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Tony Thomas
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Has anyone used these?
http://www.theambitiouscard.com/aitem.cfm?itemid=82

What are they like? Will they have a similar feel to a 1.75 Fakini Ball, for a color change?
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No, I haven't used them. But it looks to me like the yellow ball shows a seam, and my preference is working with balls with no visible seam. I think audiences might assume that the seam indicates a hinge where the ball might open up for some secret purpose.
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Tony Thomas
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I do see the small seem. I'm less worried about that (although I do understand your comment), I'm more concerned with the feel of the rubber. Has anyone felt these? Do they have the grip of a silicone ball?
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They do not have grip like a silicon ball. I use them for billiard ball routines outdoors in a busking type situation. If your routine is highly manipulative, I would recommend coughing up the money for silicone balls.

My routine is more "folksy" and does not use "show-off" type manipulation for the most part. For this reason I don't care what kind of balls I use. I do productions from behind ears, on my leg, etc. I do NOT do the standard mult. move with any routine as it screams "gimmick" and looks like something a magician would do. I prefer a simple production from an empty hand. That looks very magical.

The seam is not an issue and would never be an issue. If that's what people are looking at there are far bigger issues than 'seam' in your routine/act.
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Tony Thomas
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Thanks Frank. I may order one, as it is probably better than what I am currently using for my color change. I have recently upgraded from fakini golf balls to round billiard balls. I just coughed up $300 on balls. I can't spend another $99 for an entire set, just to get a color change.
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That is true. They are very good for that. I love a rainbow routine, personally.

Really, there's nothing like a good ball vanish.
Coins and all that stuff are small. The vanishes are nice. But when you vanish a billiard ball using a retention vanish, show both hands empty and then produce the same ball from someone's ear, change the color, produce a second ball of a 3rd color, then find the original ball, then produce a 4th ball all within 10 seconds, it's very powerful.
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