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Croft
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Several years ago I tried Don Allan's flash paper sponge ball production (in his little booklet on close-up magic). I tried this over a flameproof surface, which was a good thing as the sponge ball ignited! Since then I haven't had the nerve to be handling flash paper when it is ignited, which kind of limits its utility. I have 2 questions: Do you think the flash paper was old? Have you handled flash paper when it is ignited with no adverse consequences?
Indyfan
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I use it all the time to produce a sponge ball. I let it burn almost entirely out, before 'producing' the ball. Most people, including myself sometimes, still have that 'bright light' in their eyes, so they don't see the production. The most that's ever happened, is I've singed the ball slightly, but nothing serious.
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Andrew E. Miller
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Indyfan is right. When you produce the ball you need to wait until the flash paper is almost out. The problem most likely wasn't that the paper was old, but you produced it too early. Don't be afraid of flash paper, just know what you are doing with it.!!!

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Indyfan
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Actually, come to think of it, there has been the odd time where the ball has caught on fire, but it goes out so quickly, I hesitate to say the ball was actually on fire. It's more of a matter that some of the paper was stuck to the ball, but it then burns out. It's done it to my finger too, but that's the great thing about flash paper, the speed at which it burns out. Regardless, it's all due to producing it too soon.
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Croft
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Thanks for the replies. I am wondering whether the production technique you guys use is the same that I tried. My sponge ball was definitely aflame! I'll send you a pm Indyfan.
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I sometimes use a slightly different idea than the typical production with flash paper. I light it in one hand, then throw it into the air, and "catch" it in the other hand, which is holding whatever I am producing. Unless you are using an obscene amount of flash paper, there will not be enough to burn your hand. Just don't close your hand over the part that you catch.
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