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Pete Biro
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Laurie was Fran's first husband
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Back in the 1980s, British magician Mark Leveridge put out a small stapled booklet called The Commercial Sponge Ball Routine. Nothing fancy in there, just a bare bones in the spectator's hands type of routine we all know. But it's a worker. I believe Mark's routine is in the World's Greatest Magic Sponge Balls DVD.

Garcia's Encyclopedia is worth getting. The amount of information it contains is valuable for anyone interested in sponge work, and reading his prose is always a joy.
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Pete already answered this, but I think it's important to emphasize here that a knowledge of magic history really comes in handy.

Laurie Ireland was Frances Ireland Marshall's first husband. He was the designer of the Ireland cups, as well as the author of several books on card magic, card cheating and of course, his book on cups and balls.

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On Nov 18, 2015, Nosslrak wrote:
Bill, when you say "Laurie Ireland", don't you mean Frances Ireland Marshall?
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I have Peter Samelson's book Theatrical Close Up and it has some sponge ball work as well has Peter's routine (Sponge Ball Snacks).
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On Feb 13, 2008, Bill Palmer wrote:
Also, don't forget The Sponge Book by Laurie Ireland. It is still available from Magic, Inc. It has some really good material in it. It is far better than the Walsh book.


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On Nov 27, 2015, Pete Biro wrote:
Laurie was Fran's first husband


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On Nov 29, 2015, Bill Palmer wrote:
Pete already answered this, but I think it's important to emphasize here that a knowledge of magic history really comes in handy.

Laurie Ireland was Frances Ireland Marshall's first husband. He was the designer of the Ireland cups, as well as the author of several books on card magic, card cheating and of course, his book on cups and balls.


Laurie was many things, but "The Sponge Book" was written by Frances Marshall. At least, that's the name on the book. The book was released in 1960, six year after Laurie died. It helps to have the correct author if one wants to find the book.
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IMO, anything "encyclopedic" has extremely poor bang for the buck.
When anyone asks me what to get on spongeballs I tell them:

Get Patrick Page's DVD - Great, practical, dirt cheap
Read Carney's 2 ball routine in Carneycopia - awesome book everyone should own
and
DON'T get the Nozebleeda DVD "the last word on sponge balls" - it's a joke.
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I got the encyclopedia when it was a sensible price some decades ago. It is excellent. I just wish Frank Garcia was a better writer. Still, the material is excellent and I got a lot out of it. But yes, there are many sources on sponge ball magic. As mentioned I think the Ken Brooke routine, particularly the patter is excellent. And what does not seem to be mentioned in the sources above is that there is an excellent section on sponge balls in one of Routined Manipulation books by Lewis Ganson.
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My full sponge routine is in The Book of Destiny.
Detailed step by step explanation of routine with all sleights taught both in the book and performance and teaching on the companion DVD.
My Cups and Balls routine is also in the book and performed and taught on the companion DVD

For preview go to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3LLSP4Km7c
short video clip near end of sampler

Info on book and DVD at The Book of Destiny

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On Dec 29, 2015, lurker wrote:
I got the encyclopedia when it was a sensible price some decades ago. It is excellent. I just wish Frank Garcia was a better writer.


I always thought he was a great writer, but then he may have had editorial help from George Schindler. The Encyclopedia of Sponge Balls was a later work and Schindler may not have been working with Garcia by then. By the way, there is a correct way to hold the purse frame in your fist before producing sponges or anything else. I've only seen it explained in the Roger Klause In Concert book and Roberto Giobbi's Secret Agenda.
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