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I just came across this blog article by a Magician/Engineer who created her own Ball & Vase on a 3D Printer.

Very clever and a nice combination of engineering and magic. I wonder what avenues 3D printing will open for the magic art?

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Nice looking (and nicely sized) ball vase. Wonder if she might consider marketing them?

(Preferably with a ball -- and the corresponding part of its matching gaff/gimmick -- of a contrasting color, such as white or yellow for a black vase.)
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Thanks for sharing atkinsod.

The young lady was very engaging, and I love her story. This prop has literally been in pretty much every magic set in the last 50-75 years (or longer), so it is difficult to accuse her of exposure.

To your point, as much as I like her creation, there are several craftsmen who jumped on the 3D bandwagon quite early, and are now producing some phenomenal props, most notably Kent Bergmann, and his company 3D Magic Works. Kent was an expert at building micro magic props out of zebra wood, and they were breathtaking. He chose to reinvent himself and explore 3D printing, and the results of his reinvention are stunning! And he keeps getting better and better with each release. Check out Andy Martin's awesome collection:

So to answer your question, yes, I believe 3D printing has shifted the paradigm of magic prop creation. The look and feel of these props are far superior to classic injection molded creations, and they even sound better...more resonance, almost like the sound of wood. I am super excited about this evolution as it offers beginner creators with little funds or backing, the same opportunities to build their ideas as those with unlimited assets. This is a game changer in magic and way, way beyond.
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