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rklew64
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Just an FYI -
Target stores are selling some kind of redistributed Houdini brand 1.5" sponge balls.
Pretty soft
Very minimal bleed after soaking them in water!
$2.00 for 4!
Bought a set to check it out and now will go back tomorrow and clean them out of their supply.
If anything for practice, $2 for 4 for this size and softness is unbeatable.
And they have other Houdini stuff - extremely outstanding over Dollar store's re-selling of Fantasma items.
Other Houdini magic toys are the zig zag card (don't see that too often), a larger ball and vase set, bridge size stripper deck, etc.
The other stuff are for a $1, zig zig card for a $1. All great for stocking for a kids party or one offs. They are located in that "Dollar"section. My bet is if you find it, you'll leave with something.
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Thanks!

I enjoy going through those just to sometimes get a basic tool and instruction for something I have never used before. Plus, my younger son likes to have these for himself.

The sponge balls sound like a good idea for a few reasons.

I was just there yesterday, but I'll stop back in from time to time.
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Hopefully they are stocked. I realize some of these things are regional or something despite Target being a national chain. So I'm reporting this from California, San Francisco area to give some geographical context.
I still run in there like searching for a lost child for those Blaine magic decks. I have them already but I just want to get that "deal" myself.
Good Luck - I hope you get a bag full of fun!
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You might want to try the magic warehouse, http://themagicwarehouse.com/asponge1.html , where you can get a bag of 50 1 1/2 inch GoshmN supersoft for $27. They also have the 2 inch and 1 inch bags. You can never have too many sponge balls!

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Thanks Hudson, bookmarked it!
I think I'm going to pick up that foam rock and brick!
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Anytime!

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I just remembered the bargain, two-dollar magic kit my wife got me at Target for Christmas.

It came with a card trick that was missing cards. There was some kind of trick with a die box and five dice. I got two tops to the box, no bottoms.

The paddle thankfully arrived in one piece. I need to actually learn how to use one of those, some day.

Anyway, there's a little bit of Buyer Beware in anything that you can't explicitly see. But, for a dollar or two, it may be worth the risk. In our case, it was all for fun anyway.
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On 2011-03-20 20:22, rklew64 wrote:
Just an FYI -
Target stores are selling some kind of redistributed Houdini brand 1.5" sponge balls.
Pretty soft
Very minimal bleed after soaking them in water!
$2.00 for 4!
Bought a set to check it out and now will go back tomorrow and clean them out of their supply.
If anything for practice, $2 for 4 for this size and softness is unbeatable.
And they have other Houdini stuff - extremely outstanding over Dollar store's re-selling of Fantasma items.
Other Houdini magic toys are the zig zag card (don't see that too often), a larger ball and vase set, bridge size stripper deck, etc.
The other stuff are for a $1, zig zig card for a $1. All great for stocking for a kids party or one offs. They are located in that "Dollar"section. My bet is if you find it, you'll leave with something.


I realize your excitement to find a perceived bargain, but $2 for 4 pieces 1.5" sponges are standard for one set purchase. If you are "cleaning out their stock" as if you have found gold, you are wasting your money. As another has mentioned the bulk bag of sponges, you can get 2" bag of 50 anytime from any dealer who will gladly give you a deal to match the $2.
.50 a ball is not really a deal.
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About the $1 stuff. Also, not unique. The suppliers have a batch of low-end magic items geared to sell for $1. There is a list of 100 or so items. The effect is there, the quality is good enough for beginners, but again, $1 is the price, and not unusual to find.
If you want to buy in quantity, you can get an account from Robbins magic. $200 minimum order, and you can buy.
Here is a small list of $1 or less items (although zig zag card went up to $1.35).

http://www.e-zmagic.com/catalog/BestSellers.aspx

Sponge balls:
http://www.e-zmagic.com/catalog/productD......ID=18112
LIST price is $26, so any dealer (including myself) will sell you this bag fo $20 plus shipping).
.50 a ball is regular price in bulk.
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I think the key is whether we are talking retail prices, or wholesale. Most Boxes of four Goshman sponge balls run 4.95 to 5.95 retail depending on size and softness. I don't know what the Houdini brand usually runs, but compared to the other, $2 for a box of four is a decent price. But of course, buying is bulk is always the cheapest.
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