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Scott F. Guinn
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My most-requested and most performed close-up effect? "Peanut, Butter & Jelly," my sponge ball routine. Kids, adults, male, female, groups or singles, this has NEVER failed to play well for me.



My routine has a ball appearing from a purse frame--"Peanut" (after both hands have been shown empty), then splitting into two--"Peanut" and "Butter." Next, one ball jumps from one hand to the other, then from my hand to a specís, them again, only this time a third ball--"Jelly"--magically appears. Finally, one spec holds the purse frame, another hands me the 3 balls, one at a time, and all three vanish back into the invisible purse, and both hands are again shown empty, bringing the routine full circle.



Best part? The routine is INSTANTLY reset! And the patter ALWAYS gets laughs, while the magic ALWAYS gets gasps and applause!



I know many magicians feel the sponge balls are an incongrous prop and that they donít belong in the repertoire of the "true" close-up artist. All I can say is thank God for Magic by Gosh!



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Sounds like a routine that really lets your audience have some fun! Smile
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Tom Cutts
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Exactly perfect for sponge balls is a routine that is somewhat nonsensical fun. PB&J sounds like it does that.



Sounds like a blast for everybody.



Great, Scott. Smile



Tom
Bernard Sim
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Iíve seen a sponge ball routine whereby the performer continously produces the balls from the mouth and end with the production of a giant sponge ball Smile
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Masimax
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Iíve discovered Sponge balls only recently.

Iíve searched for books, videoís or routines at my magic shop in Rome.



Iíve found some of them that are great, and Iíve noticed that often the moves are the same used for cup & Balls.



So what do you think about a routine where you start with sponge balls and soon after, add cups to show that the balls disappear also if they are under cups and not in our hands?



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Sponge balls being used with the cups is very good, I've often used larger sponge balls for final loads as well. Smile
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Hey Scott I wanted to tell you that I am a follower of Visions and visit about once or twice a week. I like the "In Your Hands" section and was wondering if you were going to post any killer sponge balls routines in the near future. I am a lover of the sponges and I would like to see how your creative mind works with them.



p.s. - Your "Pro-File" section is also great. Lots of solid advice that I will follow.
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Scott F. Guinn
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I probably wonít be putting my sponge routine on Visions, as I sell it as a separate item with all the necessary accouterments. But thank you for your kind words!
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Hi guys, any idea where to get the routine whereby spong balls are continously produced from the mouth and end with a jumbo sponge ball? Thanks in advance. Smile
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Bernard, as I recall, that is on Vito Lupo's video.
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Couldn't agree more. Sponge balls kill, period.



My sponge ball joke...

The next time that you are in your local magic shop ask the guy "Do you have sponge balls?" He will say "Yes!" Then ask "Do they swell up when you take a bath?" Smile
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Scott F. Guinn
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Cardguy,

I forgot to mention that my sponge routine also appears in my book, Great Scott! It's More Magic!
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Andy Charlton
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Pat Page has a great Video on Sponge Balls. Covers all the basic moves, vanishes, splitting, continuous production from the mouth etc. It also has a couple of complete routines, plus routines with a cup, Benson Bowl routine, hats etc.

Brilliant, Brilliant, brilliant Stuff. Itís available from http://www.llpub.com
plus Iím sure many other dealers.


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Mark V
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Carl Andrews has a very nice sponge ball routine on his third video. I've used it for families in the restaurant as well as for adults in the bar. Virtually the same routine plays just as well for either audience.
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I recently went through the Jon Jensen Professional Sponge Ball Magic Volumes 1 & 2. There is a 3rd volume promised on sponge rabbits.



These volumes held such promise as a "complete" sponge ball reference, but although the content was okay, I'm not crazy about the production values of the books. The writing style is informal, and there are several typos in the books. Also, to get all three will cost up to $45 ($15 each).

At that price I'd have prefered a nice hard copy book!



Anyway, they are worth checking out.



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I've got both books as well. Vol 1 and 2 came out a few months apart. But Vol 2 was out like almost 1 1/2 years ago. When will Vol 3 be out?
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Joe
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I couldnít agree with you any more Mark V.

Carl Andrews SB routine is very easy to perform for anyone (anywhere) and goes down very well. I tried changing it a bit and making up a different story but nothing could beat his routine.

Like the man said "If it ainít broke donít fix it"

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On 2001-12-04 11:45, Andy Charlton wrote:
Pat Page has a great Video on Sponge Balls. Covers all the basic moves, vanishes, splitting, continuous production from the mouth etc. It also has a couple of complete routines, plus routines with a cup, Benson Bowl routine, hats etc.


You know, (not to step on your toes, Andy), I wasn't THAT impressed with Pat Page's sponge ball vid... EXCEPT it DID show me the sponge balls from mouth trick... Alright, now I'm probably written off as a total beginner... But am I correct in thinking that MOST of the sponge ball moves are the same, and in that aspect sb's can be limiting, but on the other hand, they're limited only by your creativity!

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Hi All,

Sponge Balls, besides their varying size and shape, I have come across three types of sponge balls material which are known as normal sponge, soft sponge and super soft sponge.

How does one select a particular sponge ball (size and material)? What are the governing criteria to do so? Why round sponge balls are used in most routines?

I would be very grateful if someone could provide a logical presentation.

From India with regards,

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Like others have written on this post, magic does not have to be logical.

Great Scott said that if you really had magical powers you would take over the world instead of entertaining people while they dine. So, magic is supposed to be a fun means of entertaining people.

What's more fun than a great sponge ball routine? It keeps the kids spellbound and makes the adults smile at the same time. You don't need a logical explanation to present them because no matter how serious you make your sponge ball routine, the truth of the matter is that they are just silly red balls made out of sponge!

Everyone knows that they are silly but they are also fun!! They are perfect for "breaking the ice" with a group or a table because they set a fun atmosphere and let people know that if they watch you they will have a good time.

But if you are compelled to explain why you carry them around, make a cute story out of them. Aldo Colombini says they are clown noses in his routine. Be creative, but have fun with them. Smile
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