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Bob Sanders
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Genghis,

Here in the USA flesh colored cloth Band-Aids can be effectively used. It improves the grip too!

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obuch
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Hi I must ask you, in one ebook called now you see it now you don't, it says you can use a ping pong ball, do you think that it would make some trouble because its plastic? I think it will work on small silks, and in few days I'm gonna try that but whats your opinion about ping pong ball as hank ball?
wardia
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Ping pong balls work well for me and can be coloured flesh (desert sand)
manal
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You can get giant ping pong balls in the sporting goods section of K-Mart.
Life is too important to take seriously.

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Bob Sanders
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Back to the question of using the props close up:

The best situation is with the audience seated and the magician standing.

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PS --- There is no reason not to use sponge balls in the new ceramic eggs. The hole is much larger and it is larger than in many hank ball and palmo gimmicks. The egg will also hole a 24" Diamond Cut Silk! (That looks like a 36" square silk.)

On special order, the new ceramic eggs with loops are available!
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If you are having problems with the hank ball being slippery, I have the answer to the problem. Use flesh colored liquid latex. It gives you the tackiness you need to hold on to the hank ball. I had ladies and children with small hands palming a hank ball with the liquid latex painted on at a silk magic lecture I did at a club meeting. Get a bottle from a store specializing in clown or theater make up. It is very cheap. Paint it on the hank ball with a cheap art type paint brush you can get at Walmart in the craft section. Let it dry (don't have any of your silks laying around when you are painting the latex on, it won't come out). When the latex gets old, it just peels off the hank ball with no problem and no mess.
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Great idea...but I can't bring myself to ruin my Thayer hank ball...lol
Bob Sanders
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Terry,

I hate to see collectables destroyed too!

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Hello all!

For the record...YES! I have a Palmo Ball I bought from Silk King Studios. It's a matte finish, and I can vanish, make appear, and change colors of the silk right in front of you.

Sorry if I sound like I'm boasting, but the Palmo is the best silk tool I own. Thank you Ruth Rice!

best,

Doug
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Dougini,

Bragging on things bought from Ruth isn't boasting. It's just fact recognition of a good decision!

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Darkwing
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Quote:
On 2007-11-08 15:27, Terry Owens wrote:
Great idea...but I can't bring myself to ruin my Thayer hank ball...lol


I won't. The latex just peels right off.
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You could use Jay Scott Berry's modifications to the Sanada, either the FS/2 or more conveniently the Cloaking Device to produce a small silk. I think that the maximum size would be an 18 inch diamond silk.

I've played with the Cloaking Device to produce a silk streamer and if handled carefully and casually, you can use it close up. In one of his routines JSB walks into the audience to have someone examine his piece of "nothing". He then produces the silk streamer when he gets the nothing back.
Marty Sasaki
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Standard disclaimer: I'm just a hobbyist who enjoys occasionally mystifying friends and family, so my opinions should be viewed with this in mind.
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On 2007-06-19 00:33, indomagic wrote:
Hi.. somebody tell me what material is the hank ball ? Is it plastic or metal?
I made mine out of a plastic christmas bulb and painted it to match my skin type. I made 3 sizes. Good luck
Close up coin magic.

Okito box clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=100n9CnFjXw
Hernan
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I have never had problems with the glossiness or
the color. I think laflins hank balls and palmos are the best.

I do his (laflin) routines in any situation, Although I do like having a dump,
so modify that to "any situation with a surface"

In close up or busking I just go to my pockets.

laflin (please don't buy his stuff because it is easy to learn and definitve)
Likes his palmo best. He actually states that in his palmo DVD.

The beauty of the ball or palmo is that a huge final load can be
brought into play.
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I have used ping pong balls, painted bright red like multiplying billiard balls and red silks.

Used them as close as 2 feet away, the spectators and I were all standing.

(I've also gotten good reactions to a white Fantasio vanishing candle at a distance of only about 4 feet away.)
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Duane Laflin is just awesome using these hank balls.
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