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I have never tried sponge balls, so I am asking , where is the best place to start and learn. Many thanks Dave
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Penguin Magic has a DVD by Jay Noblezada (sp.) that I think has a lot to offer for a start up routine and good instruction on the sleights. For me, the visit to the "master" was worth the price...

If you get into sponge balls, you will no doubt really appreciate the magic within. My follow up choice would be Bill Malone's sponge ball work- very good...

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Dave,

You wont find a better resource anywhere than Etienne's epic post on this thread:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=115

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On 2010-12-13 20:49, dave wrote:
I have never tried sponge balls, so I am asking , where is the best place to start and learn. Many thanks Dave


What kind of a magical background do you have so far? Do you do any work with coins, particularly sleight of hand?
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I wish Frank Garcia had lived long enough to record his sponge ball lecture on DVD. His ideas were very simple but effective.
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Thanks to all, I will pick up and study all that has been recommended, my experience in magic goes back over 30 years and like most started out with a box of magic given a present, almost all I do has been mentalism and bizarre, I have basic sleight of hand knowledge. I am looking now to go back to fun old magic, for two reasons, one personal fun and knowledge and two, I have been doing trade shows and using off the shelf stuff with the theme and patter to go with my client and their product, I thought this would be a short run gig, but is expanding, so now I have to expand, I like to do effects that I like to see , I have always loved watching a sponge ball effect, so now I need to learn and then incorporate it it to fit my style, many thanks to all. Dave
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Hello Dave:

My favorite sources for sponge ball material are two booklets available from Magic, Inc. One is a small booklet by Frank Garcia, originally published by Gene Gordon. The other is The Sponge Book.
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I have sponge balls. I don't tell everybody that but you guys look okay...!

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The Frank Garcia (Gene Gordon) booklet is "Sponge Balls- Moves, Routines, Ideas".
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Pat Page material is as good as it gets.
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Bill Tarr, Now You See It Now You Don't & The Mark Wilson course in magic are good places to start.

Reel Magic Quarterly Episode 4 has an excellent routine by Bill Malone,it's an excellent routine.


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Sponge ball tool box by Steve Dacri...that's a treasure!A great Dvd!
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Magic by Gosh has the complete Al Goshman sponge ball routine- and much more
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On 2010-12-16 21:29, demonmagic wrote:
Sponge ball tool box by Steve Dacri...that's a treasure!A great Dvd!

I learned my present routine by reverse engineering his "Marsians" routine. If I had to recommend a teacher of sponge ball magic, Steve Dacri would be the guy.
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Go to Dariel Fitzkee's trick brain where he lists effects: do a sequence packed with effects properly linking into one another and off the beaten path. Then take any of the modern DVDs for the technical solutions. Then write a non descriptive script.

In other words don't start with methods and sleights, start with effects, showmanship and entertainment.
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Lawrence O,

Thank you for that suggestion. That's exactly how the younger Mr. Sands describes the technique George Sands used to create his rope routines (and other magic routines): start out with the script for the magic you desire to perform, and THEN figure out how to make the effects happen.

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Etienne, you have hit the proverbial nail right on the proverbial head.

The best work you can do in any routine is to figure out what you want to happen, then have that happen. Don't use someone else's model. It probably won't fit you as well as your own.

Go for the punch instead of being consistent with someone else's work.

This was the difference between the way Punx created his material and Borodin created his. Punx usually started with a trick and worked outward to a story. Borodin started with the story and worked out the trick.
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The DVD "Sponge" by Jay Noblezada
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Not the best, as we have discussed here and elsewhere.
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World's Greatest Magic By The World's Greatest Magicians Sponge Ball - This benchmark collection features just about all of magic’s most enduring and classic sponge effects and routines (except for Magic Ian's diminishing sponge balls and Bill Malone's take on the multiplying sponge balls). It’s a great compendium with many of the top masters in the world of magic teaching their handlings and routines. This variety should avoid newbies lavishly copying one performer's routine.
In this volume of the series, we discover a virtual encyclopedia of sponge ball magic. Routines from thirteen of the best sponge ball workers of all time have been collected in one place for the first time, making this DVD the most comprehensive reference work on performing magic with sponge balls ever produced. Many unique vanishes, moves and stratagems are taught allowing us to build our own routine or to plug into the routine we already do.
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