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Topic: Sponge ball sizes
Message: Posted by: Maxim (Jan 16, 2003 12:50PM)
Hey, just remind me what size the sponge balls should be for ordinary routines?

I had a go with 1 inch ones, but they're way to dodgy because they're too small and people get suspicious.

Thanks, in advance.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 16, 2003 01:18PM)
use 2".

they vanish much more magically than the smaller ones.

you can see them better from afar

they're just better.

I think they are also easier to work with.
Message: Posted by: Maxim (Jan 16, 2003 05:35PM)
Thanks Frank, you have set my mind at ease.
Message: Posted by: Gene B (Jan 17, 2003 01:33AM)
I'd agree with Frank--not only are the 2" size more visible but they provide much more "impact" when 2 or more appear in the spec.'s hand.
I also like the super soft balls.
Gene B
Message: Posted by: pasteboardforbrains (Jul 19, 2003 05:06PM)
1 and a half inch sponge balls work ok, too, especially if you have small hands or if you are a kid. For most of the time, though, 2 in. are the best. :dance:

for unusualness (if that's a word), you can use a lot of small ones, or, you can get big ones(like 5 inches). :coolspot:
Message: Posted by: SOHartist (Jul 19, 2003 06:05PM)
Well, I'd probably agree with the 2inches, unless you're like me, who's thirteen, with thirteen size hands. :goof:
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jul 19, 2003 06:15PM)
I use 1.5 inch supersoft sponges. When you get them wet, they expand to the same size as 2-inch, but are significantly more compressible.
Message: Posted by: DreamBig (Jul 19, 2003 07:08PM)
1.5 inch for me too.
Message: Posted by: Bobcape (Jul 19, 2003 10:57PM)
Sorry, this may be a bit off of the subject. But, I saw on Murphy's Magic site that Goshman offers the 1" and 1.5" balls in a 50-ball bulk bag. Does anyone know of a dealer that offers them in the bulk quantity? Thanks a lot.

Bob
Message: Posted by: cardican66 (Jul 19, 2003 11:43PM)
With kids, I use 1.5 super softs as they compress easier in a child's small hand. I also use super softs with Scott Guin's PB&J routine. I still prefer the standard Goshman 2" sponge balls, sans supersoft.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jul 20, 2003 05:14PM)
[quote]
On 2003-07-19 23:57, Bobcape wrote:
Sorry, this may be a bit off of the subject. But, I saw on Murphy's Magic site that Goshman offers the 1" and 1.5" balls in a 50-ball bulk bag. Does anyone know of a dealer that offers them in the bulk quantity? Thanks a lot. Bob
bob@bhmagic.com

[/quote]I can get them for you. $21 for a bag of 1-inch, $30 for a bag of 1.5-inch postpaid in the US.
Message: Posted by: Bobcape (Jul 21, 2003 11:28PM)
Thanks Scott. You'll have a PayPal in a few minutes. Bob
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jul 22, 2003 06:12AM)
That offer holds for anyone else, too, but be advised that these are not the super soft sponges, they're the "regulars."
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 23, 2003 01:31AM)
Some people try the 2-inch at first and give up because they are harder to hide. It's best to start off with the 1-inch. When you are able work the rountine in an easy manner, transfer to 1.5-inch. Take it up one step at a time. When you are able to work the 2-inch in a professional manner try rabbits and other sponge items.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jul 23, 2003 03:09AM)
I can now get the supersoft in bulk, too-$2 more per bag of either size.
Message: Posted by: sleightofhand1 (Jul 23, 2003 03:32AM)
I have always enjoyed the 1 1/2 inch, just the right size as they say in show biz.
Message: Posted by: ChrisMagic52 (Jul 23, 2003 10:41AM)
I use a 1.5 inch Blue Sponge Balls. Those are quite nice.
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Jan 29, 2004 05:50PM)
Amazed to find as Scott noticed, that 1.5 inch supersofts expand to 2 inches when washed, but as they dry they return back to size.

I use the 1.5 inchers.
Message: Posted by: Joshua Lozoff (Jan 29, 2004 08:19PM)
I always use the one inchers, so I can have over 20 appear in the spectator's hand at the finale. I can't get more than 12 of the 1 1/2" size in someone's hand without suspicion. So I go for quantity over size.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 29, 2004 09:24PM)
Jaks had an effect called "Multiball" which is worth looking into. You can make a huge number of sponges apparently come from a spectator's hand. I think it may be in in Tarbell 7. It's worth looking up. Forget about his load and use 1 inch or even half inch balls.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 29, 2004 09:58PM)
The balls originally were produced in 2" size this is even before Goshman's. I use 2" for sponge routine, and 1 1/2" for Don Alan's Bowl Routine, they fit in the bowl without lifting the bowl.

Dick Stoner, professional trade show magician has been doing sponge balls in spectator's hand for over 30 years. He puts 10 - 2" balls in a spectator's hand in his shows.

Bill