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magictim
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What is the best set of multiplying balls for cheapest price? I just spent most of my budget on Christmas shopping. I need a better set than those little, hollow plastic pieces of junk that crack when you drop them. Thanks for any input.
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"Magic by Gosh. Multiplying Sponge Balls." It´s very inexpensive. A great way to start learning this classic of magic. Combine this with a sponge ball routine and add "Ball to Cube", not expensive, also by Gosh. There you have the makings for nice, elegant magic, without having to spend much.

Good luck.
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There are some reasonably priced Multiplying Gold Balls on ebay a lot lately... I think they are made in India, but they aren't too bad at all.
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Just buy Fakini. You will save money in the long run.
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Fakni balls are pricey but they are a great investment in for the future. There is nothing quite like the feel and weight of a Fakini ball set. And, if you take care of them, they will last a life time.
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I know you specified "lowest price" but those suggesting Fakini are right! Following the purchase of every available size and brand, you'll eventually spend the $100+ dollars for a set of Fakini.
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Fakinis are the way to go. However, if you want to practice and get a feel for ball manipulation in general, I would get some 1 3/4 inch bouncy balls. you can pick them up at most any toy store. They come in many colors and have a very good feel that sort of mimmics that of a Fakini set. Of course you would not have a shell, but it is a very cheap way to get a set of balls to start practicing the single ball moves and vanishes and then determine if a Fakini set is right for you.
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Tim, this is what I suggest.

Check ebay constantly. I saw a set of orange 2" fakinis (like new condition) go for around $45. I missed the end of the auction or I would have picked them up myself. Keep an eye on ebay. Sometimes some interesting things pop up. Also, I will pm you about some 1.5" sets of rubber multiplying balls I have been making up myself.

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Tim, Not everyone prefers the silicone Fakini balls over the traditional wooden sets. I suggest that you get one of the German made wooden sets that are available at most magic shops. You can get a set of these for about $20, as opposed to about $100 for the Fakinis.
Speaking of the cost of various sets, here is a trivia question ... What manufacturer has the highest price set of multiplying billiard balls currently on the market? Hint - it's not Fakini. Smile
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I agree with Kyle about using the bouncy type ball from a toy store. You don't have the shell but can practice the basic moves. That is exactly how I started before buy my Fakini's. Smile
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It certainly is up to each performer to figure out what balls he is most comfortable using in performance. I just prefer the Fakinis over any other set for the following reasons. Keep in mind that this is just my own humble opinion.

- Fakini's have a much better grip to them for some moves

- They bounce so that if they are dropped, you can catch them and continue on. If they fall, they do not chip

- Because they can bounce, you can do some really nice bounce color changes and switches

- Because they are silicone, they do not make as much noise as the pastic sets or wooden sets

- Silicone is easy on the hands then the Vernet sets

These are just some of my own personal reasons why I prefer a good Fakini set over anything else. test them out and see what works best for you.
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"for the lowest price"

...remember you get what you pay for!
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In some cases, Kevin, that's right...however, if you find a good USED set...well, consider this:

I forget what the Ireland rubber golf balls used to go for new, but they came four rubber balls and two shells. I was using the German wooden inch and three quarters, and they were pretty chipped and worn.

Then I went to a magic auction and saw those Irelands, in pretty bad shape, and paid approx. $6 for the set. I then bought some craft store rubber-based white paint for a dollar, and sprayed two coats.

They still look brand new, and just get wiped down after using them.

Lowest price? Find a nice, used set. Best quality? Fakini.

I agree with Pete, as well...eBay...goin' there right now!

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I agree that it will depend on the performer as to which set they perfer but I think that MOST people that you talk to(that actually use manipulation balls)
will tell you Fakini is the way to go. I graduated from the Chavez Studio of Magic and that was the recomendation I got form the school. Once you try them you will never want you use any other type of ball. The way I look at it is if I am going to use a set of manipulation balls in all my shows then its worth the extra money to get the best set out there.
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I agree with Paul. I am also a graduate of the Chavez course. It is a preference thing, but I think the initital investment on a Fakini set is so well worth it and will last you a life time if you take care of them. it is the only balls I use except for when I want to do various color changes. then I use a 1 3/4 super ball I get at toy stores.
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The best I have seen at a low price are made by Loftus or Empire. They are bade of a hard foam rubber as golf balls in yellow. $10 to $15 is what they cost. I have tryed them all these are the second best in my opinion next to Fakinis.

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Fitz:
Those work fairly well and is a decent set for the price. Just always remember to use the same balls in both practice as you will in performance.
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Always! Smile I just feel these are a good "Cheep" set.

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If your looking for a good cheap set then what Fitz mentioned might be a good choice for you.
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Thanks for all the advice.
I ordered a set of the golf ball ones due to price and seems like a common item...don't know why that matters but I liked the idea of an item people could relate too.
The Fakinis would be way out of my league.
I had seen the Vernet balls on some websites and was leaning that way until I seen some in at a local magic store.
They sure looked cheap and ugly to me.
Thanks again to all
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