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obi-wan
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I have never used sponge balls before but would like to add a few sponge ball routines to my repertoire.

I was wondering if it's best to just start with four sponge balls and the routine that comes with them or if there are any other gimmicks or sources containing routines you would recommend to someone starting out in this area?

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MacGyver
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I really recommend Peanut Butter and Jelly, by Scott F. Guinn, the chief of staff here at the Café.

It's a steal at 15 dollars and it's a great routine!!!!

I wouldn't add more than 1 regular sponge routine if I was you, but if you do, get mult. bunnies or the Blue jay, or something that isn't red sponge balls, because even though there might be different tricks using the red sponge's, spec. probably won't remember the differences and will only want to see one with red ones.
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Depends on what you want to do with Sponge Balls. They are a very versatile item, and there are many different ways they can be used. The one thing that I have noticed is that a lot of magicians use sponge balls because of their versatility, BUT if you are performing at the same venue (like I do at Ren-Faire's with multiple magicians) then you need to be able to differentiate your routine. So what did I do? I got sponge rabbits.

I'd say start out with the four sponge balls and get used to the feel, and work on the sleights. Then develop your own routine.
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I am new to sponge balls also. I have seen multiple sizes of sponge balls offered. From 1.5" up to 4". I have big hands; should I get a bigger set or will I be OK with the smaller sponge balls?
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Kaliix
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I feel the best combination of value and price is 25 tricks with a sponge ball. The video is $10 bucks and will give a basic routine and more than enough sleights to make up your own.
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Gary
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Dean Dill has a nice and very different sponge ball routine called Spotlight. You'll find it in his publication, called Intimate Miracles.

The effect is also sold as a stand alone dealer item. Worth checking out.
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Kaliix
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As far as sponge ball size goes, use the biggest ones you can handle comfortably. I use 2 inch super soft's.
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Mark Martinez
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Brad Burt’s Teaching Videos - "All About Sponge Balls" is a good introduction, a bunch of moves and a few routines.
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Another good introduction to sponge ball routines is Jay Sankey's Earplugs. I'm using his teaching on the video with regular red sponge balls. He does a great job explaining the basic moves.
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I will second the recommendation for the "25 Tricks With Sponge Balls” video as the best value for money for an introduction to sponge balls.
obi-wan
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Thanks for the advice.

I think I'll start off just practicing some basic moves with normal balls and when I get a bit more confident I might take a look at one of the more advanced routines like pb&j.

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Uli Weigel
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@obi-wan,
try to get Frank Garcia's "Encyclopaedia of Sponge Ball Magic". Lots of moves and routines. This book will keep you busy for some time.
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25 Tricks With Sponge Balls is great, and if you're just starting out with them then this is just the right path.
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Sponges are simply the best and arguably the easiest close-up miracle you can carry around for table hopping etc. And it's in the spectator's hands too!
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There are also A LOT of different sets/types of sponge balls. Be sure to try out and see just what size works best for you.
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