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I'm a big fan of sponge magic and I would love to read (but can't really afford) Frank Garcia's Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic. I have heard that the German translation is not as hard to find (and not as expensive) as the English book. Does anyone know where one could acquire that specific version?
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The English version is not at all hard to find and a second hand copy will not hurt your budget badly: You'll pay more for the postage than for the book but it is worth it.

Check on the café: I did a biblio/videography about the sponge ball (it's never complete but it's the most complete one to this day and it's free.)
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Unfortunately I haven't found a reasonably (for me) priced copy yet. I guess I'll just keep looking.
Do you know if the MagicMakers DVD with the same name is connected to Garcia's book in any way?

PS. Lawrence O, I've read your amazingly comprehensive bibliography and I have found many interesting routines/ideas. Thank you Smile
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http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchRe......=31&y=18

WOW... FROM $260.00 TO $400.00

Got to see if I still have one.
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I have a copy in the books for sale area for 150.00,it's in English and in mint condition.
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I just put one up for sale on Ebay It's in good condition. Wasn't really sure on what to start the bidding at but seeing the prices that it has sold for the bidding starts at 100.00 http://www.ebay.com/itm/121033357071?ssP......55.l2649 It isn't in mint condition but close.
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Then try going the DVD way: there is nothing in the book that you won't find in them
Daryl has a new one with his unmatched talent for his unique friendly lines that take a routine from classic to really entertaining
Ben Salinas has an excellent DVD covering very thoroughly the technique
The World's Greatest Magic by the World's Greatest Magicians: sponge balls gathers some of the best routines and suggest the versatility of the sponge balls

Now there are effects or techniques that weren't in the Encyclopedia because they came later... from the top of my head:
There are some special TT underground technique with Troy Hooser
Roger Klause has also his sponge to the spectator's sleeve that is brilliantly used by no less than John Carney
Toyosane Sanada's gimmick didn't exist when the encyclopedia was published

So my advice is, if your budgett is restricted, to go first to The World's Greatest Magic by the World's Greatest Magicians: sponge balls and get an idea of what many masters of the highest level have done with it and, form there to get further in your research
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I have the Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic as well as a variety of other sponge ball magic. I have Jay Sankey's sponge ear plugs. I am looking for something that has a particularly good routine. About the closest I have seen so far is a routine on "An Extention of Me" by Eric Jones. Any thoughts?
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I really liked the WGM dvd myself. I really got a lot from it. I would also check out David Stone's routine, he does an AWESOME production.
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The books not going for as much as it once did. This is true for many books.
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Smullins,
thank you. I have other WGM DVDs and really like them all. I'll check out David Stone as well.
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On 2012-12-14 03:15, 1KJ wrote:
Smullins,
thank you. I have other WGM DVDs and really like them all. I'll check out David Stone as well.


David Stone is a great magician but his creative work has been more in coin magic than sponge balls. Now David is a friend and I think that he would not mind confirming that his personal slope goes towards coins.
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Patrick Page's DVD on the sponge balls is great - well worth a look
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Have a look at John Carney's sponge Bal routine. It's perfect for walk around/table hopping.
Walk around coin box work check it out here https://www.magicalmystries.com/products
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