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Topic: get me excited about sponge balls?
Message: Posted by: Jay Sane (Dec 15, 2002 11:16PM)
I am mainly into cards and coins, because well, I can't really explain. There is just something about them, the flourishes and the infinite possibilities.

I am really into knuckle busting, intensely technical material. Do you think there is any sponge work that would excite me, i.e. highly technical knuckle busting eye candy??
Message: Posted by: Ian Richards (Dec 16, 2002 12:29PM)
From a magician's perspective, sponge balls and sponge rabbits would probably not fall into the category of knuckle busting and intensely technical material. Although, a good retention vanish is something to be greatly admired from a technical standpoint.
From a spectator's perspective, sponge balls and sponge rabbits are hard to beat. There are very few other effects that have a bigger impact or leave a longer lasting impression on a spectator.
Message: Posted by: RayBanks (Dec 16, 2002 03:36PM)
The best part about sponge things is that you can play it a couple of ways.

You can do a routine where everything happens in your hands and the balls jump back and forth and such.

But you can also do the same routine or basically the same where the magic happens in the spectator's hands. That's powerful.
Message: Posted by: Zorak (Dec 17, 2002 09:54AM)
Jay, if knuckle busting is your thing, forget sponge balls, go into billiard balls! :clownonball:
Message: Posted by: CardMagicCarl (Dec 17, 2002 11:48AM)
Spongeballs are certainly not a technical area of magic, but it is definitely a trick that laypeople just absolutely love.

Plus now that they are available in just about every color of the rainbow, the patter possibilities are endless!

Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Dec 18, 2002 01:31PM)
If you only get excited by knuckle-busting stuff, only perform for magicians. However, if you get excited by the audience reaction, then performing for laymen is acceptable. Sponge work is all about the audience reaction.
Message: Posted by: RayBanks (Dec 19, 2002 08:19AM)
This link will take you to Ken Scott's page.

Click on the picture of him on CNN Headline News and play it. He does a really great, commercial, (and easy) sponge ball routine.
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Dec 24, 2002 09:43AM)
I agree with Ray. If you only like knucklebusting, just perform for magicians at the club. If you want to blow laypeople away, learn to think like a layperson. Darwin Ortiz is one of the most accomplished practitioners of card magic in the world. When he creates an effect he thinks of the effect, then the method. If a second deal is the best way to accomplish this, he uses it. If a simple glide accomplishes it, he does that. He doesn't worry about how hard the method is, only the result in the spectators eyes. That's good magic.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 24, 2002 06:12PM)
Order Secret Seminars of Magic with Patrick Page Sponge Balls. The tape is excellent. Look for it at http://www.llpub.com
Message: Posted by: marko (Dec 25, 2002 04:17PM)
How to get someone excited about sponge balls...

Just think of their soft curves and pouty red looks, so squeezable, so mysterious... oooh baby.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Dec 26, 2002 06:51AM)
On 2002-12-25 17:17, marko wrote:
How to get someone excited about sponge balls...

Just think of their soft curves and pouty red looks, so squeezable, so mysterious... oooh baby.
Sounds like someone needs a girlfriend. LOL!

Seriously, the color and shape of a spongeball seems to have an appeal for the audience.