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Maxim
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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.
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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.
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Maxim
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Thanks Frank, you have set my mind at ease.
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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.
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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. Smile

for unusualness (if that's a word), you can use a lot of small ones, or, you can get big ones(like 5 inches). Smile
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Well, I'd probably agree with the 2inches, unless you're like me, who's thirteen, with thirteen size hands. Smile
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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.
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1.5 inch for me too.
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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.

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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.
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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
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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.
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Thanks Scott. You'll have a PayPal in a few minutes. Bob
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That offer holds for anyone else, too, but be advised that these are not the super soft sponges, they're the "regulars."
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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.
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I can now get the supersoft in bulk, too-$2 more per bag of either size.
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I have always enjoyed the 1 1/2 inch, just the right size as they say in show biz.
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I use a 1.5 inch Blue Sponge Balls. Those are quite nice.
Mike Walton
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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.
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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.
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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.
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