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EvanMagic
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I am interested in these billiard ball stands, from pictures I have seen on manufacturers' sites, but not exactly sure what they are. Do you know any companies you could recommend?

Evan
Kent Wong
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Abbott's makes a beautiful billiard ball stand. It is a very nice utility prop that some magicians employ in conjunction with their multiplying ball routine. With it, you can apparently place a ball into the stand, yet still be "one ahead". Alternatively, you can apparently take a ball from the stand and have it vanish, showing both hands completely clean.

Most billiard ball stands take up to 6 balls and are made of wood construction. Abbott's can make the stands to fit either multiplying balls or multiplying golf balls. I believe they can do different colors as well.

The only problem I have experienced with the stand is that there should be a little more weight in the base. Quite often, I have to hold the base with one hand while placing or taking the ball with the other. This doesn't seem natural to me. But other than that, it is a prop with as much potential as your imagination will allow.

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EvanMagic
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Where exactly do you find this on Abbott's website? I have had some problems with it, can you help me out?

Thanks for the reply,

Evan
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Give us a call, our website leaves a lot to be desired. 269-432-3235.

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Glenn Godsey
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Tim Wright demonstrates the ball stand on his video of the "Multiplying Balls". It is very effective.

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EvanMagic
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Perfect! Thanks for all your help guys. As far as purchasing, I will have to research this a little more, but will definitely be kept in mind.

Thanks again,

Evan
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Abbott's is the best priced workable model out there. I believe you can still get it with golf balls or regular billiard balls.

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Owen Magic makes one also. The price is very high, though. There are different models from the Abbott's and Owen's models.

Why are they so expensive? Because it takes time, talent, materials, to make one. Get the Tim Wright video to see just what you can do with it. He is the only magician I ever seen use it.
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I do remember Neil Foster demoing it.

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Alan Munro
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I remember one that Fakini sells. I like the look of the top of it better than the other models, although the tripod part looks out of place.
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Collector's Workshop has a Conradi style stand that I have and is amazing. Very under-priced, and you can't say that too much.

http://www.vikingmagiccompany.com/?nd=full&key=784

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On 2005-07-11 12:15, Magicol-1 wrote:
Collector's Workshop has a Conradi style stand that I have and is amazing. Very under-priced, and you can't say that too much.


http://www.vikingmagiccompany.com/?nd=full&key=784

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Doesn't the "secret" seem more obvious in this horizontal presentation as opposed to the upright stands???
EvanMagic
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From as far as I know, some horizontal ball stands have spring action gi****** to help with the trick.

Evan
Pete Biro
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I dunno, I think holding them between your fingers is still best. I mean, did Cardini use one of these silly looking things?
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On 2005-07-12 01:24, Pete Biro wrote:
I dunno, I think holding them between your fingers is still best. I mean, did Cardini use one of these silly looking things?


...But, Pete, some of us just LOVE apparatus for its own sake! Smile
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Maurice Rooklyn used a ball stand in his act. It was similar to the Collector's Workshop model, however it held seven balls (but only two of the cups were gaffed).

A complete blueprint for the construction of The Amazing Mr. Rooklyn's ball stand, can be found in his excellent book, Spherical Sorcery and Recollections of a Pro.
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Alan-

I have done business with Fakini (Mr. Radtke) for years and never remember a ball stand. Please share some more- does he use the silicone sh*** for the gimmicks?

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I have used the same Abbott's Ball Stand of 37 years and I love it. It got to looking a little banged-up but was easy to to redo. I repainted it and added some plastic jewels to the front. I also replaced the velvet. It now looks better than new. It was a good 35.00 investment in 1968.
I also have an Abbott's Golf ball stand. But I prefer the billiard balls.
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You could try to get ahold of a gumball machine and place the balls in there... put a quarter in and turn it so it releases the balls and pretend you're playing with giant gumballs. Don't forget, they actually make giant gumballs so you really could take a bite out of one.


Or just make your own stand... no need to spend 1 kabazillion dollars on one.
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On 2005-10-22 14:06, yanyak5 wrote:

Or just make your own stand... no need to spend 1 kabazillion dollars on one.

Where did you find them for 1 kabazillion dollars? I have been looking and can't find them under 3 kabazillion! Smile
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