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Hearttau
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Hi folks,

I’ve come up with a routine using sponge balls with googly eyes. I’m trying to verify if anyone has the rights to such props. Doing research I’ve discovered that Alan Wong has sponge eyeballs and Tom Burgoon has marketed “Crazy Eyes” people size googly eyes as a gag item, but I haven’t been able to find marketed sponge balls with googly eyes.

I making my own “Googlies”, so I wanted to be sure I’m not infringing on someone else’s product.

Thanks very much,

Dave
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I've never seen sponge balls with eyes on them. I've seen all sorts of sponge creatures with eyes on them but never sponge balls.

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Back in the 80's, a San Francisco Bay Area magician named Patrick Martin (he was on the cover of Genii recently) marketed a trick called "Clones." It was a very clever variation of sponge bunnies. There were two large sponge balls with eyes and a nose on them. The eyes were those white plastic ones with the black pupil that rattles around. There was also a small eye dropper and a bunch of baby clones (mini sponge balls painted to look like the parents).

He hasn't made this in years, but his website is at http://www.patrickmagic.com/ if you'd like to email him about your idea.

Jeff
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Thanks guys.

Jeff,

Thanks. I was pretty sure someone must have come up with this idea before.

I was just kidding around with my wife about finding proof that the Internet was really a magical creation and not a scientific one. I claimed I found these creatures that looked like sponge balls with google eyes living inside our computer. I went on to claim that these "Googlies" Yahooie, Webster and Bill explained to me how I could download them into people's hands by squeezing our cat's rubber mouse. (Our cat is of course, magical too.) Smile

This has evolved into the beginnings of what my wife claims is a “really cute routine.” Anyway, I’ll want to be sure Mr. Martin would be okay with my selling “Googlies” with my routine if it ever gets to that point.

Thanks very much for the info.

Dave
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Ron Bauer published a variation of Patrick Martin's idea called "The Clones from Brazil". It involved sponge balls with Hitler faces. I think it is available for free from Ron's Think Like a Conjuror site.
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Escherwolf,

HMMM...Lets see, I usually perform for church groups, the elderly and children. Nazi sponge balls probably wouldn't be a good direction to go in. Yes, I've checked with my cat and he agrees. I always take his advice because he happens to be my agent and he knows where I live. Smile "Don't even think about it!" See what I mean? Smile

Thanks anyway. Smile
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Probably not nazi sponge, just look like hitler with a tache, clones from brazil doesn't sound very nazi,
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Hearttau
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I just checked out Ron Bauer's site. No sign of evil sponge balls anywhere thank goodness! Better yet, A Café member has offered me a copy of Patrick Martin's "Clones". Isn't the Magic Café a great place to hang out? :oh yes:
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Ron Bauer's "Clones From Brazil" is an incredibly funny trick, and done well, it looks absolutely impossible. The RB Sponge Pass is a move you don't appreciate until you get fooled by it.

You can get an idea of what the Clones look like (and learn the basics of the RB Sponge Pass!) for free here...

http://www.thinklikeaconjurer.com/inside......azil.htm

Shoot me a private message if you want more info.
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Thanks for the link Cameron. I didn't find the freebie section when I searched for the routine. So, am I right in assuming that I should contact Patrick Martin for permission and as a courtesy if I plan on publishing my routine or producing sponge balls with faces? Forgive me, I'm new at the publishing of magic routines/props. It seems like I'll be needing to contact anyone who ever did anything with a sponge ball with eyes. I think it would be a real help for me if I knew the specific ground rules for this sort of thing.

Or is it as simple as giving credit where credit is due, by my saying "this routine is based on a prop idea by Patrick Martin." - since my routine has a whole different theme than the other routines that have been mentioned in this thread?

Thank you very much for your time.

Dave
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