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How do you guys store your Fakini billiard balls? I have not used my in a long number of years. I now perform strictly mentalism. However I will keeps my Fakinis but I got them out the other day and played around with them and I noticed they are getting "dimples". How to store them to prevents further dimples.
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I don't know how you had them stored, so I can only speculate here... This may be caused by the weight and pressure of one ball resting atop another. If you have them in the original clear tube, you might want to consider storing them horizontally, rather than standing the tube upright.

The dimples should work themselves out, I'd think.
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The were stored horizontally but touching. The touching sides are where they dimpled. So I guess the obvious answer would be to store them in such a way they are not touching. They are in a wooden box I made for them. I guess I need to make a bigger one so there is room for space between them. This is one of those questions I kind of already knew the answer to but wanted to see what others do with theirs or if others have this problem.
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I suggest you store them in an air tight plastic bag. The silicon will attract dirt and it is bear to get off when it has set on the balls a long time. Squeeze all the air out of the bag. Then set them in a egg carton. I would not place them in a egg carton without being in a plastic bag as the cardboard carton may draw the oils out of the balls. Only store at room temperature, putting them in a basement or attic with constant changing temp. and climate is bad for any magic product. This is where the plastic bag helps, as he vacuum helps slow the aging process.
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Thank you Bill.
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On purpose, I laid a weight on a ball which left two flat spots, one on top and one on bottom.
When someone at a table asks to see the ball I switch the regular one for the squished on... and ask him why he did that to my ball.

This sets boundaries for them NOT asking to see anything else - and you can keep referring to "what they did".

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Store them In a box with lots of room, Put them on top of paper towels, rotate them occasionally.
Keep them in your pockets and use them. That insures they are rotated and they sit in a soft holder.
Leave them in the tube, on their side but without extra packing material. The tube is round and the balls are round so even if they go out of round, they are still usable.
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Frank originally made a box for the two inch sets. Each ball was in it's own area made by drilling with a forester bit into the wood on both sides. The two halves were hinged together to make the box.
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I would think that use one of those vacuum sealing food machines would be the a good method. Place balls in the bag with space between them, then remove the air, and the plastic would form around each ball.

I really believe in the re-sealable plastic bag.

I put some items I wished to sell in individual bags to Abbott's one year. It was hot an humid day. So the car air conditioner was on. When removed, I noticed a condensation on some bags that were not sealed with the air pressed out. Those that had the air pushed out, did not have the condensation. Saved a lot of packet tricks.

As well, it did not matter that much how they were packed, as I noticed that cards that were bend over, not folded in the box of tricks, came out perfectly flat.

If any of you have seen the commercial for the clothing bags to storage bags where the air is removed and the cloths get compressed, but when opened they do not show wrinkles and still fresh. Removing the air really works on magic props as well, for long storage periods even on small re-sealable bags.

Talking from experience here guys.
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Frank wasn't selling the boxes that I am aware of at the time I bought mine. Mine are the "Cardini"size as he listed them . 2.125 inches. Now that you mention it I can make a box like you described Richard. Thanks for the idea.
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London--if you contact Fakini, I think Radke's son would give you the dimensions of their hinged box. I have one of the Fakini hinged boxes and it's fantastic!
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Fakini Balls have always come with a lifetime guarantee. If they do not recover from the flat marks, you might inquire about replacement.
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Thanks Leo and Bill I will look into both those suggestions.
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I keep mine in the tube, but horizontal, and rotate it half a turn now and then. Seems to work fine.

Actually, thanks for the reminder. I'll go do it now. Smile
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Keep them in the original tube but place a piece of cotton between each ball so that they do not sit directly on top of each other.
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I have a friend who kept his magic props he was not using in an attic, recently he took them down. every wooden, rubber, plastic prop was destroyed by the heat the attic can rise to. Hamilton Duck, card gripper on beak melted together, paint spit and pulled away. Balls melted. Every props was destroyed because attics can get to over 200 degrees. Basements are the same, low humidity can cause wood root.
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Overall, I think that Bill Hegbli's ultra simple and inexpensive method ("Zip-Loc" plastic bags)of storing small props is most practical. Except when I did a phone show tour about 35 years ago, and needed a few "painted" props, and, a little chrome, I've mainly used small hand props (silks, rope, coins, cards, etc. Off the road, they fit nicely in zip locs. (I sold the big plywood when I closed the phone show tour.)

I find it interesting that old pal, Billy McComb, who was on the road most of his life--and traveled light--used the zip loc bag idea, too. --Probably a "case" of two intelligent minds having parallel thoughts!

"Space in the case" is always a critical item to a roadie. "Hard" boxes can waste space! Soft plastic bags self conform to the space available. Transparency is helpful, too. You can see the contents! A few exceptions "prove the rule". Frank Radtke's semi hard plastic tubes for his "Tournament" balls are a good exception.
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Dick Oslund, it was the late Hank Moorehouse, who left us to early, idea to store magic in plastic bags. I took his advice and it worked perfectly. A place for everything and everything in it's place. It really save some very good card tricks on hot humid days.

Later when I got Billy McCombs excellent lecture video, I see he had the idea for traveling on ships, do to salty sea air and so much moisture in the air, while on the water.
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Fakini does stand behind their product. I cracked a shell and they replaced it no problem. They are great.
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I store my Fakini balls in a "Plano" storage box. The adjustable compartments allow the balls to be seperated, so they don't get dimpled.

http://www.planostoragesolutions.com/pro......way.aspx

I had an early set of silicone juggling balls that got dimpled, and then bought another set about 7 years later. The second set I have had for 27 years, and they never dimpled, even though they have been kept in a bag, touching each other. I am wondering if there could be a difference in the formula of the silicone material that would allow some balls to dimple, and others not. Just a guess here, but I am wondering if a softer durometer (measurent of degree of hardness) formula that would lend itself to a billiard ball, that would be easier to grip in the fingers, would dimple more than say a juggling ball with a harder durometer. Just a guess, because I have no other explaination as to why some of my silicone balls would dimple, and others would not. I have found that once a silicone ball does dimple, it stays that way, and does not return to its perfect spherical shape...
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I wonder if egg cartons would do the job. I'm gong to look into this and report the results.
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