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glodmagic
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I have been performing with sponge balls for 40 years and certainly know the "moves", vanishes and productions. I have however been trapped in the same old routine that is common: vanish, then pocket, then multiply in spectators hand, etc.

Could someone recommend a DVD that has some good routines on it dealing with sponge balls? As I said it isn't the basics I need so much as an example of an interesting sequence or routine.

Before you tell this old man "Don't copy someone else. Why don't you develop your own material magic is ...." I know, I know, I know

I just need a jumpstart. Don't we all?
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I heard the Scott Guinn DVD has a cool sponge ball routine on it.
glodmagic
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Thanks. Smile
You said you "heard".
Has anyone seen this Guinn video and can expand on that?
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The Scott Gunin video you are referring to is a DVD called "Great Scott! It's Magic!". I'll list the content s below, but the KILLER songe ball routine is called "Peanut, Butter & Jelly". IT is the only sponge ball routine I now use. I'd suggest ordering the DVD from Scott direct and also the props needed for this routine. He sells the routine seperate, but it's inavaluable to watch Scott perform it and then teach it.

http://www.greatscott-itsmagic.com/books.html



1. Idaho Travelers : A simple, strong version of the Vernon classic

2. A Visit to Boise : Scott’s streamlined handling of Larry Jennings’ "The Visitor"

3. Red Hot Mama’s Lips : Red Hot Mama with a charming theme and a killer kicker!

4. Peanut, Butter & Jelly : Scott’s favorite effect. Many have called this the best sponge ball routine out there!

5. Magic Western Union : Larry Jennings exclaimed that this was the best presentation for "Flying Eagles" he’d ever seen!

6. Universal Appeal : A very easy but extremely powerful "Universal Card" routine

7. What the...? : Super easy effect inspired by Marlo’s "Devilish Miracle"

8. Treasure Valley Twist : Yes, it’s a "twisting" routine--but just wait until you see it!

9. Simply Stop : Simple in method, strong in impact

10. Magic Jumprope : Kids show rope routine--lots of fun!

BONUS: Great Scott’s Ring & Rope Routine

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glodmagic
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You mentioned "ordering the props"
Is there a routine that uses a standard 4 ball set on this?

My favorite sponge ball routine is Dan Garrett's Martian Bunny eggs but it requires some special balls (inside out cube, gozinta boxes, tiny black sponge pellets, etc)

I will probably get "Great Scott" because I respect you guys opinion, but I need a routine for the standard 4 balls that are with me day to day.

Anybody have a recommendation there?
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Ron Reid
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Hello:

Pat Page has an excellent tape on sponge ball magic. A lot of the tape does deal with "moves" and such, but there is a very nice four ball routine on the tape. He says it's the routine he's been doing for years and years; if I remember correctly, it doesn't involve the pockets. No special sponge balls. Just four regulars and the spectators hands.

The tape is now put out by L&L Publishing. It's part of the Patrick Page "Secret Sessions" series.

Ron
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I think the grea scott pb&j is one of the best sponge ball routines out there. you do need two props but they are available at most dealers, and I think scott gives you a deal if you order them from him.

I love the sponge balls and this has fine tuned my routine even more.

Another person is Kenton Knepper on his closeu up and unpublished video. He has a great multi phase version as well. I still use some of the moves from Kenton, but scott has won me over.

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Troy Hooser uses a whole different approach for the sponge balls, using something you have in your magic box right now. It's a bonus routine in his dvd, and it is super, as is his coin work. Smile
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This is not soley a sponge ball dvd but Eguene Burger has a great sponge ball trick on one of his magical voyages DVD - Awsome Routine. If you are looking for a more basic sponge ball video Brad Burt's sponge ball video is not bad.
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Brad Burt's video is probably one the best place to go to learn strong, multiple vanishes but his routines are fairly similar to the standard routines.

As much as I absolutely love and highly recommend Eugene Burger's previous work in Gourmet Close Up Magic and Real Secrets of Close Up Magic, I do not recommend his Magical Voyages Part 1 DVD. I just received it, and am very disappointed with it. His sponge ball routine is very similar to those out there, except for adding a squeeker. His patter downplays the surprise of the revelation and the routine is based on "how many are in my/your hand" like many of the existing routines. Maybe he was having bad day, but it can't compare with his brilliant previous work.

I highly recommend the sponge ball routine in Kenton Knepper's Klose Up and Unpublished. It has many elements, it's fast paced, keeps the spectator off balance, and it's fun. Because of his routine. The production of the tape itself is not superior, but his spasmatic spongeball routine is brilliant. I can't recommend this enough.

Steve Dacri's "The Master Routines" is based on a standard routine, but his nuances make his routine the strongest I've seen. It includes use of the purseframe, vanishes, hand counts, and the ten count.
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25 tricks with spongeballs is an awesome dvd for spongeballs.... its also very cheap...
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On 2004-01-21 19:31, trickster2000 wrote:
25 tricks with spongeballs is an awesome dvd for spongeballs.... its also very cheap...


Ditto here. This video ( now on DVD ) is very good and teaches most moves you'll ever use.
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I'd second the Pat Page video - I got it years ago from Vic Pinto's Trick-a-Tape. Pat is the British equivalent of Dai Vernon. You can't go wrong with Pat.

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Duane Laflin has a couple of short videos with really nice colorful routines. He also sells the balls very cheaply in all sizes an in very bright colors (pink, blue, orange, red yellow, blue). I'm not sure what his website is however.
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Go to Cody Fisher's wbsite and buy the Sponge Stars routine. Much more sensible and practical. Plus they don't roll.
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Geoff Weber
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I much prefer sponges that actually look like something. Go for the Goshman 3d sponge bunnies! Best ones out there... great possibilities for routines.. I'll send you my sponge bunny routine if you like.
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Sankey's earplugs dvd is excellent also.
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Roberto Giobbi's Sponge Ball and Bowl Routine in "7th British Close-Up Magic Symposium"
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Can someone give me a review on Sankey's Earplugs. I have not heard much on this subject.
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I heard many positive comments about Scott Guinn's "PB&J" but I've never read a description of the effect. Can anyone tell me what are the highlights of this routine?

Thanks
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