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Tony Thomas
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Has anyone seen or used these?
http://magicvault.net/store/index.php?ac......ctId=159
What are they like? Are they in the ball park with Fakini Balls?
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Stanyon
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I saw some stuff you could paint on the handles of tools to act as an insulator. I wonder if this is a new application.

For $21 these would be out in left field compared to Fakini's.

They don't even say what size those things are.

FWIW

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Glenn Godsey
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They are 1 3/4" and are $18.50 at Magic Warehouse.

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Peter Pitchford
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The balls are decent but the shells are aweful. They claim to be coated in rubber but they are not - outright misadvertisement. Second, they have an annoying mold marking on the inside. You'll see what I mean if you get them. But again, the balls are very tacky and bounce well and look good. Go ahead and pick up a set, if for nothing else, for the balls.
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Quote:
On 2008-04-25 09:21, Peter Pitchford wrote:
The balls are decent but the shells are aweful. They claim to be coated in rubber but they are not - outright misadvertisement. Second, they have an annoying mold marking on the inside. You'll see what I mean if you get them. But again, the balls are very tacky and bounce well and look good. Go ahead and pick up a set, if for nothing else, for the balls.


Yeah I own the balls (which are good) but the shells are bad. Really bad. I would not call it misadvertisment, I call it lying.
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Do they only sells these in red? I'd like to get a red and white set and replace my 1 ball routine (with color change) Fakini with 1 red and 1 white. I'm not crazy about fakini, they work ok right after you clean then but then get slick.
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Yes these are not as nice as the Fakini balls, but they are the closest on the market in my opinion. If you use a razor and clean up the mold lines the balls really are fantastic. I do wish the shells were made better - but they do the job. I edited the product listing on my store to remove the claim the manufacturer makes about the shells being coated in rubber - they are not. I plan on asking the maker about that. If they would be, this set would be killer then.

They do come in white as well.

Vernet also puts out a multiplying ball set, but it is in a silver textured ball that I personally hate.
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Vernet makes them in several colors now and I hate all of them.
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On 2008-05-02 17:36, Frank Starsini wrote:
Vernet makes them in several colors now and I hate all of them.

I like the colors that the Vernet balls come in, but they hurt the sides of my fingers, because they have sharp bumps on the balls.
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Vernet are horrible and cheap and just too light. I dropped one on the tile floor once and it split in half at the glued seem. I'm going to our local toy store see if I can find something there. I don't need a shell.
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I like and use these gorilla grip balls myself. I think the balls are very workable. The shells stick horribly though, but if you put some duct tape on the inside of the shell (A tip shown to me by Peter Pitchford,THANKS PETER!) They are very workable. There is an ugly ring on the inside of the shell but the tape sort
of fixes that also.

I can't afford to shell out so much money for a fakini set, especially because I constantly lose things (I'm every magic dealers best friend I lose stuff like balls and candles and whatever so much!)

So for me, the value of this set is very good. I've bought two white sets and two red sets so far, and will probably buy a few more sets soon, as I continue to leave balls in one car or another or one practice spot or another Smile

I carry one of these balls with me most of the time, doing balls rolls and stretching my fingers.

The balls themselves work very nicely for color changes and whatever. I wish they came in more than just white and red though, and I wish they came in a slightly larger size too. Ah well, maybe it IS time for me to go to a fakini set, I just better put a GPS chip in each ball or I'll go broke fast.

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I got these as a gift recently and think they'll work great to learn a few routines before I shell out all that money for a set of Fakini's. I sprayed the shells with a light coating of Duro All-Purpose Spray Adhesive--now I can do the moves without them slipping out of my fingers, and no ill effects on the shell. -J.R.
Tony Thomas
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Another thought about the shells is to spray them with Plasti Dip Rubber Spray Paint. I have baught a few cans of this, and experimented with it on a number of types of things. I used it to paint a set of foam rubber balls. They become very tactile for manipulation work, but I have never had a method for putting a shell with these. If the gorilla grip balls are great, my guess is that this rubber spray paint would improve the shells significantly, !@#uming the color would be a match. Just a thought...
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J.Robert
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I thought about the rubber-coating spray as well but didn't have any. After practicing with the "adhesive-shell" for several days, I found I had to wash the shells because they were picking up all sorts of lint and dirt from my pockets. They cleaned up fine and retained most of the tackiness, but eventually needed another spray of the adhesive. As far as matching the color, the shells come in a slightly different color to begin with, as my wife was so kind to point out while I was practicing the routine for her ("that was good, but I could tell which one was different"). As of yesterday, I am the proud owner of a set of 2" Fakini's. The smaller Gorilla Grip balls will be my practice set.
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