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TheAmbitiousCard
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Does anyone do sponge balls on the street?
Are they too small or too geared toward one spectator?

It seems like they would go over very well especially if it is a family environment.

Or another way to ask this might be...
If you were going to only do 3 routines on the street as a repeating set, what would those routines be (besides cups and balls).


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I use the "bananna move" with sponge balls just to get the attention of folks walking by, when I am just fooling around. (If I am serious, I have a table set up and make a lot of noise to get attention..)

Standing, leaning up again a wall and appearing to produce ball after ball has a way of drawing a couple of folks over to start.

Other than that, I don't do sponge balls at all. But I think they would work if you didnt have too big a crowd.

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Sponge Balls are great as long as they don't blow away. Cellini has a great routine with them taught in his book, the only drawback of which is having to set them on your tabletop. In San Francisco, and other windy cities, it's therefore impractical.

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I have used the sponge balls consistently in my street act and found that they do get a great reaction. Istick with 1" supersoft because they are lafrge enough to be seen but still "squich" down nice and easy. I have devoloped a routine that allows me never to have to put them on the table by using an audience members outstreched hands as my table when I need to set them down. As for crowd size I would be more worried about the position of the crowd. If you are in the round then half of the audience is not going to see it when your assistant shows the balls in his/her hand.
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my current sponge ball routine does not require a table and that is quite a benefit.

so why is it called the banana move?
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fstarsinic,
The "banana move" is so called because it was originally done with sponge bananas -- creating an endless supply.
(Actually, that was the first sponge application; the move had been done for years before that with cigarettes, among other things.)
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Frank, I guess mabybe my PM answering the question didnt get to you. But Peter is right. The handling for "Endless Sponge Balls" as Duane Laflin calls it (where I first saw it) is just like what was done with Sponge banannas. And if you have reason to use them,(i.e. they fit your personna) the sponge banannas make a nice change of pace.

Another sponge item that can be used in all the same type of routines as balls, and the won't easily blow/roll away outside is 3D sponge rabbits.

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