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soleil
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What do you guys and girls think about a rainbow ball routine? Compare to a single color balls. Do you know some links to clips or some sources about this question?
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I've been threatening to develop a multi-color ball routine. It's still in the planning stages although I've performed it outdoors as a silent type routine to gather a crowd while busking. It worked great for that.

Send me a Pm if you wish and perhaps I'll send you a link to the work in progress.
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Here is a Magician that opens with a four color (rainbow?), four ball, no shell, routine.

It has been linked to in another thread but bears repeating here. The amazing Oquz Engin;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVetL9ZZKVQ
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Tarbell and frank garcia both have rainbow routines.
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For references you might try to find a old Jack Delvin video “Delvin into Magic”. It is a video of a lecture with some studio additional explanations. Jack opens with a one to four Rainbow multiplying ball routine.

Actually if you think about it you could perform almost any four ball routine using multicolored balls. It is essentially one color change after another. Get Jay Leslie’s DVD on ball manipulation. It has all the basics you’ll need to develop a routine.
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Hi,

I think billard balls must be same color on stage. And white is a good color. When you use different colors its good but not very well. If you think on it I think you will understand me.


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Nedim, I understand what you are saying. However if you click on the link I posted above you'll see a Rainbow (multi color) ball routine that works on stage.

If the stage is well lit then the contrasting colors will show well.

I agree with you that all of one color is easier to follow in the standard one-to-four ball production.
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Hi,in the book Al Leech's Legacy,by Alfred Leech,there are two rainbow routines.One is a colour change routine with solid balls,and the other is a mutiplying/colour change routine with sh***.Both are worked out of the pockets and are very simple in structure.
Now a rainbow routine opens up a lot of magical ideas,sadly though,most people take it to the limit of multiplying/colour changing and that's it.You can take a simple colour change and make it much more than a ball changing colour.For example instead of changing the colour you pluck the colour off as a silk,thimbles on the fingers,or a flower,ect..Or you can reverse it, and vanish an object into the ball and the ball becomes the colour of the object.
The concept to me that is so over looked in a rainbow routine is the colour itself.Make colour a developed character,an entity that effects and affects you and your items of sleight.Have fun.
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Eshdath,
That is the difference between going through the motions and creating a well thought out performance. Sadly, a lot of people once they learn the moves or someone else's routine they limit themselves to that instead of adding personal touches, flow, smooth transitions, and hopefully ultimately coming up with their own material. I like the feel of a routine when you watch the whole thing through without breaks, rather then the awkward pause between setting down the silks or cards and moving on to billiard balls.

That being said, I am a big fan of both solid colored, and rainbow billiard ball routines. Each has their benefits. Of course white balls show up well on stage and look bigger than a colored ball of the same size. that's why they paint rooms white to make them look bigger. On the other hand, if you create a routine along the lines of what Eshdath has said a rainbow routine can be killer. The other huge difference is that you know exactly where the ball is produced due to the difference in colors. In other words, if you always produce from the sh*** they know that it is going to show up in that position everytime between the index and middle finger. This forces you to be more creative, which is good.

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Hi Nedim,a rainbow routine can be very visible from stage,all you have to do is a little colour management.For example,never change a white ball to a yellow,a green to a blue,a red to an orange or some purples,and never use black.You should also stick to primary colours(red,blue,yellow).When they're held between the fingers you should always have the lighter coloured ball between the darker coloured balls for contrast like red,yellow,blue,and than white or some off coloured ball at the end like neon pink.You should never mix your primaries with your secondaries(orange,green,purple)but it can be done with proper colour management.
Arthur Trace's act Post Modern Art is a good example of proper colour managment,and he even mixes primaries with secondaries.For one,he colour changes one white ball individualy at a time,and when the balls are presented between the fingers they are in the order of green,orange,blue,white.The green,orange,blue balls are then set aside and the white ball is changed to a red one,after which the red ball is never put with the rest of the other balls.
If you use wooden balls make sure to have a flat finish on them not a glossy finish.A glossy finish will reflect and refract light,but a flat finish will absorb the light into the colour and accent it more than a glossy finish would.The same applies to white,a white ball looks big,but a flat finish white ball looks bigger.
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