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OK, these have been the sponges I've waited for since first doing the trick. I'm ordering!


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This is the most super realistic sponge item ever made by Alan Wong. The set comes with four sponge tennis balls.

You can produce them, vanish them, multiply them, throw them out for gags.
They bounce like a real tennis ball too!
Perfect for final loads under cups and balls - and as many as you can fit in!
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These do look really great! They are in stock so get your order in at your favorite magic dealer world wide.
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Very realistic looking balls. Worth checking them out.

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Any idea if you can do a regular sponge ball routine with these? or their too big for that?
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I remember Finn Jon selling these a long time ago with 2 shells and a fantastic routine. Those were white tennis balls. Alan's looks more visible with that yellow green natural color. It would even be great if he also had shells in it.
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Is the photo above for show or the actual balls?
Finns were hand made and one color. The gimmick was neat and I have wished he put it back out. He used to say anyone could get a piece of foam and carefully cut away at it to make the ball. He claimed that is what he did. However I never had much luck.

I never had a set of the multiplying balls but still have one of his , a bit yellowed as foam does that came with his bubble to tennis ball.

Can anyone report how squishy they are and if they spring back like any other sponge ball? I have tired foam balls from other sources and they never expanded as fast as Goshman sponges.
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On 2010-08-20 21:03, Lou Hilario wrote:
I remember Finn Jon selling these a long time ago with 2 shells and a fantastic routine. Those were white tennis balls. Alan's looks more visible with that yellow green natural color. It would even be great if he also had shells in it.


His act used to fool me badly when I was younger.
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These are amazing. They absolutely look real. We were playing with them at Dean Dill's shop the other day - and we're coming up with lots of ideas on how to use them. I will be ordering a set.
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why do you think the promo video just shows him batting them with a racket rather than actually doing magic with them?

To me they appear to be too firm to do sponge ball effects. Maybe similar to the foam balls used as "water balls"


Since you have played with them, how much can they compact and how does it compare to a large sponge ball of similar size from Goshman? How fast do the Wong balls expand in comparison after being compressed for 10 or 15 minutes? Any chance of the color coming off? Any comparison to the Finn John balls of yesteryear?
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But I'm assuming you can still do some of the Standard Sponge ball routine with these correct?
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I counted 12 of them in the demo,I would think they compress pretty good to hold that many in 1 hand.

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I like them, just seem very different than just pulling out red balls. MIght have to pick these up.
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Craig Petty and David Penn just reviewed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni3dIj90O......embedded
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I have sponge bananas from Alan Wong, good looking and quality.

It could be good to know how many balls you can compress in a hand.
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I don't think it is a good idea to do a sponge ball routine with these as
A)they are 2 big,
B)you don't want your audience to know that they are made of sponge!
This is great for a production item or for a routine like Finn John's.
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Watching the recent Wizard Product Review video in which these are featured should answer most questions -- and convince anyone on the fence to buy 'em. I'll be placing my order soon.
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Man those wizard guys crack me up! The question I really need answered is do these things bounce like tennis balls (as it says in the ad) I have large hands & I'll bet I could do a wicked purse-frame routine with 4-6 of these, but can you bounce them?
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On 2010-08-29 04:23, The Mighty Fool wrote:
Man those wizard guys crack me up! The question I really need answered is do these things bounce like tennis balls (as it says in the ad) I have large hands & I'll bet I could do a wicked purse-frame routine with 4-6 of these, but can you bounce them?


The first post in this topic mentions:
"They bounce like a real tennis ball too!"

I hope this answers the question... In de demo video you can also see the balls bounce.

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All I saw in the vid dem was the sponges being bopped off of a tennis raquet. Can you take one, throw it straight down from chest level, and have it rebound right back up to your hand like a tennis ball would?
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Ahh he tricked you. YOu did not see 12 productions.
One is on the racket already. ANd at least 3 if not 4 are visible and nearly full size.
7 are compressed at most.
Still pretty good but not 12. That is if there are only 3 or 4 actually in view. There could have been more, not hidden off the back since two come flying out on first toss. But even 6 is pretty good IF you have the cover of the other balls/ I doubt you could put 6 in the hand without anything else to act as a distraction or cover.
And what I would also like to know is how they perform while compressed for say 15 minutes.

As for the bounce, I would take a guess is they would not bounce like a REAL tennis ball if using the floor. The nature of less dense foam just might not allow for it to return fully back to the hand. I know even the Finn John balls were said to BOUNCE but you had to throw harder and it still did not return fully to the height you would exact a real ball too.
Finn used to bounce it on a table up to his hand. So not a very far bounce since that was it limits and gave the average person the idea it was a real ball vs sponge.

SO if Wong got a compressible ball and a full bounce, I will buy a set for sure.




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On 2010-08-24 02:42, Michael Peterson wrote:
I counted 12 of them in the demo,I would think they compress pretty good to hold that many in 1 hand.

Mike
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