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Topic: Tennis ball defying gravity
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Sep 6, 2007 02:56PM)
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/464123/tricks_magic_ball_going_up/
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 6, 2007 03:35PM)
Not especially impressive.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Sep 6, 2007 11:19PM)
Wow tennis balls sure have shrunk and got a lot softer.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Sep 7, 2007 12:22AM)
That tennis ball sure looked a lot like a yellow sponge ball. I agree with Al's opinion.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Sep 9, 2007 03:17AM)
I think I already said that, but was trying to be more subtle.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 10, 2007 06:44AM)
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On 2007-09-09 04:17, sirbrad wrote:
I think I already said that, but was trying to be more subtle.
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Obviously you did not do such a good job of communicating.

Not so sure this is a sponge ball though. Perhaps just a real one (hollowed out?) using monofilament.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Sep 11, 2007 01:05AM)
I thought saying a yellow sponge ball was too obvious, hence the "shrunken" and gotten a lot "softer" comment. Not to mention avoiding "exposer" in more less obvious cases. Good habit to have. Hollowed out? Tennis balls are already hollow, except for compressed air. I have used the shells before.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 11, 2007 08:41AM)
You are right sirbrad. I was not aware sponges come in that size and color. What do you think of the IT hookup?
Message: Posted by: enginemagic (Sep 12, 2007 09:47PM)
I can make out a little of the string. Using recording wire works for some of my gaffs like that, others sugest using a filament of nylon from a womans panty hose, with the right set up you can make it look good.
Message: Posted by: phillipsje (Sep 12, 2007 09:54PM)
It didn't look too bad. Not very impressive but not bad.
Message: Posted by: balducci (Sep 15, 2007 01:14AM)
This is better. And it really is "science" ... be sure to watch the video:

http://www.grand-illusions.com/acatalog/info_69.html
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Sep 15, 2007 05:08PM)
This was posted somewhere else on the Café (I forget where) a couple of months back. $298.00 smackers!!!
Message: Posted by: craig filicetti (Sep 22, 2007 03:03AM)
Not very impressive.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Dec 10, 2007 09:00AM)
Should have bought it- now it is $313 and going up. Better investment than my stocks!
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Dec 10, 2007 09:46PM)
Grand Illusions is a fun site. I have found many smiles there.

The tennis ball is ok, albeit not spectacular. I like the tossing at the beginning but wish I could see some more tossing at the end. What tickled me the most were the comments. Will wonders never cease?
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Jan 21, 2008 03:15AM)
I wonder if a better presentation can rock this
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Mar 22, 2008 09:17AM)
The effect went nowhere. Just a simple rise, and that is it. Would have been better if there had been some kind of plot involved.

But the kids seemed impressed..... ("simple things fascinate simple minds")
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Aug 29, 2008 03:16PM)
I think that using Steve Fearson's aproach would have given it more movement maiking it more lively, less static, as here it is clear that the ball hangs from somewhere.
And I agree with dafydoug, it takes a plot would also improve on it.