking the paper balls over the head principal to vanish a person. My solution was to have my assistant take the volunteer backstage to a "soundproof room" while I coached the audience on how to react. I'm not saying this would be practical for paperballs over the head, but perhaps there's someway of coaching the audience?
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I own this DVD. I enjoyed it very much but unfortunately I don't get to practice the routine as much as I'd like. I agree about the kids show routine. I would not use it because even in the DVD, you hear a girl yell out "ohhh, I know how you did that!". This proves that the kids are too young to comprehend the fact that they are in on the trick and are supposed to keep quiet. In Tony's defense though, he only does the toss once in his kids routine and the real focus of the routine is the horn and finalé. I like the kids routine, but if I were to use it, I would use a different method to do the restore, other than the toss.
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OK, WHERE can one find this DVD? I've tried Penguin, Magictricks, L&L...
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