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Had this for a number of years now, and it finally happened, the ball finally broke. I'm having difficulity finding a Black Ball of the right weight. A couple of questions. Anyone have any suggestions where I might find a Black Ball, or, in the alternative, is anyone using a different colored Ball?
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The proper weight ball is 6 pounds.
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Hello close-up,

Did you try to contact Kevin James, the inventor of this effect or the shop wher you purchased the prop ?

Otherwise I would suggest to contact a bowling ball company who sells all the products. You might find the right size, weight and color.

Good luck,


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Check your local bowling lanes.. they have the balls for children. these get old and chipped, I have a friend that owns a bowling alley in Michigan.... they have the wore out items in back including pins as well. call them and if one says no try the others someone will help you. let them know it is for a magical effect... this will get them curious and will excite them to help you. best of luck
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I've been able to find 6# balls at most of my area's bowling alleys. Problem is none of the alley's have Black Balls. I have also checked the net, no Black ball to be found. Is anyone using a colored ball other than Black?

Has anyone tried painting a Black ball a different color? If you have, what spray paint did you use?
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Maybe try an auto/body shop. Have them call you the next time they paint a black car.
I've lucked up a couple of times with props doing this.

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It is odd the the ball on the pad is white... but ball produced is Black... no one really notices... so I say go with what ever color you wish.... I believe the appearance is so strong no one notices... or do you think black ball just because of Black out line,,, if so,,, then outline with another color marker if you need to..... wow this is getting Deep.lol... have fun.
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As a layman seeing the trick for the first time. the color did not come across my mind at all.
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I never thought about it, but Chris is right! The ball you draw is the color of the pad, which is usually white. I wouldn't worry about color. Back in the day, all bowling balls were black. Now it's hard to find a black one, other than those that the alleys own. So I wouldn't worry about color. I have seen them at Goodwill, you might try there.
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Check out a local thrift store. I found a 10 lb. green ball with a bag for a whopping $3.
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Check local bowling lanes...they usually replace the old black rubberized balls in favor of newer acrylic balls. As for painting, I went to my local lanes in July to get a ball to make a "ball and chain" for a trick. Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer works well. I used the Flat Black. Can be found at any Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Hope this helps.
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Have a question on Bowl A Rama. I've been performing it for years, but have a show coming up where I'll be on a dance floor...the portable floor in sections. I've never dropped the ball on this type of surface, having always dropped it on real stages or on the portable staging platforms found in hotels. I'm concerned about the ball damaging the portable dance floor. If anyone has had experience dropping the ball on such a surface, please let me know. As for the earlier posts about the color of the ball. I've never used a black ball. I use a bright green ball...shows up much better than a black ball.
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I admit that I've not yet added this to my act, but I recall someone suggesting using a mat such as those used in kitchens to avoid fatigue while standing long hours. By dropping the ball on this, you may lose some of the sound, but will also lessen potential damage to the stage.
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I can only suggest that if a person is dropping a bowling ball so hard that it is fracturing the ball until it breaks apart, you are doing it to hard. There is no need to damage the stage, home's floors, or the ball to prove the ball is real and solid.

Isn't this were common sense and logic should come into play. And don't think that if you damage floors you are not liable, because you are. You owe them a complete new floor or stage.

So make sure you have insurance.
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Hi friends, Doug here.

Has anyone thought of this? Or am I the only genius here (LOL)? If dropping a 6-10 lb bowling ball on a dance floor damages it, what happens to it FULL of people jumping, cajoling and sliding across it? It's not balsa wood! Smile

Doug
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