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JamesTong
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I would like to compile a list for the Multiplying Billiard Balls sets and would like assistance from everyone.

We are all aware that there are many different types of Multiplying Billiard Balls set available but if we could get a list that provides information like who the makers are, what the price is, which dealers are selling them, etc, etc, I believe it would be very useful for everyone.

The following is an example.

Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Frank Radtke
Ball Sizes: 1 5/8", 1 3/4", 2" 2 1/8", 2 1/4"
Balls Material: Washable, solid silicone.
Set contains: 3 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: white, orange, magenta and neon yellow
Price: From $90.00 - $180.00
Dealers selling the set : Stevens Magic Emporium (http://www.stevensmagic.com) Denny & Lee Magic Studio (http://www.dennymagic.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi)
Review: The speical grip of the silicone makes the manipulation easier. The shells are also covered with the same matching silicone material.


Some of you may have purchased other sets such as multiplying sponge balls, golf balls, bubbles, crocheted balls, wooden balls, etc. I appreciate the help if you could provide information according to the format below for the balls you have purchased.

Name of set:
Ball Maker:
Ball Sizes:
Balls Material:
Set contains:
Colors Available:
Price:
Dealers selling the set:
Review:

I believe this list is going to be very useful as it expands to cover every type of multiplying billiard balls set sold.

Thanks for the help.
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James:

What a terrific idea.

By the way Fakini also makes the balls in horizon blue and signal green and rocket red

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Kent Wong
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Name of set: Crochet Balls
Ball Maker: Morrissey Magic
Ball Sizes: 2"
Balls Material: Knit crocheted wool exterior
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 Shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $30.00
Dealers selling the set: Morrissey Magic, Browsers Den
Review: Great set of multiplying balls for the price. The crochet gives the balls extra grip and the shell is very well made. The only downside for beginners is the size. They started with a 1 3/4 ball and then crocheted around it. So, the balls are just under 2". Given the size, these are best suited for adult sized hands.

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On 2009-09-12 11:52, Levent wrote:
James:

What a terrific idea.

By the way Fakini also makes the balls in horizon blue and signal green and rocket red

Levent
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Thanks, Levent. I thought the list would greatly benefit everyone. And thanks for adding the extra Fakini balls colors which I have just updated on the list.

Thanks to Kent Wong for the Multiplying Crocheted Balls info. Greatly appreciate it.

Let's work together to grow the list.
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Here's the updated list ...

Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Frank Radtke
Ball Sizes: 1 5/8", 1 3/4", 2" 2 1/8", 2 1/4"
Balls Material: Washable, solid silicone.
Set contains: 3 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: white, orange, magenta, neon yellow, horizon blue, signal green and rocket red.
Price: From $90.00 - $180.00
Dealers selling the set : Stevens Magic Emporium (http://www.stevensmagic.com) Denny & Lee Magic Studio (http://www.dennymagic.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi)
Review: The speical grip of the silicone makes the manipulation easier. The shells are also covered with the same matching silicone material.


Name of set: Multiplying Hand Knit Crocheted Balls
Ball Maker: Morrissey Magic
Ball Sizes: 2"
Balls Material: Knit crocheted wool exterior
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 Shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $30.00
Dealers selling the set: Morrissey Magic (http://www.morrisseymagic.com/), Browsers Den (http://www.browsersden.com/welcome.htm)
Review: Great set of multiplying balls for the price. The crochet gives the balls extra grip and the shell is very well made. The only downside for beginners is the size. They started with a 1 3/4 ball and then crocheted around it. So, the balls are just under 2". Given the size, these are best suited for adult sized hands.
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Name of set: Multiplying Sponge Balls
Ball Maker: Magic by Gosh
Ball Sizes: 1,5 inch
Balls Material: Hard Sponge
Set contains: 4 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: About $5
Dealers selling the set: About every major magic shop.
Review: I currently use them in my ball manipulation act. The balls are cheap, but I think their too light for tossing. The shell is also OK. I recommend it to everyone who´s beginning to do multiplying balls. In near future I going to buy Fakini´s.

Thanks,
Fred
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Thanks, Fred-Erik Johanson, for the info on Multiplying Sponge Balls. Really appreciate the contribution.


Here's another updated list ...

Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Frank Radtke
Ball Sizes: 1 5/8", 1 3/4", 2" 2 1/8", 2 1/4"
Balls Material: Washable, solid silicone.
Set contains: 3 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: white, orange, magenta, neon yellow, horizon blue, signal green and rocket red.
Price: From $90.00 - $180.00
Dealers selling the set : Stevens Magic Emporium (http://www.stevensmagic.com) Denny & Lee Magic Studio (http://www.dennymagic.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi)
Review: The speical grip of the silicone makes the manipulation easier. The shells are also covered with the same matching silicone material.


Name of set: Multiplying Hand Knit Crocheted Balls
Ball Maker: Morrissey Magic
Ball Sizes: 2"
Balls Material: Knit crocheted wool exterior
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 Shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $30.00
Dealers selling the set: Morrissey Magic (http://www.morrisseymagic.com/), Browsers Den (http://www.browsersden.com/welcome.htm)
Review: Great set of multiplying balls for the price. The crochet gives the balls extra grip and the shell is very well made. The only downside for beginners is the size. They started with a 1 3/4 ball and then crocheted around it. So, the balls are just under 2". Given the size, these are best suited for adult sized hands.


Name of set: Multiplying Sponge Balls
Ball Maker: Magic by Gosh
Ball Sizes: 1,5 inch
Balls Material: Hard Sponge
Set contains: 4 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: About $5
Dealers selling the set: About every major magic shop.
Review: I currently use them in my ball manipulation act. The balls are cheap, but I think their too light for tossing. The shell is also OK. I recommend it to everyone who´s beginning to do multiplying balls.

.
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Name of Set: Multiplying Billiard Balls
Ball Maker: Owens Magic Supreme
Ball Sizes: 1.75" & 2"
Ball Material: Maple
Set Contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red & White, but custom colors are available.
Price: Latest quoted price (Catalog 12) $295, call for updated costs
Dealers: Directly from Owens
Review: I put away my Fakini's to use this set (although I still use them to learn moves). Absolutely the best wooden set I've ever touched. I know they will chip if dropped, but I take great care with them and they've been good so far and if they were good enough for Alan Wakeling, they are good enough for me. They are beautiful to look at and make the routine look like a work of art.
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Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Eyeballs
Ball Maker: House of Fakini 316 Jackson Street, Delta, Ohio 43515 Ph: 419-822-3386
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4"
Balls Material: solid silicone
Set contains: 3 solid "eyes" and 1 shell
Colors Available: Blue pupils, but otherwise N/A
Price: $199.99
Dealers selling the set: Fantasma Magic (direct link to product) http://www.fantasmamagic.com/shopping/pr......rod=4515
Review: First and foremost... these are molded with the colors actually part of the ball. They are NOT painted. Otherwise, Fakini quality. 'Nuff said!
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Kent Wong
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Name of set: Multiplying Golf Balls
Ball Maker: Empire
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 Balls and a shell
Colors Available: yellow
Price: $10.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: This is a good beginner set of multiplying balls. The shell is very well made and the color of the balls is a vibrant yellow. The silicone makes the balls fairly easy to handle, but for extra grip, you may want to rinse the balls in warm water and dry them out a little before use. This will make them much easier to handle.

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Name of set: Manipulators
Ball Maker: Arlen Studios
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 balls and a shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $70.00
Dealers selling the set: http://www.spookclub.com
Review: Don't buy this set. The silicone balls have definite and visible seams where they were poured. The shell is poorly made and looks as if its a different color from the other balls. If you're looking to spend this kind of money, go for the Fakini's instead.

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A BIG 'Thank You' to Steven Steele, Michael Baker and Kent Wong (again) for the info on the Owen Multiplying Billiard Balls, Fakini Multiplying Eyeballs and the Muliplying Golf Balls.

I am really glad the list is growing.



Here's the latest updated list in one post for easy reading ...



Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Frank Radtke
Ball Sizes: 1 5/8", 1 3/4", 2" 2 1/8", 2 1/4"
Balls Material: Washable, solid silicone.
Set contains: 3 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: white, orange, magenta, neon yellow, horizon blue, signal green and rocket red.
Price: From $90.00 - $180.00
Dealers selling the set : Stevens Magic Emporium (http://www.stevensmagic.com) Denny & Lee Magic Studio (http://www.dennymagic.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi)
Review: The speical grip of the silicone makes the manipulation easier. The shells are also covered with the same matching silicone material.


Name of set: Multiplying Hand Knit Crocheted Balls
Ball Maker: Morrissey Magic
Ball Sizes: 2"
Balls Material: Knit crocheted wool exterior
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 Shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $30.00
Dealers selling the set: Morrissey Magic (http://www.morrisseymagic.com/), Browsers Den (http://www.browsersden.com/welcome.htm)
Review: Great set of multiplying balls for the price. The crochet gives the balls extra grip and the shell is very well made. The only downside for beginners is the size. They started with a 1 3/4 ball and then crocheted around it. So, the balls are just under 2". Given the size, these are best suited for adult sized hands.


Name of set: Multiplying Sponge Balls
Ball Maker: Magic by Gosh
Ball Sizes: 1,5 inch
Balls Material: Hard Sponge
Set contains: 4 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: About $5
Dealers selling the set: About every major magic shop.
Review: I currently use them in my ball manipulation act. The balls are cheap, but I think their too light for tossing. The shell is also OK. I recommend it to everyone who´s beginning to do multiplying balls.


Name of Set: Owen Multiplying Billiard Balls
Ball Maker: Owens Magic Supreme
Ball Sizes: 1.75" & 2"
Ball Material: Maple
Set Contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red & White, but custom colors are available.
Price: Latest quoted price (Catalog 12) $295, call for updated costs
Dealers: Directly from Owens Magic Supreme (http://www.owenmagic.com)
Review: I put away my Fakini's to use this set (although I still use them to learn moves). Absolutely the best wooden set I've ever touched. I know they will chip if dropped, but I take great care with them and they've been good so far and if they were good enough for Alan Wakeling, they are good enough for me. They are beautiful to look at and make the routine look like a work of art.


Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Eyeballs
Ball Maker: House of Fakini 316 Jackson Street, Delta, Ohio 43515 Ph: 419-822-3386
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4"
Balls Material: solid silicone
Set contains: 3 solid "eyes" and 1 shell
Colors Available: Blue pupils, but otherwise N/A
Price: $199.99
Dealers selling the set: Fantasma Magic (direct link to product) (http://www.fantasmamagic.com/shopping/pr......rod=4515)
Review: First and foremost... these are molded with the colors actually part of the ball. They are NOT painted. Otherwise, Fakini quality. 'Nuff said!


Name of set: Multiplying Golf Balls
Ball Maker: Empire
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 Balls and a shell
Colors Available: yellow
Price: $10.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: This is a good beginner set of multiplying balls. The shell is very well made and the color of the balls is a vibrant yellow. The silicone makes the balls fairly easy to handle, but for extra grip, you may want to rinse the balls in warm water and dry them out a little before use. This will make them much easier to handle.
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Name of set: Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Vernet
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Plastic with spiked surface
Set contains: 3 balls and shell
Colors Available: silver
Price: $20.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: Many people use these balls as a starter set. The spikes give the magician a grip that allows them to use the balls with confidence. Also, Vernet provides additional accessories to go along with the set to extend the life of the routine. For instance, you can purchase a silk to ball, a mini-zombie, and a four ball finale. The balls for all of these add-ons match the multiplying balls and expand the possibilities of your performance. The downside to these balls is their weight; these things are extremely light and take some getting use to. Also, the spikes on the balls don't lend themselves to any routine that really uses silks to any degree since the spikes will tend to catch on the silk. Finally, I find that the balls look very "shadowy" in the real world and are not very visible from a distance.

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Name of set: Multiplying Balls (Wood)
Ball Maker: Unknown
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Wood
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $15.99
Dealers selling the set: http://www.spookclub.com/product_info.php?products_id=1378
Review: If these balls came in a 2 inch set, they would be very nice. The finish is smooth and the paint job is vibrant. The finish is a little slippery and you may want to coat the balls with a clear finish that makes it a little tackier. The shell is nicely made out of wood and matches all of the other balls perfectly. As with most wooden sets, there is a slight clicking when the ball goes into the shell. Thin, adhesive felt pads inserted inside the shell will eliminate this. The real nice feature with the wooden balls is the smooth way the roll with any silks you may be using in your routine. If you're looking for an entry level wooden set, these are pretty good.

Kent
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Many thanks to Kent Wong for the contributions on many of the multiplying balls set info.

I have added under each set of multiplying balls info the name of the person contributing the information.

Here's another updated list for you reading convenience. Have fun reading.




Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Frank Radtke
Ball Sizes: 1 5/8", 1 3/4", 2" 2 1/8", 2 1/4"
Balls Material: Washable, solid silicone.
Set contains: 3 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: white, orange, magenta, neon yellow, horizon blue, signal green and rocket red.
Price: From $90.00 - $180.00
Dealers selling the set : Stevens Magic Emporium (http://www.stevensmagic.com) Denny & Lee Magic Studio (http://www.dennymagic.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi)
Review: The speical grip of the silicone makes the manipulation easier. The shells are also covered with the same matching silicone material.
CONTRIBUTED BY JAMES TONG with additions from LEVENT


Name of set: Multiplying Hand Knit Crocheted Balls
Ball Maker: Morrissey Magic
Ball Sizes: 2"
Balls Material: Knit crocheted wool exterior
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 Shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $30.00
Dealers selling the set: Morrissey Magic (http://www.morrisseymagic.com/), Browsers Den (http://www.browsersden.com/welcome.htm)
Review: Great set of multiplying balls for the price. The crochet gives the balls extra grip and the shell is very well made. The only downside for beginners is the size. They started with a 1 3/4 ball and then crocheted around it. So, the balls are just under 2". Given the size, these are best suited for adult sized hands.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name of set: Multiplying Sponge Balls
Ball Maker: Magic by Gosh
Ball Sizes: 1,5 inch
Balls Material: Hard Sponge
Set contains: 4 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: About $5
Dealers selling the set: About every major magic shop.
Review: I currently use them in my ball manipulation act. The balls are cheap, but I think their too light for tossing. The shell is also OK. I recommend it to everyone who´s beginning to do multiplying balls.
CONTRIBUTED BY FRED-ERIK JOHANSON


Name of Set: Owen Multiplying Billiard Balls
Ball Maker: Owens Magic Supreme
Ball Sizes: 1.75" & 2"
Ball Material: Maple
Set Contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red & White, but custom colors are available.
Price: Latest quoted price (Catalog 12) $295, call for updated costs
Dealers: Directly from Owens Magic Supreme (http://www.owenmagic.com)
Review: I put away my Fakini's to use this set (although I still use them to learn moves). Absolutely the best wooden set I've ever touched. I know they will chip if dropped, but I take great care with them and they've been good so far and if they were good enough for Alan Wakeling, they are good enough for me. They are beautiful to look at and make the routine look like a work of art.
CONTRIBUTED BY STEVEN STEELE


Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Eyeballs
Ball Maker: House of Fakini 316 Jackson Street, Delta, Ohio 43515 Ph: 419-822-3386
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4"
Balls Material: solid silicone
Set contains: 3 solid "eyes" and 1 shell
Colors Available: Blue pupils, but otherwise N/A
Price: $199.99
Dealers selling the set: Fantasma Magic (direct link to product) (http://www.fantasmamagic.com/shopping/pr......rod=4515)
Review: First and foremost... these are molded with the colors actually part of the ball. They are NOT painted. Otherwise, Fakini quality. 'Nuff said!
CONTRIBUTED BY Michael BAKER


Name of set: Multiplying Golf Balls
Ball Maker: Empire
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 Balls and a shell
Colors Available: yellow
Price: $10.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: This is a good beginner set of multiplying balls. The shell is very well made and the color of the balls is a vibrant yellow. The silicone makes the balls fairly easy to handle, but for extra grip, you may want to rinse the balls in warm water and dry them out a little before use. This will make them much easier to handle.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name of set: Arlen Studios Manipulators
Ball Maker: Arlen Studios
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 balls and a shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $70.00
Dealers selling the set: http://www.spookclub.com
Review: Don't buy this set. The silicone balls have definite and visible seams where they were poured. The shell is poorly made and looks as if its a different color from the other balls. If you're looking to spend this kind of money, go for the Fakini's instead.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name of set: Vernet Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Vernet
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Plastic with spiked surface
Set contains: 3 balls and shell
Colors Available: silver
Price: $20.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: Many people use these balls as a starter set. The spikes give the magician a grip that allows them to use the balls with confidence. Also, Vernet provides additional accessories to go along with the set to extend the life of the routine. For instance, you can purchase a silk to ball, a mini-zombie, and a four ball finale. The balls for all of these add-ons match the multiplying balls and expand the possibilities of your performance. The downside to these balls is their weight; these things are extremely light and take some getting use to. Also, the spikes on the balls don't lend themselves to any routine that really uses silks to any degree since the spikes will tend to catch on the silk. Finally, I find that the balls look very "shadowy" in the real world and are not very visible from a distance.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name of set: Multiplying Balls (Wood)
Ball Maker: Unknown
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Wood
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $15.99
Dealers selling the set: http://www.spookclub.com/product_info.php?products_id=1378
Review: If these balls came in a 2 inch set, they would be very nice. The finish is smooth and the paint job is vibrant. The finish is a little slippery and you may want to coat the balls with a clear finish that makes it a little tackier. The shell is nicely made out of wood and matches all of the other balls perfectly. As with most wooden sets, there is a slight clicking when the ball goes into the shell. Thin, adhesive felt pads inserted inside the shell will eliminate this. The real nice feature with the wooden balls is the smooth way the roll with any silks you may be using in your routine. If you're looking for an entry level wooden set, these are pretty good.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG
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I've got one:

Name: Silver Sphere Combo
Maker: Sam Dalal, India
Size: 1 1/2 inch
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Set: 3 solid balls, 1 shell, 1 ball with hole for silk to ball
Color: Chrome
Price: $25
Distributed by D. Robbins House of EZ Magic
Review: Like palming Ice Cubes, except not as easy.
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Thanks, Levent, for the Silver Sphere Combo Balls info. Another great addition to the list.

Here's the latest update ... Have fun reading.




Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Frank Radtke
Ball Sizes: 1 5/8", 1 3/4", 2" 2 1/8", 2 1/4"
Balls Material: Washable, solid silicone.
Set contains: 3 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: white, orange, magenta, neon yellow, horizon blue, signal green and rocket red.
Price: From $90.00 - $180.00
Dealers selling the set : Stevens Magic Emporium (http://www.stevensmagic.com) Denny & Lee Magic Studio (http://www.dennymagic.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi)
Review: The speical grip of the silicone makes the manipulation easier. The shells are also covered with the same matching silicone material.
CONTRIBUTED BY JAMES TONG with additions from LEVENT


Name of set: Multiplying Hand Knit Crocheted Balls
Ball Maker: Morrissey Magic
Ball Sizes: 2"
Balls Material: Knit crocheted wool exterior
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 Shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $30.00
Dealers selling the set: Morrissey Magic (http://www.morrisseymagic.com/), Browsers Den (http://www.browsersden.com/welcome.htm)
Review: Great set of multiplying balls for the price. The crochet gives the balls extra grip and the shell is very well made. The only downside for beginners is the size. They started with a 1 3/4 ball and then crocheted around it. So, the balls are just under 2". Given the size, these are best suited for adult sized hands.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name of set: Multiplying Sponge Balls
Ball Maker: Magic by Gosh
Ball Sizes: 1,5 inch
Balls Material: Hard Sponge
Set contains: 4 balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: About $5
Dealers selling the set: About every major magic shop.
Review: I currently use them in my ball manipulation act. The balls are cheap, but I think their too light for tossing. The shell is also OK. I recommend it to everyone who´s beginning to do multiplying balls.
CONTRIBUTED BY FRED-ERIK JOHANSON


Name of Set: Owen Multiplying Billiard Balls
Ball Maker: Owens Magic Supreme
Ball Sizes: 1.75" & 2"
Ball Material: Maple
Set Contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red & White, but custom colors are available.
Price: Latest quoted price (Catalog 12) $295, call for updated costs
Dealers: Directly from Owens Magic Supreme (http://www.owenmagic.com)
Review: I put away my Fakini's to use this set (although I still use them to learn moves). Absolutely the best wooden set I've ever touched. I know they will chip if dropped, but I take great care with them and they've been good so far and if they were good enough for Alan Wakeling, they are good enough for me. They are beautiful to look at and make the routine look like a work of art.
CONTRIBUTED BY STEVEN STEELE


Name of set: Fakini Multiplying Eyeballs
Ball Maker: House of Fakini 316 Jackson Street, Delta, Ohio 43515 Ph: 419-822-3386
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4"
Balls Material: solid silicone
Set contains: 3 solid "eyes" and 1 shell
Colors Available: Blue pupils, but otherwise N/A
Price: $199.99
Dealers selling the set: Fantasma Magic (direct link to product) (http://www.fantasmamagic.com/shopping/pr......rod=4515)
Review: First and foremost... these are molded with the colors actually part of the ball. They are NOT painted. Otherwise, Fakini quality. 'Nuff said!
CONTRIBUTED BY Michael BAKER


Name of set: Multiplying Golf Balls
Ball Maker: Empire
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 Balls and a shell
Colors Available: yellow
Price: $10.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: This is a good beginner set of multiplying balls. The shell is very well made and the color of the balls is a vibrant yellow. The silicone makes the balls fairly easy to handle, but for extra grip, you may want to rinse the balls in warm water and dry them out a little before use. This will make them much easier to handle.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name of set: Arlen Studios Manipulators
Ball Maker: Arlen Studios
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 3 balls and a shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $70.00
Dealers selling the set: http://www.spookclub.com
Review: Don't buy this set. The silicone balls have definite and visible seams where they were poured. The shell is poorly made and looks as if its a different color from the other balls. If you're looking to spend this kind of money, go for the Fakini's instead.
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Name of set: Vernet Multiplying Balls
Ball Maker: Vernet
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Plastic with spiked surface
Set contains: 3 balls and shell
Colors Available: silver
Price: $20.00
Dealers selling the set: Most magic stores
Review: Many people use these balls as a starter set. The spikes give the magician a grip that allows them to use the balls with confidence. Also, Vernet provides additional accessories to go along with the set to extend the life of the routine. For instance, you can purchase a silk to ball, a mini-zombie, and a four ball finale. The balls for all of these add-ons match the multiplying balls and expand the possibilities of your performance. The downside to these balls is their weight; these things are extremely light and take some getting use to. Also, the spikes on the balls don't lend themselves to any routine that really uses silks to any degree since the spikes will tend to catch on the silk. Finally, I find that the balls look very "shadowy" in the real world and are not very visible from a distance.
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Name of set: Multiplying Balls (Wood)
Ball Maker: Unknown
Ball Sizes: 1 1/2
Balls Material: Wood
Set contains: 4 Balls and 1 shell
Colors Available: Red
Price: $15.99
Dealers selling the set: http://www.spookclub.com/product_info.php?products_id=1378
Review: If these balls came in a 2 inch set, they would be very nice. The finish is smooth and the paint job is vibrant. The finish is a little slippery and you may want to coat the balls with a clear finish that makes it a little tackier. The shell is nicely made out of wood and matches all of the other balls perfectly. As with most wooden sets, there is a slight clicking when the ball goes into the shell. Thin, adhesive felt pads inserted inside the shell will eliminate this. The real nice feature with the wooden balls is the smooth way the roll with any silks you may be using in your routine. If you're looking for an entry level wooden set, these are pretty good.
CONTRIBUTED BY KENT WONG


Name: Silver Sphere Combo
Maker: Sam Dalal, India
Size: 1 1/2 inch
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Set: 3 solid balls, 1 shell, 1 ball with hole for silk to ball
Color: Chrome
Price: $25
Distributed by D. Robbins House of EZ Magic (http://www.ezmagicrobbins.com)
Review: Like palming Ice Cubes, except not as easy.
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I just got a set:

Name of set: Multiplying Balls-Gorilla Grip
Ball Maker: Super Magic
Ball Sizes: 1 3/4
Balls Material: Silicone
Set contains: 4 Balls and 2 shell
Colors Available: White and Red
Price: $18.50-30.00
Dealers selling the set: http://themagicwarehouse.com/MB6663/Mult......rip.html and other major magic stores.
Review: The review in magic stores said: "Set comes with three Gorilla-Grip balls, one Semi-locking Gorilla-Grip shell and as a bonus, one Shell ball as a final kicker.", but what I received was 4 balls and 2(not very good) shells. The balls are bearable, but what really bothers me is the seam line. Like I said the shells is not what I hoped for. They are very loose and I don't understand what makes them semi-locking. Maybe someone can explain me?

Thanks,
Fred
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Thanks, Fred, for adding another set to this list.

As for the problem you are facing, perhaps someone who has a set can offer their opinions. I don't have a set so I would not be able to offer you any explanation.

Just like to ask whether the shell is slippery. Is the shell made of the same material as the ball?
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The shell is pure plastic, loose and very slippery. And it don't have the same material coat like the balls. It has a similar shine from a distance, but that is all.
Also I want to mention that even from a distance the shell looks much bigger than the ball, if they are side by side between the fingers.

-Fred
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