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Topic: Best sponge ball routine?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Mar 14, 2009 07:10AM)
Ok, I know there is no such thing as 'The best sponge ball routine', as it is all matters of opinion, different settings etc...but I have never really performed sponge balls. Yes I messed around with them years ago, but never put them in my set. Over the last two months, I have had quite a lot of people ask if I know the trick where you put a ball in someones hand, and it turns into two etc...the classic layman description. This will sound stupid, but though I don't have a routine, I do have sponge balls in my case, and I have performed a simple sponge ball routine...which they like.

However, having never really studied sponge balls, I feel it would be detremental to the art if I was performing a poor routine, not knowing all the avenues open to me for sponge bal routines. This is why I post here on the Café! I am looking for peoples opinions on the best sponge ball routines out there...be it for strolling, just in a casual setting where I can even sit down etc...all sorts of venues really...the only requirement...is uses sponge BALLS, as although I am sure they are entertaining, don't want to perform sponge rabbits etc, and must use just the standard four balls (can use more if required for an ending etc)

Many thanks for your time!
Message: Posted by: Billgussen (Mar 14, 2009 07:44AM)
I suggest two DVDs. The first is Patrick Pages DVD on sponge balls for all the basic moves and info, and the second is the World's Greatest Magic DVD on sponge balls for several good routines including Eugine Burger's excellent routine. All together, the set should cost you less than $35, and it will give you a great introduction to the field of magic.

It's how I started out on sponges.
Message: Posted by: dcjames (Mar 14, 2009 08:19AM)
Bill took the words right out of my mouth. The Patrick Page and World's Greatest Magic DVD's are great. (And you can't beat the prices.)

Eugene Burger's routine is a great routine. Quick, entertaining, and very magical.
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Mar 14, 2009 08:49AM)
I perform routines based on those of Dick Stoner (standup) and Steve Dacri (closeup). It helps to get good information on some of the subtle aspects of sponge work, if you're going to perform with them at all. There are many great resources mentioned concerning sponge work, mentioned in other threads.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Mar 14, 2009 02:44PM)
The best one is your own but you should be able to find some inspiration in here

Abbott, Bill: Bill Abbott People Pleasing Magic Lecture Denny & Lee Magic Studio; These are the lecture notes from Bill Abbott's dynamite lecture. The notes are illustrated with black and white photos throughout. In these notes Bill explain his opening sponge ball routine. Aside from routines, Bill shares his thoughts on Performing Magic in a Restaurant, Creating Original Presentations, Selecting the Proper Material, Being Organized, and Volunteer and Audience Management. & Bill Abbott Performs For Kids DVD This Deluxe Edition DVD Set includes the re-edited and re-mastered original performances and explanations from the landmark DVDs Bill Abbott Performs Close-Up For Kids and Bill Abbott Performs Stand-Up For Kids plus over 75 minutes of Deluxe Edition Bonus Features. The DVD includes Sponge Balls, a classic that Bill uses as a perfect opener for kids. The Bonus section features Sponge Snack: when touring across Canada Bill performed this silent opener 110 times in 90 days! Develop an instant rapport with audiences with this humorous routine that non-verbally communicates that your show will be fun, magical and full of surprises.

Akkelian, Bedros: Art of Attraction Vol 2 DVD; Love story: Get your sponge balls out of your bottom drawer and back in your pocket, this practical routine will leave them wanting more...every time. The Art of Attraction is the division of Social Magic that concentrates on interactions between men and women.

Alan, Don: Close-Up Time ©1951 Magic Inc. It's Flashy!: Produce sponge balls, coins, etc. in a flash of light. Pretty nifty & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol IX N° 9 February 1952 p 894 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr: “ …I especially liked his flash introduction to the sponge ball routine wherein the balls actually appear from a burst of flame ” & In a Class by Himself, The Legacy of Don Alan ©1996, 2000 by Jon Racherbaumer, Published by L&L Publishing; p 43 Benson Bowl (Over): Bowl and sponge ball routine with large ball bearing climax; p 49 Benson's Visual-retention vanish: sponge ball move explained

Ammar, Michael: Exciting World of Magic DVD includes sponge ball. & 3D Rabbits by Magic by Gosh ©2000. A sponge routine that includes 3 adults and 5 baby rabbits. The instructions are by Michael Ammar, and follow the pattern of his excellent "Complete Cups and Balls" book in using clear black and white photos to display all the actions. There are 4 'pages' on one 8.5x11" sheet

Anderson, George B. Magic Digest Digest Books ©1972 p 39 The Sponge Balls: a sponge multiplies in the spectator's hand, then appears under a cup in a Benson-bowl type routine

Andrews, Carl: Magic From Maui ©2003 Carl Andrews. Published by The Cairn Press, Norwich, U.K. p 85 Two Cups and Balls Table-Hopping Routine: A standing routine, no jacket required. Used as a lead-in to a sponge ball routine. Williamson's striking vanish is briefly described. p 89 Ain't No Mo': Carl's sponge ball routine using 2 one inch balls and 1 two inch sponge ball. Teaches the "pit stop" ball load technique; p 92 About Sponge Ball Magic: the importance of an in-the-hands effect. & No Jacket Required DVD Ain't No Mo - This is a perfect sponge ball routine with some great patter to boot. The effect is surprising to the spectator, the magic happens in their hands, it is just as strong for kids as it is for adults, it packs small, and the props cost almost nothing.

Anonymous: Puff the Magic Dragon ©Russia. (marketed item with ELMS) A sponge cube egg transforms into a cute baby dragon in the palm of your hand

Anverdi, Tony (Anthony DeVries): Anverdi, 50 Years of Magical Creations ©1992 by Mephisto Edition

Baker, Roy: Yell-up for Kids (manuscript) ©1977 Supreme Magic 6 pages: This was conceived as a Billiard Ball routine designed for children's shows but works even better with sponge balls. Things are never what they seem: Audience participation that gets the kids screaming with delight: Here is my set-up; First steal; Picking your assistant; The Routine: Easy routine with Fun Patter; 1st ball: from assistant elbow; Vanish ball; 2nd ball: building up to a crescendo of yelling "you have two balls"; 3rd ball: more yelling; And then there was four: more yelling; Vanish four, three, two: more yelling; Throw (vanish) last ball to assistant

Baker, Carol: Magic on the Menu. DVD. Table-hopping/strolling magic. Includes: Sponge Bunnies 3 phase routine for any audience.

Baker, Michael: Lecture Notes The Mystery Box: a warm script and homespun. The effect is that three balls are taken from a set of nesting Gozinta boxes, they ultimately vanish, only to again be found inside the boxes. patter, which is warm and homespun. Suffice to say, the effect is that three balls are taken from a strange set of nesting boxes, they ultimately vanish, only to again be found inside the boxes. Very original

Balzerac, Frank: World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls. A classic routine where a ball is stolen from the pocket. Then taking a straw, Frank does a Flip stick vanish (with the ball in finger palm) and reproduces the straw (time misdirection). Then the ball appears to be blown from the straw and vanishes to get into a multiplying balls sequence. Frank gives a nice sleeve tugging misdirection tip at this stage. His Change Over Palm from thumb palm used for the multiplying balls is not very impressive until he brings the ball up. The balls are split and then placed on a spectator’s extended hands. A few great lines like “don’t stand them on their heads, they hate that” and misdirection tools “keep you eyes on mine”. One ball is false transferred and the other is picked up (adding the stolen one) asking “are you right handed or left handed”. The ball is magically made to travel: “Nice catch”. As the effect is revealed the left hand just steal the big ball from the pocket. The right hand picks one of the balls and doing the vanish pull part of the big ball out from the left thumb crotch (kind of like a variant of the pop up move), then the right hand grabs the other ball. Ask them to point at one ball and use equivoque to pocket the both balls. Drop the large ball on to the table for the “big finish”.

Baron, Harry: My Best Close-Up Trick ©1954 Lyndon Books, Radnorshire, England. Harry Baron describes two sponge ball routines that are neat and well routined, if not entirely new in concept.

Bauer, Ron: Clones From Brazil Genii magazine: the effect is an variant of Patrick Martin’s marketed effect.

Behnke, Leo. Library of Magic Volume # 9 Sponge Balls. ©1991 Magic City: 29 pages. Chapter 1: Basics Sleights: finger palm, vanish, pinch, 2 handed production
Holders: holding out; Attitude; Chapter 2: Tricks: Ball thru pocket, ball thru table, one + two, baffling balls; Chapter 3: Routines: 3 ball trick, how many? A bowl routine, chinese bowl routine. Short Bibliography (Walsh, Garcia, Magic Inc., Hugard's Modern Magic Manual).

Bennett, Douglas: Encore 3 by Michael Ammar ©1983. p 64: Silver Sponge: Sponge absorbs coins, which are then wrung out, and a spoon is logically produced

Bennett, Horace: On Your Feet ©1978 published by Jerry Mentzer. My Sponge Ball Routine.

Benson, Roy: Phoenix Magazine July 1948: the Benson Bowl & Elliott, Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic ©1953, llustrated by Stanley Jaks, Harper & Row - Galahad Books. p 159 Chapter 12: Roy Benson's (with Don Alan) Benson Bowl routine The Benson bowl classic is usually performed with sponge balls. Is it a sponge ball effect or a one cup and balls effect…? & In a Class by Himself, The Legacy of Don Alan ©1996, 2000 by Jon Racherbaumer, Published by L&L Publishing; p 43 Benson Bowl & Benson Bowl Routine ©2005 Trickshop.com Inc. & Mendoza, John: John Mendoza - My Best Vol 2 DVD; Bowl Routine & Magic by Gosh: Life and Times of Albert Goshman by Patrick Page; includes A.G. Sponge Balls and A.G. Benson Bowl Routine & Trickshop: Benson Bowl Routine ©2005 Trickshop.com Inc. & Levent and Todd Karr: Roy Benson by Starlight ©2006 The Miracle Factory; p 24. The Benson Bowl & Roberto Giobbi: Taped Live! DVD for the 7th British symposium by Roberto Giobbi. Sponge Ball and Bowl Routine. & The Magic of Steve Dacri Vol 3 DVD; Bowl routine: combine Roy Benson’s timeless routine with some additional Dacri touches and the result is a routine you’ll always use. Sponge balls travel invisibly from the performer’s hand to underneath an inverted bowl followed by a magical surprise & Frank Garcia. World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Frank Garcia demonstrates vanishes using the wand and John Cornelius superb subtlety for the Benson bowl routine.

Bergeron, Bev: Bev Bergeron on Tape: includes 3D Rabbits,

Bernard, Bobby: Magic in Miniature ©1958 Corinda's Magic Studio; 8 page lecture notes by Bobby Bernard titled published in England. The notes consist of two sections. The first section is titled "Close Up Quickies" and includes Spooky Sponge. The second section covers some of Bobby's thoughts on performing close up as well as very brief descriptions of effects that go along with these various thoughts including purpose, impromptu, entertaining, novelty, originality, surprises, intimacy, and good taste & Apocalypse Vol 17 No 8 Aug 1994 by Harry Lorayne; p 2398 Four Hits and a Miss: quick ending or clean up for a sponge ball routine.

Bertram, Ross: Ross Bertram's Legendary Magic - Volume 1 The Welcome Mat: An introduction to Ross Bertram’s take on a performing surface for close-up magic. After witnessing a demonstration of its possibilities, we learn its diabolical secret, how to make it and how to utilize it. Then, we’re treated to performances and explanations of how to use the Welcome Mat for the Sponge Balls amongst other effects. This is where I got the inspiration for the Lawrence O’s mat. It is a soft regular mat where on the under part towards the audience is printed "You’re in for a treat, I’m the best" and on the inner part there are two small cloth pockets hanging with magnetic rubber in one of them. Before starting the close up act, the pockets are rolled up into the upper surface of the mat. Then when performing time comes (especially if it's not in a competition where I never go) the performer comes in, lets the mat unroll keeping the writing up in full view (allowing the pockets to hang behind the table's edge) as he marks a pause pretending, tongue in cheek, to check the lighting. People laugh, and he smiles because he just misdirected them by secretly installing a servante right under their noses. Each pocket is attached to the mat by two small brown cloth ribbons to be able to hang exactly at the right position. Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram ©1978 Magic Limitied - Lloyd E. Jones; p 132 The Cups and Balls: Use large cups for baby chick loads. Does not provide the entire cups and balls routine, focus is on the ending. 8 chicks are produced and placed in the pockets or in the Doctor's bag used. Some good comedy is included. Routine then goes into an audience participation section starting as a sponge ball routine but ending in baby chicks produced from the spectator's pockets; p 136 Helpful Hints: Where to get chicks, what to feed them, how to palm them, and so forth; p 137 The Chicken Story: anecdote.

Biow, Dick: The Sponge Ball King's Cups & Balls ©1994. Robinson Wizard, Inc., NY. p 1 Equipment: 4 1" sponge balls, larger sponges for load, cups, wand, table; p 2 Sleights: The Pass, the False Load, the Secret Load, Production of Ball from Wand; p 4 Preparation: setup. Performance: Performance is in 6 parts. Parts 1 and 2 may be omitted if your cups don't allow 3 balls to fit between two nested cups. Part One: Cups are shown empty with the wand as they are placed one at a time mouth down on the table. A ball is magically produced from the wand and placed under cup #1. Cup #2 is shown empty, and ball passes from under cup #1 to cup #2. Next, ball passes from cup #2 to cup #3. Ball is placed on top of inverted cup #1. A second ball is produced from the wand. One ball is placed under cup #1. A third ball is produced, and a ball is placed on top of cup #2 and cup #3. Ball on cup #2 is placed under the cup. Ball on cup #3 is placed under the cup. All three balls end up under cup #3; p 6 Part Two: The cups are now stacked. A ball vanishes from the hand, and is found to have penetrated two cups of the stack. This is repeated with a second ball. On the third try, the spectator's think they have caught on, but have not, and the third ball penetrates. p 7 Part Three: A ball is placed under each cup. Ball transfers from cup #1 to cup #2, then from cup #3 to cup #2. p 8. Part Four: One ball is pocketed. One ball is placed under cup #1, and the other under cup #2. Ball passes from cup #2 to cup #3...but there is a failure; the ball has not. It is tried again, and this time it works. The ball under cup #3 is then passed through the cup as a test. One ball is missing, so performer looks under cup 1, then 2, and finds it under cup #3. p 9. Part Five: The third ball is taken back out of the pocket. One ball is placed under each cup. Ball under cup #1 is removed and placed in the pocket, then ball under cup #2. Ball transfers from pocket to cup #1. Ball is again placed in pocket. Ball transfers to cup #3. Ball then penetrates cup #2. Another ball is removed from the pocket and is smacked through cup #2. Last ball is removed from right pocket and placed in left pocket. Last ball transfers from left pocket to under cup #2, where there are now 3 balls. Balls are placed on top of each cup. p 10. Part Six: As an anti-climax, each cup is now shown to have a large ball underneath. p 11 Selected Bibliography: list of 28 books with cups & balls/sponge ball routines compiled by Richard Robinson and Jim Sisti.

Blackstone, Harry: Blackstone's Tricks Anyone Can Do ©1983 by Walter Gibson; p 24 Blackstone's Paper Ball Trick is a sponge ball routine with small wads of paper.

Blake, George: Master Magic. Hades Publication. 21 effects, some of them including sponges

Braude, Ben B.: The Sphinx Vol.46 N°7 p 209: The Cut and Restored Sponge: an addition to the sponge ball routine.

Bruce, Gordon. Pabular p 677. Little metal eater: False transfer a coin in the left hand take the sponge ball in the left hand, let it chew the coin (with the performer supplying the noise). The sponge has eaten the coin. Offer to repeat. Seem to take another coin from the pocket (actually the same one) and repeat the effect making mouth noises showing the sponge ball bad table manners. The noise become embarrassing and you collect another(?) coin from the pocket which you (really) drop in the left hand this time. The sponge is made to swallow the coin again, hiding it under the sponge. As the right hand goes for another coin from the right pocket. Make some burping noise and let the coin stick out from under the ball. The right hand comes with its coin, pushes the coin back under the ball, and takes away its coin as if it was the one thrown up by the ball. Apologize for the balls manners and take the coin back to your right pocket. Make some more burping noise and push the coin back under the ball as you steal 20 coins from your pocket as you explain that the sponge has eaten too much. Come to the sponge with the right hand as for taking the coin, simulate one more burp and a throwing up as your right hand releases its coins.

Buchanan, Tod: Magic 101: Sponge ball Tod Buchanan teaches basic sleights and moves, including: Fantastic routine Blast Off (Sponge Balls travel in space and back to earth), Toss, Roll-Over & Pass Vanishes, Splitting a Sponge Ball in Half, Produce Sponges from an empty coin purse, Multiplying Rabbits, The Slap & Flash Appearances…

Burger, Eugene. Mastering the Art of Magic ©2000 Kaufman and Greenberg; p 36 Sponges & Magical voyage Part 1 DVD. Items like his ultra-commercial approach to the Sponge Balls (including his "real work" on breaking them in). & Greater Magic Vol 4: Eugene Burger DVD; Sponge Balls routine as originally filmed in Joe Stevens Magic Emporium Greater Magic Video Library & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls; Sponge Balls routine.

Burman, Rob: Techniques Of Life Casting Volume 1 Number 2 VHS Continuing the Vol 1 # 1 Step-by-step demonstrations on creating effects ranging from wax build-up scars, to bald caps and ghoul/zombie faces, the # 2 gets from simple applications such as wax build-up scars. Continues with the more advanced techniques of life casting, mold making, and the construction and application of prosthetic appliances and the fabrication of synthetic body parts. & Sculpting And Molding A Prosthetic Volume 1 Number 3 VHS This tape continues with the creation of an ultracal positive and then follows Rob Burman through his sculpting techniques to a finished sculpture of a prosthetic appliance. It concludes with molding the final prototype. The only thing left to do is make the foam latex appliance. & Video Guide To Foam Latex and Prosthetic Applications VHS This tape begins with Rob Burman showing all the various stages in running and casting foam latex. From there, the tape continues with the application of the foam appliance, followed by step-by-step make-up techniques used by professionals to give your character life. Every step is shown in minute detail. This allows us to make invisible “skin pockets” to hide coins or sponge balls in the neck or around the forearm, or conceal a neodium magnet on a finger for an impromptu chop cup routine. These form much better concealment pockets than band aids. Easy to find at http://www.nightmarefactory.com/rvideos.html.

Burt, Brad. All About Sponge Balls DVD This 90 minute DVD is packed with information on one of the most entertaining forms of Sleight-of-Hand available. Included: Performance of the three routines included; Palming; Squash Move; Pull Apart move; Spectator Interaction info; One-Two-Three Move and vanish; Push Vanish; Roll Vanish; Brad Burt Vanish; Using A Purse Frame; the Brad Burt Switch; Routine Explanations. Hot solid material that is really and truly reputation making.

Capehart, Chris: Kiddin’ Around DVD; Chris performs his hilariously funny kids’ show. In that frame Chris performs and explains his Sponge Balls routine.

Carlyle, Francis: The Magic Of Francis Carlyle ©1975 by Roger Pierre, Nightmare Alley Productions; includes Sponge Balls

Carey, Chris: Do The Stuff That’s You ©Lee Jacobs Productions; Contents include Growing Sponge Ball.

Carney, John: Carneycopia by ©1991 Stephen Minch; Current Classic p 3: a great routine

Cataquet, Harold: Apocalypse Vol 18 No. 7 July 1995 by Harry Lorayne; p 2531 Re-Retention Vanish: retention vanish for die, ball, sponge ball

Caveney, Mike: Magicomedy ©1981; p 45 The Benson Plunger: Variation on The Benson Bowl using toilet plunger. Routine using 3 sponge balls, bowl (plunger head) & wand (plunger handle).

Cellini: The Royal Touch A Guide to the Art of Street Conjuring. 188 page hardbound book; This Book’s tips on Street Performing are priceless and the effects are the epitome of "pure magic." Contents include Where to Work the streets, Street Performer's Workshop and Tools (including the famous Cellini Topit), How to actually perform on the street, Law of the Street, a collection of great black & white photos AND the effects and routines including Cellini Sponge Ball Routine,

Chapman, Frank M.: Chap’s Scrapbook #7 January 1939: "Ten Best Pocket or Bar Tricks" Contest… The master list was compiled from all entries... each of the final ten being selected on the basis of popular vote... Another point of interest: practically every entry mentioned these three tricks – SPONGE BALLS,ACROBATIC MATCHBOX and HALF DOLLAR IN BOTTLE... And close in popularity were - Chameleon Knife, Spirit Nut, Three Shell Game, Vanishing Cig. in Hank.(still a WOW trick in spite of nation-wide expose),and But let's take a look at the master list! - In order of popularity ... Sponge Balls, Chameleon Knife, Half Dollar In Bottle, Acrobatic Matchbox, Three Shell Game, Spirit Nut, Vanishing Cigarette In Handkerchief, Dime & Penny, Okito Coin Box tied with Coin thru Hank., and Squash tied with Torn & Restored Cigarette Paper.... I'll admit ... the results fooled me ... I wouldn't have had a chance ... And to prove it ... Here's my personal list of "ten best": Paper Balls Under Hats (Scrapbook #8), Dots On Matches(Genii), Cut Ribbon(Genii), Squash, Sponge Balls, Torn Cig. Paper (Scrapbook #l), Poker Chip Routine (production, vanishes, color changes and prediction climax), Cigarette Routine (rising, vanishing, thru hank, and tobacco from hand to hand) and Midget Cocktails… Latter three will eventually appear in Scrapbook ... The Sponge Balls, and Squash, have novelty climaxes…

Charles, Kirk: Live At The Jailhouse Vol 3 DVD; Kirk Charles performs his version of sponge balls (performance only)

Christopher, Milbourne: Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol III N° 8 January 1946 p 185 Milbourne Christopher’s column: Sponge Ball idea: Push the point of a sharp pencil into an inch-round sponge ball. Put the pencil in your upper left hand vest pocket with the pointed end protruding. To begin a sponge routine, reach in with your right hand and take out the pencil. Your closed right hand hides the sponge ball. Point the other end of the pencil towards your open left hand. Empty. Change over the pointed end and ball to your left hand, taking care that the ball is not seen, and point to your open right hand. Empty, too! Take the pencil with your right hand leaving the sponge ball behind in your closed left hand. Touch the back of the left hand with the pencil and open it to disclose the sponge ball. The moves are identical with the handkerchief and wand moves prior to the production of a silk handkerchief. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly. Vol 4 N°6 November 1946 p 264: Squeeze: Several years ago Emmett Barbee, of Oklahoma City, showed me a clever coin trick. You toss a penny in the air, catch it and ask a spectator to squeeze your closed hand. When he does, you shout "Ouch!" and open your hand to show the penny bent almost in half. A twist on this is to put, apparently, a large sponge ball in your hand, really slipping in one several times smaller. Same procedure as described above, but then let the tiny ball roll out. A very good incidental bit during a sponge routine & Hugard’s Magic Monthly. Vol 5 N°6 November 1947 p 367: If you are at a cocktail party where a bowl of ice is within easy reach you can add a wonderful finish to your sponge ball routine. Secretly pick up a cube of ice and hold it concealed in your cupped right hand. Put two sponges on a table with your left hand. Ask someone to touch one. Pick up the indicated sponge with your right hand and apparently put it in your left hand. Actually drop the palmed ice cube in and palm the sponge ball. Extend your closed left hand. Ask a spectator to hold his right hand palm upwards and squeeze the sponge ball when you drop it from your hand into his. Let the ice cube fall The result is startling to say the least. Frequently spectators, in telling later what you did, insist that they held the sponge ball and that it changed into the block of ice in their own hands. Be careful that the ice doesn't drip and give its presence away when you have it palmed. If the ice is in the kitchen and you can get it without anyone noticing you have left the room, the effect is even greater. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol IX No4 Sept 1951 p 837: Sponge ball routine. Four inch and a half round sponges and a silver half dollar in the performer's right trouser pocket. The magician takes out two sponges with his right hand and puts them about six inches apart on the table. "Touch one," he invites. He picks up the one the spectator touched and gives the other to the spectator to hold in his closed hand (The sponge is clipped between the index and middle fingers, the thumb lifts and bends under the palmed sponge and presses the two together so that they are lifted as one between the closed index and middle fingers and the thumb). Hocus pocus. The performer's hand is empty. The spectator has two sponges. The two sponges are put back on the table and the performer adds a third which he openly removes from his pocket (palming an extra one). "Touch two", he requests. When two are touched these are put in the spectator's hand. The third is squeezed by the magician (French Drop). It vanishes. There are now three in the spectator's hand! Repeat with two in the hand and one in the pocket. On the word "pocket" the left hand opens. Three balls roll out on the table. This move is repeated a second time (leaving the fourth sponge in the pocket). There are now three on the table. The first is apparently put in the left hand, but retained by the French Drop in the right hand. The left hand is closed as if it holds the sponge. "One." "Two." The right hand picks up the second sponge and apparently puts it in the left hand, which opens and closes just enough for such an action to take place. Actually as the right hand touches the sponge to the left hand, it clips it between the index and middle fingers and pulls it back against the palmed sponge. The fingers palm it as the thumb helps push it in place, then the index finger points at the left hand. "Three." The third sponge is picked up by the right hand and dropped in the right pocket (with the other two). The left hand is revealed to be empty. The magician offers to repeat the trick. He once more lines up three sponges on the table. He counts each as he puts it in his left hand. "How many now?", as he says this he puts his right hand suspiciously in his pocket. The left hand is opened and the four sponges are shown. Climax The performer lines up the four sponges on the table. "Touch any one of the four," he invites. The sponge touched by the spectator is put in the performer's left hand. 'Would 50 surprise you?", the magician asks with a smile. At this point the usual spectator will say that nothing would surprise him. The left hand seems to expand. Suddenly the performer opens his fingers and drops the silver half dollar on the table: “Fifty-cents!” If I'm performing for an audience which includes someone who has seen the trick before, I finish by producing a cigarette lighter or a key in place of the half dollar. If you produce the key, you can say "And now the key to the mystery." If you produce a lighter, have someone wave an unlighted cigarette over your closed fist. Open your hand, show the lighter and then light the cigarette and relax. Hugard’s Magic Monthly. Vol XI N°1 June 1953 p 5: Milbourne Christopher’s Column: Potato Head. “Sometimes I finish my sponge ball routine by producing a small potato. After the spectators have cheered, applauded or simply nodded, I take out a pocket knife and start carving the potato. First, two eyes, then a nose, finally a mouth. You guessed it. I thrust a miniature cigarette between the lips of the potato head and light up so that he can enjoy a smoke.”

Clements, Wilton S. The Sphinx Vol.39 N°5 p 121: Red or Green: a two color sponge ball routine

Cohen, Al: Magical Mish-Mosh (And Other Tricky Trivia) ©1985, published by Al Cohen; p 12 Miscellaneous Mish Mosh: Various short suggestions for … sponge balls, etc.

Collier, L.C.: Complete Two Ball Sponge Ball Routine...That Requires Three Balls. ©2003 by Eric Woods, 9 pages.

Colombini, Aldo. Heart to Heart. The magician shows the Two of Hearts and then visually removes the two heart pips from the face, turning them into 1 ½ inches sponge hearts. He goes on to use the sponge hearts in a brief sponge ball routine which ends with the production of a jumbo heart. Includes all of the necessary sponge hearts. A smart way to introduce the props. & The Essential Aldo Colombini - Volume 3 DVD Throw In The Sponge: Balls are taken out from a card box, Aldo then delight us with “left” and “right” as well as “here” and “there” ambiguity as he does a sort of ten count. Then he goes into the sponge in the spectator’s hand using a nice variant of the pop up move. The next step is a one in the hand and one in the pocket: the ball is back. When repeating the effect: there is one ball and a half ball. Then upon repeating, the balls have vanished but there is a half dollar in his hand. & Throw In The Sponge; This easy sponge ball routine for restaurants and walk around resets automatically. Simple but direct moves with the emphasis on comedy. Two balls are produced and then the magic begins! Balls vanish, appear in spectator's hand and so on. A half ball appears to add comedy and then the climax. With comedy patter and necessary sponge balls & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls Throw In The Sponge.

Conn, Doug: Conn-Juring Notes Prestidigitation, Legerdemain, & Other Unique Entertainments ©2004 Doug Conn; p 26 Rab-Bit: a quick sponge routine with two small rabbits: a small “hare” (people assume the performer is talking about a ‘hair’) is produced form the spectator’s shoulder. It jumps around the performer’s body, vanishes and reappears on spectator's shoulder. These are ‘flat’ sponge rabbits, the use of 3-d variety seeming risky for this effect: Doug, after trying many forms of bunnies, uses the little yellow (Adams) rabbits. Doug generally includes his “Spongology” into the routine & Tricks Of My Trade - The Magic of Doug Conn by Paul Cummins: Spongology - Extremely clever "bit's 'o bizness" for the classic S.S.Adams sponge rabbits.

Cornelius, John: Creative Magic DVD: Sponge Bowl & The FISM Act. Sponge Bowl.

Crimet, Bertrand: Les Créations Magiques © by L’Académie de Magie George Proust (Paris France). L’éponge et le mur invisible

Crow, Raymonde. As the crow flies ©2003 Raymonde Crow; p 25 Lint Trap: a sponge rabbit routine, also using the Sanada gimmick.

Dacri, Steve. The Master Routines From the Close-Up and Stage Act of Steve Darci MIMC ©2002 Steve Darci, http://www.stevedarci.com p 13 Master Routine With the Sponge Bunnies: this routine is in the hands, with no need for the pockets; p 14 Optional Ending: for a large "granny" bunny, this time using a pocket; p 18 The Master Routine With the Sponge Balls: a five phase sponge ball routine using four balls, with a recommendation of using 2.5" bright colored sponges& Martian Sponge Balls & The Magic of Steve Dacri Vol 1 DVD. Sponge Bunnies: Steve’s touches make this always-popular trick play for larger audiences; Martian Sponge Balls: this is the routine that has taken Steve Dacri around the world. & Magic Secrets Video. Filmed at the Magic Circle in London and throughout England & Ireland. Includes Sponge Ball Martians Ten Count & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Steve Dacri. & The Magic of Steve Dacri Vol 2 DVD; Exploding Bunnies: A single sponge rabbit placed into a spectator’s hand literally explodes into a bevy of bunnies when the spectator drops it onto a table. & The Magic of Steve Dacri Vol 3 DVD; Bunnies Over The Head: In this version of Slydini’s legendary trick, large sponge bunnies (and even a huge sponge ball) are made to vanish right before a seated spectator’s eyes, much to their amazement and to the amusement of everyone else in the audience who sees exactly where the objects are going; Bowl routine: combine Roy Benson’s timeless routine with some additional Dacri touches and the result is a routine you’ll always use. Sponge balls travel invisibly from the performer’s hand to underneath an inverted bowl followed by a magical surprise & Spongeball Toolbox. This toolbox contains everything you need: props, sponge balls, purse frame, and a DVD with over 2 hours of personal instruction by Steve Dacri.

Davidson, Larry. Scripted Insanity Vol 1 DVD. Sponge Larry Roundpants: We all have a sponge routine, either the bunnies or the balls. We all know they play great. Larry’s patter is just a bit risqué but it leaves them with cramped stomach muscles from laughing so hard.

De Kovas, Alexander: Schwammball DVD & Apocalypse Vol 13 No 3 March 1990 by Harry Lorayne; p 1755 Chopsticks and Sponges (Alexander De Cova): a sponge ball steal using chopsticks for use in a Benson Bowl routine.

DeMasi, Frank: My Way. Concise booklet of beginner magic. Includes: Misdirection, …, Multiplying Sponges

Dill, Dean. Intimate Miracles: the Magic Of Dean Dill Book + DVD by Tim Trono. A soft cover book and a Video bonus companion performance: 10 routines directly from the professional working repertoire of Dean Dill. Includes routines never released before. Effects include sponge balls. & Spot Light. This is Dean’s favorite effect to perform while doing walk around magic: lay audiences absolutely love it. The light from a penlight magically transforms into a sponge ball, and then the light jumps back and forth between the penlight, the ball, and the magician’s hand. What a great way to start a sponge ball routine! When you order Spotlight you receive a penlight, a special sponge ball, and detailed instructions of Deans handling. Garrett Thomas has great ideas in his DVDs to mislead the audience by secretly using a second penlight.

Dobson, Wayne: Dobson’s Choice TV Stuff Vol 1 DVD; Here is a full DVD of some of Wayne Dobson’s TV performances when he was in his prime. Wayne was a star in England and we can see why on this DVD. These are performances ONLY with no real explanations although after each effect, there is a short interview with Wayne as he discusses the hows and whys he did what he did. We learn more about performing magic from this DVD than by watching a DVD teaching us tricks. Performances include the sponge balls: there is also bonus footage of Wayne Dobson doing his act at the Royal Variety Show in London (you had to be good to get this show). We see him absolutely tear up an audience on a large stage with only a packet of cards and two sponge balls. One has to see it to believe it. Those with magical experience will be able to see these presentations and see what really makes an act a GOOD act.

Dore, Theo: The Sphinx Vol.38 N°6 p 146: Thimballs: a thimble routine with sponge balls

Dusheck, Steve: Dusheck's Close-Up Magic Dusheck Magic Series No. 5 ©1994 James M. Klein, American Magic Company, First Edition; p 64 Fruited Plain: a quick sponge ball trick with the sponge balls acting as cherries & Apocalypse Vol 15 No 7 July 1992 by Harry Lorayne; p 2095 French Fried: sponge fries vanish when pushed into the fist

Eldin, Peter: The Magic Handbook ©1985, published by Simon & Schuster. 26 One In The Pocket: Spongeball routine with wads of paper, large wad produced at end.

Elliott, Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic ©1953, Faber & Faber.

Etherington, Graham: The Trestle Board, Special Edition by Don Potts, Official News Bulletin of the Invisible Lodge Ca 1982; p 10 Cheeky Sponge Balls: Spectator and Magician wave hand to vanish balls. Performer's ball vanishes, but spectator's doubles. This is repeated, and spectator now has three. Another transfer is tried, but this time the ball only makes it to the spectator's pocket.

Fajuri, Gabe: Sponge Ball Magic (Fun Inc.): Introduction to sponge magic written for amateur, with material for the pro.

Faré, Jean. Sponge Balls - Les Balles éponges DVD.

Farelli, Victor. Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol IX N° 7 December 1951 p 875 Farelli London Letter. In 1928, the late G. W. Hunter showed Farelli the first set of sponge balls ever seen in London. Farelli did not know where he obtained them, but he was inclined to believe that they were sent to him, from New York, by his old friend and correspondent Max Holden. The balls used by Hunter were small ones (not over half an inch in diameter) and he had a climax that had never be seen employed by any other magician. It consisted in opening a match box, and letting about twenty or thirty tiny sponge balls 'well out' onto the table. For some inexplicable reason, at any' rate to Farelli, this made the onlookers laugh. (This part of the routine was, I fear, very bad magic as it exposed the secret, namely, that the balls were compressible!). A few weeks ago, I was shown a sponge ball a little over an inch in diameter - which, when crushed up in the conjurer's hand, suddenly changed to a small rubber rabbit. (About two inches and a half in height.) Very clever and surprising, but hardly convincing. The secret is that the rabbit folds up, and when in that condition, it looks like a ball. The method is quite obvious to a magician, and as it seemed to me that any intelligent layman could also hit upon the correct explanation, I worked out the following routine which is designed to make the spectators familiar with the appearance of the rabbit before the trick is actually performed. Requirements: A). An unprepared ball, similar in every respect to the rabbit in its folded condition. B). One "ball to rabbit". C). A duplicate rabbit. This should be treated with rubber solution so that it cannot be folded up into the form of a ball. It may be introduced under any more or less plausible pretext (such as that of a "mascot") and the spectators should be given the opportunity of handling it freely. (I shall call this the "unprepared" rabbit.) D). Place both balls in the lower outside pocket on the left of your coat, and have the rabbit on the table. Having performed any trick in which the rabbit has been used (such as getting it to "whisper" to you the name of a selected card) proceed as follows: 1. Lay the faked ball on the left side of your table and the unprepared rabbit on your right. 2. With your left hand pick up the rabbit, and place it in your right hand, the fingers of which close round it, concealing it completely from view. Slowly and deliberately, put it in your pocket on the right, and having withdrawn your hand, let everybody see that it is empty. 3. With the left hand, pick up the faked ball, and transfer it to your right. Pointing to the closed right fist with the extended left forefinger, inquire: 'Where is the ball?" 4. Should the spectator addressed point to the right hand, remark: "Sorry! The ball is in my pocket" Then, showing that the left hand is empty, remove the unprepared ball from your pocket, and toss it onto the table. 5. In the event of the spectator pointing to your left hand, show that hand empty and, having taken the unprepared ball from your pocket, throw it onto the table. 6. Now ask: 'What have I in my closed right hand?" No matter what the answer may be, secretly unfold the ball with the right fingers, and, letting the rabbit expand, observe: "Sorry! It is our little friend the rabbit!'' 7. With the left hand, pick up the ball from the table, and put it in the pocket on your left and, at the same time, drop the rabbit into the right pocket beside the unprepared one. 8. Quickly pass on to the next item in your program, but if requested to do so (not otherwise!) remove the unprepared rabbit from your pocket and pass it for examination.

Fedko, John: Magic Treasures: Compiled and Edited by Tom Clifford. 54 effects including Sponge Balls & Fedko's School of Magic, Volume 3 - Cups, Coins & Cards VHS; The video includes Sponge Ball Cup.

Fields, Eddie: The Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields by Jon Racherbaumer (editor) ©1976 Tannen Magic Inc., NY; p 73 Sponge Ball Climax: with flash paper.

Finney, Michael: Live at Lake Tahoe Vol 2 & Vol 3 DVD by L&L Publishing. Sponge Ball Routine With Watch Steal: two sponge balls, a spectator, a missing watch and laughs & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls. Sponge Ball Routine With Watch Steal.

Fisher, Cody: My Bunny Daryl. Sponge rabbit routine featuring Daryl, his other brother Daryl, his sister Daryl Hanna, and his Mother. Includes for special made "By Gosh" bunnies & Squishy Balls. 3 phase sponge ball routine with comedy. Squishy balls are removed from invisible purse, jump from hand to spectator's hand, and more. With sponges, invisible purse, and commercial word for word patter. Good for table hopping & Twinkle Twinkle - Cody Strolling Sponge Routine. In the spectator's hands. 6 phase sponge star routine comes complete including 10 Super Soft Goshman Sponge Stars, word-for-word patter, jokes & gags

Fox, Karrell: Linking Ring April 1995. Vita-Ball represents an ending for a sponge ball routine. A sponge placed in a handkerchief visibly grows after being sprinkled with "vitamin B-12" & Greater Magic V1 Enlarging Sponge & Greater Magic DVD 1: Karrell Fox; Whenever in need to come up with new ideas or customized presentations, go to your library of Karrell Fox material first. Karrell's magic is simple, direct, and sprinkled with the right amount of humor. It is entertaining magic that is easily within the reach of any of us. This DVD contains eleven effects from the "Foxy One." Content includes Super Sponge.

Francis, Douglas. Spectator’s Choice Magic Wand Publication. Rainbow Sponge Ball. In a strolling two in the hand one in the pocket performed over a handkerchief, the balls reappear in the hand, in a spectator’s pocket, change color several times to finally grow in a jumbo ball of yet another color. A very well routined presentation for the strolling performer.

Fredrick, Ron: The Professional Routines of Ron Fredrick As Told to Ron Zollweg. 1982 Unikorn Magik. p 24 The Sponge Routine: Suitable for bar or restaurant work. Ron uses sponge cubes so they don't roll. Recommends smaller (3/4") cubes since audience reaction seems to be the same as with 2" sponges. Also uses a purse frame; p 32 Appendix One: Basic Sponge Vanish; p 33 Appendix Two: Handling of the Purse Frame

Fujari, Gabe (edit). Sponge ball magic DVD. In this video, a plethora of prestidigitorial techniques for sponge ball tricks are explained and then applied to a variety of high-impact tricks, making it a perfect introduction to sponge ball magic. Written for the amateur, it includes material suitable for the performing pro.

Francis, Douglas: Spectator’s Choice. Magic Wand ©1953 by George Armstrong, London. “Rainbow Sponge Ball Routine” uses five red and four blue sponge with a green jumbo sponge ball. A handkerchief is used as table. As the performer shows two spectators how to hold the handkerchief, on red ball is body loaded on one spectator. Remove the other four red balls and toss three in the handkerchief. Now do two in the hand and one in the pocket (1), leaving the extra ball there. Repeat stealing a blue ball from the pocket and showing only two in the hand: the body loaded ball is the third (2). Repeat transferring the palmed blue ball with the second ball. Pocket the third red and steal a second blue ball: reveal two red and a blue ball (3). Repeat to show two blue and one red (4). Repeat pocketing the red finger palming the last blue as you show three blue (5). Utility Switch keeping a ball in left. Put one in the fist then the next and pocket the last. Reveal three (6). Put one in the pocket stealing the jumbo ball, false transfer the second actually transferring the jumbo, pocket the third and the palmed one. Ask how many in the left: that’s right but it’s a jumbo. Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XI N° 11 April 1954 p 124 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr.: …a first-rate presentation for the sponge balls which not only successively change color but transform into a giant ball at the end. Very good…

Frye, Charlie: Eccentric Magic. The Old Ball Vase. A very original ball and vase routine with sponge balls and lots of acting.

Gallo, Lou: Lou Gallo - The Underground Man by Richard Kaufman & Mark Phillips; There are 46 close-up killers in this book, clearly described and beautifully illustrated. Effects with coins naturally but also with sponge balls.

Gallo, Mike: Mike Gallo Close Up Insider Notes by Paul Richards, Sponge Ball Memories (Eddie Fetcher) Magic Of Mike Gallo Vol 1 DVD; Mike shares with us... Sponge Ball Memories. The magician performs the ball in the spectator’s hand and then offers to teach the spectator. With this sucker explanation, the spectator ends up with three balls instead of two. One ball is left in the hand and two are placed in the pocket … and the performer is left with a silver dollar. So much can be expected from Mike that this is sorely disappointing.

Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Finale ©1954 & ©1976 D.Robbins & Co., Inc; p 97 Section Six: Magic With Sponge Balls. An excellent treatise on sponge ball magic; p 99 Chapter Nine Part I. Requirements and Principles: the "invention" of sponge balls by Jesse J. Lybarger, Al Cohn, and the contribution by Joe Berg (1926). Covers the type of sponge to use, how to cut the sponge, the basic effect, and stages of performance; p 102 Part 2. Adding One Ball to Another: Four methods and placing the balls down; p 106 Part 3. Two Subtle Moves: To show three balls only (in both hands), and The Spectator Holds a Ball (multiply in spectator's hand); p 108 Part 4. Vanishes From the Hand: Five methods detailed; p 117 Part 5. A Sponge Ball Routine: with advice Do Not Make the Routine Too Long, and Build Up to a Climax. Routine combines the two in the hand and one in the pocket with multiplication in the spectator's hand; p 119 Part 6. Accessories: brief description of other tools that could be helpful in a sponge ball routine such as: rubber production fruit, sponge ball to bunny, and handkerchief pull, for examples; p 121 Part 7. Rabbit's Habits: Three routines for sponge rabbit sets & The Art of Close Up Magic Volume 1 compiled by Lewis Ganson ©1996 L&L Publishing; p 344 Sponge Ball Routine (Remo InZani); p 354 Fred Kaps Chinese Bowl; p 360 Rice Bowls and Balls (Phoa Yan Tong): Another Bowl and Sponge ball routine with rubber ball climax.

Garcia, Frank. The encyclopedia of sponge ball magic, 14 pages explaining step by step how sponge magic works: Frank Garcia included in this book is own sponge ball routines, The Magic Count (the 1-10 count), Garcia's Krazee Sponges, Garcia's Perfect Sponge Ball Vanish, A Basic Routine for Beginners, Garcia's Color Change Routine, A Square and Cube Routine, and Suggestions & Lexikon der Schwammballmagie German translation of Frank Garcia’s encyclopedia & Hanson, Herman: Frank Garcia's lecture ©1958 Boston S.A.M. Assembly 8-page booklet covering Frank Garcia's lecture there. This is one of the nicest manuscripts of this type. Not only did Herman Hanson turn out an attractive booklet, but the content including sponge balls routine, is high standard Garcia magic & Frank Garcia on Sponge Balls. The book features Frank's routines, the Magic Count, Krazee Sponges, Perfect Sponge Ball vanish, Beginner's routine, Color change routine, Square and Cube routine & Video Tape Series No. 1: sponge ball routine & Stars Of Magic Volume 3 Frank Garcia’s Sponge Ball routine. & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Frank Garcia demonstrates vanishes using the wand and the rarely shown John Cornelius’ subtlety for the Benson bowl routine & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XVII N° 6 November 1959 p 64 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr comments on Frank Garcia’s Sponge Balls ©1958 by Gene Gordon's Magic Shop, 320 Franklin Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. “This 14 pages booklet contains five separate routines with the popular sponge balls, plus suggestions on handling and a Garcia lesson in misdirection. Having seen Frank Garcia perform these routines, I can highly recommend them. Frank has developed these routines over a period of years and they are the last word in misdirection and entertainment. As a close-up trick, I can think of no other that has the baffling quality inherent in the sponge balls. Like Dai Vernon, everything Frank Garcia does is perfection itself, so treat yourself to some of the finest routines by getting a copy of this latest book. You'll be glad you did.”
Gardner, Martin: Over the Coffee Cups ©1949 Montandon Magic; p 12 The Fifty Sponge Balls: a quick sponge ball routine with multiple ball climax & Martin Gardner Presents. Includes sponge balls.

Garrett, Dan. Cabaret Connivery DVD; Sphere It: a commercial, concise sponge ball routine for "workers." In the astounding opening segment, a sponge ball magically appears in the magician's empty hands. The close-up and stand-up routines from Dan Garrett's working repertoire. More classic is the Pickle Trick: Gherkins (pickled cucumbers) magically multiply in the air, vanishing completely in a hat, then start a family in an unsuspecting spectator's hand. & Kid Show Connivery DVD; Martian Rabbit Legs is an hilarious multi-changing Sponge-O-Rama that requires no skill; Bonus Sponge Tips & Teasers and Ticklers: The Lecture Book p 10 a great idea of using a squeaker to let believe that both hands hold a sponge when one has already been false transferred to be compressed with the other one. on p 11 he also reveals an idea for the use of a squeaker in the frame of his (sponge) banana trick.

Geer, Brian. Heavy Hitters. Over two hours of close-up magic for the working magician. Magic that includes: sponge balls

Ginn, David. Colorful Magic. Includes David’s stage sponge ball routine & Bag of Magic VHS: this is a performance only video, yet, after the 32-minute live show, there is a David Ginn television interview featuring Magic Sponge Balls & Magic They Love to See. Video. Sponge Ball Rabbit presentation for children.

Giobbi, Roberto. Taped Live! DVD for the 7th British symposium. Sponge Ball and Bowl Routine. The trick starts with a purse frame that Roberto gives for examination before producing a ball from it. Then roll split the sponge in two before doing a ten count (very good script here). A ball is then made to vanish to reappear up the sleeve. One of them is placed under the bowl, the other one is vanished and reappears under the bowl. The magician looks for a third ball and looks for it in the purse frame but only gets his wand out. The performer uses the wand to get the third ball which appears under the bowl with the other two. One of the balls is placed in the spectator’s hand, the other one in the performer’s hand and the last one goes with the first one in the spectator’s hand. The ball travels from the magician’s hand into the spectator’s hand (I think that starting with three is a mistake). Turning to the other spectator the performer claims he will do it from his hand into the bowl. The two balls are placed into his hand but it fails to travel to the bowl because another big ball of a contrasting color has already appeared under it. The spectator opens his hand which is full of 20 to 30 small balls along the two originally placed in there. Along the way Roberto explains the very good Slydini’s and Paviato’s sponge ball vanish.

Goldstein Phil & Kaufman, Richard: New Magic of Japan. 123 pages. Includes sponge ball magic.

Gordien, Henry: Greater Magic. A Practical Treatise On Modern Magic, John Northern Hilliard Edited by Carl W. Jones and Jean Hugard. Illustrations by Harlan Tarbell ©1994 Estate of Helen W. Jones; p 656 Henry Gordien Sponge Ball Routine

Goshman Albert.: Magic by Gosh: Life and Times of Albert Goshman by Patrick Page; includes A.G. Sponge Balls, Coins through the Table, and A.G. Benson Bowl Routine & Albert Goshman Live at the Kennedy DVD-R. From 1985. Performance only of… Sponge Balls & The life and times of Albert Goshman Video Nowadays most widely known as the provider of sponge balls, this video reminds us of Goshman's entire world-class close-up show including his sponge ball routine built on misdirection & Cavorting sponge balls (marketed by ELMS amongst others) & The Albert Goshman Lecture DVD. In 1985, the legendary Albert Goshman gave a performance for a group of 200 magicians in a secret London venue. By chance, a spectator had one of the first video cameras with him, and was given permission to film the show. & It’s only 1: The Magician uses three balls. Suddenly one appears in his right hand and two in his left. After allowing the audience to examine them, two balls are placed into a spectators hand, the third vanishes. The Magician now places two balls in his hand, one in his pocket. Opening his hand, there are three balls. Once more, he puts two in his left hand, one in his pocket and asks the spectator how many balls are believed to be in his hand. Regardless of the guess, he answers, "But I only have one in my hand-" then opens his hand to show a Jumbo sponge ball shaped like a 1 digit. & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Albert Goshman & Sponge ball to square. A very nice idea often very poorly presented, thus offering a great potential & Sponge Balls Micro. 10 micro sponge balls for the big climax or something else yet to be invented & Growing Ball. The red ball turns into a large 4-inch sponge ball for a big climax & Sponge Boulder. These realistic looking sponge rocks and boulders are the best that money can buy. Suitable for clowns, magicians or comedians, the joke potential of these funny props is nearly limitless. The rock is approximately 5" across, and the boulder is approximately 11" across. & Sponge Brick. So real in appearance that we’d swear it came off the shelf at Home Depot! 3.25" wide, 7.5" long, and 2" high. Just like the real thing & Sponge Card Pips. One of each in large size. & Egg Sponge. The perfect sponge egg. Applicable to nearly any sort of routine you currently perform sponge balls with. Made to the same high standards that all Goshman products are, this egg has a smooth (non-sponge) finish, yet compresses easily & Poke Vanisher. An easy vanishing device for a super soft sponge. It can also be used for color changes or simple transformations. We are supplied with an open top vinyl cup. There is a slot on the side that will accommodate the tip of a standard pencil. When placed into the slot, the pencil allows to secretly steal the gimmick. & Excelsior Sponge Balls. 4 sponge balls and a shell. & 3 - D Rabbitt Gosh The new generation of rabbits which has brought credibility to this variant of the sponge ball. & Ding Dong from Magic by Gosh. This is not for the ladies club or the church group. Ding Dong is an X-rated, explicit sponge ball routine. Some folks find this extremely nutty & funny, but it requires to be careful the choice of audience. It's a set of four soft sponge balls, plus a surprise climax sponge with explicit masculine look. & Foam Tooth 2'' White Goshman: 2" x 2" foam tooth. & Micro Mini Sponge Balls Sizes vary between 0.5 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch, 2 1/2 inch.

Green, Paul. In The Trenches DVD. KB/PG is an audience tested routine with Sponge Balls, inspired by Ken Brooke. It has everything from vanishes, transpositions, and changes, all the way down to mini sponge balls.

Griffin, Gerry: Video Magic Lessons Vol 1: California Magic & Novelty. Effects include a sponge ball routine.

Gross, Henry: Pure Magic! A Primer in Sleight of Hand ©1978 Henry Gross, published by Charles Scribner's Sons; p 74 Chapter 7 Spongeball Magic; p 75 Palming; The Pass: the first essential move for sponge ball magic; p 77 The Squeeze Move: picking up one while adding one secretly (2nd essential move); p 79 The Final Vanish: a vanish of two balls using an improvised Thumb Tip type of gimmick (a hair curler); p 82 The Routine: in the spectator's hands.

Groves, David: Sponge Balls a Million. 14 pages spiral bound. Practical routine with strong ending

Guinn, Scott: Great Scott! It’s Magic! The Real World Magic Of Scott Guinn DVD. Peanut Butter and Jelly is a sponge ball routine that uses a purse frame, vanishes, hand counts, and a Sanada gimmick. Many have called this the best sponge ball routine out there.

Guastaferro, John: Second Storm A Collection of Select Card Effects ©2007 John Guastaferro; Spiral Bound or e-Book, 41 pages, 57 color pictures; Silkworm: Silk and sponge ball effect.

Hallema, Flip: Flip In Close-Up Part 1 DVD: Includes Sponge Ball Climax & The Very Best of Flip! - Volume 1 Sponge Ball Climax is actually anti-climatic with peanuts and a nut (for corny jokes) & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls. The routine design and its script routine are pathetic with lots of what Ascanio used to call “anti-contrasting parenthesis” (things happening between the initial state and the final state). A demonstration on how not to confuse time misdirection with anti-contrasting parenthesis just to use great moves. There are indeed some very interesting moves in the routine like the initial body load. Flip’s false take is also very good. His complete vanish (using the rolling up against the chest) with reproduction from the pocket (to get another ball) is fabulous. The way Flips puts the ball under his nose is also great (don’t have to search for the slit). His multiplying balls sequence is fine but not the best there is. His talking lips are also a great entertaining time misdirection tool...

Hampton Ridge (Ed.): 25 Amazing Magic Tricks With Sponge Balls VHS

Hanson, Herman: Frank Garcia's lecture ©1958 Boston S.A.M. Assembly 8-page booklet covering Frank Garcia's lecture there. This is one of the nicest manuscripts of this type. Not only did Herman Hanson turn out an attractive booklet, but the contents --card tricks, sponge balls, and cups and balls routine- are very interesting Garcia magic.

Harlan, Dan: Packs Small Plays Big Vol 3: Kid’s Birthday Show DVD. This third DVD teaches you a complete Kid show that fits right into a briefcase. Featured routines include “Gosh Man”, a Sponge Ball routine.

Harris, Paul: Paul Harris Reveals Some of His Most Intimate Secrets ©1976, published by The Rainbow Magic Machine; p 55 The Super Bowl by Patrick Snowden: A bowl routine involving bowl, wand, four red sponge balls, one black, and one large load for the climax.

Hay, Henry: Learn Magic. The Magician's Basic Tricks Explained Step by Step in 20 Simple Lessons ©1947 Garden City, ©1949 Permabooks edition ©1975 3rd Edition. Dover Publications; Lesson 17: The Sponge Balls: The Basic Sponge Ball Move, The Routine using 4 sponge balls, two tea cups, and ending in the spectator's hand & The Amateur Magician's Handbook, Third Edition ©1950, 1972 Henry Hay; p 194 Sponge Balls: basic ideas only.

Hayden, Allan: Haydenizms ©Allan Hayden; no publish date (Circa 1974); p 15 Gozinta! Sponges from an in-n-outer boxes (the original sponge ball and Gozinta boxes routine). Full routine.

Herpick: Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol IX N° 3 August 1951 Advertiseement p 832 Herpick’s Super Sponge – Wonderful pocket trick. A 1 ½’ sponge ball and a 25c coin. Latter dropped on table; sponge ball in hand changes into 4 quarters (sponges!). How about changing them into silver quarters? 1st into hand - 2nd into hand - 3rd into pocket – how many? Not 2, but 3 hand (sponges) and these change into a 25c coin at finish. Fits into regular sponge ball routine.

Hilliard, John Northern: Greater Magic. A Practical Treatise On Modern Magic His Manuscripts and Notes Edited by Carl W. Jones and Jean Hugard. Illustrations by Harlan Tarbell ©1994 Estate of Helen W. Jones; p 651 Sponge Balls (Al Cohen); p 652 The Fist Vanish; p 653 To Palm a Sponge Ball; p 654 A Sponge Ball Routine; p 656 Another Sponge Ball Routine (Henry Gordien); p 657 Gimmicks for Sponge Balls

Hooper, Edwin: Edwin's Magic Finale. ©1991 Edwin's Magic Arts; Chapter One: Come Closer: In-N-Out Sponge Balls

Hooser, Troy: Total Destruction Vol 2 DVD; Sponge Ball Bonus. Troy offers thumb tip adaptation and vanishes which substantially improves the vanish of the ball, for example in Roger Klause’s sponge to the spectator’s sleeve. In the same line he offers color changes. He also indicates technique to retrieve a ball from the thumb tip. Troy also adapted the Tenkai pennies to the sponge balls. His next idea uses the collar ditching for one of two balls (and naturally its combination with his Tenkai pennies adaptation). The next idea is a steal back of a ball placed into the hand as a second ball is placed there.

Howard, Max: Effective Presentations: How Tricks Become Magic (video). Max Howard, 429 Rays Road, Stone Mtn, GA 30083. 60mins. It's Magic By Gosh simple but effective sponge ball routine. Includes not just how, but why.
Hudspath, David: Amazing Magic Tricks with Sponge Balls. Royal Magic This DVD will teach you how to let a sponge ball appear by sleight of hand, with a purse frame, by tearing a sponge into two; it will also teach you several vanishes using the finger palm, the thumb palm: there is a French Drop, a retention of vision, Francis Carlisle vanish... It teaches in details how to place first a ball in the pocket, then one in the hand and the last one in the pocket before letting all three travel back to the hand. With the Spellbound move taught a performer can visibly change the color of a sponge ball; Naturally David shows how to let a sponge ball to jump from your fist into a spectator's one (with two or three balls); Finally the change of a sponge cube into two sponge balls and back is demonstrated. David’s performance is seamless, but the student better have a stop and a slow motion device on his DVD player.

Hugard, Jean: Close-up Magic ©1938 first edition Max Holden; p 35 The Four Hobos Sponge Ball.

Hudspath, Dave: Amazing magic tricks with sponge balls DVD. introduction to sponge ball tricks. By freezing frames and jumping to specific explanations and performances, it becomes simple to master the fundamentals of these marvelous magic tricks. This DVD will teach you how to: De-materialize a sponge ball entirely. Visibly change the color of a sponge ball. Cause a sponge ball to jump from your fist into a spectator's. Change a sponge cube into two sponge balls…

Imzani, Remo. The Gen Vol 13 Nbr Two June 1957 p 45 & The Art of Close Up by Lewis Ganson p 344 Chapter 14: [Remo was a pupil to Eddie Joseph] four large balls (two in the right jacket pocket and two in the upper part of the right pants pocket, two small ones and a small potato like rate, grenaille (in the lower part of the right pants pocket), a wand or a pencil. Production by plucking things from the table, loading the ball the third time and using the wand or pencil to produce it. Pick it up adding the palmed one replace it in the left hand “one tap one ball, two taps two balls” Pick up one ball false transfer in the left hand, pick up the second one, gesture: the ball in the left has joined the one in the right. Pick up with the right and actually place in left, confirm by showing the ball. Pick up again and false transfer. Claim that you will place the second ball into the pocket. Pinch it and bring it to the pants pocket where the ball is palmed with the other one and the two large balls are pinched to hide the palmed other two later. The left hand gestures toward the pocket, is shown t be now empty, and the right hand comes out of the pocket with the two visible balls (and the two finger palmed ones). The balls are tabled. Pause place a first ball in the left hand and then the second (adding one ball). Tap with the wand: three balls. Two in the hand and one in the pocket (leaving the large ball in the pocket and showing the right hand empty as it comes out of the pocket. Open the left hand: the three balls are back. Place one on the left fingers, place one in the pocket (upper part of the pocket and finger pinching one of the small balls), place the second ball in the left hand (adding the small one) which closes. Ask how many balls and answer No two and a half. Pick up the small ball, pocket a large ball clipping the second small one, ad the small ball to the one remaining on to the table and place in the left hand. Ask how many balls. No one and two halves. Take a small ball in the pocket and finger palm the small potato. The right hand comes out and slightly pinches the other small ball, false transfer into the left unloading the small potato. Pick up the large ball hiding the small one under the large one as before. Pocket them both. Ask how many balls in the hand tap with the wand. Produce the potato: climax. The small potato can be replaced by a sponge brick or rock.

Ireland Marshall, Frances: The Sponge Book ©1960 The Ireland Magic Company, Chicago, Ill. 43-page, re-edited as Marshall, Frances. The Sponge Book. ©1960 Magic, Inc. Chicago, Ill. 48 pages; p 4 Goshman's Sponge Routine: A purse frame is displayed and three sponge balls are removed from it. One ball is placed in one of the spectator's hands while the magician takes the other one. The ball vanishes from the magician's hand and the spectator now holds two. Both balls are placed back into the spectator's hand, while magician picks up third ball. Again the ball vanishes and goes to the spectator's hand; p 10 The Ghost Balls: a two in the hand, one in the pocket routine; p 11 Three Ball Trick (LL Ireland): 3 balls shown. Two in hand, one in pocket. Three are now in the hand. This is repeated. Finally the balls vanish; p 15 Big and Little Balls (L.L. Ireland): A large and small sponge ball is shown. Small ball is placed in one hand. Large ball is rubbed and becomes small. Small ball becomes large; p 17 Silver and Sponge (L.L. Ireland): nickel changes to silver dollar, which changes to sponge ball. Sponge passes through pocket, and then the ball grows. It vanishes, reappears, and grows some more; p 25 Leaping Leprechauns (Hugh Lambert): a sponge ball routine using a glass tumbler covered with newspaper and sponge balls. With a large ball climax; 29 Passe Trick (Martin Gardner): essentially a form of the 10 count; p 32 Spicy Sponges (Frank Derrick): The passe passe routine with a risqué ending using sponge bra forms; p 35 Crandall's Original Routine: uses balls, a ball to square sponge, a square sponge, and a spiral snake sponge. With Senator Crandall's dry but humorous patter; p 42 Around the Block (Senator Crandall): some short ideas for two color ball to square sponges; p 43 Favorite Sponge Routine (Gen Grant): a routine using sponges from a matchbox, a dye tube, a TT, and climaxing with a multiple ball production; p 44 Surprise Finish (Don Alan): a surprise climax for the multiplying rabbits routine; p 45 Multiball (Dr. Jaks): Uses 20 to 30 sponge cubes. Teaches a good wand misdirection & Sponge Color. 3 different color sponge balls travel one by one from the magician’s pocket to his hand, then change into a large three-colored ball. Good routine for close-up or walk around. Props include six 1-inch sponge balls (2 each in red, orange and black) and the special tri-colored 2½-inch ball. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XVIII N° 5 October 1960 p 52 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr comments: “Here's about all anyone will ever want to know in handling sponge balls. The introductory chapter explains how to make your own sponge balls, and other sponge rubber props. For those who are too lazy to prepare them it is subtly suggested, probably at Jay Marshall's instigation, that Ireland's will be very happy to supply the props at a small but necessary fee. The twelve routines explained run from the extremely simple to the more complex, and all are first rate. Contributors are "Senator" Crandall, L. L. Ireland, Hugh Lambert, Martin Gardner, Frank Derrick, Gen. Grant, Don Alan and Dr. Jaks. Surprises and unexpected climaxes are the strong points of most of these routines, and they offer a wide variety to choose from. In short an excellent book with a wealth of fine material. Highly recommended”

Isaacs, Aaron: Clown Noses ©2002 3 pages: Magician asks a female spectator: “Have you ever seen a clown?” As she answers, the magician removes a red sponge ball from his pocket. “You have probably noticed clowns always wear these silly little noses on their faces. What you may not realize is if you pull on one just right...it splits in two.” The magician pulls at the one ball with both hands and produces a second one at his fingertips. “Now, clown noses are very lonely beings, when you place them into a dark place, like your hand,” the magician sets one ball down and puts the other into his left hand “they get scared, and run away.” The magician shows both hands completely empty. “And they run over here and hide in my pocket.” Magician reaches into his right pocket and removes the sponge ball. “Would you hold this one for me? Hold it tight and don’t let go.“ The magician puts the ball into the spectator’s hand, then picks up the tabled one and puts it into his left hand. “I’ll take this one. Did you see it jump? Because mine is gone.” Magician shows his left hand empty. “Open your hand! “Spectator does and now has both balls in her hand. “How did you do that?”

Jaks, Dr. Multiball ©1950 1 page with 9 illustrations and sponge balls. This item doesn’t actually use balls, instead small cubes are supplied. The performer shows three small cubes and places two in his hand and one in his pocket. He asks the spectators how many are in his hand, to which the reply is "Two." Upon opening the hand three cubes tumble out; somehow the third has managed to sneak back when no one was looking. This is repeated several times and every time the third cube returns to the hand from the pocket. The finale comes with the performer placing two cubes in the spectators hand and the third into his pocket. The spectator states that he has two cubes (sometimes he may say three), but on opening his hand a fistful of cubes fly in all directions. Magic! This close up trick of Dr. Jaks will delight any audience, be it sophisticated magically or not. Beginning like the classical sponge ball trick, except that the balls are tiny. Two unusual elements are involved. One, the spectator can feel the balls growing in her clenched fist. And Two, when she opens her hand, 20 or 30 balls cascade down onto the table! Notice that one sponge ball does not become two, or two become three, but two balls multiply incredibly! Easy execution, you'll find this delightful to perform. The routine served as a base for Eugene Burger’s routine. Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol IX N° 6 November 1951 p 860 Backstage with Frank Joglar: Dr. Jaks: Those who attended Dr. Jaks' session for the Magicians Guild were loud in their praise of his lecture. Best received trick: a production of an astonishing number of sponge squares from a spectator's hand… & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol X N° 1 June 1952 p 942 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr.: Multiball by Dr. Jaks. A one page sheet of instructions edited by Bruce Elliott with 9 illustrations by Dr. Jaks. Marketed through Holden's Magic Shops, New York & Boston. Complete with sponges. Here are the complete, detailed instructions for Dr. Jaks' novel and surprising presentation of the Sponge Ball Trick. Most of our readers saw Dr. Jaks present this baffling comedy routine at one or more of the national conventions, and now for the first time it's yours complete. Those who may not know it have a surprise in store for them, for this is not the usual sponge ball routine. In Dr. Jaks' presentation only small sponges are used which makes for unusual ease in handling. However, there's more behind it than that, for as a climax literally dozens of small sponges gush forth from the spectator's fist when he opens it for the last time. It's a grand trick replete with comedy, and is typical of the unique routines for which Dr. Jaks is so well known. Highly recommended.

Jedinat, Christian: Zaubern leicht gemacht! DVD includes sponge balls (Schwammbällen)

Jensen, Jon. Professional sponge ball tricks Vol 1 and Vol 2. This series is a collection of sponge ball magic in two 30 pages booklets. Volume 1 deals mainly with the sleights: Thumb Palm, Finger Palm, the Retention Vanish, the Bounce Vanish, Two For the Price of One, the Last Second Vanish, the Instantaneous Vanish, the Underhanded Vanish, the One Fisted Vanish, the O.K. Vanish, the Wrap Around Vanish, the Push and Take Vanish, the Roll Over Vanish, the Take Away Vanish, the Impossible Sponge Ball Vanish; and several strong short effects which are often part of good routines: The Atomic Ball, The Ten Count, Into the Spectators Hand, 3-1=3, A Hand Full of Sponges, and Ghost Ball. Volume 2 contains 13 complete routines some of which use a thumb tip and include: Silk To Sponge Ball, Multiplying Sponge Balls, The Benson Bowl Routine and more.

Johnson, Roy: Second Time Around; 84 pages, hardback, includes the R.J. Sponge Ball routine (close-up).

Johnston, Johnny: Pabular Vol 6 Number 11; p 936: Cointraption is a sitting routine mixing a coin routine and sponge effects. The general effect is a sort of reverse coins through table. Four coins held under the table come up through the table-top one aat time by means of a magical trapdoor. Finally a sponge ball also comes up through the trapdoor, but grows too big to go back.

Jones, David: Beginners General Close up Lecture (VHS) Special 'Boxed Set' edition with props. After, the success of two first beginners’ videos, this was the third to complete an essential trilogy of material. The video lecture includes fairly deep teaching of the Sponge Balls. This video was recorded live at the 'Cittie Of Yorke', Pub. September 2000.

Jones, Eric: Fingertips Pt 1 A lecture by Eric Jones ©2007 by Eric Jones. The routine can take anywhere between 5-6 solid minutes with audience reactions. There are several pros to this routine that make it especially delightful. The routine takes place without the use of a table in the traditional sense. The fact that this routine takes place “in the hands” allows you to literally perform it any time, any place for as many as 40 people. It has elements of both a close up and a stand up routine and is perfectly suited for both. Recapping on some of the individual moments that make this routine unique includes the production of the first ball and the complete vanish of the first ball. The use of the spectator’s fist as a pedestal serves a dual role in audience management. It keeps the spectator from opening their hand prematurely, and acts as a functional temporary table so that you can show the hands empty if you choose to do so.

Kaps, Fred:, Fred Kaps' Cups and Balls As taught by Fred Kaps to Trevor Lewis by Brahams Anyhony ©1995 by Anthony Brahams. p 6 Sequence One. Three balls appear under the three cups; p 9 Sequence Two. Three balls gather under the center cup; p 11 Sequence Three. Three balls go beneath the right side cup; p 12 Sequence Four. Three balls vanish and reappear under the cups; p 13. Sequence Five. The balls vanish from the left hand cup and appear under the center cup; p 15 Sequence Six. A ball appears to travel from under the middle cup to either end cup; p 17 Sequence Seven. The fake explanation leading to the loading of the four final loads & The Art of Close Up Magic Volume 1 compiled by Lewis Ganson ©1996 L&L Publishing; p 354 Fred Kaps Chinese Bowl.

Kardyro, Tony: Close-Up Deceptions ©1972 Tony Kardyro and the Royal House of Magic; 36 pages; p 13 T.K.'s Magic Dust: a sponge routine with a gag eyeball ending & Kardyro's Kolossal Kompendium of Klever and Kommercial Klose-Up The "K" Book of Magic (c)1981 by Abbot Magic Co; p 12 The Punch Ending Supreme: an ending for the Three Shell Game using two large sponge balls; p 16 Deception With Sponges: a large and small sponge ball transpose, then vanish, than change color, then split into many tiny sponges; p 17 T.K.'s Magic Dust: Another sponge ball routine. Dust multiplies into a sponge ball and eventually turns into an "eye".

Kaufman, Richard: The Collected Almanac ©1982-1992 by Richard Kaufman 398 pages. p 162 Magic trick swiping; Paul Harris' Stars of Magic; description of a sponge ball bit by Sol Stone.

Keith, Jon: Impromptu Close-Up Magic Instructional Video Tapes. Sponge Balls (Jon Keith's Special Stand-up Routine)

Keller, Craig: Apocalypse Vol 5 No 8 Aug 1982 by Harry Lorayne; p 670 SPCA: Sponge Ball and Cards.

Kempsley, David: Wipe Out DVD vanish the purse frame or one of the sponge with empty hands before and after the effect (no thread, no reel...

King, Bob: Classic Stand Up Close Up features Sponge Ball Opener.

Klayder, Jim: Watch Closely (Ca 1978) Sponge ball routine

Klause, Roger: The Greater Magic Video Library Volume 12; The DVD includes Sleeve Sponge: the first version of the Repeat sponge to the spectator’s sleeve. & Encore 3 by Michael Ammar. p 73: Sponge Ball up the [spectator’s] sleeve and repeat (using thumb tip); this was the initial publication & In Concert: Roger Klause In Concert arranged by Lance Pierce ©1991 L&L Pubishing; p 25 The Sponge & Sleeve (strolling): a sponge ball completely vanishes and travels up the spectator's sleeve. The effect is repeated despite the spectator’s awareness. This handling is different than that found in Michael Ammar's Encore III. & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls.

Knepper, Kenton: Kenton's Full House by Kenton Knepper DVD; Kenton's Legendary Sponge ball routine is also included on this DVD. At last we can see clearly all of the moves, subtle nuances, bold and brilliant original concepts of Kenton's so you can learn this routine easily. We know you've been waiting for years for us to do this. Now it's here. Anytime Kenton performs close-up magic for magicians and mentalists, two tricks are most asked about: Kenton's "Trick Deck/Real Deck Routine" and Kenton's "Sponge Ball Routine".. & Klose-Up And Unpublished “Sponge Balls like Never Before,” offers a fresh take on sponge balls. The balls not only multiply in spectator’s hands, but vanish. And in Knepper’s intriguing, freeform routine, sponge balls appear from almost anywhere, from a spectator’s watch, from under a mug and more, and continually appear. Knepper offers some different approaches to sponge ball handling that we all thoroughly enjoy and plan to master

Knudsen, Christian: Herzblut DVD 3: Schwamm Drüber. & Sponge Over There. Two sponges materialize from both sides of a wooden spoon, and a sponge ball routine commences. Contained in the set are 2 sponge balls, the spoon. Includes detailed instruction guide in German Language

Korem, Danny: Korem witout limits

Kosby, Ray: Wow! IT's Ray Kosby, the Video. 10 effects features Four pieces of sponge form a 4 & Impossible Close-Up Magic DVD; 1 2 3 4: Four sponge cubes are produced and placed in your fist. The fist is opened to show a giant number "4" made out of sponge. The "4" is then ripped into four separate cubes.

Kozak: The Master Routine With The Sponge Balls ©1973 by Imperial Magic Worcester, Mass.

Krumholtz, Jason: Apocalypse Vol 14 No 12 Dec 1991 by Harry Lorayne; p 2008 Crystal Clear: 3 sponge balls appear, vanish, and reappear under a glass.

Laflin, Duane: Practical Gospel Magic ©1988 Duane Laflin; p 15 Gospel Application for Sponge Balls to Spectator's Hand: Standard sponge ball routine (details are not discussed, suggests using instructions that came with sponge balls). Don't hide your faith, multiply it. & Clever sponge ball magic DVD Begins with a complete sponge ball stage act. Following the routine you learn basic sleights such as the thumb palm, mash move, and retention vanish. After that is a series of individual routines including perpetual balls, balls to pocket in color, big ball ending, sponge balls close up and in color, hop skip and jump, and double growing ball. There is also a section on special secrets, where more than you think and the four ball vanish are revealed. The DVD concludes with step by step explanation of the complete sponge ball stage act. The full sequence with all the moves! Learn about steals, getting the sponge balls wet, loading a sponge bunny into your hand right under the nose of a spectator, making balls appear in a spectator's hand, and more.

Ladshaw, Tom: Apocalypse Vol 12 No 3 March 1989 by Harry Lorayne; p 1612 A Sponge or Two: Two in the hand, one in the pocket with sponges, and no pockets are used. The sponges vanish in plain sight.

Lancaster, Lou: Commercial Closeup Magic ©1984 Lou Lancaster; 2nd Printing 1985; p 5: Did You Lose This? A straight-forward "in the spectator's hand" Sponge Ball routine utilizing a Purse Frame and featuring "splitting" a ball into two, the "10 count" (although not presented in a count of 10), and a vanish of the balls at the end.

Lasher, Micah: The Magic of Micah Lasher More than Fifty Tricks That Will Amaze and Delight Everyone Including You. ©1996 Micah Lasher: Published by Simon & Schuster; p 140 Sponge Balls: routine using standard 4 ball set. Balls multiply then vanish, with spectator participation; p 145 Sponge Ball Retention Vanish: sleight.

Leech, Alfred B.: Al Leech’s Legacy. ©1980, Magic Inc., Ill. p 64 Chicago Balls. The Chicago Ball Trick and a Routine: uses "sponge" multiplying balls, but may also work with Fakini's. A thorough and practical routine.

Lepage, Nicolas: Floating Gimmick; The Floating Gimmick comes complete with the gimmick, a sponge ball and an instructional DVD. Take it back and put it on your hand. Slowly, the ball begins to move and finally takes flight. It flies in the air. Make some movements around it, there is nothing to see. After some seconds, you catch the ball still in levitation to pass it around for examination. It's normal. No tape, no glue, easy to perform. It takes no more than five minutes to learn this effect. If I’m not mistaken, Jay Scott Berry had a similar gimmick to float dollar bills.

Leveridge, Mark. The Commercial Sponge Ball Routine Master Routine No. 1. Mark's commercial close up routine. Lively, swift routine with ending in the spectator’s hand & The Master Routine Series Collected Works. Over 20 years (from 1984) of routines now in one collection. Re-written and re-drawn. Includes: No.1 - The Commercial Sponge Ball Routine. & Lucky Dip. A children's sponge ball routine. A clear zip top folder has four coin purses, each with a sponge ball in it (3 yellows and one red). The children each select a closed purse, but the magician ends up with the red sponge, despite switches being able to be made up to the last moment & Master Routines #1 (on DVD L&L): The commercial sponge ball routine: this is a fast paced, surprising sequence which Mark has used for 25 years. No reset, it builds quickly and magically to a strong finish. & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Mark Leveridge’s routine.

Levine, Harry M.: Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XV N°2 July 1957 p 15 Liberty Strikes Again (As performed at the Open House meeting of April 12th, 1957). In right hand pocket keep four sponge balls with fifty cent piece with liberty bell on tail side. Spirit bell where it belongs. Take out three balls, finger palming the fourth and placing three on the table. Point to each ball stating, "Eenie, Meenie and Miney, go to school." First "Eenie," pick up ball No. 1 with right fingers and put it into left hand, then "Meenie" pick up ball No. 2 with right fingers and put it into your left hand, dropping finger-palmed ball at the same time; close hand and "Miney goes home." Pick up ball No. 3 and apparently put it into your right pocket. Ask spectators, "Who went to school?" Invariably they reply: "Eenie and Meenie." As you open your left hand showing three balls say "No, Eeenie,Meenie and Miney. Watch, I'll do it again." Repeat above moves but when your right hand goes into your pocket, drop the ball and finger palm the half dollar. Ask spectators again, "Who went to school?" and, regardless of answers, show three balls in your left hand and roll them on the table. Now state that "Names are confusing, so I'll forget about names." Meanwhile, repeat moves for putting first ball into your left hand, then pick up second ball, put it into your left hand and drop the finger-palmed half dollar at the same time. Close your left hand. Pick up the third ball from the table and put it into your right hand pocket, actually leaving the first ball there. Casually flash your right hand to be empty. "How many went to school?" Invariably there are answers of "2" or "3." Say "I'll split the difference, two and a half." Release one ball from the left hand saying, "One"; release the second ball saying "Two," and, after a slight pause, "and a half" dropping the half dollar to the table. Now pick up one ball from the table and apparently place it in your left hand, actually keeping it finger-palmed in your right hand and saying, "The next day this feller went to school," and then pick up second ball saying "this one went home" and drop both balls into your right hand pocket. Pick up the half dollar with the liberty bell side up, place it on your closed left fingers, and say "The teacher rang the bell." Press the bell on the half dollar with your right index finger and with each pressing make the Spirit Bell ring. Say, "And when the bell rings everybody goes home," opening your left hand showing it to be empty. Try it and you will find the finish really "rings the bell."

Lewis, Eric: Personal Magic Vol. 1 CDROM from MagiKraft Studios; p 121 Silver & Sponges; L. L. Ireland.

Lewis, Tony L. Pips A Poppin'. Act One: The magician removes the four aces from the pack, displays them in a spread and places them on top of the deck. He explains that the pips on playing cards are actually a solid model which has been greatly compressed. After the understandably skeptical reaction from the audience, the performer offers to prove his claim. One of the aces is rubbed on the magician's left palm and when it's lifted away, a sponge spade has appeared and when the card is turned the spade pip on the card is gone! One by one, the effect is repeated with each of the three remaining aces in a variety of ways-the pips may be plucked from the card, scratched or slapped off as the magician chooses. Using the four sponge pips, the magician then performs any of his favorite sponge routines, making them jump from hand to hand, even into a spectator's closed fist! All four of the sponge pips are then placed into the magician's hand, he places his closed hand over the deck and opens his hand, quickly bringing out down onto the top of the deck. When he lifts his hand, it's seen to be empty-the sponges have disappeared! Upon turning over the top card of the deck, the Joker is seen-with the four missing pips strewn across the face! Act Two: After giving the audience sufficient time to recover, the performer removes the four deuces from the deck and spreads them showing the faces. The four cards are slapped against the palm of the magician's hand and when they're pulled away, he's holding all four sponge pips and the 2's are shown to be missing their bottom pips! Again, any of the performer's favorite sponge routines may be performed using these sponge pips. To conclude, the magician places the heart sponge pip into his left hand, then the club, diamond and spade into his pocket. He asks the audience what is left in his hand and no matter what the response, the performer opens his hand to reveal a four-inch sponge heart! Includes all of the necessary super-soft sponge pips, specially-printed Bicycle cards and detailed, 12-page instruction booklet. This effect could perfectly blend with Charlie Frye’s die matrix. (Charlie Frye’s Adventures in sleight of hand Juggling, physical control DVD).

Lewis, Trevor: Trevor Lewis Esolc by Phil Willmarth (Close Up; Up with an arrow!). 98pg paper 1981. Cards, dice, Benson Bowl routine, Coins, Comedy, a sponge ball routine

Lowe, Ryan: Gone DVD by Expert Magic; We learn how to turn a borrowed half dollar into a sponge ball and much, much more.

Lukins, Jerry: Hugard’s Magic monthly Vol VII N° 6 p 598: The feint – Sponge balls. There are two balls in play: the performer places one in the spectator’s hand and one in his own hand. Then the performer gets a doubt, he looks at the ball in his hand, tables it, asks the spectator “excuse me, which one do your have?” The performer then takes the spectator’s ball false transfers it to the left stating “sorry that’s mine” and immediately taking the tabled ball with the right places it back in the spectator’s hand secretly adding the other ball. Jean Hugard claims that the only book in which the feint is treated as a basic principle of magic is Robert-Houdin's The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic. & Hugard’s Magic monthly Vol XVI N° 2 July 1958 p 13: Set-Up: Use four large balls, at least 1 ½ '' in diameter and three small ones about ¾ " in diameter. One of the larger balls is “vested” underneath the right side of vest or in the upper part of the right trouser pocket (tucked up at top where it rests very securely). During the routine and at the right psychological moment, carelessly drop your thumb and first finger inside the right trouser pocket and at the same time, although there is nothing in the left trouser pocket, also put your thumb in that pocket (in a sort of natural, careless gesture of resting my thumbs inside both pockets): that is when the ball is removed from the right pocket. The other three large balls are in the left coat pocket and the three small balls in the right coat pocket. You are now set. You need a table corner or any small table or even a chair. It’s advisable to have a light top or even throw a white table cloth or any light colored cloth over the table or chair so that when the balls are displayed they stand out. By the time you’re ready to perform, decide upon your "victim”: usually a girl with a pleasant disposition. You’re now ready to do the Sponge Ball Routine. Call up your assistant and have her stand to your right, in back of the table with you. Introduce what you’re about to do more or less as follow: "Ladies and gentlemen, anything I've done up to now may perhaps justify the remark that I've some skill... how clever I am, and all that sort of stuff, and that all I did was my own doing.. . and I have to stand by whatever results I may have attained. While here this evening, having a good time, and enjoying the hospitality of... I looked over this wonderful, educaated group, and I was particularly attracted to Miss... I have asked her to come up here because what we are about to do does not in any way depend upon me. It entirely depends upon Miss..." (usually get a snicker or two at this stage.) Turn to smile at her. She's wondering what you are up to... in fact, everybody is in a jolly mood and wondering what's up.. . "I think you'll agree I've chosen well," Say: “If this little thing, we're about to do goes over, please give no credit to me. It belongs entirely to Miss… You see," Then say turning to her, "what responsibility rests upon you? I am confident that I made no mistake in my choice. She has the right physique, as you will note, the proper disposition, and we all know her to be a very intelligent person, etc., etc." Now remove from your left coat pocket and, for the first time, clearly and unmistakably place two of the large sponge balls in front of her. Not having worked with her before and because it's certainly not a common object, they all look with surprise at the two balls facing them. Ask her to examine them closely, take each one in her hand and "convince this intelligent and lovely audience that they are obviously what they appear to be: two rubber sponge balls." Roll your sleeves up, show your hands unmistakably empty, and addressing to her, comment: "It won't be necessary for you to do that because you're obviously beyond suspicion, and besides you've no sleeves anyway." (the usual case with most females) Ask her to open and extend her right hand. Take it and linger over it a while holding it and scrutinize the palm making a remark about "doing palm reading on the side.'" ask her to make a fist and then comment "That's fine, I just know we're going to do alright, you’re just the right person." The sponge balls, of course, are still on the table and you ask her which one she would like you to take. She points to either one. You take it between the thumb and first finger of your right hand, place it into your left hand, and close your left hand leaving the ball there. At this point turn to her, and whether her right palm is open or closed, make some comment about keeping it wide open (she's usually closed it or half closed it anyway). As she opens her palm pick up the ball that is resting on your left palm with your right thumb and first finger, show it again clearly and "place it" in your left palm closing your left fingers over it. In reality steal it out holding it now in the right hand, using the only real "move" in the entire routine. This "move" can be described as follows: Thumb and first finger hold the ball at their tips, right hand makes gesture of placing ball into the left palm and actually rests it on the left palm. The fingers of left hand close over it. At that point the right hand leaves the left palm taking the ball at the same time. The ball is now pinched by 2nd and 3rd fingers, releasing the first finger and thumb and permitting you to point with first finger being certain that the back of the right hand is toward audience. The left hand, of course, is closed (Audley Walsh false transfer). Immediately reach with right hand for the remaining ball on the table, press both together and hold them for a second or so and "show" them as one. Place them at the roots of her outstretched hand and ask her to close her hand tightly and help her do so by closing fingers on her palm so that now it appears that you hold one ball, and she is holding the other. "Watch!" Rub the fingers of your left hand, gradually open the hand, show that the ball has vanished, and open all fingers wide apart (both hands) to show it's in neither hand. Say to her "Have you still got yours?" She acknowledges of course that she has. Ask her to show it to the rest of the audience. She opens her hand and two balls roll out. At this stage there's some surprise and usually laughter. Take advantage of this moment and place your right thumb and first finger into your right trouser pocket (left thumb going into left pocket at the same time) and remove from your right pocket the ball lodged there. Hold loosely by the fingers of your right hand. Say. "Shall we try it again?" Invariably, of course, the answer is "Yes." You can add "Wasn't that clever of her?" Now pick up "both balls with both hands, but the right hand has added the hidden ball on table and is actually holding two. Show them that you’re obviously and unmistakably holding two balls: "one" in each hand. Then place them momentarily in your left hand and immediately place the "two" balls in her right hand and again. She closes it on them and holds them tightly. (She is now holding three.) Helping her close her hand, now turn to her and whisper: "I'm going to let you in on a little secret, but please don't breathe a word of it to anyone, for if the Magician's Union ever hears about it I'll be expelled." (Of course, everybody hears what I'm "whispering.") "What really happens is I use another ball." Reach into your left coat pocket and remove the remaining large ball. Show it to her clearly and place it on the table. Pick up this ball as before and "place" it in your left hand. (Make the "move.") Then ask her to blow on your hand. "It's not absolutely necessary but the Magician's Union insists that I do it at each show." She blows on your hand, and you slowly open the fingers one at a time: the ball has gone! At this point, rest your right hand on her shoulder which gives you perfect cover in hiding the ball that's in your right hand. Also take advantage of the soft shoulder she's likely to have and all in all it's very pleasant, the atmosphere is congenial and you can enjoy it! "Have you still got the two balls?" Ask in all innocence. She replies in the affirmative and you ask her to open her hand... and out roll the three balls. Say "Shall we try it again?" and the answer is "Yes." There are now three balls in front of you and you’re holding one in your right hand... "Watch." Pick up the first one, with first finger and thumb and toss it into the left palm. Pick up the second one, but this time add the ball hidden in your right hand and say "Two" and close in on three of them. Pick up the remaining ball on the table show it clearly holding it at the tip with your first finger and thumb and say "This one goes into my pocket." Put it in your pocket leaving it there, at the same time "stealing" one of the smaller balls. Point with the first finger of your right hand to your left hand and ask "How many?" The answer is "Two." release the hold on your left hand and lay the balls down, one at a time, showing three balls. "Let's try it again". With the right hand, pick up one of the balls, at the same time adding the small one. It's a very simple thing to do because the second ball is so much smaller you can show what appears to be just one ball. Lay that "one" ball in your left hand, the smaller ball being underneath. You can keep your hand now partially open with just enough grip to hold the balls in place. The little ball is completely hidden and cannot be seen. Pick up the second ball and place it in your left hand. Now again and quite obviously you’re holding but two of the larger balls (in reality one of the small balls is completely hidden underneath those two). Close your left hand, pick up the large ball that's on the table and comment "This one goes in the pocket." Again leave it in the right coat pocket and "steal" a second small ball. "How many did you say in my hand?" The answer, of course, is "Two!" Open your 1eft.hand and out roll the two large balls and one little one and at this time I say "A little one... they gave birth!" Pick up one of the large balls in your right hand adding the little one and place them in your left hand saying, "One." Pick up the small ball on the table show it and toss it with the other (really others) in your left hand and say "This is the little one, let's say one and a half." Close in on them, pick up the remaining large ball on the table and say "And this one goes back into the pocket." Leave it in the pocket and "steal" the remaining small ball. Turn to her again and say "How many?" She says either "One and a half, or one and a little one or two." (It does not matter, of course.) Slowly open the left hand and out roll a large ball and two little ones. Say, "Ah, twins!" Turn to her and say "Do you know the story about the Big Bad Wolf and the Little Pigs? Do you remember there was one little pig". .. at this point pick up one of the small balls and toss it into my open left palm.. . "And there were two little pigs" and pick up the second small ball, but in the same tossing motion add the second small ball into the palm of your left hand, and immediately close your left hand. (you now have three little balls in your left hand.) They, of course, think there are two. "And this is the Big Bad Wolf" Now pick up the large ball, the only ball now remaining on the table, "He goes into the cave." Place it into your right pocket leaving it there, coming out of the pocket empty-handed. Make a gesture with the right hand pointing to your left hand with open fingers to show obviously that that's really the situation: nothing in your right hand. Ask "How many little pigs did you say?" She says "Two." Open your hand and three little balls roll out. Pick up one of the small balls with your right hand, toss it into my left hand and say "One little pig went to market." Pick up the second ball the same way and say "Two little pigs went to market," but in the action of placing it into the left hand "steal" the one already in your hand and immediately close the hand. Then with the thumb and first finger of the right hand pick up and show the remaining ball (the other two are enclosed by the remaining fingers of the right hand) and say "And this little pig stayed home." Go into the right coat pocket and leave all the three balls there and coming out empty-handed ask: "How many little pigs went to market?" Your assistant will probably say "Two." Turn to someone else and ask "How many would you say?" The reply is usually "Three." Then say "That's right two and three make five." Slowly open your left hand and show it completely empty, bring both hands together in a gesture of "washing" the fingertips--empty. Turn to your charming assistant and say, "Wasn't she wonderful? Just as I assured you. Just great." Give her a hand!" And join in the applause giving her all the credit for, after all, she did it all---and deserves it. And that is the theory about this entire effect: She's the magician, the talented one. She did it all and merits all the credit.

Lyle, Art: Hugard's Magic Monthly Vol XIX N° 11 July 1962 p 128 Spongeability: To retain the resilience of your sponge balls, rinse them out occasionally and keep them in an airtight tin box. Half-pound tobacco cans are ideal. (Eugene Burger suggest to rinse them with water having soap in it and to twist them in a towel but does not speak about an air tight box) Hugard's Magic Monthly Vol XX N° 1 Sept 1962 p 6: Sponge balls deteriorate if left exposed to air and light. For an air-tight, fancy container: Pour some enamel into a 4" olive jar. Replace the cap . . . swirl paint around until inside of jar is completely coated . . . drain enamel back into can. . .fini! No brush... no lather... no rub-in and no paint remover needed to clean your hands.

MacGregor, Jerry: Real World Magic ©1999 by Jerry MacGregor. Part Two: Routines: Rush Lintball by Steve Taylor: Sponge ball routine.

McMahan, Greg: Kids Think It's Funny ©SPS Publications. Four Sponge Ball Routines

Malone, Bill: Reel Magic Magazine issue 4. Thinking Man's Sponge Ball Routine & Here I Go Again! Vol 2 DVD; Thinking Man’s Sponge Ball Routine: A sponge ball routine workers can use. Bill’s performed this routine for over 25 years. His multiplying sponges at the end supplies a great illusion.

Mardo, Senor: Routined Magic ©1945 Max Holden; p 7 The Glass Mystery: 1 cup & ball routine using a single glass covered with newspaper, and 4 sponge balls; p 13 Mardo's Cups & Balls Routine: Mardo strived to eliminate extraneous moves to provide a smooth routine. Suitable for any cup set. Mardo prefers sponge rubber balls, but any can be used. Ends with the usual large loads under each cup; p 19 The Following Sleights Are Suitable For Either Sponge or Billiard Balls: Includes The Fist Drop, The Scoop, and The Pounding (a ball through the cup move) & The Cups & Balls ©1955 Magic Limited, 4064 Thirty-With Ave., Oakland 19, California. 34 pages include his sponge ball routine.

Marlo, Ed: Ed Marlo: Vol 1 Without Cards VHS by Pierre Mayer Radio Prim: Sponge Balls & Arcade dream by Jon Racherbaumer, Ed Marlo is famous for his ingenious creations with cards, but he also devoted a great deal of creativity to magic with other objects including sponge balls; p 132 Windy City Sponges: Four regular sponges, three smaller sponges, a handkerchief, and a surprise load. Splitting one to two, Genuine pass (the Ten Count), False Pass, etc. p 150 State-Street Cups and Balls: Uses sponge balls, three large loads, a wooden egg., and three metal cups. Introductory Sequence (Optical Penetration Cup Through Cup), a sponge is magically produced while the cups are stacked. Sponge ball penetrates pocket, and then each cup. The single ball multiplies to three. Balls placed under cups all move to center, then back to all three cups. Center ball travels to end, then those two to other end. Balls placed in pocket reappear in cups. Balls in pocket reappear in center cup. Balls under each cup travel to end. Balls vanish, and large loads appear under each cup. As the cups are cleaned up, an egg appears under one cup; p 160 Windy City Phase: A cups and balls "phase" using sponge balls to be used in a larger routine. Three sponges are placed in the center cup, a Three Shell Game type move is performed, and two sponges leave the center and appear under each end cup; p 162 Jam It! A "Chop Cup" type maneuver using a sponge ball and standard cup

Martin, Patrick: Clones a different routine

Martinez, Daryl. Fooler Doolers. A classic take with a design and a script that Daryl is the only one to have the secret: a superb routine. & Papa Rabbit Hits the Big Time with Companion DVD. A sponge rabbit and a little bird are magically produced. A clean transposition is followed by a comical comedy of errors expose. Mama and Papa rabbits then appear and disappear in the hands of both the magician and the spectator. For a surprising finish, a handful of baby bunnies magically appear in the spectator's tightly clenched fist & Daryl's Papa Rabbit Hits the Big Time from Fooler Doolers. & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Daryl.

Marucci, Peter: Stonehenge Sponges To a story involving the mystery surrounding Stonehenge in England, three "stone" sponges leap from hand to hand, and from the magician's hand to the spectator's hand and, finally, they all vanish. Effective as a table-hopping sponge routine

Maxwell, Michael: Michael Maxwell's Incredible Magic...Made Easy! Vol 2 DVD Includes sponge rabbits.

Mayol, Henry. Apocalypse Vol 6 No 8 Aug 1983 ©by Harry Lorayne; p 810 Fee Fi Fo Fum: two giant sponge ball stunners & Passez l’éponge (Sponge balls book in French) + selling his colorful sponge ball routine where three small black balls travel several times from the pocket to the hand, before transforming into three balls of different colors with a diameter twice as large.

Maze, Gene:

McAllister, Bob: Cavorting Sponges. As seen in Tarbell 7. 1/2 inch sponge balls.

McBride, Jeff: World Class Manipulation Volume 1 DVD; includes Jeff’s excellent Multiplying Sponge Balls.

McComb, Billy: McCombical Stage Sponges. One trick manuscript. The routine uses four 3" and one 5" sponge and some rope.

Mendoza, John: John Mendoza - My Best Vol 2 DVD; Bowl Routine: The Mendoza version of Roy Benson’s classic routine is full of magical surprises as sponge balls vanish and reappear underneath an inverted bowl. The fun doesn’t stop there as the balls even magically appear in a spectator’s hand, leading up to a surprising and off-the-wall finish.

Mentzer, Jerry. Linking Ring February 1971 © by Jerry Mentzer & Close up cavalcade ©1973 by Jerry Mentzer. Reprint from Linkin Ring. p 115 “Something from Something” is a magical production of three balls out of one; Jerry first describe a sort of reverse shuttle pass but done as a False Take from the left palm bringing the ball between the right first and second fingers (rather than the more common false transfer).

Mitchell, Barry: Got Cookies? An Oreo cookie is twisted open to reveal the "stuff", a white sponge ball. The stuff becomes double stuff in the spectator's hand. The double stuff becomes chocolate stuff.

Moraleta, Rani: My Two Balls Visible as performed on a TV show at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnMws1LB69Q; the routine shows two balls placed in the left fist, one of them disappears. This ball is replaced in the left fist and both balls are now back. Then they are replaced one by one in the left fist and both vanish to reappear in the performer’s shirt breast pocket.

Murray, George: Professional 3D Multiplying Rabbits Marketed product by Nielsen Magic; Effect 1.: A mama and papa rabbit are shown. Magician takes one, and spectator takes other. The papa joins the mama in the spectator's hand. Spectator now holds both mama and papa, but when opening hand, finds an entire family of rabbits. Bunny Care: How to store and wash. Effect 2. Marvyn Roy's Rabbit Habit: Resets for table hopping (pun intended?) Effect: A "hare" is produced from the spectator's jacket. The rabbit vanishes from the hand and appears in the pocket. The magician offers to try again. Both hands are held in fists, and the spectator is asked to guess which hand holds Peter rabbit. Whichever hand is selected, magician opens hand and state's, "no, that Peter's friend, Peter is over here", opening other hand to reveal a 2nd rabbit. The magician takes one rabbit and places the other in the spectator's hand. He states that the spectator's rabbit will vanish and join his. This doesn't work, as the magician's rabbit has joined the spectator's. The magician places one rabbit in the pocket. He then makes a crease in the pocket and the rabbit comes through the pants pocket without making a hole. The rabbit is then placed into the spectator's hand along with the other rabbit. When opened, a rabbit family appears.

Murray John: Inside John Murray; ©1984 by the Author, Greenville, SC: “Sponge Ball Finale”.

Musson, Clettis: Minute Magic ©1953 Ireland Magic Co; p 19 The Amazing Paper Balls: Ashes turn into paper balls, wherein a sponge ball type routine is performed; p 22 Multiplying Paper Balls: simple sponge ball type routine

Noblezada, Jay: Sponge. 4 sponge + DVD. Beginner to pro with sponge balls Package includes the basis we need to add a sponge ball routine to your act. The teaching is eavily centered on two in the hand and one in the pocket but successfully demonstrating daring empty loads in the spectator’s hand.

Norman, Karl: Here's How ©1985 Collector's Workshop; p 22 Multiplying Rabbits: Spongeball routine for sponge rabbits. Uses 3 adults, 6 children.

Nosek, Terry: Sponge Ball Magic (Ronjo Magic). A manual on how to make sponge balls appear, disappear and multiply in your spectator's hands. Complete with beginning tricks, sleight of hand and routines. 23 pages.

O'Brien, Obie: Fetcher's Aces DVD set. DVD Two includes Sponge Rabbits

Ouellet, Apocalypse Vol 10 # 9 September 1987 by Harry Lorayne; p 1402: Gary Sponge Ball Sleight. A really great casual retention of vision false transfer with sponge balls & Close-Up Illusions. The Camirand Academy of Magic Inc. ©1990 350 pages. 61 Chapter 6: Sponge Ball Miracles: The Push-Pinch Sponge Ball Vanish; p 64 Some Reflections on Sponge Ball Routining; p 65 The Odd Man Out Routine: performed seated, involves spectator; p 67 The Flying Imp Pass: for sponge ball; p 70 HINT: Achieving Body Memory & The Very Best of Gary Ouellet Vol 1 DVD; The Sponge Balls and Banana routine. This is a clean, direct and simple sponge ball routine. Gary teaches the Flying Imp Pass and two sponge ball vanishes.

Oswald: Blue J Surprise (Marketed routine) New sponge ball routine using blue eggs and blue "J's". A blue egg is produced from thin air. The egg is then placed in the spectator’s hand, the magic moment is created and two eggs appear in the spectator’s hand. This is repeated twice until the spectator has four eggs in her hand. The four eggs are replaced in her hand and the spectator is asked if she knows what’s coming next. They suppose five. The performer asks do you know what’s coming from blue eggs? Not quite. When she opens her hand she has the four eggs and four Blue “J’s” (these Blue J’s seems to be the Binghampton (N.Y.) Rhythm and Blues band of four musicians referring to the British duo Blue Jays, an offspring of the Moody Blues). Hence the “Blue J surprise”.

Pace, Jim: Mestopholies Fire Ball Launcher. You point at something and your finger shoots a fire ball at it. Then the fire vanishes out of thin air. The product requires flash paper or cotton; it’s mounted on a pull leaving the hand empty. False transfer the sponge ball in the hand holding the Fire Ball Launcher, and shoot the ball of flame in the air: A real magic vanish.

Page, Patrick. Pabular Vol 7 Number 1 p 982 The Page Boy Speaks: to perform close-up in an after-dinner situation where there are perhaps ten people sitting around a circular table? This is almost the norm for a banquet-style function. Usually the table is cluttered up with glasses, bottles and a vase of flowers, a candleabra and lord knows what else. The first problem you come up against is the fact that you can’t do anything on the table top because the people sitting at the other side of the table are about seven feet away trying to see through a maze of glasses, bottles etc. Solution coming up. Instead of placing the sponge balls on the table top, turn three glasses mouth down on the table and use the bottoms of the glasses as a working surface. The taller the glasses the better. The logical sequel is to carry a small board, perhaps twelve by five inches and to lay that across two upturned glasses as a sort of raised table on top of the table. (Lawrence O’s idea: if the small board is stiff enough, the middle glass can be used once, half way through, to back hand load a finger palmed sponge) & Close Up Video Professional sponge ball routine & Secret Seminars of Magic Volume 1 Thumb Tip. Variation with sponge balls & Secret Seminars of Magic Volume 5. Sponge Balls. 4 Miracle Vanishes: Fake Take Sponge Ball Vanish #1, Vanish #2, Finger Pinch Vanish #3, Vanish #4; Benson Bowl Routine, Blow Up, Tips on Sponge Balls, Jump, Multi-ball Production, Repeat Ball Production (2 versions), Color Changing Sponge, Balls from Mouth, Balls from Mouth with Color Change, Color Change with Dye Tube, Ball to Silk, Patrick Page Professional Sponge Ball Routine (All the patter, tips and finesse that Pat's used for years!). Splitting One Ball into Two Balls, Vanished Ball Appears in Spectator's Hand, The Ten Count, One in Hand, One in Pocket, Vanish of the Balls, Alternative Finale with Three Balls, Sponge Ball to Coin, Sponge Finesse, Split, An Impromptu Hold Out, Three Ball Production, From a Purse Frame, With a Thumb Tip, From a Chop Cup, Chop Hat Routine, Balls Through Table Under Hat & Secret Seminars of Magic Volume 9. Variation in sponge.

Parrish, Robert: Great Tricks Revisited, Thoughts on Classics ©1995 David Meyer, Magic Book edited by Phil Willmarth; p 54 Well of Invisibility: A routine for the Japanese Box, using a silk, sponge, and rubber ball.

Patrick Smith, Samuel: Big Red Nose A Great Christmas Routine: Rudy starts as a blue-nosed reindeer. The kids object, so you magically turn his nose red. You like it better the other way, but when you try to change it back, the color vanishes from the reindeer's nose! Children howl as the red nose ends up on the performer.

Paul, Johnny. Greater Magic video Library Vol 15 The Johnny Paul / Jim Ryan routine.

Pilling, Ryan. Little Gray Hare. The Magician brings attention to the hair hanging above your face. As you pluck out a single hair, it instantly pops into view at your fingertips in the form of a small bunny rabbit. "Oh look! I have a little gray hair!" The included routine has you producing three bunnies at your fingertips, then having all three vanish... entirely! With no added gimmicks or difficult moves. Plus extra ideas and jokes to incorporate these bunnies into your regular sponge ball routine.

Porper, Joe: Dye Tube – Porper; This expertly made gimmick will allow you to change the color of a sponge ball with ease. Perfectly machined and balanced to fit the hand of any performer.

Priest, Chris: Protons Christ Priest, "The Millennium British Champion of Close-Up Magic" releases his sponge ball routine. Protons gives the audience a non-stop roller coaster ride of amazing magic from start to finish. The routine begins with the performer showing both hands empty, only to pluck a colored ball from the spectators hand! This fast paced routine jam packed with visual mind-boggling magic, grows to an awesome climax which your audience will talk about for a long time to come. The DVD features live performances of Christ performing the Protons routine for real audiences so that we can witness first-hand the reactions we would receive when performing the routine. Everything is here, the performance, the presentation, with detailed teaching instructions, its a magical masterpiece

Proust, Georges. Les meilleurs tours psy de l’Académie de magie. A sponge ball is made to fly thanks to a large Fin Jon loop.

Revelle & Andree, Raise Your Glasses, "50 Tricks with a Bottemless Tumbler" Supreme Magic Publication; p 3. Transponge, Dried Egg, Magical Change, Milk Silks, Trapped; p 4. Silk 'n Sponge, Colour Sympathy, Card 'n Silk, Rice 'n Silk

Ray, Eddy: 30 Tricks & Tips with Magic Sponge Ball. Magic Makers Inc. & Magic with Sponge Balls. Here's everything we need to start learning magic with sponge balls. We get a professional set of 4 red balls with an instructional DVD that teaches tricks and sleights.

Redford, Patrick G: Diapason. Not just mentalism or tricks, but full performance pieces. Includes Anathematize (sponge balls from hell); Lead On! (explanation on how all magic works).

Reneaux, James: Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol X N° 10 March 1953 p 1052 A fine turnout greeted James Reneaux at the Prince George Hotel, Feb. 19th, when he gave his "Tricks of the Trade" le c t you r e for the Magicians' Guild. The slight, blond manager of Abbott's New York shop offered a complete routine as he would have presented it to a lay audience, then he explained his methods trick by trick. Offstage records filled in during the first part with music. His opener: producing a large rubber sponge from a puff of smoke then, under cover of a hanky, changing the sponge into a glass of liquid.

Rogers, Mike: The Complete Mike Rogers A Collection of the Original Material of Mike Rogers, plus various contributions from magical friends ©1975 Magic, Inc. p 69 Mike Rogers Sponge Rabbits: nice routine. & Multiplying Bunnies marketed effect
Single Sheet manuscript with props: Two rabbits are shown on the table, a papa and mama. Mama is placed in one hand, while papa is placed in the pocket. Papa joins mama in the hand. Next, the spectator holds mama, and papa is placed into the pocket. Again, papa joins mama. Finally, the spectator holds both mama and papa and when the hand is opened, an entire family pops out.

Roman, Fernando: Apocalypse Vol 5 No 7 July 1982 by Harry Lorayne. p 649 Easy Ramsey (Jonathan Townsend): coin and cylinder routine simplified. Does not use "stack of coins"; p 654 Sponge Chop: instant appearance of a sponge ball.

Romaric: Impact VHS PAL : Trompe l'oeil. Romaric’s sponge ball toutine. Romaric is a magician of German origin fully integrated in France (fluent in the three languages: English, German and French). The balls appear, disappear, change places… or color, according to the performer’s inspiration. There is not one dead moment in the routine.

Ronjo: Take My Word For It. Every word a laugh! These sponge words bring laughs to any sponge ball routine. As you deliver a punch line, make a word appear from nowhere. Or pull a word out of your hat, shoe or even ear! Exchange a word for a ball. Give a spectator a ball to hold. When their hand is opened, they are surprised to find that the ball has become a word and the word sets up in your punch line. If you love sponge routines, these sponge words will instantly expand your routines in an explosion of new ideas. Even if you've never used sponge balls before, this will get you started on a terrific new way to delight your audiences. Includes 17 hilarious sponge words and letters, complete instructions and suggestions for many routines. Sponge words included: Time, Went, What, Why, Yes, No, Balls, Nothing, Something, Stop, More, Now, Left, Right, It, Sh, and Y & Go Go Gone. A very unique sponge routine! You show three sponges in the shape of the word "GO". You place one of the "GO" sponges in the hand of a spectator and one in your own hand. When the spectator says "Go", your sponge vanishes. The spectator opens his or her hand to reveal not one, but two "GO" sponges! They close their hand around the two sponges as you pick up the third "GO". Yours magically vanishes, joining the other two in the spectator's closed hand. When their hand is opened, they now have three "GO" sponges! Finally, you give all three sponges to another spectator, who closes his or her hands around them. You tell them, "They're gone!" The spectator, who still feels the sponges in their hand, thinks you're wrong, until they open their hand and are amazed to discover that the "GO" sponges are, indeed gone, and they are holding the sponge word "GONE"! Comes complete with 4 "GO" sponges, 1 "GONE" sponge and detailed instruction & Gozinta Boxes and Sponge Balls (Parabox) 2 boxes are exactly the same size but at any given time, either box will fit inside the other and conversely. As the boxes are opened, sponge balls appear from the empty boxes. Put a ball back inside each box and you have one ball left over. Take the remaining ball in your hand and it grows to be three times the original size. A comparable routine was created in te 1970s by Allan Hayden.

Rosenthal, Harvey: Close Up Sampler Part One ©1976. This rare booklet by a true creator contains 16 pages of close up magic including sponge balls.

Rothbart, Dr L. The Bat by Lloyd E. Jones February 1949 # 62 p 455 Surprise sponge climax. The idea is secretly palm about twenty very small sponge balls from the right pocket and hold them with the second third and little finger. Place then the three visible normal sponge balls one by one into the spectator’s outstretched palm. Have him close his hand. Then take hold of that wrist with your left and place your right hand (containing the tiny balls), beside his hand palm up. Count to three. At each count you brush or stroke his fist. At three (when he has been told to open his hand, you stroke harder and suddenly open your fingers at the moment he open his. The effect is created that the mass of tiny colourful balls are bursting out of his hand. Bold but very deceptive sort of open Han Ping Chien. & Frank M. Chapman: Chap’s Scrapbook Vol 2 #19 January 1940 p 2: Dr. Rothbart, Secretary of the Circle of Hungarian Amateur Magicians, Budapest, has contributed several very interesting and original items to "Scrapbook". This one, his latest, is typical of the manner in which he make's use of the element of surprise in climaxing most of his pet effects.(You will enjoy using this.) At the conclusion of a routine with the sponge balls, the performer offers to "Do it once more". He tosses three balls on the table, then picks them up, one by one, and places them into the outstretched hand of a spectator. "It's just a matter of simple arithmetic", he says. "Merely multiplication!" When the spectator opens his hand, upon request, he is- amazed to find that it is filled to overflowing with tiny balls of various colors! Since laughter and surprise are so closely allied, it is quite natural that this Unexpected climax should result in good, hearty laughs. While the performer claims it is "merely multiplication", we quickly realize that it is merely misdirection. We have heard it many times,(but once more will do no harm) that" it is'nt the what, but the how that counts" - and "the means is secondary to the end". Again, that is true in this instance. The means (or what the performer does) is not nearly so important as the end, the result (or the how spectators are bewildered - and entertained.) You will, of course, require a number of tiny sponge balls, in addition to those you use in your regular routine. It is suggested that these tiny balls be cut from various color material.(The five-&-dime stores carry rubber toys, and bath accessory items, which employ several colors In the one item.) These small balls should be about a half inch in diameter. Carry about twenty of them, assorted, in your side pocket. Conclude your routine with an effect wherein the spectator has attention directed toward himself. This affords ample opportunity for you to get the entire lot of tiny balls palmed in your right hand - all pressed tightly together, and held in place by the 2nd,3rd, and little fingers. Now - following the final effect in your routine, pick up three sponge balls, one at a time, and put them on outstretched palm of spectator. Have him close hand. Then - take hold of that wrist, with your left hand, and place your right hand (containing tiny balls) beside his hand palm up; count "three": each time you count, you brush, or stroke, his fist; at "three"(when he has been told to open his hand)you stroke harder – and suddenly open your fingers at the moment he opens his. The effect is created that the mass of tiny, colored balls is bursting out of his hand! Very important, of course, is the perfect timing in the opening of your hand at the instant he opens his.

Safuto, Joe: Apocalypse Vol 7 No 4 April 1984 by Harry Lorayne; p 909 Sponge Away: sponge ball acquitment

Salinas, Ben: Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic. 2 1/2 hour comprehensive DVD collection of sponge ball moves and routines is undoubtedly one of the most serious learning resources. It covers: The Jacket Lapel Move; Let's Have Some Elbow Room; The Mayfair Mountebank ver. 1; The Mayfair Mountebank ver. 2; Under the Jacket Move & Vanishes: The 'Garcia' Master Move; The 'Clipped' Vanish; The 'Exercise' Vanish; The One, Two, Three Vanish; Now You See It, Now You Don't; Two to Nothing; Quick Vanish; The 'O.K.' Vanish; The Roll Down Animated Vanish; The 'Bold' Vanish; The 'Bluff' Vanish; Another 'Bluff' Vanish; The Pretended Place Vanish; The 'Toss' Vanish; The 'Squeeze' Vanish; The 'Pretended Take' Vanish; Nip & Tuck No Skill Vanish; The 'Hook' Vanish; The 'Impossible Challenge' Vanish; The 'Back Palm' Vanish; The 'Deliberate' Vanish; Mike Tannen's 'Fork' Move; Mike Tannen's 'In' Move; The 'Gaff' Vanish; Up to My Neck in Sponges; Routines: The Magic '10' Count; The Magic '10' Count 4 Plus; Frank Garcia's Magic '10' Count; The Slow Motion Transposition & Impromptu: Derek Dingle's Undercover Move; Spur of the Moment Routine; Short & Sweet; The Slick Routine; My Routine, by George; Simply Commercial; The 'Drop' Ploy; 'Hanky Panky'; 'Sometimes'; Jimmy Reneaux's Idea; Veil of Darkness; Veil of Darkness (Improved Version); The 'Sacrosanct' Routine; Head to Head; Bob Elliot's Razzle Dazzler; Father Cyprian's Spongeball Routine; The Grand Finale; The Big Secret 'Hidden Factor'; Bill Surprise & Bonus Material: Classic Palm; Roll Down Vanish; Pen Cap Production; Two Finger Vanish; Thumb Palm Vanish; Pinch Production; Thumb Palm Vanish (2nd Variation); The Spring Production

Samelson, Peter: Apocalypse Vol 9 No 8 Aug 1986 by Harry Lorayne; p 853 Thimble Opening: single thimble production and vanish sequence with a close up pad performed standing. The close up pad is shown front and back and the hands seen empty. A thimble appears in the middle of the pad. Performer now does some various thimble moves (not described) and finally the thimble vanishes again. The pad is displayed once more, and a thimble is produced from underneath the pad; p 951 Cigarette from Thimble: next part of Peter's Thimble Opening. 1239 Routine Finale: ending from previously published Thimble and Cigarette portions. Routine continues with a matchbox, and moves into a sponge ball production so you can continue with a sponge ball routine & Theatrical Close-Up ©1984 Magical Publications p 35 Sponge Ball Snacks; Samelson’s Sensational Sponge Ball Surprise.

Sanada, Toyosane: Sponge ball gimmick. & Sanada Gimmick Routines. This DVD explains a basic usage and nine routines by SANADA and GINJIRO. Included are: One Ball Routine, Balls, Phenix Spoon, Metamorphic Spoon, Chinese Escape, Inside the Box, B.C.G.(Ball and Clear Glass), G.P.S.(Ginjiro's Peek with Sanada

Sankey Jay: Earplugs (video). In an attempt to give meaning to the sponge balls, Jay is selling huge ear plugs. One added advantage of these is that they can be placed vertically and they don’t roll all over the place anymore. The sponges delivered don’t exist in soft sponges. Jay teaches how to perform: The Retention Vanish, The Upsidedown Retention Vanish, The False Transfer, The False Take, The Acquitment, The Nothing Transfer, The Pop-Up Move, The Double Steal, The Backdoor Steal, The Banana Split, The Roll Around Split, The Ten Count, The Hard of Hearing Opener, and The Jumbo Load Techniques. There is also 4 full routines, including: The Shotgun Production Sequence, Likes Attract, Four On The Floor, and The Pick Pocket.

Sawa, Dr. Dr Sawa’s Library Of Magic by Richard Kaufman

Scarne, John: Scarne's Magic Tricks ©1951 by John Scarne, Crown Publishers, Inc. p 242 Reproducing Sponges: a very simple sponge routine - one multiplies to two and then to three in the spectator's hand

Schneider, Al: The Al Schneider Technique - Volume 1 Sponge ball & Handkerchief Vanish

Schindler, George: Entertainment First notes In these notes George shares his lifetime of knowledge as he performs and teaches the routines he has used throughout his career. George is an outstanding performer, author, ventriloquist, comedian and public speaker as well as being the past National President and Dean of the Society of American Magicians. “Entertainment First!” is the title of his lectures and the theme to everything he does. We can thus learn his clean and direct Sponge Ball Routine. & Entertainment First DVD; George Schindler has more than 50 years of professional experience as a magician and entertainer. On this DVD he shares his lifetime of knowledge as he performs and teaches the routines he has used throughout his career as an outstanding performer, author, ventriloquist, comedian and public speaker. Entertainment First is the title of his lectures and the theme to everything he does. It includes his Sponge Ball Routine.

Schulien, Matt: The Magic of Matt Schulien by Philip Willmarth includes Sponge Rabbits.

Scott Berry, Jay. Jay Scott Berry Total Eclipse DVD. The Eclipse Tip has long been one of magic's most useful but unknown tools. It has changed the way a standard thumb tip is used. Here is a full two hour session with Jay Scott Berry on DVD showing you all the work with the Eclipse Tip. This is great "stand up" material that you can do right up close, right under their nose. It's like doing stage magic effects with silks, ribbons, sponge balls, etc. in a close up situation. & FS2 Gimmick. Marketed item. Comes complete with gimmick, holder and instructions for basic handling techniques and the Color Warp routine. With this device, we can show your hands empty and instantly produce a sponge ball. Then, simply with a wave of your hand, the ball changes color. It is freely displayed, even examined, yet, we can immediately change it back again and then vanish it at the fingertips. & The Power of Two DVD Featuring the FS/2 Gimmick; The Immaculate Transformation: An instant transformation of a sponge ball into a silk. You scan take the sponge ball directly from the spectator's hand and, without any false moves, cause it to transform into a silk scarf; Color Warp: Reach into the air, cupping one hand to create a hole in space. Then, reach into the clearly empty hole and pull out a sponge ball. This is shown and, with the wave of a hand, changes to another color. Another wave and it changes back. Finally, just as mysteriously the ball vanishes & Immaculate Transformation: Another effect from Jay Scott Berry, an instantaneous sponge ball to silk transformation. Imagine being able to take a red sponge ball from a spectator's hands, show it freely, and, in the blink of an eye, change it into a red silk.

Shute, Merlyn: Nits 'N Bits. Includes Three-Two-One-Half sponge ball routine with a surprise ending.

Skinner, Michael. The Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner - Volume 3. Produced by Houdini Picture Corporation. This is not a studio production and it contains a lot of performances only. In addition to the main DVD which contains 56 routines, including his sponge bunnies and sponge ball routines, there is a second DVD that contains a live lecture and performance.

Simon, Bill: Sleightly Sensational ©1953 Louis Tannen publication; 39 pages. Here we find ten effective card effects as well as a finish for a sponge ball routine. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XI N° 7 December 1953 p 82: Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr: Sleightly Sensational by Bill Simon “…I might add that in addition to the 10 card effects described, you'll also find 3 fine close-up tricks with sponge balls, a ring, and coins… In the miscellaneous section is a short but very deceptive routine called "Sponge Surprise."”

Sisti, Jim (editor): The Magic Menu The First Five Years (or Years 1 Through 5 as reprinted) ©1990 - 1995 Jim Sisti; Metempirical Magic ©1998 hardback bound version published by L&L Publishing; March/April 1991, Issue 4 p 35 Spot the Dot (Chris Hurlbert): spectator's card is found with the aid of "Spot the Dot", a sponge ball. Card ends up with a red spot on it; January/February 1993, Issue 15 p 167 Secret Support (Stuart Bowie): two ideas for sponge ball holders; March/April 1993, Issue 16 p 177 Sponge Ball Vanisheroo (David Oliver): sponge ball vanish using body language and misdirection; November/December 1993, Issue 20 - A Special Bill Malone Issue p 223 Utility Sponge Ball Switch (David Mirto): can be used as a color change & The Magic Menu The International Journal for Professional Restaurant and Bar Magicians Years Six through Ten; Issues 31 through 60; September 1995 through August 2000 ©2001 Jim Sisti, Published by L&L Publishing Issue 31 Sept/Oct 1995 p 355 Cabaret Connivery video by Dan Garrett: (review) "exceptionally commercial magic"; Sphere-It! sponge balls, Professor's Daydream, etc. Issue 51 January/February 1999 p 592 Sponge Ball Routine (Tim Spinosa): uses four sponges and one 3" rabbit sponge

Slydini, Tony: Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol X N° 1 June 1952 p 949 mentions Slydini and his Pupil Norman Nagle offering a sponge ball sequence at the S.A.M. convention in Boston & Ganson, Lewis The magic of Slydini ©1960 by Harry Stanley, London, England Chapter 7, "Sponge Ball Magic," 14 page & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XVIII N° 7 January-February 1961 p 76 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr comments on The magic of Slydini ©1960 by Harry Stanley, London, England. “Slydini's ‘Sponge Ball Magic’ is a magnificent routine. Different from the usual presentation, it's tremendously entertaining and mystifying, and has the added advantage that it is suitable for a large audience rather than being just a close-up trick. Some 52 photo illustrations embellish this chapter alone…” & The magic of Slydini … and more by Karl Fulves p 54. The purse frame. Search for the frame in the right back pants pocket (palming three sponges), rotate the chest for the left to take the frame from the left pocket, the right depositing three balls in the laps. Take out the frame and handle it flashing both hands empty. Relax listening to the purse frame, then lean forward to let the spectator listening with the right as the left hand steals two balls. Relax back bringing the hands together. Right hand snaps the purse open, flashes its palm and takes the first sponge ball out. Table the sponge, pause, look intot the purse and take out the second sponge. Start replacing the frame in the right back pans pocket, bringing the left hand to the lap where the third ball is taken: bring the frame back into view, and take out the third ball. Table the purse frame. Claiming you only need two drop one of the balls in the frame lapping it. Table the frame aside to the right and let the spectator examine the balls. Ask which one he prefers relax bringing the chest back dragging the right to the lap, stealing a ball. Ask him to point at one and take the other one, before placing the left one (with the palmed one) into his hand. False transfer the sponge, lapping it. Make a gesture towards his hand and reveal the vanish: have him open his hand for the two balls to fall out. Relax the chest dragging the right hand into the lap. Load the three balls in the spectator’s hand. After searching as in the beginning of the routine, produce the third ball from the purse. False transfer it and let the spectator open his hand. Relax collecting the fourth sponge in the left hand. Place one in the right and one in the left. Add the left hand one to the right hand one, then take the third adding the palmed one and add them into the right as one. Look in the purse frame for an additional one. Look in your pockets. Seem not to find it (stealing the small balls). “I bet you it’s gone already”. Let the spectator open his hand revealing four balls. Take two and place them in the spectator’s hand adding the small ones. Take up the other two for taking them away. Seem to realize something and look at them, explain the male female thing and state that you did a mistake by putting a male and a female in the spectator’s hand. Have him open it. & Slydini’s paper balls in a hat was initially done with sponge balls. & As I Recall Tony Slydini (2 DVD Set) - Disc 1 Slydini’s sponge ball routine performed by Bill Brunelle Disc 2: Paper ball to hat. & Best of Slydini and More. Magic with … sponges, and more & The Annotated Magic Of Slydini by Lewis Ganson Anotations by Slydini as dictated to Dr Gene Matsuura ©2001 by L&L Publishing p 105. Slydini added his way of using the Imp-Pass which he had not released when Lewis Ganson published the first edition (It came out with “Encores”)

Smith, Chuck: What If? ©2001 lecture notes. Includes Multiplying Rabbits (sponge).

Snoberg, Richard: Just for Laughs. Book on clowning. Routines include Sponge Ball Surprise

Snider Harry E. (Caligari): Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol VI N° 10 March 1949 p 520 Day Light Savings Sponge Ball Routine: Four sponge balls are lying on a table. The magician picks up one and puts it in his closed left hand. He picks up a second ball and places it in the closed hand of a spectator. Again he takes a ball and puts it with the first in his own closed left hand. The fourth ball he places with the second in the spectator's hand. All four are then discovered in the spectator's hand-the magician's hand is empty. It is most important that each time you place a ball(s) in the spectator's fist you look at him and catch his eye as you say, "And one ball for you."

Sondermeyer, Michael: Apocalypse Vol 14 No 10 Oct 1991 by Harry Lorayne; p 1986 In and Out and Loaded: an in the hands Gozinta box routine with a sponge ball production.

Spade, Rod. Ladybugd. Ladybugd is a different and exciting venture in sponge magic. It creates an emotion that far surpasses basic sponge balls and even leaps further than sponge bunnies. There's been an immediate affinity for ladybugs ever since we were little children, and that's what makes Ladybugd the perfect icebreaker for any close-up act.

Stevenson, Al: Hugard's Magic Monthly Vol XIX N° 10 June 1962 p 116 A Basic Sponge Ball Routine. Balls from Nowhere

Stone, David: David Stone Lecture Video (VHS) International Magic; the lecture begins with a 10 minute presentation of a commercial close up magic show. It includes classic routines with Sponge Balls amongst them. & The Real Secrets of Magic Vol 1 DVD 2007 includes David’s strolling Sponge Ball routine.

Stone, Sol. Quick and Casual Close-Up DVD. Elusive Sponge: A short sponge ball routine: The first move is what would be nowadays called an Al Schneider vanish. The second move enables to collect an extra ball from the outer part of the sleeve with an interesting sleeve move. Francis Carlisle vanish. A unexplained very smart one hand secret addition of a third ball to two already visible together. The explanation of Francis Carlisle’s move makes it very simple to learn it thoroughly.

Sutz Ian [aka Magic-Ian]: Diminishing sponge ball ©1983. 3" sponge is visibly and without cover cleaved and split into two 2" balls. One 2" ball is then split into two 1", then two 1/2" balls. There are two finale's: one where the 1/2" ball changes back to the 3', or can be combined with ball to bunny or ball to square which allows you to change all the visible balls 2", 1" and 2 1/" visibly into the square or bunny. Includes 5 sponge balls

Switon, Pierre: Base de la Prestidigitation, Close-up © by L’Académie de Magie George Proust (Paris – France): All ou need to know by a seasoned professional worker. Choice of balls (soft, super-soft, color and diameter). Thumb Palm Vanish. Finger Vanish. Retention of Vision Vanish ; followed by a few sequences putting this knowledge into practice.

Tarbell, Harlan Tarbell Course in Magic Volume 1 ©1927 Lesson 8 p 157 Cups And Balls: Routine uses three paper coffee cups and sponge rubber balls. Ends with large load revelation; p 163 Three Wandering Sponge Balls: standard sponge ball routine; p 170 Four Traveling Balls: sponge ball routine with hat. Volume 2 Lesson 21: Magic With Wands p 63 Edward's Magnetic Wand: A silk is touched by a wand and clings to the wand. Sponge balls do likewise. Three cards selected from a deck of card are pulled out by the "magnetic" wand. Volume 7 (by Harrry Lorayne) ©1972 Tannen's, D. Robbins p 365 Bob McAllister's Cavorting Sponge Balls: matrix type effect

Tarr, Bill. Now you see it, now you don’t ©1976. p 148 Basic Sponge Ball Vanish: during a transfer; p 149 Fist Vanish: while pushed into fist; p 150 Mini Sponge Ball Routine: in the spectator's hand

Tong, Dan: Dan Tong Finally DVD. Sponge Balls is using just two visible balls

Thompson, J.G. Jr.: My Best The Best Tricks from the best brains in magic, edited by J.G. Thompson Jr. ©1945/1959 D.Robbins & Co., Inc. p 182 Peter Rabbit Goes to Town! (Robert A. Nelson): sponge rabbit presentation

Thompson, Johnny: World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls. With his take on the Benson Bowl routine.

Tremaine, Jon. Commercial Close-Up Vol: # 2 Videos. JT (sitting) Sponge Ball Routine: An opening with the Gozinta Boxes, the ball vanishing (lapping) reappears inside the reversed box. As the boxes are placed aside, collect the additional ball back from the lap (would be better to table them and use Slydini’s Imp-Pass). The right hand takes a purse frame out and passes it to the left to be able to take the third ball out. Pocket the frame stealing the fourth ball. The routine takes then Douglas Francis’ turn of two in the hand and one in the pocket but instead of going for balls of different colors it goes for smaller sponge balls, and a purse frame are combined for several minutes of commercial entertainment and a couple of smiles. The design of the routine is fine and, even if John Tremaine’s lapping vanish is arguable, there are a few nice subtleties in the routine (like the picking up of the first ball at the beginning of the two in the hand sequence). The production of the large load from the lady’s sleeve is a good idea and the “it’s still warm” a great line. & World Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians: Sponge Balls. The same sitting routine.

Trickshop: How Many? bound or e-book. The "Two in the Hand, One in the Pocket" routine fully explained with over two dozen photos and two basic moves. 9 pages. Booklet with set of 1" Goshman sponge balls & Benson Bowl Routine ©2005 Trickshop.com Inc.

Tucker, Stephen. Pandora's Box video/DVD. A spongeball routine based on noses and 1/2 spongeballs from one the very creative minds in magic. & Apocalypse Vol 14 No 4 April 1991 by Harry Lorayne: Stephen Tucker Issue; p 1910 Sponge Away: fast sponge ball effect.

Turcotte, Dan: Sponge Ball Magic Full Routine with Detailed Instructions ©2004 PDF e-book; Techniques and timing explained in detail. A clean way to load an extra ball into a spectators hand; Three ball counting trick with refined pointers; Master splitting a sponge ball in half techniques; "Shuttle pass" and multiple ball productions; Ball from spectator's ear

Vallarino, Jean Pierre: Balles éponges. Magic Inov. The video includes loading and ditching technique as well as color changing moves, and offers 6 routines. The demos are not exceptional but the explanations are: space management, justifications for the moves and all the little details which make the illusions credible with all the body language to reinforce it.

Vernon, Dai: The ten count.

Wakeman, Randy: The Randy Wakeman Video Vol 3. 90 minutes of close up including sponge balls.

Walsh, Audley V. The Sphinx Vol. 35 N°10 p 285 Sponge Ball Manipulation & Sponge ball manipulations. ©1940 by Audley Walsh (Police officer and a collector of gambling device), ©1947 Lou Tannen and ©1975 by D. Robbins & Co., Inc. 32 pages: p 3 Sponge Ball Manipulation by Audley V. Walsh; The Finger Palm or Finger Pinch; p 4 The Finger Pinch with Two Balls; Pick Up; p 5 Ring the Bell: apparently showing the right hand empty, with a Thimble Move; p 6 Sleeving and Lapeling: body loading of a ball; nowadays lapeling requires a different misdirection than the proposed one but can create a surprise for it is rarely used (possibly complimenting him on his suit and turning him towards the audience to disengage your hand from under the lapel); The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs: full routine using 4 large balls, 3 small balls, and a TT. Secretly lapel a ball (lapeling). One ball changes to two twice in the spectator's hand, then two to three (collecting back the lapelled ball). Ends with a two in the hand one in the pocket sequence bringing in the small balls to patter on the Three Little Pigs story ending with empty hands and claiming that the big wolf probably had something to do with that; p 9 Time Marches Onward or "The Lone Ranger Rides Again": Uses a bevy of colored sponges - 2 Large Red, 1 Large Green, 2 Small Red, Large Yellow, White, and Colored, and one Small Yellow. A full routine to a story of the Rose family how they meet, have kids, how he gets drunk and cheats on his wife and how the Lone Ranger comes in to fix everything leaving Msrs Rose with a new baby (a very off the beaten path routine: patter could be brought up to date with more “in the spectator’s hand” interaction); p 12 Impromptu Introduction of Sponge Balls for the Table Worker: This is intended for the stroller who is able to sit at the spectator's table as an introduction to the sponge balls and to wet their appetite. A sponge ball is produced from a dinner roll, then is passed through the table twice, split into two balls, and one ball turns into two in the spectator's hand; p 13 The Enlarging Sponge Ball: making a growing ball; p 14 Further Ideas: Color change gimmick, sponge balls to lemon or hankerchief, etc. [here end the 1940 and 1947 editions: the following pages come only with the D Robbins edition] p 17 The Master Routine With The Sponge Balls by Kozak p 18 Introduction; The Routine: Uses 4 standard sponge balls (Kozak uses 1.5" balls) and a purse frame. Can be performed seated or standing. The start: Ball produced from frame, then split into two, then ten count has ball transfer from one hand to the other. The routine continues from here with lots of spectator interaction; p 23 The Three Wandering Sponge Balls. From Tarbell Course In Magic (Lesson 8 p 163: Ball Tricks). Three 1” balls are shown; two are placed one at a time in the spectator's hand and the last one is vanished to end up in the spectator’s hand. Then two are placed in the performer’s hand and the last one is placed in his pocket, the ball comes back. This is repeated three times but, on the last time, all the balls vanish; p 29 Alternate Ending: a dozen small sponge balls are produced in Dr Jaks style (not very convenient for restaurant work); p 30 The Four Traveling Balls (also from Tarbell Lesson 8 p 170): Four sponge balls travel mysteriously under a borrowed hat and an attempt at repeating the trick ends up with a surprise finale.

Wayne, Doc: The Art of Public Squeeking. Who gives a Squeek? You do! Funny 48-page book makes the Squeeker the most popular comedy prank in a sponge ball routine. A section for magicians, clowns, and mimes (or anyone who wants to squeek like one) includes routines for Three Sponge Monte, The Squeeker Pull (your hands are left squeeky clean).

Webster, Martin: Lucky Dip Marketed effect. In a number of different and entertaining ways the three young helpers are given the opportunity to select a purse with a sponge ball in it from a folder: only one of them has an orange sponge ball in it, the others are yellow. The purse which will be left at the end is the one the magician must have. With all the purses distributed, the time has come to open them to see the color of the ball inside. But before each child opens their purse, they get the chance to swap it with any of the others, including the magician's. They can change as often as they like until eventually they are happy. However, despite the complete freedom of choice, when the children open their purses, they each remove a yellow ball, while the magician discovers the orange ball in the one left to him.

Weiner, Irv: Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol IX N° 10 March 1952 p 908 and 913: Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr: From Irv Weiner's Studio of Magic in Boston comes four new tricks in manuscript form with necessary gimmicks. "Irv's Sponge Ball Routine," is a hard one to top. & Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XI N° 5 Ocober 1953 p 61: Irv Weiner's " Soft Dice " It's new. it's different, it's a knockout! Here is entertainment, plus! A swell patter story and a fine routine using special noiseless (rubber) dice. Entertaining story covers a wide variety (typical Weiner) of transpositions, color changes, double dice, and a surprising production of miniature "Ace" dice as a climax. If you like the sponge ball effect, this is your meat. Hugard’s Magic Monthly Vol XI N° 6 November 1953 p 64 Book Profiles by John Crimmins Jr: All who like the sponge ball trick will appreciate the novelty of this latest Weiner release. A most entertaining story is woven around these "soft dice," which in fact are sponge rubber ones. As the performer tosses them out on the table they change color, become stuck together, and finally transform into 7 miniature "ace" dice for a surprising climax. The effect is unusual, the handling neat, and the possibilities with the rubber dice are unlimited. This is a winner! Highly recommended to all who like close-up magic, or who can use an unusual night club or bar trick.

White, Joe: Linking Ring August 1993 Sponge Net. Sponge ball routine with an Irish flavor. Uses plastic bag to catch cascade of sponges from spectator's hand

Willane: Complete Methods for Miracles (edited by Rae Hammond). Magnificently illustrated manual of manipulation and general magic from greats including Edward Victor, N'Gai, Gus Southall, Edward G. Brown, Peter Warlock, Fabian and Willane. Includes sponge ball routines

Williams, Geoff: Miracles For Mortals Vol 2 DVD; Hairballs: a multi-phase, 2-ball sponge ball routine loaded with magic and designed to keep the spectator from opening their hand early (and spoiling the surprise finish).

Willmarth, Phil (editor): Trevor Lewis: ESOLC (That's Close Up) ©1981 Lewis and Willmarth, Published by Standridge Magic; p 51 Tervor's Benson Bowl Routine: with bowl, 4 sponges, and toy plastic dinner roll. Three sponge balls appear beneath the bowl. The balls travel from hand to bowl, and eventually the roll is discovered; p 85 Flog - A Sponge Ball Routine: A full sponge ball routine based on golf with comedy patter. Splitting a ball, in the spectator's hand, and a "FORE (4)" finish

Wilson, Gregory: On the Spot Volume 2 DVD Sponge Napkin routine.

Wilson, Mark. Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic Co-author Walter Gibson; contributors Don Wayne, Larry Anderson Fr. Jim Blantz, Earl Nelson, Tom O'Lenick, Peter Pit, David Roth, Brick Tilley, Alan Wakeling, U.F. Grant ©1975, 1988 Mark Wilson, Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc., for Courage Books p 393 Sponge Sorcery: an excellent multi-phase sponge ball routine shows off many sponge ball moves and use of the spectator

Wilson, R. Paul. R. Paul Wilson on DVD - The Restaurant Act. DVD. From a silk a sponge ball is produced and so begins a direct and entertaining sponge ball routine which ends with the magic happening in the spectator's hands. The effect may move towards cups and balls or chop cup or bowl routine or towards turned wood egg cup types : 2” or 3" sponge ball vase (Tall or short top). This is the classic with the shell but instead of a shiny red wooden ball, the ball is a sponge ball. (There are a few routines done to fool the ones in the know using the classical prop). http://www.mymagic.com/mi/index.html

Wong, Alan: Sponge Magic Mushroom. Marketed item. The mushrooms are big enough with a white foot and a red head with white spots. Comes with two sponge magic mushrooms and accessories: Dimension Approximately 2' x 2' (5.08cm x 5.08cm). Sponge Banana. Marketed item. These bananas look realistic enough for stage magic. Dimensions Approximately 7' x 1 1/4' (17.78cm x 3.175cm) Sponge Egg. Marketed item. Sponge egg without the skin finish offered with the Goshman egg. Egg Dimensions Approximately 2 1/2' x 1 1/2' (6.35cm x 3.81cm) Sponge Eggs. Marketed item. One egg multiples into four. Spectator chooses any one and it turns into a small sponge duck. Sponge Ice Cream Cone. Marketed item. Turn one ice cream cone to two ice cream cones. A great finish for any sponge prop act, the foam ice cream cones are definitely a crowd-pleaser. Comes with two foam ice cream cones. Dimensions Approximately 6.5' x 2.5' (16.51cm x 6.35cm) Sponge Eyeball. Marketed item. With these sponge eyeballs you will be able to create many different kinds of 'eye-popping' effects. Some of you may choose the creepy crawly route. Others have chosen to go the comedy route, as professional magician Steve Marshall has been known to do from time to time. This routine contains more than a few corny (or possibly cornea) jokes. This package comes with a set of four hand painted sponge eyeballs and 5 page instruction booklet. Sponge Sushi. Marketed item. As the magician tells a story about the new dehydrated space food he or she shows a white silk in the right hand while the left hand is shown empty. The silk is pushed into the fist and turns into a piece of sushi. Finally the (sponge) sushi multiples into two pieces. Comes with two pieces of fairly realistic hand made sponge pieces of sushi, white silk, and thumb tip.

Yan Tong, Phoa: The Art of Close Up Magic Volume 1 compiled by Lewis Ganson ©1996 L&L Publishing; p 360 Rice Bowls and Balls: Another Bowl and Sponge ball routine with rubber ball climax.

Yedid, Meir: Apocalypse Vol 3 No 3 March 1980; p 316 Sponge Balls 1) Color Transposition 2) Production: production is for platform presentation.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 14, 2009 03:41PM)
Any questions? ;)
Message: Posted by: ekins (Mar 14, 2009 04:22PM)
Wow! Watch out what you ask for when Lawrence is around. :)
Message: Posted by: Terry Holley (Mar 14, 2009 06:43PM)
I can't respond to what's the best, but this one that Lawrence pointed out has worked for me for a long time! Simple and direct!

Kozak: The Master Routine With The Sponge Balls ©1973 by Imperial Magic Worcester, Mass.

Message: Posted by: chappelly (Mar 14, 2009 07:28PM)
Ain't no Mo.
Is Lawrence's post a record for a respnse?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Mar 14, 2009 07:34PM)
Wow! Thanks everyone for the replys! Lawrence, I think this topic deserves a sticky or something for your reference on sponge balls! Without a doubt the most comprehensive research on Sponge balls I think available! I have a lot to go through I think!

Thanks for the help so far everyone
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 14, 2009 08:00PM)

One of my favorite references is the one from Magic, Inc. -- [i]The Sponge Book[/i] by Frances Ireland (Marshall). The material is very practical. In fact, if you do a basic sponge ball routine and end with either "Big and Little" or "Multiball," both of which are found in this book, you will have an excellent, exciting, fairly quick sponge ball routine.
Message: Posted by: Billgussen (Mar 14, 2009 10:09PM)
Incredible, Lawrence!
I hope to god that you cut and pasted from some existing document that you had already compiled on the subject. Please tell me you didn't write this whole thing from scratch! Please!

Message: Posted by: BrucUK (Mar 15, 2009 12:26PM)
There's also the list at Magicref - http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/magspong.htm
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Mar 15, 2009 12:50PM)
Etienne's list combines videos, notes and books, rather than separating them into separate sections. Etienne also spells Steve Dacri's name correctly. Magicref has it spelled "Darci."
Message: Posted by: tabman (Mar 15, 2009 01:25PM)
There's a lot on the subject it looks like but I like Frank Garcia's little gray offset booklet on the subject. I don't have it in front of me but that and Irelands book as Bill Palmer mentioned. For those who missed Frank Garcia in person, he was the epitomy of a close up magician in my opinion.
Message: Posted by: puggo (Mar 15, 2009 01:28PM)
I SO wanted to use the 'quote' function on Lawrence O's post..!

May I humbly suggest Bill Malone's routine. Modular, varied, & fun.
There, done.
Message: Posted by: Watson (Mar 15, 2009 02:37PM)
Lawrence O - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Matt H.
Message: Posted by: Kaliix (Mar 15, 2009 02:46PM)
A long time ago, I bought 25 tricks with Sponge Balls by Hampton Ridge. I just really liked the basic routine taught on that video and though I've created my own storyline and made it my own, I believe the routine I use to this day is still that same basic routine from the video.

While attending NEMCON this weekend, I heard Shawn Farquar state the following at his lecture (approximately because I recalling this from memory), "I am a stage magician and I can make women appear, change places, heck I even appear from a puff of smoke and I get nice applause. But when I do a sponge ball routine in a persons hand, the reactions are unbelievable (Shawn is doing his best imitation of spectators yelling or screaming and generally freaking out at this point).

I do many different closeup tricks with all sorts of props, but the trick they always ask for is those *** sponge balls. Shawn's point was that closeup magic in their hand is the strongest and my experience is that he is spot on. Particularly when it comes to sponge balls. Go figure...
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 15, 2009 03:25PM)
I've been doing my routine ("Peanut, Butter, & Jelly") for almost twenty years now, in performances ranging from one person at the bar to several hundred in a platform show. It is my single most-performed and most-requested effect, and I've done it literally thousands of times. It is available on my website as an instant download for about $10.
Message: Posted by: puggo (Mar 15, 2009 03:59PM)
On 2009-03-15 16:25, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
I've been doing my routine ("Peanut, Butter, & Jelly") for almost twenty years now, in performances ranging from one person at the bar to several hundred in a platform show. It is my single most-performed and most-requested effect, and I've done it literally thousands of times. It is available on my website as an instant download for about $10.
This, like everything else I have had from Scott was very well thought out. More of a complete routine than 'modules' (like Malone's) The peanut butter & jelly theme may need a bit of translation for UK punters.
Message: Posted by: jerdunn (Mar 15, 2009 04:52PM)
First -- Lawrence's listing runs more than 27,000 words! What a resource -- thank you!

I like two routines very much:

John Carney's "Current Classic" -- taught on the "Winter" installment of his 4-DVD set called The Master Sessions. As noted above, it's also in Carneycopia. It includes a production, ball-up-the-spectator's sleeve, vanish, and multiplication in the spec's hand. Just enough and no more. Beautifully structured.

Daryl's routine from Fooler Doolers (listed above) -- pure entertainment, fun, and amazement.

Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 16, 2009 12:03AM)
On 2009-03-15 16:59, puggo wrote:
On 2009-03-15 16:25, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
I've been doing my routine ("Peanut, Butter, & Jelly") for almost twenty years now, in performances ranging from one person at the bar to several hundred in a platform show. It is my single most-performed and most-requested effect, and I've done it literally thousands of times. It is available on my website as an instant download for about $10.
This, like everything else I have had from Scott was very well thought out. More of a complete routine than 'modules' (like Malone's) The peanut butter & jelly theme may need a bit of translation for UK punters.

Thanks, Puggo! Yes, the presenattion will definitely need tweaking outside of The States, as peanut butter and jelly is by far the most popular sandwich in America, and a couple of the jokes refer to the two top brands of peanut butter here. I did it for a group of Australians who were visting during my restaurant gig, and they appreciated the magic, but they didn't get the jokes. I guess I should have changed it to Vege, Mite, and Toast!
Message: Posted by: marty.sasaki (Mar 17, 2009 01:38AM)
You know, I don't think it makes much difference to non-magicians what the routine is. We come up with all of these different things that happen, but there really isn't anything more startling than to have sponge balls appear in the spectator's hand. Color changes and moving from one hand to the other doesn't get the reaction that having things happen in their hands.

I do a really simple routine where I put one in my hand and one in the spectator's hand and they open their hand to find two. I then do it again and there are three in their hand. Maybe I then put two in my hand, one at a time, one in my pocket and then open my hand to show three. I then usually do two in my hand, one in my pocket and then show no balls in my hand.

I'll often get a scream of surprise (with women) the first time, and many times a more subdued scream with the second time.

This really simple routine will often get a spectator dragging me to someone else to do it to them. Even if I flash something everyone laughs and has a good time.

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't work on a more complex routine, just think about whether the effort is worth it for you. Only you can decide this.
Message: Posted by: jackhow14 (Apr 3, 2009 02:58AM)
This is my spong ball version (tv show) .Hope everyone give me some advice.thx
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Apr 3, 2009 03:26AM)
Interesting routine. I'm not overly fond of "mouth magic," that is, things that go into and come out of the mouth. But, as they say, to each his own.

A couple of the first transfers looked a bit odd.
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Apr 4, 2009 08:30PM)
I think Lawrence spelled a word wrong in the 175th paragraph. What a comprehensive list!
Message: Posted by: walid ahumada (Apr 6, 2009 12:32AM)
Mr.Lawrence O:

You Are Awesome!
Message: Posted by: MagiCol (Apr 24, 2009 05:05AM)
Lawrence O: I am so grateful for your posts at The Magic Café. They show real dedication to asemblying facts and sharing them with fellow magicians for our advacement in the art of magic. Thank you!
Message: Posted by: magicnix (Jul 12, 2009 10:06AM)
Wow, what a great list by Lawrence.

Does anyone know where I could purchase The Sponge Book online?
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 12, 2009 01:26PM)
Magic, Inc.

You could phone them, as well.
Message: Posted by: DGillam (Jul 12, 2009 10:01PM)
Magic, Inc. online at http://www.magicinc.net. phone EDI-BULL
Message: Posted by: magicnix (Jul 13, 2009 08:24AM)
Thank you very much guys.
Message: Posted by: formfoam (Jul 27, 2009 12:29PM)
Many thanks to Lawrence O!
I am continue to read and study all participants of this "THE Great Spong Balls History". To tell the truth, I hoped to see my name in this list. But has not found. Likely do not approach. Just in case I will leave here some videos:
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Probably, someone, will add to his spong routin. Someone, who already uses and know my products will probably tell or will show, how he do it.
I am in Paris. It would be very interesting to meet Mr.. Lawrence O
I will try to write him in private messages.
Message: Posted by: magicmatt (Aug 13, 2009 03:06PM)
Roy Benson's "Benson Bowl" routine is my favorite.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 18, 2009 08:27PM)
Lawrence, I just invented one. Be sure to add it to the list next time.
Message: Posted by: formfoam (Oct 30, 2009 05:54PM)
On 2009-03-14 15:44, Lawrence O wrote:

Anonymous: Puff the Magic Dragon ©Russia. (marketed item with ELMS) A sponge cube egg transforms into a cute baby dragon in the palm of your hand

Hello, Lawrece O!
I thought that we can meet and I could explain in details that it is not correctly written, I am not Anonymous. I would like that you correct this text. My name is Yuris Lesnik. I am inventor, author, sculptor. Each piece "cute baby dragon" is made by my hands. I am from Latvia, was born in Riga.
This "Dragon" was discussed with my name as Plastic foam novelty item
in 1994 US Patent 5506013 .
After a long break, I make them and sell them again.
I cannot pass by such error.
I hope for understanding.
Yuris Lesnik.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Oct 30, 2009 06:24PM)
Thank you for the exhaustive list, Lawrence.

I tried to edit the post to include your name, Yuris, but the system only allows 30 seconds per operation. The post is so long, the operation aborts! However, now that you've posted, we know the creator. :)
Message: Posted by: formfoam (Oct 30, 2009 07:18PM)
On 2009-10-30 19:24, Michael J. Douglas wrote:
Thank you for the exhaustive list, Lawrence.
I am agree! :)
Lawrence list is great.
Thanks for understanding, Michael.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Oct 31, 2009 01:28AM)
You may like my sponge routine, "Peanut, Butter, & Jelly." It is available from my website as an ebook for only $10. By far, my most-requested routine.
http://www.scottfguinn.com/generalmagic.asp (2nd item on page)

Here are what some magicians have said about it:

Your sponge routine is funny, it’s fun and it fools. It’s the closest thing to a perfect routine I’ve ever seen. - Brett Bauscher

This is probably the most entertaining and magical routine you can do with sponge balls. Once you get it down you will have a routine that you’ll love performing. - Frank Galia

I LOVE Peanut, Butter, and Jelly! - Dan Fleshman

Your sponge ball routine is charming and commercial; just terrific! - Paul Green

"Peanut, Butter & Jelly” is a solid routine and very entertaining. - Guy Camirand

Wonderful sponge ball routine and flawless Aldo Colombini impression!- Dean Dill

PB&J is excellent. I like that it finishes off with a vanish of the balls and you’re reset. - Paul Preston

I can vouch for Scott’s PB&J sponge ball routine. Very nicely structured. - Geoff Williams

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is the best sponge ball routine EVER! Scott’s routining and subtle convincers are just amazing. I’ve had to start carrying it in my pocket wherever I go as it is my most requested effect. - Burt Yaroch

What makes this handling of the sponges better than most is the way Scott has structured it. He starts clean, and when the balls vanish at the end, they are GONE! Best of all, the reset is instant. - Victor Brisbin

I saw Scott perform this routine on stage at an adult show and kill with it. I’ve seen Scott do this close-up at a restaurant, for kids and for adults. It is really amazing how much magic and amusement for a whole array of venues you can get out of one routine. - Darrin Cook

That's a GREAT sponge ball routine--VERY commercial! - Marvin Roy (Mr. Electric)

"Peanut, Butter & Jelly" is one of the best sponge routines I've ever seen!" - Aldo Colombini

The sponge ball routine is perfect. Thanks again for a great work of art. - Merritt Ambrose
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Oct 31, 2009 02:12AM)

I'm certain that Lawrence did not intentionally leave out your name. I'm sure he didn't know it.
Message: Posted by: Thales (Nov 4, 2009 02:52PM)
I have to say that Sponge by Jay Noblezada is outstanding for someone like myself that did not have any sponge experience. It does a really good job of teaching the basics, going over each move a number of times slowly and from different directions. Plus, it has a few good routines to get you going and, of course, the section with Darwin is filled with lots of great advice and moves. And Jay does the routines in the streets for different people at least five times, which really gives you a good idea how to handle the spectators and how to flow the routines, etc.

I also have 'The World's Greatest Magic' DVD on sponges, but have yet to view it. I figure it will be a great complement to Sponge and give me a number of great routines to pick from.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Nov 5, 2009 03:09PM)
I haven't used sponge balls in a long time, but have instead preferred the rabbits. When I used balls, it was a "basic" transfer in my hands, then in the spectator's hands, finishing with multiple balls.

I have the '25 Tricks with...' VHS and remember it being a good source for beginners. John Carney's "Current Classic" from 'Carneycopia' is a simple two-ball routine that has some nice touches. And, after reading about it here, I purchased Scott's PB&J routine, and it's an excellent, humorously-pattered three-ball routine that begins and ends clean.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Nov 7, 2009 01:31PM)
Bill Palmer is right (not unusual): I just didn't know who was the creator but didn't want to omit the effect from the list just on that account.

Thus, please know that I amended the list as follows...

Lesnik, Yuris: Puff the Magic Dragon, Latvia. (marketed item with ELMS) A sponge cube egg transforms into a cute baby dragon in the palm of your hand back and forth. With some serious practice this can be made really magical. Yuri also has a cube to dog, a cube to spider and other "formfoam" ideas that are really off the beaten path. Naturally these deserve a proper routine to make them really magical, but there are many members on the café that can supply ideas. These foam morphing ideas deserve being made in a very magical way rather than just pushing foam through to present the possibilities of a clever prop (possibly secretly switching the blocks to magically move the morphing from one transformer figure to another).

Dynamike, send me your routine, and I'll be delighted to add it to the list.

There are several good points on Jackhow14 routine on Japanese TV: I had not seen anyone do the cutting of one ball in two as presented there. This way to make the spectator participate in making a magical effect himself is very nice. Moving from the Big Ball to the Dr. Jaks' ending is also original. Now, I personally don't like Dr. Jaks' ending because the performer has to get his little balls back from the floor. I'm convinced that it did play some role in Eugene Burger dropping his whole routine as well. Like Bill Palmer, I don't like performing in and out of the mouth effect, but I thought that our friend does a good job with it, even if I resented the big lips (creative) idea as somehow prejudiced.
Message: Posted by: ttorres (Nov 7, 2009 05:02PM)
Wow, Lawrence! I mean, WOW!
Message: Posted by: Davidmagicman (Nov 7, 2009 11:02PM)
That was a long list of sponge balls routines. I didn't know that it was so many.
Thanks, Lawrence. Now, will I study a few of them and see if I will add something from them to my act.

Posted: Nov 8, 2009 12:14am
Oops, I forgot to name which routine I think is best. I think it is Steve Dacri's routine because it is simple and very good and also gives a good reaction.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 9, 2009 02:31AM)
Diminishing sponge balls
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Nov 10, 2009 04:40PM)
That was cute, Ian. :)
Message: Posted by: magicians (Nov 10, 2009 07:45PM)
On 2009-11-10 17:40, Michael J. Douglas wrote:
That was cute, Ian. :)
There is an alternate routine that ends with a ball to bunny or ball to square. 4 stars in Genii, on the market since 1980.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Apr 24, 2010 05:33AM)
Bill is absolutely right, Yuris, I just could not find the name of the creator of these very nice little dragons and thought that maybe some magicians would use them to magically change a little sponge rabbit into a dragon for a different ending to the classic routine. So now in my notes it reads:

Lesnik, Yuris: Puff the Magic Dragon © Riga, Latvia. (marketed item with ELMS) A sponge cube egg transforms into a cute baby dragon in the palm of your hand

I also found in some old lecture notes:

Crandall, Senator: Entertaining With Magic © March 3 1952 by Senator Crandall, selfpublished and Lecture presented before The Magicians Guild Of America p 9 Sponge Ball Routine. The routine starts with two balls and the performer’s hands clearly holding nothing else. Then thanks to a very smart triangular misdirection structure, the performer is able to secretly steal a third ball from his right pocket. Then the two in the spectator’s hand is performed using again smart misdirection to steal a jumbo sponge ball from the left pocket. Then the two sponges are tabled and one is placed in the left thumb crotch, then the second one, before one (actually taking both) is placed into the pocket. The one remaining is revealed to have grown to 5 times its size. The routine is a lesson in sequential misdirection involving three location in sequence but focusing spectators on only two: this is a rarely used misdirection technique which has not been isolated as a specific technique but it's extremely deceptive.

Posted: Apr 24, 2010 7:32am
Also revised the reference on Willane

Willane [William H. Lane]: Methods for Miracles © 1953 by Rae Hammond (editor), London, UK, illustrated leaflet including “Willane's Intimate Sponge Ball Routine” & Complete Methods for Miracles © 1985 by Rae Hammond, Davenports, London, UK; the 14 leaflets in book form magnificently illustrated and with additional notes
Message: Posted by: magiclimber (Apr 24, 2010 11:05AM)
I've been toying with the idea of using different size sponge balls (obviously not my idea, I think goshmans), and I really think it adds an interesting aspect to the routine. Plus, certain moves are easier to perform with different size balls.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Apr 24, 2010 11:31AM)
Different size sponges started before Al and so did the variety in colors. He is however the one who made the line "one is always bigger than the other" famous ...
Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Apr 24, 2010 11:35AM)
Hi All,

Jack How's routine is on a very popular Taiwan TV variety show. The guy in the clip with the beard and cool looking sunnies is the host of the show. He does a lot of shows with magicians and sometimes even does some stuff by himself. At times the camera pans over to a couple of guys. These guys are quite famous magicians in Taiwan and appear and perform on TV quite regularly. Many of the girls in the clip there are entertainers or singers themselves.

I'm sure you could gather that he wasn't so much telling a story with his routine, but rather just saying I've put one ball here, how many in my hand etc.

JoJo <-------Lived in Taiwan for 16 years.
Message: Posted by: motown (Apr 24, 2010 12:48PM)
Protons is a nice routine.

Before Goshman there really wasn't much choice in color the way there is now.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Apr 24, 2010 06:12PM)
On 2010-04-24 13:48, motown wrote:
Protons is a nice routine.

Before Goshman there really wasn't much choice in color the way there is now.

No argument about Chris Priest's entertaining routine, but before Goshman there really wasn't as much choice in sponge ball either but Francis Douglas, a well known magician amongst others, did actually use different color balls.

Why should your understandable admiration for Chris Priest's performance drive you to place it on an exclusive pedestal? I doubt that it needs it.
Message: Posted by: motown (Apr 24, 2010 08:07PM)

you shouldn't read more in to something then what is really there.
And you shouldn't create a meaning that doesn't exist.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Apr 26, 2010 12:23PM)
Point granted.

However when you associate in the same post two statements (a true one and a debatable one), you will, I'am sure understand that there is a use for other members to understand if there is an ambiguity or not, a causal point or not, in this association: this isn't just you and me, it's a forum with many readers.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Apr 26, 2010 05:01PM)
On 2009-11-04 15:52, Thales wrote:
I have to say that Sponge by Jay Noblezada is outstanding for someone like myself that did not have any sponge experience. It does a really good job of teaching the basics, going over each move a number of times slowly and from different directions. Plus, it has a few good routines to get you going and, of course, the section with Darwin is filled with lots of great advice and moves. And Jay does the routines in the streets for different people at least five times, which really gives you a good idea how to handle the spectators and how to flow the routines, etc.

I also have 'The World's Greatest Magic' DVD on sponges, but have yet to view it. I figure it will be a great complement to Sponge and give me a number of great routines to pick from.

In my opinion, "Sponge" was THE WORST DVD I've ever watched. I was shocked how little thinking went into the routines. ESPECIALLY for a teaching DVD. I found it HIGHLY IRRESPONSIBLE.

Pat Page's DVD is so much better in terms of actually how to do a routine that the nosebleeda DVD seems like a crime.

The lack of consideration given to many of the required elements of a good magic routine was just awful.

And to have the gall to call that DVD "the last word on sponge balls" is irresponsible, thoughtless and 100% wrong. What a shame for a beginner to purchase it and think.. "well, that is ALL I need to know. Boy am I good!".

Personally, I find John Carney's to be extremely practical for walk-around type magic. The explanation goes into great detail on how to actually do the routine properly and responsibly.

Scott's PBJ is also very well written and explained.
Message: Posted by: magiclimber (Apr 26, 2010 06:37PM)
No surprise here with penguin's outrageous claims.

I second Carney's, although I've only studied it.
Message: Posted by: rawdawg (Apr 26, 2010 07:00PM)
I'm rather partial to Meir Yerdid's "Color Blind Froggies" that he once posted on his website.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Apr 26, 2010 07:54PM)
On 2010-04-26 19:37, magiclimber wrote:
No surprise here with penguin's outrageous claims.

I second Carney's, although I've only studied it.

For Roger Klause's sponge to the spectator's sleeve phase in John's routine, try and use a Sanada Gimmick instead of the TT. The economy of movement is real and makes the routine flaw even better
Message: Posted by: formfoam (Jul 15, 2010 10:48PM)
On 2009-11-07 14:31, Lawrence O wrote:
Bill Palmer is right (not unusual): I just didn't know who was the creator but didn't want to omit the effect from the list just on that account.

Thus, please know that I amended the list as follows...

Lesnik, Yuris: Puff the Magic Dragon, Latvia. (marketed item with ELMS) A sponge cube egg transforms into a cute baby dragon in the palm of your hand back and forth. With some serious practice this can be made really magical. Yuri also has a cube to dog, a cube to spider and other "formfoam" ideas that are really off the beaten path. Naturally these deserve a proper routine to make them really magical, but there are many members on the café that can supply ideas. These foam morphing ideas deserve being made in a very magical way rather than just pushing foam through to present the possibilities of a clever prop (possibly secretly switching the blocks to magically move the morphing from one transformer figure to another).
>..there are many members on the café that can supply ideas.
Welcome ideas!!!
Once again thanks to Lawrence O!
Probably so: Good ideas owners will receive the free morph sample(s) for to proof proper routine to make morph sculptures really magical.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Jul 30, 2010 05:30AM)
I've finally met with Yuris Lesnik.

His sculpting work on sponge balls is really out of this world. His work can be used for a strong effect where a cube changes into a mini sponge dragon or into a small dog looking animal (both real cute and letting the ladies melt on site instead of trying to figure out how you did it)

Yuris has had some payment issues with some dealers and therefore it's better to order directly from him at http://www.morpher.org or http://www.morphopolis.tv or by emailing him at Sculptor@morpher.org

Now it opens the way to get slightly off the beaten path.

Let's figure out a routine in which the sponge, instead of being met in the spectator's hand by another one, changes into a sponge cube in his hand and as the magician takes it, it changes into a (really cute) small sponge dragon in full view.

This changes from the large sponge ball or the many small balls of the Dr Jaks finale (which roll all over the place to put the magician on his knees)

Try it: it's not really more expensive than a large ball or than a set of many small black sponge balls and nobody will expect the outcome.

Altogether the effect is really worth every penny in a fairly cheap price for a prop that will last for ever if you don't want to do just the routine that everyone does and the cuteness of the sculptures supplies a very strong misdirection.
Message: Posted by: satellite23 (Jul 31, 2010 10:10AM)
You know...I just saw a sponge ball mini-routine last night. It was aimed for the little kids...and the luved it. He gave the spectator a ball and made him clasp his hands over it. The spectator opend them up and 2 were there. He did tht again and then 4 were there. He had the spectator count them...1...2...3...4. The magician put all 4 in his hand, clasped them, and opened up to reveal a big sponge #4. It was comedic too. Great routine for kids.
Message: Posted by: bishthemagish (Jul 31, 2010 10:20AM)
And if I may add - the life and magic of Billy Bishop "Bish The Magish" By Glenn Bishop published (2000) by Charvet Studio's.

In this book is a stand up routine using the sponge balls that my dad did at shows for decades. I use part of the routine in my close up work.

Message: Posted by: mumford (Jul 31, 2010 12:00PM)
Goshman's routine is worth study.
Message: Posted by: Thales (Sep 2, 2010 08:52AM)
On 2009-03-15 16:25, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
I've been doing my routine ("Peanut, Butter, & Jelly") for almost twenty years now, in performances ranging from one person at the bar to several hundred in a platform show. It is my single most-performed and most-requested effect, and I've done it literally thousands of times. It is available on my website as an instant download for about $10.

I have heard a lot of good things about your routine Scott and will check it out.
Message: Posted by: conjurormatt (Sep 5, 2010 05:04PM)
Another nice strolling routine is "Eye Candy" by Eric Jones, it can be found in both his lecture notes: "Fingertips Pt. 1" and (I believe) on his new DVD set.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Sep 11, 2010 02:49AM)
Dynamike, send me your routine, and I'll be delighted to add it to the list.
I was kidding.
Message: Posted by: dtextreme (Sep 20, 2010 09:56PM)
I like Jay Noblezada's routine. You start with nothing and end with nothing, making it one of the cleanest sponge ball routine. Not only that, it is easy to carry around
Message: Posted by: karakazak (Oct 14, 2010 07:04PM)
I love Jay Noblezada's "Sponge"! The dvd treats sponge ball magic with more respect than most magicians afford this wonderful prop which has proven itself again and again with audiences of every stripe. I laughed at first when I saw it because it presents sponge balls in a "hip and cool" manner. And right after I laughed I bought into the marketing 100%. There are some easy to do routines and all of the basic sponge moves are covered, but more than all of this the EXTRAS section with Gary Darwin is worth the price of the entire DVD. His handling and knowledge (as always) is almost comically voluminous and the use of a TT to do a visual hand transference is beautiful.
The "Sponge" DVD inspired me to collect other DVDs on the same topic and none surpassed the practical and powerful magic I was introduced to on "Sponge".

I have now created a number of bizarre sponge routines off of the "inspiration" that DVD gave me. (Some of which I'll be taping soon.)There is nothing more powerful than in their hands magic and sponge balls deliver EVERY time.

Check out my spongeball tribute to the Sword Box Illusion:

Posted: Oct 14, 2010 8:13pm
Regarding good routines for sponge work, I think every individual should write their own material. I believe we can tell ANY story using sponge balls. Have fun and make up your own: )
Message: Posted by: T_C_Magic (Oct 18, 2010 06:16PM)
It's Scott Guinn's "Peanut, Butter, & Jelly" for me. The best out there. Second I would say I like Sankey's Earplugs for something different.
Message: Posted by: satellite23 (Nov 12, 2010 07:03PM)

I was googling a simple sponge ball routine and got this!!!

It's a dead thread but still very useful also shows me a ton about older guys that used to come here.

Posted: Nov 12, 2010 8:04pm
Maybe it's not too dead now that I look at the dates of the posts.
Message: Posted by: knick23 (Nov 15, 2010 09:56AM)
Personally, I was disappointed by Sankey's Earplugs. If I remember correctly there was only one move that made the earplug shape relevant, and the rest was pretty standard. I came away thinking that he brought little that was new to the table.
While I'm here can anyone suggest a routine that's stand-up, needs no table and is highly visible to an audience esp. children? I like B Abbott's routine of sponges from mouth as this really comes over very clear and quite shocking to an audience. However, the wet looking sponge in mouth is not pretty!

Cheers, Nick.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 15, 2010 11:21PM)
There are some people who are really turned off by mouth magic, especially if the magician has a beard or a mustache.

It makes me want to reach for the Preparation H.
Message: Posted by: knick23 (Nov 17, 2010 10:12AM)
Mmmm, there's a lovely image...thankfully I perform clean shaved, but now you've got me thinking...
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 17, 2010 10:49AM)
On 2010-10-14 20:13, karakazak wrote:
Regarding good routines for sponge work, I think every individual should write their own material. I believe we can tell ANY story using sponge balls. Have fun and make up your own: )

You have to be careful. Some stories don't lend themselves well to sponge balls. Telling the Biblical story of creation, for example, would cause titters for all the wrong reasons.

So would the story of the crucifixion.

On 2010-11-12 20:03, satellite23 wrote:

I was googling a simple sponge ball routine and got this!!!

also shows me a ton about older guys that used to come here
And this shows me a TON about younger guys who don't bother to check their spelling or read the dates on the posts. ;)
Message: Posted by: J. Whittaker (Nov 19, 2010 05:09PM)
For my money I use a routine called Nut Cup and Balls, it is a "right place right time" routine. I know that most will cringe and give grief for performing it but it works for me. I only perform it in my private shows and most who hire me know what to expect.
Message: Posted by: inaciolino (Nov 28, 2010 08:53AM)
Lawrence, thanks so much for the informations. I wonder if there's even a second that you don't live magic? I believe that magic is as important as the air for you. Thanks so much again.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Dec 1, 2010 12:23AM)
Naciolino: magic comes after my family, my friends, my businesses, and along the history of myths and religions, the history of WW II and of the war between secret services, psychology ... and I must admit that I find it unfair that my day has only 24 hours when so many people get bored in life.

Message: Posted by: funsway (Dec 1, 2010 04:50AM)
On 2010-12-01 01:23, Lawrence O wrote:
I must admit that I find it unfair that my day has only 24 hours when so many people get bored in life.

yet linear time is but an illusion,
a box from which one can climb
if one is magical enough,
finds magic in everything!
Message: Posted by: Bobby Forbes (Dec 11, 2010 04:27AM)
Eric Jones "eye candy" is tops for me.
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Vee (Apr 9, 2011 09:29PM)
Check out Oddballs by Scott Strange. I love this DVD. He's got a few cool moves that when executed well fry people. Plus, I love the second routine in the DVD where he sticks the sponge balls in a pair of lens-less glasses.

Cool stuff. Great work Scott.

Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 12, 2011 11:49PM)
I did purchase a set of Alan Wong's Sponge Tennis Balls lately. I do not know a routine to use them for.