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Stephen Bargatze has a hilarious sponge ball routine using two spectators. In the end, one spectator has one large ball and the other has lots of mini ones. I like the idea of using two spectators and having the magic happen between them as opposed to between you and one spectator.
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Close's Clones is a great trick and I'm sure Frank is familiar with it but once again it's a wildcard routine. If you're just doing sponge balls, I'd just cough a few times throughout the perfomance covering your mouth. Setting up for the ending. It's the simple things that work...also no stronger misdirection than when the two balls appear in the spec's hand...especially after the first spec gave them to the second ( I love that idea Frank). Or you could wear a sign on your back that says WOW! And ask the audience any time they like what they see just shout out WOW! and turn to give them the clue. You could use the turn for applause cue a few times and put it on the nose then. Just some ideas. But, I've always been a fan of NOT turning my back on an audience and having the magic happen by my face so they always associate my face with the magic that's happening.
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How about ending with lemons Smile Just a joke...it works well with cups and balls LOL

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Look up Mardo's routine for the growing sponge ball. It uses no gimmicks and the spectator gets the idea that it happens in his hand, even though it doesn't.

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[quote]On 2003-10-27 17:31, David Le wrote:
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well, I have been caught loading 2 balls in a specs hand. you see, that guy had BIG hands and my balls were small, I guess I didn't let him squeeze it hard enough Smile

a good idea is to "practice" with them first. let them squeeze ONE ball real tight in their hands as you put it in, because you will make it disappear from thier hands. tell them not to leave a single gap from their hands.

so you have 2 balls on the table.

let them "squeeze" each and ask them which one do they like?

Wow...that really makes me sweat!

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I also use Scott Guinn's Peanut Butter and Jelly routine. It's fantastic and the vanish of the balls is a great way to finish - comes as a total surprise. The following is really not necessary with Guinn's routine, but I am curious. In Ammar's sponge bunny routine that comes with the Gosh bunnies, he suggests hiding one of the bunnies under one's armpit. I wonder if that could be adapted to a sponge ball routine - as a way to show the hands empty and produce a ball from the purse frame at the beginning. Requires a small setup of placing the ball under the armpit but it seems like it would be convincing. Has anyone tried it?
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Use of the armpit as a "holdout" is a very old idea and not original to Ammar. I've used it in a number of effects, for example, to accomplish a final load in a chop cup routine. While the armpit could be used to facilitate production of a sponge ball from a purse frame, I think that use of a Sanada gimmick makes the production look even cleaner.

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Greg Wilson uses the armpit idea on his on the spot tapes for two napkin routines. Using the armpit as a holdout is a great idea, especially for sponges.
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Greg Wilson calls his version the "Pit Stop".

Hey, ya can't just invent something without devising a memorable name for it you know. Smile

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I have to say, Scott Guinn's Peanut Butter and Jelley converted me over. I was always looking for the "Holy Grail" of Sponge Ball effects ( Like I do with card to wallet, etc.)
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If you're interested in use of the armpit as a holdout, you should check out some of Apollo Robbins' work...he uses a spectator's armpit as a holdout!

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I take three sponge balls and push them into my hand and turn them into, er... the spectators watch!

I have found no ending to a sponge ball to be so strong reactionwise.

What do you guys think of this?

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On 2003-10-08 17:23, D J Hawkins wrote:
(I was always taught never to finish a routine on a vanish).

Any ideas ????


Just a small comment here: None other than the great Mark Wilson himself ended his sponge ball routine with the vanish of all the balls.

I don't know who taught you that, but do they know more than Mark wilson?

Subsequently, I've always finished my routine with the vanish, and always get good reaction.

You may or not be interested, but there is a new set of "sponges" out now, called lady bugged, and the sponges look like little lady bugs. I have been using them, and the spectators give a much warmer reception to them than sponge balls. They touch an emotional chord in a way sponges never could. Especially good for the ladies in your audience.

Since I started using them, I haven't even been tempted to go back to round sponges.

Any way, here is an idea or two to conclude your routine. #1 consider having several sponges in your or the spectator's hand, (let's assume they are red) you could have them change to different colors, (I like the neon ones, which are available in hot pink, neon green, etc.) Anyway, to end the spectator opens their hand to find several of these neon sponges where a moment ago, they were red. You could also do that in your hand, but it wouldn't be as strong.

Another possibility is that the spectator is holding three sponges, and opens up his hand to find that all three have grown to jumbo sponge balls!

#3A final possibility is to purchase several of the lady bugs, and end the routine by having the lady bugs multiply to perhaps, a dozen in the spectators hand. Note, that these don't have all the springiness of the regular balls, so concievably they could open their hand to find the "explosion" but they wouldn't fly everywhere and end up all over the floor as do the mini sponges. In fact, they have a tendancy to cling to one another to a certain degree.

Just some tips. Enjoy!

BTW, the strongest reaction I ever remember getting was when I was doing the Slydini master sponge ball routine on a large stage years ago.

I was performing for a young girl, and at the end she is instructed to open her hand, and a couple dozen mini sponge balls flew everywhere. This girl SCREAMED at the top of her lungs, like she was being murdered. It was fabulous, and I still remember it twenty or thirty years later. Smile
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