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rawdawg
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Hello all,

My Super Balls that I use in the "3 ball routine" by David Roth have lost their tackiness. Is there a way to rejuvenate the original feel?

Also, I used to buy these balls from Party Supply stores but the ones I went to are long gone. I've been to Wal-mart, Dollar Stores, Toy stores, etc... but all they carry are the big non-swallowable ones. Even the ones packaged for Jacks are 2"+. Any brick and mortar source for these things in a 1" diameter in the So Cal area?
One time, when I was young, I botched a sleight so bad, Vernon, Marlo & Miller rolled over in their graves. But I didn't see Elmsley, probably because he was behind the others.
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They have lost that "sticky" feel due to build up of natural oils and dirt from your skin. If liquid dish washing detergent hasn't worked, then try a product called goof-off or some rubbing alcohol. Use sparingly.
rawdawg
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Thanks, I'll give it a shot... and lay off eating bacon while rolling around the ground.
One time, when I was young, I botched a sleight so bad, Vernon, Marlo & Miller rolled over in their graves. But I didn't see Elmsley, probably because he was behind the others.
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I used to sell these for my routine and still have a fairly large stock of them. Let me know what you're looking for--I may be able to help you.
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If the balls are merely dirty, a white eraser may help.

If the balls are showing signs of cracking, you need to replace them. Do an internet search. Many of the toy and party stores carry them in a variety of sizes. Unfortunately, even when wrapped in a monkey's fist they will still talk if used with the C&Bs. Great for finger exercises though, especially when made into monkey's fists. It is like swinging a heavier bat at practice.
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I found that washing the balls in a solution of Dawn dishwashing liquid and hot water, followed by rinsing in HOT water and immediately drying them. will restore tackiness that has been lost. This may not work depending on the composition of the balls. It seems to work well with silicone.
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No idea about California, but around here the easiest place to find ~1" rubber balls is the gumball machines in various stores and restaurants. Also, Little Caesar's pinball machine gives balls as prizes, though about half of them are rough finish.

Failing that, you may just have to give up on swallowing the balls.
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the link is to Dollar tree but I found my sets with very slightly different packaging at Dollar General.

Found these at Local Dollar General Store. Bought 4 packs and now have 5 different color sets. A friend of mine who performs Aldo Columbini's "Get The Ball Rolling" did the same after I told him about them and they work great for him. I also found a pack of several (11 sets I think) "Jacks and balls" sets (as party gifts) at Local Party City Store. The balls were orange and the same size and type as the ones from Dollar General. All the balls I mention here are the same size as my 1" Fakini set of manipulation balls (that I use most).
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rawdawg
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Since my original post, a couple of party stores and dollar stores have popped up in my general area. I’ll try washing my old balls in hot water but it’s now so much easier just buy shiny new ones.
One time, when I was young, I botched a sleight so bad, Vernon, Marlo & Miller rolled over in their graves. But I didn't see Elmsley, probably because he was behind the others.
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