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JamesinLA
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I've seen that some dealers are carrying silicone balls that are not Fakini balls. What do you guys think about the quality? Should I buy the true fakini's? I am asking because I want to buy another set. I already have one set of real fakinis. Thanks.

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Are you talking about multiplying balls, with a sh--l? If so, check out the sh--l and compare that to the other brand. I think the answer will be clear. Fakini's have a quality sh--l, and the silicone clearly makes for a great grip. But silicone is silicone. If someone else can match the size & colors, they should be equal. But sh--ls are not typically of equal quality. If we are talking about a set of balls with no sh--l, I think a brand other than Fakini will be fine. But if you can afford it, you will never be disapointed with the Fakini.
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Thanks, Tony. I will get the fakinis to make sure about a good shell.

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The sh**l that comes with some of those silicon balls set are made of plastic and they are very slippery.
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On 2009-08-31 21:10, JamesTong wrote:
The sh**l that comes with some of those silicon balls set are made of plastic and they are very slippery.


James is absolutely right about this. I have one of the cheaper sets and the sh*** is not just very slippery, it's UNBELIEVABLY slippery. I can barely pick it up with BOTH hands and not have it slip away. I would never want to perform with this. I will get it out every so often to see if I still have problems with it and I always find myself wondering what it could possibly be made from to make it so slippery. It almost seems like they gave it with some ultra slippery coating. It just seems more slippery than anything not intended to be slippery should be. I'd rather do back palms wearing welders gloves than try and perform with it.
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Its not just the slippery factor, in some of the silicone balls the shell is pretty translucent and if there is a light behind you the spectators can tell something is not right.

All in all I own a set of Fakini's but I prefer wooden balls over any silicone ball.
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Where would you guys recommend buying fakini's these days? Thanks.

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You can get Frank Radtke (aka Fakini) Multiplying Balls here as well:
1 5/8th" size: http://stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=10944
1.75" size: http://stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=2522
2" size: http://stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=2525
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Just to let you know I saw Frank at the Abbott Get Together and mentioned to him that I still have the set I used for years of theme parks (thousands of shows) and have used for the 30 years since and they are still in excellent condition.

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When I bought my 1st set I fell for someone elses online advertising and bought them without seeing them or reading any reviews first. They were worthless! As mentioned before you could see through the shells. They were also way too small. Fakini's are definately the way to go!
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Do you know if the red balls from the "multipling balls gorilla grip" fit in a fakini 1" 3/4 shell ?


Thanks for your answer
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Am I the only one that prefers wooden balls?
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Am I the only one that prefers wooden balls?


There are many others that work with wooden balls too.
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On 2009-10-16 15:54, maxzve wrote:
Am I the only one that prefers wooden balls?


There are many others that work with wooden balls too.


OK. It's not some ascetic protest against fakiniballs but there is some moments where akrylicballs don't work smothely (ball penetrates silk). But on the other hand, fakinis have so much advantages. And on the third hand(?), I want it to feel classic and that the magic depends on me and not on something I have buyed.
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I have never used Fakini's or even held one before but I do so far prefer wooden balls, for reasons such as silk work, sleeve work and inexpensise non bulky holders. Plus they just sound right, I like that "Clack" sound wooden balls produce when knocked together.

Wooden German Balls are hard to find.

I broke my shell a few weeks ago and am still depressed about it.

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That was nice to hear Christopher (not that you broke the shell of course). German wooden balls you can find here
http://www.ustmagic.com/cgi-bin/ustmagic......=1&qty=1
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Halo everybody! î have a big problem with my fakini balls. I have lost the sh..l from my set and since few weeks trying to find a place to get a new one. unfortunately none of the magic shops wants to sell me only the sh..l.does somebody knows where to get it???? I'm looking for a white 1 3/4 sh..l thanx
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