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Is there a good reference (either book or video) with sponge ball moves, vanishes, etc.

There is?

Cool!!! What is it?
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Wilson Complete Course has a really good section on sponge balls and moves.

Also 'Sponge Ball Manipulations' by Audley Walsh and 'The Sponge Book' by Frances Marshall should be added to your library. Together they will cost ~ $10US.

Also get Hampton Ridge's '25Tricks with Sponge Balls' video. It's $10 and one of the best teaching videos I have seen for any price.

That should get you started and well on your way.


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well, I am already started and on my way. I'm just wanting more. would you still recommend the 25 tricks video?

those 25 tricks videos scare me. I bought the cups and balls video a while ago and thought it was junk.

i'll check out your other references too. thanks.
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Don't bother with the hampton ridge vid. I am in the same boat as you. After coming back from a long time away from the craft, I figured I'd start with something I never really got into to begin with. Never realized how hard it is to find a good sponge reference.

The best reference I could dig up from what I have was the little pink sponge ball trick book. I have since been putting together my own routine using bits and pieces of everything I've seen and a buncha stuff I haven't
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How about the Patrick Page Video?

or

Jon Jensen's Professional Sponge Ball Tricks
Volume One

or

Volum Two
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Try "Ear Plugs" by Jay Sankey. It's a good video on manipulating sponge balls. It includes 4 routines (from memory). Also included are the "ear plugs," large pieces of sponge, shaped like... ear plugs!
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Im not sure if he has a video out on it by mike ammars sponge ball routinee is great.
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If you end up looking for any good routines check out Scott Guinn's "Peanut, Butter & Jelly", Roger Klause's "Sponge Ball up the Spectator's Sleeve", and the first routine in John Carney's "Carneycopia".

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I went and bought patrick page video on sponge balls and i thought it was worth the $20.

I already have scott's PBJ which I like but do not perform yet.

I also know carney's version from carneycopia which is what I base my current routine on at this time.

Thanks!
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Personally, I thought the 25 tricks with a sponge ball video was worth the $10. Dave goes through the explanations a little faster than I would have, but he explains them enough for you to understand them. And it is a video, so rewinding is always an option.

I still use the basic routine he gave on the tape. I came up with a whole story around the routine, but it is basically the one he teaches on the tape. I think you should consider buying it.

The only other sponge ball tape I know of is Brad Burt's tape. I think it is overpriced at $40, but I use his rentention vanish all the time, so maybe it was worth the $40.
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Forgot to mention, Troy Hooser has some interesting sponge ball moves using a TT in his book.

While we're on the subject of gimmicks, I saw Dan Garrett perform some of his spongeball stuff last weekend, and he convinced me that the Sanada gimmick is the best thing going in the world of sponge balls, absolutely amazing stuff.

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I got Carneycopia for the logical bill trick... totally missed the sponges at the front of the book! Thanks Sherman...
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There are some routines on sponge balls in "The Art of Close Up" vol 1.

I've also the video "25 tricks with sponge balls" and I think it's good for his price.

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The original post did ask for 'moves, vanishes, etc.'so those were the references I gave.

I also have the 25 tricks with Cups and Balls tape and I am lukewarm on it. But the sponge ball tape is really a bargain at $10.
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Try to find a used copy of Frank Garcia's Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic (it's out of print, I believe). This is a really comprehensive book on the topic. It covers many techniques and has some great routines.

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check out Michael Sibbernsens video demo
"Technicolor Sponge Ball" trick
at the magic theater... I like this routine and plan on getting it soon..
here is the link

http://magictheater.com/index.html

and have fun!
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ok. I'll admit for begining moves the 25 tricks hampton ridge tape woul be ok. I personally think it's just the video version of the pink book I have. I got the video and the book many years ago. Sounds like the price of the tape went down, so is now worth getting just to 'see' the material in the book. It's not a cheesy tape or anything, I just thought I got the same thing out of the book I had.
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I got most of my moves from Mark Wilson magic book and then I picked up Patrick Page video. Worth every cent. Just remember to make the presentation your own. Smile
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On 2002-10-31 11:51, MAGICTOM wrote:
check out Michael Sibbernsens video demo
"Technicolor Sponge Ball" trick
at the magic theater... I like this routine and plan on getting it soon..
here is the link

http://magictheater.com/index.html

and have fun!
C-ya
Tom Smile


Thanks for the recommendation Tom!

If anyone is interested in Technicolor Sponge Balls, check out the information page at

http://waterloomagic.com/TSB.html

Both "Immediate Download" and "Complete Package" versions are available.

Besides the theater link given by Tom, the All Magic Guide also features review of the routine.

Best in Magic,

MS
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After reviewing the Patrick page video, I think that it was definitely worth it.

There are several vanishes. A couple are very very good. There's a sponge ball and benson bowl routine. There's thoughts on sponge balls and a tophat routine which I really liked. It's used sort of like a chop cup... you have to see it for yourself.

His routine is on there but I really like my extended Carney-esque routine and Scott's PB&J better.

On a different subject, I also bought the Patrick Page TT video which I also thought was quite good. There are a few foolers on there that I had to rewind to see again. A few routines, and some good thoughts.

One move was especially good and reminds me of a John Ramsay coin technique. It is perfect for those speckys who know about a TT and think you're using one (which you are) to vanish a silk. The don't see it on the left hand and hey!!!, it's not on right hand either. Both hands shown empty!


It too is certainly worth the money.

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