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Daren
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Re the one I have, are your white balls actually white, dull plastic colour
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Rooman, no you shouldn't mess this up. My certain lack of sensitivity is simply a personal thing and takes nothing away from the effect. I just need to make a small change but I WILL be using this. My advice, buy it, try it and use it. If you have a similar problem to me, and it seems that knowbody else does, it will cost about a quid to change.
Thanks for the advice Christopher, I will try your approach its a goody.
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Colin - yes, to some extent, the bag needs to be handled (I've pm'd you).

Daren - yes, the white balls I received were off-white, semi-transparent plastic balls. Since this effect is designed with multiple spectators in mind, this shouldn't be a problem.
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Ah, thanks guys for clearing all that up. I've actually already ordered this a few days ago. One minor issue, tho..if I have the same "sensitivity issue" as magicnutuk and it takes about a "quid" to fix...what exactly would that be?

The closest thing to a "quid" in the States would be found in a sushi bar.
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LOL that knock me for six. I'ts about a dollar 96 RooMan.
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I just recieved it. Yes, the performer must handle the bag.
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I, too, just received this.

As to whether the effect can be blown, I say clearly, yes. I take issue with those who suggest in some way that this is somewhat foolproof.

And as to the question of examinability, my answer is no. Oddly enough, however, I think it is definite that the effect as a whole can be handled rather freely.

Gianni
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I would like to know what paint would be best to use to make the transparent balls white, I am not happy that the white balls are actually semi transparent plastic
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I just got this, and I do like it, however it was an impulse buy, and after much thought, I just don't think I would ever use it. I have it for sale in the "tricks for sale" forum.
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Darren, I have used a product called PLASTICOTE. It is a spray that gives the white balls a pearlesent finish similar to the black ball, although having said that I am going to trash mine and make my own, slightly larger version. I have found that a bigger bag increases the sensitivity almost the way a fulcrum works if you like. Just an idea.
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I really this trick, too. Low tech, but brilliant method. However, the major drawback is the fact that the white balls look semi-transparent. They should be opaque and glossy like the black ball. This almost tips the method, IMO.

Anyone have any luck with the Plasticote paint or finding different white balls?

Robert
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Yeah me too, this is the reason why I am selling, I showed this to my mate and he said the plastic white balls are a dead giveaway, that aren't even white!
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Yeah I agree, the props that come with oddball just don't work. The bag is to small to put an average size in and the white balls are translucent. They have no illusion of weight. I repainted the 4 "white balls" with Rust=o=leum gloss white
and they look great,. I used large tee pins and carefully pierced each ball with one and sprayed them lightly until they were evenly covered. Then pushed the tee end of the pin in to a block of foam to hold it upright to dry. The results are really good the balls now look identical in style to the black ball.
Now I just need to find a different bag.
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Sounds different balls to the balls I got...though I got mine some time ago, before it was released on Marc's site. Perhaps the balls I have are no longer available, or not in large enough quantities
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My thoughts:

1) bag is too small
2) bag is made of cheap felt-like substance that is too firm and I think actually hinders the method
3) white balls are translucent
4) except for the cheap materials, method is clever and workable.

for me, quality control is a critical issue regardless of the price of the product. This has that "rushed to market" feel.

eric
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Ali Bongo's method used the plastic practice golf balls you can buy, one of which was painted black and adapted accordingly.

I was at Duncan Trillo's Mind vention when Ali lectured it too and a great little effect it is.

John
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Can I say in conclusion:

Great effect poor items…

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Or was this problem with the quality of the balls and bags just temporary?

Best Wishes,
John
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Yes the above is correct, this is not something I would perform as received. A trip to the local hardware store and a dfferent bag will fix the issue. If I was going to pursue this version, I would personally try to use a simple paper bag or something common place. I'm also not convinced that the method is not a step backwards from what is already available. Unfortunately I think it's probably the method laymen may immediately think of and you can't 'disprove' or 'logically disconnect' it during the routine. I'm sticking with Gaucci at this stage.

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Al
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Thanks Al, I have been a fan of Chaucci's balls for many years too...
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I agree with Al. Sure a trip to the hardware store will make the materials more convincing but why should we have to bother. A product should come ready to go as is...or, this should have sold as a $5 manuscript.
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