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Hi I've read the other posts on "Balls Over the Head" but what sticks me is that there are very few good endings for the effect. So what's yours?

I'll over by telling you the one I've used and liked: I actually load a sponge ball under the lapels of the specs dinner jacket during the course of the routine. At the end he follows me in a series of "do as I do" movements that end with him "producing" the balls from under his own lapels!

I'd love to hear some other ideas. I'm familiar with ending on the line, "It's over your head" But I've never been fond of that....and at the end I always let them in on it.

Copperfield's routine is brilliant but I don't have the same resources Smile
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I've had a great response letting them in on it. The audience appreciates how they were in on the joke and enjoys watching the reaction of the volunteer.

As an aside, I'll take some object and "toss it" without mentioning it again and go back to doing what I was doing before. Once I wrote my autograph then crumbled it up "tossed it" and mumbled about how it wasn't worth much anyway.

Blackstone Sr. tossed a full pitcher of water to my mentor, Jim Swoger and Jim caught it. This was not part of the regular show. He asked for a drink while a spectator came onstage and tossed the vase while offering the volunteer a drink, then went on like nothing unusual happened.
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...Apparently not a hot topic....
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Love the sponge ball idea. I've been doing the standard large ball ending.
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Sponge ball idea sounds fantastic.
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I place the watch they I take off their arm into the tube of the toliet paper roll. It gets a great reaction.

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The sponge ball idea is really good, but I think I would do it after I do a standard spone balls routine so that the volunteer once called to participate doesn't suspect me throwing the ball behind their back
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Try a string of paper balls laced together and produced from your coat pocket.

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Ted Quan had a ending to the routine that I used to like. He often performed it in his restaurant getting some volunteer to come up and sit in a chair that was placed right in front of Ted's table. On the table he had a little sign with a hook on it. He would while initally talking to the victim hook this sign to the victims collar, then proceed with the routine. At the end of the routine, when he stood the victim up and showed him all the balls on the table behind him, as the victim turned around, the sign unrolled reading "You can't fool me". Got a huge laugh.
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I often perform this trick with a big kleenex-box and at the end I throw the whole box over the spectator. So the box seems to vanish and one or two seconds later the box falls on the ground and makes a BIG noise and then the spectator turns around and sees how trick is done.

Boretti published the idea to put some napkins on a tray and at the end you throw the tray over the head of the spectator. Big laugh at the end too.

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I lead into the effect with a Nielsen Champagne bottle vanish. I use Steve Spill's toilet paper idea and progressively make larger and larger amounts of paper vanish over the head. Finally, I unroll a ridiculous amount of paper and then say, "I don't think I can get away with this one." I reveal the joke to the volunteer and tell them, "I think it's only fair that you have the last laugh. Do you remember the champagne that disappeared? Well, here it is again." I then produce a bottle of champagne from the paper and give it to the spectator as a gift. It ties up the set and gives a strong, magical ending to the routine.

(I should mention that I got the bottle production idea from Paul Romhany. Only the routining is mine.)

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