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Topic: Quality Billiard balls/Multiplying balls
Message: Posted by: ColtonRaelund (Dec 15, 2015 06:23PM)
I am looking for a nice set of Billiard balls/Multiplying balls, to upgrade from the cheap set I have. I was looking at vernet, but I came across the fakini balls, and now I am not sure. Does anybody have any suggestions? The most important thing for me is shell fit. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Dec 15, 2015 08:30PM)
Buy the Fakini balls. Do it today. You will never regret.

Then, buy the DVD set on Billiard Balls from Levent. You will never regret.

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 15, 2015 09:33PM)
I bought one of Frank Radtke's (FAKINI) first sets of multiplying balls, about 40 years ago.I am still happy.
Message: Posted by: Frank Simpson (Dec 16, 2015 06:23PM)
Michael Baker gives two pieces of advice that are well worth heeding. "Nuff said!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 16, 2015 10:20PM)
When Frank Radtke made his first set of multiplying "billiard balls", he carried them to Abbott's Get Together in a velvet lined wooden case.
Bill Baird (real name Kretchmer) picked up a ball and SH*LL, (Colton, note that last word! --this is an "open forum") and tried them. Bill was a pro. who featured the "XXXing" balls in his act. Bill grabbed the box, and simply said: "HOW MUCH?"
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 17, 2015 02:20AM)
Here read this posting, you question has been asked many times, but you may get some good opinions from this topic also.


That is if you ever back in our neck of the woods.
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Dec 17, 2015 07:43AM)
I too would take Michael Baker's advice.

My Fakini balls are excellent and so is Levent's teaching on his DVD set.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Dec 28, 2015 03:21AM)
How are the delivery times with Frank's son these days?
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Dec 28, 2015 05:03AM)
Denny has several in stock.
Message: Posted by: ColtonRaelund (Dec 29, 2015 04:56PM)
Thanks everybody! Bill was right, it took me a while to get back to this neck of the woods! I have taken to subscribing to my own posts, so I do not forget them. I am set on the Fakini's for sure now.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Dec 29, 2015 05:51PM)
And there are different sizes too.
Buy the one you would be most comfortable with.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Dec 29, 2015 08:58PM)
Denny has many Fakini products--billiard balls and golf balls in different sizes--different colors--and different effects (e.g. "Diminishing Billiard Ball/Diminishing Golf Ball"; "Giant Golf Ball Finale"; "Flash Four Billiard Ball/Golf Ball Finale." Just about anything a billiard ball manipulator could want.

----- Sonny
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 29, 2015 10:51PM)
Heyi Kalispell!

The late Meyer Kessler, aka Carl Sharpe, aka, CARL BALLANTINE, had a neat routine for the DIMINISHING GOLF BALL. If this is of interest, lemme know. I'm quite sure that I have it in my "ball file".

The "Flash Four FINALE", that Sonny just mentioned was published in PHOENIX, and also in one of Karrell Fox's books. (called 'BALL O MATIC')

CLAYTON RAWSON had a delightful kid routine for a simplified "xxxing" ball routine, in "HUGARD'S MAGIC MONTHLY" (in the '40s, I think).
I was one of Frank Radtke's (FAKINI) first customers.

I still have a few left of Laurie Ireland's g/balll sh*lls. (the metal ones).

I wrote up my ball routine in my book. It uses a few basic flourishes, Percy Abbott's PERPETUAL BALLS, and Bill Williston's VISIBLE penetrating ball thru silk, and Karrell's BALLOMATIC. Years ago, the "kicker" extra finish was the WILLMAN ball. (No More...can't get Willman any more.)

Message: Posted by: Anatole (Jan 18, 2016 07:51PM)
I'm curious as to why Ireland's original multiplying golf balls had a criss-cross pattern rather than the more familiar dimple pattern of "real" golf balls.

I bought one of the first Fakini golf ball sets from Earl Edwards's Magic Shop. IIRC, the first multiplying balls that Frank came out with was the golf ball set--not the "billiard balls." But I always thought the shell of the set I got from Earl in the early 70's is a little too thick compared with, say, the metal shell of the Ireland golf balls. Has the shell on the Fakini balls gotten any thinner?

----- Sonny
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Jan 19, 2016 09:32PM)
I can't answer that question for you Sonny since I don't own the older Fakini golf ball set. I do have the current version and the shell looks fine to me.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 19, 2016 09:58PM)
The Frank Radtke golf ball sh*l is a trifle thicker than the Laurie Ireland sh*l, but, I've never had any problem with it.

I admit that I dropped the "XXXing balls from the working act over 50 years ago. I still use a ball and sh*l, but in a different trick.
Message: Posted by: johnsterlini (Dec 20, 2016 10:46AM)
I am pleased to announce, Sterlini Magic Mfg is the EXCLUSIVE distributor of the new Bond Lee Manipulation Balls in the US. After 30 years of experience with other products, I can honestly say this is a fantastic product that I completely endorse and highly recommend. These will become the new standards for ball manipulators.

PRESALE PRICE - 4 Balls, 2 Shells - $60

Here is a link if you'd like more info or to place an order-
Message: Posted by: johnsterlini (Dec 20, 2016 10:46AM)
I did a video review if you would like some more info-
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 20, 2016 12:39PM)
Bond Lee is a master of the Billiard Balls, looking forward to getting a set.

Sadly, not available until January, 2017.

Green is not available, dang!
Message: Posted by: StuBeck (Dec 30, 2016 07:47PM)
Any chance of Bond manufacturing a larger size? I'm using the Cardini 2 1/8" size and stepping down to 1.7 would be way too drastic of a change for me. But am curious to handle the product though...they look great.
Message: Posted by: Shadowness (Dec 31, 2016 09:38AM)
Fakini is not accepting orders currently.

Anyone knows why?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 9, 2017 12:51AM)
[quote]On Dec 31, 2016, Shadowness wrote:
Fakini is not accepting orders currently.

Anyone knows why? [/quote]

Yes, read this forum thread.


Basically, they are out of business.
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Jan 20, 2017 07:36AM)
I have recently bought three sets of Bond Lee. I also have fakini. for me the Bond Lee balls are as good as Fakini. also you get 4 balls and two shells. fakini is 3 balls one shell. so you can do 2 shell techniques. the shells fit great. 2 shells make around one ball. so you can do instand 3 ball prod.

they are not as exspensive as fakini. very high recommended.
Message: Posted by: johnsterlini (Jan 20, 2017 12:23PM)
Glad to hear you are pleased with the Bond Lee balls. Our customers should be receiving their orders today from our first shipment and really looking forward to the feedback. We are almost sold out of white and red, they are currently in production and should have early February. You can pre-order from our site if out out of stock. A 4 ball 2 shell set is currently $60. A special 3 shell/1 Ball set is currently $48
Message: Posted by: Andy Young (Jan 20, 2017 01:18PM)
Just a couple more hours until they come. Can't wait to check them out.
Message: Posted by: johnsterlini (Jan 20, 2017 02:03PM)
I've been having a lot of fun with the 3 shell/1 ball sets, some cool moves with them in the "Born" dvd. Enjoy!
Message: Posted by: Andy Young (Jan 20, 2017 04:22PM)
Got these in the mail today. They feel just as good as Fakini balls. Love the vibrant orange. Will be playing with these over the next week.
Message: Posted by: ROBERT BLAKE (Jan 21, 2017 04:45AM)
Forgot to say about Bond lee is you get a link for the basic handling and a routine. very clear not language depended.

i also bought bond lee BORN which is a must have if you want to go further.
Message: Posted by: tecumilic (Jul 28, 2018 06:52AM)
I have not seen any 3 sh#ll one ball in the 1.7 size. Is the 3 sh#ll one ball only avaliable in 2 inch size?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jul 29, 2018 01:24PM)
[quote]On Jul 28, 2018, tecumilic wrote:
I have not seen any 3 sh#ll one ball in the 1.7 size. Is the 3 sh#ll one ball only avaliable in 2 inch size? [/quote]

I don't understand your questions, if you read Sterlini's posts, he handles and Bond Lee Billiard Balls in the U.S. Just go to his website store, read he descriptions, and if it does not answer all your questions, then telephone, email, or PM here on the Café.

He sells them as listed, and if you need additional shells or balls, he only sells them in sets. This means you have purchase full sets, even if you only need a one ball or one shell extra.
Message: Posted by: johnsterlini (Jul 30, 2018 07:11AM)
Bill, thank you for replying. We did post on YouTube as, it was also asked there

Yes, 3S/1B sets are available in 1.7"