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MikeM
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Agree with Uli try and get hold of Frank Garcia's Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic.

You might like to get hold of Pat Pages Big Book of Magic or Magic by Gosh both of which contain sponge ball routines.

If you can't get these try the following web link

Click Here!

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Daniel Faith
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I found a clever routine called the Soft Matrix using 4 sponge balls and a cup.
Basically a Matrix routine.
Email me for more info.
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I have Mark Wilson's Cyclopedia of magic and it has a good routine in there. I found the last couple of moves a bit difficult to get the hang of. I also have Pat Pages video. Well worth the money in my opinion. He teaches very well and has some real good things in there.
I'm finding out that I have to find what fits my style, which is comedy, and family stlye of show. Got to admit it though, kids really like those little red balls, as well as a few cute girls...wink...wink!
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Pat pages video is great.
Jays Sankeys Ear plugs is good also.

Any one thought of doing Greg Wilson napkin routine from "on the spot" with sponges (as it was originaly done)

Goshman had a video out , cant remember the title but I have it somewhere and he has some good moves on it with sponges (and his coin under the glass).
He teaches the toss vanish and a very good retention.

Its old so may not be available.

Also Bobby Bernard has a nice routine on one of his videos.
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Kenton Knepper's "Klose Up and Unpublished" video contains the most unusual and magical looking sponge ball sequence I've ever seen. There's a part in the routine where ONE spongeball appears in the spectator's hand and then later ONE spongeball vanishes from the spectator's hand. It looks slick as owl snot. It definitely doesn't look like anyone else's routine.
Alan Munro
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I'd start with the Patrick Page stuff, first. He has a really good eye for a good handling. I learned sponges by studying a TV performance by Steve Dacri. It enabled me to see the moves performed correctly -- the books just weren't enough.
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I just came up with a routine using 3-d rabbits..starting off with 2 small soft sponge balls..I call them rabbit eggs..dissapear in spec. hands..get two rabbits in there hand (they think it is the 2 eggs..

Tell them the eggs hatched.. (They now have two eggs and two bunnies in there hand when opened) load 5 small bunnies with the 2 big bunnies..they open and have a family..hard to put in words but very funny routine..
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That's good Don!!!

Or you could do it the other way around and have the bunnies leave droppings and the balls would appear.

yuck, yuck, yuck!!!
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very good Frank!! Smile
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I work a restaurant and 1 of my top 3 effects is PB&J by Scott G. He really has a gem there! It does not contain any challenges they can sit back enjoy the story and the gags. Oh and of course some nice magical effects.

I would say that for basic technique goes the 25 tricks is well worth the 10.00. What makes a video, book or trick worth the money you pay for it? If you find one small gem that help your performance then I would say no video, book or effect is bad. It’s not whats put into the video ECT. It’s what you get out of it. Are you buying the secert move on how to do something cool or are you buying something that that has a great reaction on your spectator? some of the most simple effects get the greatest reaction. 25 trick with a sponge balls has a nice color change in it. For the beginner these videos are great! Even though I know "a little" about magic I still find things contained in them that I can learn.
Pat Page's video gave the basic steal I use ALL THE TIME!! And even smoked some fellow magi with it.
Bard Burt also has a video on a higher price level.
Duane Lafflin also has a great color changing sponge ball routine that can be done from a stage point.
Also so does David Guinn, can be seen on his Black and White library Video, 3" sponges does to music.
You see what ever you do get some basic moves down then incorporate your style into a good solid routine like PB&J and your set. You’ll always have a solid routine you can count on. Oh BTW you should work on your patter and presentation just as much or even More then the moves. write them down, record them go over and over it. As proven with Scott's PB&J routine the story and patter is what really makes the effect special.
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Thank you for your very kind words.

What's interesting to me is that a few people who've bought PB&J have told me that the final vanish won't work, and that the second production in the spectator's hands won't fool anyone. These people have told me this a day or two after they got the routine. I find this interesting because I have been doing the routine for years (literally thousands of times) and the final vanished has always worked and the second production in the spec's hands has never fooled to get gasps, shrieks and applause--never!

Often, magicians have a tendency to criticise things before they've ever even tried them in front of an audience. You can rest assured that, as Bill says, PB&J DOES, in fact work and play exactly as written. The same can be said for the other routines mentioned. But some excellent advice has been given here: When you make a routine YOUR OWN, using the parts that fit your persona and changing the parts that don't, the routine will be the best it can be for YOU!
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magic hands
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Hi,
I'm having trouble finding the Patrick Page video on sponge balls..
Any help please?
Thanks,
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I have been checking several threads on sponge balls, to see what size, etc. to get, and have seen quite a lot of positive comments about Scott's Peanut Butter and Jelly routine.
Instead of just buying sponge balls, I may just get the PB&J routine, if it comes with the sponge balls. Does it?

Steve
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There isn't a heck of a lot of sponge stuff in Gary Ouellete's book CLOSE-UP ILLUSIONS, but what is in there is top notch. His Push-Pinch vanish is one of the best i've ever seen.
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MAGIC HANDS,Go to wwwllpub.com
Under search type in the word, page.They have the sponge ball video for $19.95 no shipping or handeling.oblique
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yes, stevehw pbj does come with all you need including 1.5 inch balls.

i prefer 2 inch balls just for visibility but the pbj routine REALLY needs the smaller ones.
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Thanks guys..
Appreciate the help.
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