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Topic: Chop Cup Balls
Message: Posted by: shomemagic (Mar 10, 2009 09:03PM)
What are the largest size chop cup balls available..I have seen 2 inch chop sponge balls with crocheted covers but looking for solid balls ( crocheted cover ok ) Does anyone have a good source?
Message: Posted by: marty.sasaki (Mar 12, 2009 07:10PM)
I'm going to make up a set of 1.5 inch monkey fist balls for my chop cup. I've been looking around and haven't found anything similar. Please report back here if you do find something.
Message: Posted by: Ethan Orr (Mar 12, 2009 07:31PM)
Brett Sherwood's chopped deluxe balls are 1 1/8 inch, and they are gorgeous. If this is what you're looking for, I highly recommend buying some, as his work is excellent and his service is the best I've encountered in the world of magic retail. I ordered a set from him and received them in four days, international shipping. I also had quite an extensive email correspondence with him before and after my order--his customer service skills are unmatched.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Mar 12, 2009 08:19PM)
I use 1 1/2" (maybe 1 5/8") RNT2 chop balls. Both balls are chopped, with wooden cores, so that I don't have to keep track of which ball is which. They work great with the Ickle Pickle Widemouth! The gaff is offset in the cup, so that I can make the ball act exactly the way I want it to. I use a woven trivet under the cup to make it work perfectly.

Hopefully, the sale of RNT2 will go through soon, so that ball production can resume.
Message: Posted by: marty.sasaki (Mar 12, 2009 10:19PM)
James Tong makes balls in many sizes, colors, and styles. Do a search on The Café.
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Mar 12, 2009 10:24PM)
James Tong provides great service, he can do just about anything you ask for. Just send him a PM and he will gladly help you out.

I have had to ask for special balls to be made and he was more than willing to help me out.

Have fun folks! :) :) :)
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 13, 2009 12:58AM)
The main thing to remember is that you need to be able to hold the ball inside your closed hand.
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Mar 13, 2009 12:19PM)
That is why I decided to go from one inch balls to 3/4 balls, there are some things that work better with the 3/4 balls.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Mar 16, 2009 05:19PM)
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On 2009-03-13 01:58, Bill Palmer wrote:
The main thing to remember is that you need to be able to hold the ball inside your closed hand.
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The 1 1/2" balls are the ones that I use for standup work. The angles are such that I can get away with using such a large ball, because my torso hides most of the bad angles. Another reason that I use those balls, rather than the ones that came with the IP Widemouth, is because the original ones are unusable with the cup. The cup calls for a larger ball with much less pull.

For close-up work, I presently use 7/8" balls in my pocket chop cup, so I can completely close my hand around them, if I choose to. The load balls are easily concealed, but how I do that is spelled out in Secret Sessions.