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Alan Munro
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The bowl I just found at Dollar Tree is a small steel mixing bowl. It's just the right size to pickup one-handed, but 1" sponges would be best for this one - small bowl.
Michael Baker
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I find it curious that the mere use of the word "bowl" in the title of the trick has so many thinking they have to seek a proper bowl.

The essence of the routine is the plot, not the props, although I use sponge balls most of the time. They are easy to work with, but Wadded up paper balls would work in a pinch.

I do several variations of the trick. I do one with a brass bowl I found at a thrift store. It rings nicely when struck with the wand, so I started calling it "The Bell of Hamburg". I call the balls, "The Balls of Hamburg". The final load is a hamburger (dog toy).

I do another for Halloween. The "bowl" is an old hat.

Here is yet one more...
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Paul Jester
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For brass bowls with a beautiful sound look for Tibetan singing bowls. They don't have a foot though, which I do find annoying when using a larger bowl as they're hard to turn up. I only use them when I want to use the sound, they really do have a beautiful ring.
For cheap, easy to replace, and with at least a small foot for easy turning, I always pop to my local Chinese supermarket and see what melamine bowls they have. They tend to be smaller, but that works for what I do with them.
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