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Topic: Most Shocking Spongeball Routine
Message: Posted by: Angio333 (Jul 10, 2010 10:07AM)
In your opinion, what is the most "shocking" spongeball routine...maybe even one that fooled you? If possible, do you have a link to a video where it is being performed?
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Jul 10, 2010 11:43AM)
I guess one would have to define "Shocking"?

RevJohn
Message: Posted by: Dale Houck (Jul 10, 2010 01:14PM)
I haven't seen a video of it, but Tom Stone's Benson Bowl routine as described in his book Vortex has me shocked and amazed just reading about it.
Message: Posted by: panlives (Jul 10, 2010 05:13PM)
I second the Tom Stone Benson Bowl routine.
It forms a shocking mental picture.
Message: Posted by: todsky (Jul 10, 2010 07:45PM)
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On 2010-07-10 11:07, Angio333 wrote:
In your opinion, what is the most "shocking" spongeball routine...maybe even one that fooled you? If possible, do you have a link to a video where it is being performed?
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As far as sponge ball routines, The Magic Ding Dong had me shocked the first time I saw it.
Message: Posted by: ropeadope (Jul 10, 2010 09:45PM)
Have my own Magic Ding Dong. Don`t want to see another one. ;>)

Have fun,
John
Message: Posted by: Angio333 (Jul 10, 2010 10:20PM)
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On 2010-07-10 12:43, RevJohn wrote:
I guess one would have to define "Shocking"?

RevJohn
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By shocking I meant that it blew you away and made you wonder how he did it.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jul 10, 2010 11:28PM)
Way back in the 1960's someone came out with the 1st 5" sponge ball made of close cell foam. They were a little oblong or not perfect circles. They sold only 2 balls.

I went into the local magic shop and as usual the dealer showed his latest inventory. He placed a sponge ball in his hand and one in mine. His vanished and when I opened my hand their was 2 balls. Blew me away! He got my 2 dollars and I went around showing it to everyone in school and could meet in my everyday life.

It was fantastic. This very short trick was fantastic. Many years later Albert Goshman came out with his wonderful product in a set of 4 and an expanded routine.

The sponge ball effect is the most magical effect any magician can perform. They are not easy to carry around, but the effort is worth it. No card trick or coin trick can compare to this miracle!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 11, 2010 02:58AM)
The expanding sponge ball from [i]The Sponge Book[/i] blew me completely away the first time I saw it.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Jul 11, 2010 08:32AM)
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On 2010-07-11 00:28, wmhegbli wrote:
Way back in the 1960's someone came out with the 1st 5" sponge ball made of close cell foam. They were a little oblong or not perfect circles. They sold only 2 balls.

I went into the local magic shop and as usual the dealer showed his latest inventory. He placed a sponge ball in his hand and one in mine. His vanished and when I opened my hand their was 2 balls. Blew me away! He got my 2 dollars and I went around showing it to everyone in school and could meet in my everyday life.

It was fantastic. This very short trick was fantastic. Many years later Albert Goshman came out with his wonderful product in a set of 4 and an expanded routine.

The sponge ball effect is the most magical effect any magician can perform. They are not easy to carry around, but the effort is worth it. No card trick or coin trick can compare to this miracle!
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Like every great surprise it works even better if you progressively build it up: Hitchcock taught this to the cinema industry: it works for us as well.
If you can succeed to have people badly feeling like holding these sponge things by showing some other effects that they can emotionally project into, the effect that you gained will be multiplied hundred times. This is what properly designed routines do rather than bringing a very great trick down to its bones.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Jul 12, 2010 11:05PM)
John Carney's Sponge Ball Production... Love it!

RevJohn
Message: Posted by: pepka (Jul 12, 2010 11:19PM)
Eugene Burger's. THE sponge ball routine.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jul 13, 2010 07:36AM)
The most shocking one I have done was before magicians when they discovered I was using solid balls. i.e. I mimicked standard Sponge Ball effects using other sleights and moves -- some that only worked because they thought I was using sponge balls and were anticipating the wrong thing.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 13, 2010 10:36AM)
The most shocking sponge ball routine I have envisioned involves a device I obtained from Louis Berkie's magic shop in San Antonio when I was in middle school. It was an actual electric joy buzzer. It used one AA battery and had a vibrating trigger inside it. It was about as powerful as an electric ball point pen.

I just can't figure out how to get that thing inside a big sponge ball. ;)
Message: Posted by: magicianroger (Jul 15, 2010 09:07AM)
I do the Sponge up the nose that shocks them bad
Message: Posted by: ropeadope (Jul 15, 2010 02:01PM)
Think I`ll try 1 in each ear for ear plugs.

Thanks, Roger.

Have fun,
John
Message: Posted by: Foxbiz (Jul 16, 2010 03:14PM)
Shocking sponge bunnies! At least they were to the haggared airline ticket clerk.

I did a quick routine for her and when she opened her hand and let out a tremendous scream I had a brief sense of delight... until security showed up! They don't like screaming in the airport apparently...

Lynn
Message: Posted by: motown (Jul 19, 2010 07:12PM)
I can't say I've ever seen a spongeball routine that I would describe as shocking.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Jul 20, 2010 12:21PM)
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On 2010-07-19 20:12, motown wrote:
I can't say I've ever seen a spongeball routine that I would describe as shocking.
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I thought that you were going out a bit and watching spectators rather than your own emotions!?
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jul 20, 2010 02:35PM)
Humbly yours,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWjwoAB9DA8
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Jul 20, 2010 04:58PM)
Don't be humble Ian, you have every reason to be proud of this.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jul 20, 2010 05:39PM)
Thanks, I find it to be the purest effect I do, as it is only sponge and a move. Both Frank Garcia and Goshman loved it as well.
The ball to square (or bunny) finale is unexpected and generally a "shocker". So is the initial split.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 27, 2010 01:32PM)
Ian, that is beautiful! That ending is shocking! Unexpected!

:applause:

Doug
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jul 27, 2010 01:41PM)
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On 2010-07-27 14:32, Dougini wrote:
Ian, that is beautiful! That ending is shocking! Unexpected!

:applause:

Doug
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Oops, I forgot... this video has the alternate ending which is cool too. This is the demo I gave to shops.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awvDOjE_HOE&feature=related
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jul 27, 2010 02:04PM)
Man...and here I gave up on the sponge balls years ago, thinking it was trite...oh, how wrong I was...

Doug