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pintirri
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Being an Australian living in the most isolated city in the world, I am a bit naive about buying magic from American Dealers.
I am interested in buying a set of Rubberized Multiplying Billiard Balls with "Gorilla-Grip".
I have sourced them but find there is quite a price variation for what appears to be the same product. "When You Wish Magic" have them and also "WizardHQ".
Can anyone give me any tips on what to look for when buying this product and explain why there is such a price variation?
Thanks in anticipation.
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Eddie Torres
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Get yourself a set of Fakini multiplying billiard balls. They're the original ones in that kind of material and the best, at that. The others are all knockoffs of one form or another and, generally, have a problem either with the gimmick or the quality of the material on the ball. They're the best of the best, and you won't find any better.
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pintirri
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Thank you for your comments, Eddie.
Cheers!
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I was thinking of buying a set of Gorilla Grip balls, but after reading the reviews of people who have them, I'm going to pass. They apparently aren't very user friendly.

Jim
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The balls I use in my rainbow ball routine at
http://members.cavtel.net/parmenides/rainbowballs.mov
are rubberized high bounce balls that I bought in a K&K toy store. They are all the same size and resemble a golf ball, a soccer ball, a volleyball and... I can't remember the fourth one. Maybe a basketball. Of course, they don't come with a s**ll, but the rainbow portion of my routine didn't need one anyway. (There is a more traditional white golf ball routine that precedes the clip in the link above.) There were times when these toystore balls became slippery, but usually all that was required to make them useable again was to wash them in soapy water.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
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Thank you jimhlou and Anatole for your replies. Thanks also Anatole for your video clip. I enjoyed watching it. Where did you get the routine from?
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I developed my rainbow ball routine around 1966, based on an interlocked coin production by Bill Simon that was published in Bruce Elliott's book _Professional Magic Made Easy_. Years later I discovered that Arnold de Biere had produced a single billiard ball this way. I think Maurice Rooklyn may have had a similar move. You'll notice that all four balls in the routine are solid. Many years ago I published an interlocked multiplying golf ball routine in GENII using the Fakini balls and s****. When I performed this routine at an IBM convention contest many years ago, I think a lot of magicians couldn't figure out where the fourth ball came from. It was obvious that the first three were solid balls, so everyone assumed I guess that the fourth ball was solid, too. When I decided to do the routine with four different colored balls, the s**** dodge was out. It took a while to figure out a way to keep the fourth solid ball concealed during the interlock acquitment, but I think I came up with a viable solution.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
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Thank you Anatole for your comments about your routine. I found the comments to be very interesting.
Best wishes
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I bought a set of gorillas prior to getting fakinis. they are good for what they are; a cheap alternative to help in exploring billiard ball work before dropping big bucks on fakinis.
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Tony Thomas
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Anatole,

Great job on that routine. Thank you for sharing with us. I especially appreciated the subdelty you displayed. Notice his eyes and where they were focused on the moment of each reveal. Notice the break that happened with the dirty hand as he revealed the vanish of the ball. Notice the smooth pace, it didn't feel rushed, or strained. It was simply enjoyable to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

Tony
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These are decent especially for the practice phase although when compared to fakinis you get what you pay for.
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Thanks for your comments mrdane and phread.
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Pintirri
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