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nelly
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What's the best video/book to get to learn about the sponge balls, please?
Jim Short
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For a terrific routine, check out "Sponge & Sleeve" from "Roger Klause In Concert."
Jason Wethington
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A really good inexpensive video is the Hampton Ridge "25 tricks with Sponge Balls".
It has some really good basic stuff.
They usually sell for around $15 to $20 so it is a good value.
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Do a search for sponge balls and you will find the many other threads on this subject.

I recommended a couple of good books on one of them.

The "25 tricks" video lists for $10.
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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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Routined Manipulation Finale, by Lewis Ganson, has one whole chapter dedicated to sponge balls. It is well worth the money.
I don't know the exact price in American dollars though. Smile
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nelly
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OK, thanks. I'll look into it then.
I just saw a vid about sponge rabbits and I think this looks good for kids
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Kenton Knepper has some great SB stuff and it looks really good. He does a routine with tons of sponge ball productions and even a SB disappears in the spectator's hand.

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I agree on the Kenton Knepper routine. I don´t remember the name of the routine but the vidoe is called: Klose Up and unpublished. A really good video with a cardtrick that really rocks.
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I'll second the Brad Burt suggestion. The production quality of his videos is sometimes lacking, but the instruction is good. His sponge ball tape is very good.
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Recommending routine is fine but if you want to learn the basics (not clear from your post) here are some sugestions:

Sponge Ball Manipulation by AUDLEY V. WALSH

Sponge Book by FRANCES MARSHALL

and the aforementioned

Twenty-five Tricks with Sponge Balls.

All three together should set you back about $20. You can't do much better than these.
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Noone's mentioned Garcia's Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic. A classic text on the subject of sponge ball magic.
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Shafique
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Pat Page's video on sponge balls is a good resource as well.

Cheers,
Shafique
RayBanks
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On 2003-05-20 11:35, Payne wrote:
no ones mentioned Garcia's Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic. A classic text on the subject of sponge ball magic.


You're right but it is long out of print. I have seen some at used book stores with a price tag of $500 and higher.
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Brad Burt's video is excellent.

Another video, although not geared towards sponge balls, is Jay Sankey's Ear Plugs. He goes into detail about different retentions and concealments. This video contains many shuttle passes and moves otherwise associatied with coin magic. This video is unique and definitely worth getting.

Other videos/books that teach you about sponges AND other routines (more bang for your buck) include Paul Green's In the Trenches, Daryl's Fooler Droolers, Scott Guinn's It's More Magic (book),and Mark Wison's Cyclopedia of Magic to name a few.
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I like Eugene Burger's routine in the first of his three-volume Magical Voyages video. I've combined this with the previously mentioned Kenton Knepper routine and it's very successful.

Out of curiosity, how many of you spongers end your routine with a production of lots of balls in the spectator's hand? It gets such wonderful reactions, I'm amazed magicians would end a routine any other way. That's my favorite part of Burger's routine, though I know it's not unique to his.
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DreamBig
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Eugene Burger's routine is good!

I just don't like the idea of having to pick up all those balls that roll all over the place.

Especially if you're doing walk-around.
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Don't dismiss the rabbits as just a kid's routine. Women of all ages absolutely gush over it. I have a routine based on Steve Dacri's finishing with a jumbo rabbit that is great for walk around and close-up.
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I just recieved Peanut, Butter and Jelly by Scott Guinn. It is a great routine. Nothing hard about it.
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Scott Guinn's routine is great!
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