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The Great Danton
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Hello all,
I am in a bit of trouble, I am going to get a set of Fakini(sp?) balls in the future, but for now I am using a set of wooden 1.5 inch multiplying balls that I get at the nearest magic shop for $12. They work fine, but I drop them more then I wish, because they are VERY (and I mean VERY) slick. I was thinking that a little roughing fluid would make them easier to keep hold of. I have not done this yet, as I wanted some pro advice before doing anything.

Would you suggest doing this to the balls? If not why?

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated,
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The more you use them the less slick they'll be. To speed up the process, you could knock down the finish by scuffing the balls with a 600 grit wet sandpaper.
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I have noticed that they are not as slick as they were when I first got them..I have some extra-fine steel wool, would that work instead of the sand paper?

Thanks kregg,
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Maybe, maybe not. What you might do is get some paint from a paint store, the kind used to put on stairs to keep them from being slippery.
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Umm...I might look into that al well, I think I might try the steel wool just to see if it works.

If not, anymore help is still appreciated!

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Go to a bowling alley and get GRIP IT.Cordially,Howard
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Yiy I wouldn't sand the balls! Unless you're willing to re-paint them... If you do it's only very light sanding!
Do you find that when the balls and your hands get warmed up you drop them less? If they're finished properly then as they're used they'll become more tacky...
I work with wooden balls, and I always rub violin rosin on my hands before performing... perfect grip for the balls, and other wooden props, but doesn't effect cards/ paper/ silk handling.

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Yes, actually I did notice that if I use them for like 10 minutes, then I don't drop them as much. I have not sanded or used steel wool on them yet, so no worries...

If I used the Violin Rosin before I used cards it wouldn't hurt my card handling? You see, I am working on an act where I do card manipulations then I switch to the multiplying balls. As long as I can still do the card manipulations, I will definitely try the rosin.

I heard from someone I know that there is a manipulators lotion that makes you hands tacky. Has anyone here used it, or know where to get it? Also Paul, how much does the rosin cost?


Thanks,
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Danton: Re the billiard Ball handling. Try a bit of Rose water-glycerine solution.
Can be found at drug stores. Rub some on your hands before the act.

Anotheer possible remedy if yur hands are dry, try Amlactin, comes in a tube, non greasy, but keeps hands a bit moist. Another drug store item.

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Try hair gel or palmade. just a dab might do the trick.
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Wow, thanks for all the replies! I will be trying as many of these ideas as I can in the next few days. I'll let you all know the out come!


Thanks again!
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Nothing beats Rosin, and it's only a few pounds for a hunk that'll last you forever.

In my act I work with paper before going on to wood, so you'll be fine to go from cards to balls... of course rehearse it all together...

Rose water/ glycerine mix works, but can only delay a burst of sweaty palms syndrome. Avoid moist hands when working with cards... dry works best as there is less friction (try split fans in gloves, so easy!). You only need grip on the pad of your thumb and along the side of your index finger with card manips. The dry tacky of the rosin is perfect.

Oh, almost forgot! One word of warning... alway's remember to wash your hands, the rosin is poisonous!!

Paul
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Oh thanks for the warning..I wouldn't want to forget about having it on my hands....

I'm going to a music store in a couple of days so I'll look for some there. =>

Thanks for your help guys, you all are the best!

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