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Bill Palmer
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Does anyone know where I can get a good fabric ball dropper for 1.75" silicone balls? It would need to hold three balls.
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Where do you want it secreted? What are you wearing? Is it for you?
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Fakini makes a ball dropper for his balls. It is a rather large hard tube with a release attached, it is made in 2 sizes I believe. It costs $100.00. Contact Frank, as I have never seen them offered by dealers, but he has them every year at Abbott's Get-Together.

I found an old style dropper once made of elastic and wires, an hooks over the pocket or belt that would work well with silicon balls. I was an old Ireland Inc. Product, no longer made.

The cloth bags made by Abbott's work but you have to adjust the opening elastic, easily done, much larger then with a wood ball. Keeping the plastic stripe in helps the balls to drop. Thinking about it using 4 plastic strips may help it work better and the balls fall easily. I have used it with the golf balls from Fakini.
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Bill:

I made one out of a black sock. Cut the sock so you basically have a tube - the elastic faces down and holds the balls in. One disadvantage is that I have to remeove it to load the balls, and then re-pin it.

Jim
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On 2009-10-17 02:59, Pete Biro wrote:
Where do you want it secreted? What are you wearing? Is it for you?


It's for me. It will go under my vest.

I've seen the Fakini dropper. It won't work for my situation. Neither will a sock. I think the Abbott's dropper would be a good place to start.
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Goodway magic makes one I stumbled across. I'll have to find the link tomorrow at work.
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I can recommend the Goodway dropper for plastic, wooden AND Fakinis(although with the Fakini's, there is a 'knack').

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Bill,

You might want to talk with Levent. On his latest DVD on billiard balls he has a dropper he made that might fit the bill. I would recommend buying the DVD anyways; it is a great DVD on billiard balls.

David
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Found the The Goodway Dropper here: http://www.thegoodwaymagic.com/fakini_ball_dropper.htm

Being this is all cloth, it would be improved by a stripe of plastic on the side that is against the body.
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David, have you got yours already?

Regards,

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Bill, I've had problems using a cloth dropper with the Fakini balls, because the silicone is "sticky" they are hard to squeeze out.
I've tried several different materials but have not lucked into the right one. The Fakini dropper while bulky because of the tube construction does work really well.
Let me know if you find a good working cloth dropper.

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That is why I suggested the Abbott's Model, they put a plastic strip inside. This allows the balls to fall and gives you something to press against to extract the ball. This I have used for the Golf Balls and it works well.

The Goodway does not seem to have this feature, but they say it is for the Fakini balls. I cannot comment as I have not tried this product.
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On 2009-10-18 20:31, Daveandrews wrote:
David, have you got yours already?

Regards,

Dave


Dave, would you be mad at me if I say yes? Smile


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David ... yes !

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Dave

Posted: Oct 19, 2009 8:06am
61 and wm - I am using the Goodway droppers with 2" Fakinis.

What I will say, is that you can't simply 'push' on the outside of the dropper, as you would with plastic or wood, as I'm sure you appreciate.

I have found that I can connect with the top of the ball with my thumb,and kind of 'take it' from the dropper. It comes out quite easily. Geoff Goodway has put a triangular hole at the bottom of the dropper so that you can put your thumb through it, connect with the ball and push it out. That did not work for me, it was too 'precise' a movement during performance. I 'connect' on the outside, and with the slight elasticity of the fabric, that bit of give facilitates removal of the ball.

It works for me, and did take a bit of time to find out - sorry, but it is difficult to put into print. I only hope that you get the idea I'm trying to put across.

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I made mine from a sock. Get a slippery material like silk. The key is to get the right diameter for the elastic. Once you have the right diameter, fold the sock up once so the elastic is inside, around the mouth of the sock. Make sure that the type of balls you are using will slip against the material!
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I see http://www.stevensmagic.com has the Goodway dropper. Does not look like there is any stiff material in the holder. A strip of plastic across running from opening to opening, would help release the ball much easier.
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You might want to contact Bob Sanders dealing with his egg dropper. I like the fabric he uses.
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I got one from Bob Sanders. It's fantastic. It does not have a plastic strip in it, nor does it need one. It will work with any size ball that you might be using in a manip act. It is completely adjustable, as well, and you can load it up without removing it from your costume/clothing.

It is MUCH better than the Goodway dropper, for my purposes.
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The Fakini ball dropper I seen at his booth was a large tube. It just looked like a 3" in diameter mailing tube painted black, about 6" long, but Fakini said it was a special material of some kind. He had attached a lever on the outside that went into a hole in the tube to prevent the ball from falling.

It was so large that I did not see how a jacket could cover it without a very large bulge.

It costs $100.00
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On 2009-11-16 15:37, Bill Palmer wrote:
I got one from Bob Sanders. It's fantastic. It does not have a plastic strip in it, nor does it need one. It will work with any size ball that you might be using in a manip act. It is completely adjustable, as well, and you can load it up without removing it from your costume/clothing.

It is MUCH better than the Goodway dropper, for my purposes.


It sounds like the perfect dropper.
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