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I've seen lots of mixed ideas on Sponge Balls and Rabbits. So when I trusted a friend to examine one Sponge Ball and he lost it, I've been wondering what to get. I've been thinking about getting both. Consider these points reply on any you think is best:

Price (not a biggy)
Quality of Manufacturer (sp)
Audience reaction
Audience Participation
Reputation
Anything else.
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Technical aspects aside -- and a lot of people on the forum will disagree with this -- the sponge bunnies are cuter.

So maybe you don't want to do cute magic. Audiences scream when you do the sponge bunnies. And the bunnies don't roll when they hit the floor.
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Thanks Bill Smile I'll be seeing Larry Kahlow soon, hopefully he will have some, if not I'll figure out an online shop :S
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Back in the days of the New York Lounge in Chicago many of the bar magicians agreed including Heba Haba Al. That the sponge rabbits may be the most popular close up sponge trick in magic.

Depending on patter it can be done for adult audiences such as in a bar for bar magicians. Or done with light family style patter for kid and family shows.

Audiences love the rabbits and using a rabbit will fit a magician.

One little point some rabbit sets like the old yellow ss Adams sets can be used in sort of a matrix sponge and card routine. I have also used them at odd times in the shell game - just for fun. The point is that there can be more to the sponge rabbits than just doing a sponge ball routine.

I hope this helps.
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There used to be a group of magicians who called themselves "The Sponge Bunny Club." Among the members were Jay Marshall, Bev Bergeron and Karrell Fox.

The question is "What was the requirement to become a member of 'The Sponge Bunny Club?' " Hint: It was not that they all performed the sponge rabbits.
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The answer is that each of these magicians had been through the same experience -- they had been sitting in a diner, coffee shop or restaurant. When the waitress found out they were magicians, she would say "I know a trick." and she would do the sponge bunnies for him.
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Bev Bergeron would pick the bunnies hands down over sponge balls. The real answer is to buy both as different routines can be done with both and you never know what situation you may be in when wanting to perform.

Sponge balls are a great effect and get super reactions from your audience, the bunnies are cute and the end can produce screams from the spectators. It is a draw for me so I have both.

P.S. Just bvought a set of 3D's from Eagle, say hi for me.

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How much are the ones at eagle? did you get the last box? (knowing ((FORGOT HIS FIRST NAME!!!! lets call be Kahlow!)) Kahlow that would be rare)
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On 2005-08-16 17:19, Mad Duck wrote:
I've seen lots of mixed ideas on Sponge Balls and Rabbits. So when I trusted a friend to examine one Sponge Ball and he lost it, I've been wondering what to get. I've been thinking about getting both. Consider these points reply on any you think is best:

Price (not a biggy)
Quality of Manufacturer (sp)
Audience reaction
Audience Participation
Reputation
Anything else.



For all the points you mentioned, the rabbits are a MUST! Especially for reputation, and audience participation/reaction. If you want to get good sponge rabbits, get the 3D ones by Goshman products, best sponge products available from them.
All the best,

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I perform both. I prefer sponge bunnies for close-up and only perform sponge balls for stand-up work. I love the 3-D rabbits! There are so many gags you can do with them.
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For me, the vanishes and other slights seem easier with the sponge balls vs. the 3D rabbits. Yes, the rabbits are much cuter than the balls yet overall the magic with both types of sponge are very strong.

I like using both and find the balls tend to compress better than the rabbits for mutiplying type effects.

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I also use both. For quite some time, spongeballs have been a staple of our routines here at Open Heart Magic (NFP group I work with). I wasn't exactly sold on the idea at first, but soon saw the power of the spongeball! These little squishy objects really do transcend any barriers of age, sex, race, etc. Everyone seems to love them.

We are now toying more with the bunnies. We got several sets of the 3D bunnies and I have to admit that their cuteness is undeniable! Also, especially with kids, people love the personification of inanimate objects. I feel that you can dig into a deeper story with the bunnies as opposed to just the balls. You can give them more personality.

Yesterday, I got a set of sponge bananas at Magic Inc. here in Chicago. Why? Because everyone knows, in the depths of their hearts, that bananas are funny. I have no idea what I'll do with them. Perhaps I'll feed them to small bunnies to make larger bunnies. Whatever I do, it will hopefully be funny, and definately be cute!

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I collect sponge ball tricks because with a minimum of reworking they add variation to one's rep.

I have:

Sponge Balls (several varieties)
Rabbits (Ammar style)
Earplugs (Sankey)
Lady Bugs (?)
Blue Jay Eggs (?)
Teeth (Dan Garrett)
Cocktail Franks (?)

They are all fun.
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Euangelion, you need to add Patrick Martin's Clones sponge ball effect to your collection.
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It's fun to start with sponge bunnies and then introduce a large sponge ball as the "pill" to stop all the bunnies!

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You could use both.. imagine them squeezing a sponge baLL AND WHEN THEY OPEN THEIR HAND ITS A RABBIT!
or viser versa you could make the rabbit turn into two or 3 little sponge balls saying their eggs ( I know they don't lay egss but this is magic! ) anf then they hatch into three bunnies all in their hand.
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I use Carl Andrews' spongeballs rountine, but have never seen a sponge rabbits rountine. Sorry if my question sounds stupid:

Is the handling any different (fake take and loading)? Do I have to learn some other sleight for performing sponge rabbits? (I use the first vanishing sleight taught in Patrick Page's video) Just curious, why so many of you said sponge rabbits are better?

Any resources on it? Thanks.
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Here are some sources for sponge bunny routines:

Routined Manipulation Finale

Karl Norman, Forty Years At The Forks (This is among the best sponge bunny routines you'll ever see. It's not on his DVD, though.)
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On 2005-08-27 12:29, mouliu wrote:
I use Carl Andrews' spongeballs rountine, but have never seen a sponge rabbits rountine. Sorry if my question sounds stupid:

Is the handling any different (fake take and loading)? Do I have to learn some other sleight for performing sponge rabbits? (I use the first vanishing sleight taught in Patrick Page's video) Just curious, why so many of you said sponge rabbits are better?

Any resources on it? Thanks.


Daryl has a good routine on his fooler doolers' video.
rich marotta has a funny ending for his when someone says "do that trick for my friend where all the baby bunnies appear at the end"
I bought some very expensive sponge rabbits that I've never used. they also came with a good routine included that also uses the line "ain't no mo".


I might start using them just to see if I like the reaction.
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Thanks Alan and Frank for the info. I'm very excited to see audience's reaction on sponge rabbits.

As I asked in my previous post, "do I need to learn any new sleight for performing sponge rabbits (which is/are different from spongeballs) ?"
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NO new sleights.
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