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wcb39
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What are your favorite balls for the C & B?
BTW I find the crocheted balls hard to work with.

Thanks,

Bill
marko
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Me too. I use the no-bouce balls from the Bounce No-Bounce Balls routine. I got this tip from Alexander DeCova.
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wcb39
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That's a great idea and I notice they now come in a larger size. Thanks, Bill
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I got mine from "Spotlight" A place which sells buttons, cloths, thread, cardboard and much much more in Singapore. The shop is call "Spotlight".

The ball that I got is kind of like a pom pom ball. Furry type. It is light and while loading it is slient. No bounce and easy to handle. It comes in various sizes and colour. Great ball.

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Gianni
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Any ideas on how to get a "better gripping" chop cup ball?

Gianni
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I use the Mike Roger's baseballs.
GuySavoie
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I use the baseballs as well.

My audiences have responded better to them when compared to the crocheted balls.

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Jonathan Townsend
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I used to use balled up paper napkins and coffee cups, or hand cut cork balls for the routine with the paper cups Smile Jonathan
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Dan LeFay
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I use the baseballs as well though handmade by a "specialist". They are heavier than other balls which makes things like the wand-spin vanish a little easier.

When I need magnetic proportions I can recommend Jim Riser. He makes very nice balls that will not cling to "loose siverware". And his service is VERY good.

If some of you would see material of Fred Kaps do his cups and balls with spongeballs I bet you'd put aside your reserve on this combination. I did!

Johnny Paul, Fred Kaps, Tom Mullica, Jim Ryan and Ger Copper have done very powerful routines combining spongeballs with cups. My guess is this has yet to be rediscovered.

I also like the no-bounce ball ideas, though black seems a very unpractical color. Why are these balls only made in black anyway?
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Jonathan Townsend
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I don't know Dan, I got my set together from the bounce/no-bounce and while happy at the sight of them for the Ramsay routine, have wondered if they would be better in BRIGHT colors.

Using sponge balls works well for the paper cups routine. Maybe I'll make a set from real sponge and see how they work. I also need to stay away from balls that are the same color as the closup pad since I use those for a 'sponge balls' routine where I produce the balls as 'lint' from the mat.

When using coffee cups, the napkins seem to work well. And yes you can easily crumple a magnet into the napkin to get the chop cup stuff ready to go. Smile -Jonathan
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Harry Murphy
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This has been discussed before. I use Nerf balls (a bit stiffer kind of sponge ball) with the Pete Brio version of the Johnny Paul Cups (I use a version of Ryan’s routine rather than Paul’s).

However, I mainly use self-tied “Monkey Paw” knots for most of my other cup work (I posted a link to an instruction page for this knot elsewhere on the Café.). They tend to roll about less, which is good on the streets.
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I like the crocheted balls, good to use.
Ron Giesecke
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I just made a set of pom pom balls, as per the Tommy Wonder specs. They're nice, but they took me seven hours to make from start to finish. (for three, densely crafted, wool pom poms).

They feel great.
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Harry can you give me some specifications on the nerf-balls you mention? I also have Pete's cups and I discovered it takes heavy hitting for a spongeball to detach, that's why I left the set in a drawer for the time being.
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Quote:
On 2003-05-28 19:40, marko wrote:
Me too. I use the no-bouce balls from the Bounce No-Bounce Balls routine. I got this tip from Alexander DeCova.


Marko,

What are the bounce-no bounce balls and what is the routine's effect and where can I obtain the routine (or at least review a brief description of it)?

Thanks for the info.

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THIS SITE

Has a performance video of the effect
gordo
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Marko,
Great idea with the no-bounce balls.
I'm going to pick some up right away.
Thanks for the tip!
mdspark
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I use white crocheted balls on a black surface (much better visibility for large audience) and say they are miniature golf balls....at the end I say golf is fun, but I prefer tennis....revealing my final loads of 3 tennis balls.
Steve Dela
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I use baseballs for all my cup routines! they look nice for the audience!
I have mine made by Auke Van Dokumm at http://www.cupsandballs.nl they are very expensive but you can have any colour combination! and he does baseballs for chop cups!
the price shown on his site is per ball!
I have blue/black leather baseballs.
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DMR
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I use the baseballs as well. I don't really do cups and balls as much as the chop cup but when I do cups and balls I usually use disposable cups and some real dollar bills so I can do the effect impromptu.
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