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ThaRealGregBrady
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Hello All, I am currently obsessed with sponge ball magic. (Yeah, small things, small minds and all that)

What in your humble opinions is the 'Must Have' book/DVD for a newbie like me? nothing too complex as I am still perfecting my palming as it supposedly can be seen. (The wife claims too see everything though, even if there is nothing to be seen)
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I have not bought/read these books! I repeat, I have not read these books. I did a search, using the search tool under Private Messages in the top right corner of the web page and next to F.A.Q., and found Jon Jensen Professional Sponge Ball Magic Volumes 1 & 2 listed a couple of times. The search tool isn't the greatest and you'll have to do some reading but it's almost garenteed that someone has asked the same question as you since this web forum opened over 10 years ago.

Hope this helps some!
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I bought SPONGE Starring Jay Noblezada DVD a few months ago and have been enjoying it. It's is are great starting point and $20 at Penguin.
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Patrick Page's Sponge Ball DVD http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S6129
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If you PM me, I'll give you a great starting routine. It uses 3 balls (audience aware of 2) and is routined to have the inbuilt misdirection so they aren't watching your dirty hand.

I got given it when starting out, and it allowed me to overcome the barrier of the concealments feeling too obvious compared to coin magic.
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Thank you so much for the input. its very much appreciated.

David, I will certainly take you up on that offer.

C_Biskit, I have done a lot of searching and reading in the past (So much that I see green in my sleep.) Maybe I should have worded the question better, however. I still believe it to be as valid of a question today as it would be tomorrow due to the ever evolving art form. eg new books and DVD's are being released constantly. methods change and evolve, magicians opinions change, magicians are born and die every day. due to this situation I don't see why the question should illicit the old 'Search for yourself' response. I do really appreciate your input/book suggestions and welcome any debate on the subject.

Thank you.
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Patrick page routine is gold. A great resource. Also if your new to magic and you want to try other things you cant go wrong with the mark Wilson complete course. It has a great sponge ball routine.

Sponge balls are great to learn slights and stuff. Also there is variations on a them, check out sponge bunnies, Ear plugs by Jay Sanky, Benson bowls routine, Squer ball mystery, growing sponge balls and Albert Goshman sponge ball routine.

Just to give you a whole lot more to want and learn.
Enjoy your magic,

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G'day Greg

Lots of great advice above.

I would like to second one of the books suggested by Mr Yellow Custard (not his real name but a good bloke who has been to Oz from time to time) - Mark Wilson "Complete Course in Magic". The 4 ball routine that I use in my own performances is a slight variation on the one set out in that book. A bonus of this routine is that it is segmented and therfore can be modified in performance to be longer, shorter or just do one quick segment.

The other bonus is that this book is one of those suggested as a most valuable rersource for any one starting out as it is as the name indicates a complete course.

All the best with the magical journey.

Bob Latta (aka Troppo Bob)
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Look into a The Encylopedia of Sponge Ball Magic DVD by Ben Salinas

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000ZJYWBO

Posted: Jan 15, 2014 10:27pm
Perfect for someone just starting out.
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On 2014-01-15 14:28, ThaRealGregBrady wrote:
Thank you so much for the input. its very much appreciated.

David, I will certainly take you up on that offer.

C_Biskit, I have done a lot of searching and reading in the past (So much that I see green in my sleep.) Maybe I should have worded the question better, however. I still believe it to be as valid of a question today as it would be tomorrow due to the ever evolving art form. eg new books and DVD's are being released constantly. methods change and evolve, magicians opinions change, magicians are born and die every day. due to this situation I don't see why the question should illicit the old 'Search for yourself' response. I do really appreciate your input/book suggestions and welcome any debate on the subject.

Thank you.


I wasn't trying to be a jerk or anything. I know when I was first using this site I didn't know about the search function, and since you are a new user/poster I thought that it would be a good place to start. And while methods do evolve, the 'originals' are still important to know. But to each his own. I don't have any knowledge on sponges so I can't really provide my personal oppinion.

Cheers
Andy
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C_Biskit, No offence taken nor directed towards you. I was merely trying to give a bit more context to what I was asking (Sometimes what I am thinking and what's being typed are 2 different things) Forums always have a certain way of taking everything out of context.

What type of performing do you do/prefer?

on a side note the resources you mention Jon Jensen Professional Sponge Ball Magic looks to be a winner. now I just have to find a local supplier which is difficult in my neck of the woods.
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G'day Greg
Some local suppliers for books and props would include:
Sydney - Taylors magic Shop (on line only but you can talk on the fone), Hey Presto both are good to have mail deliveries.
Gold Coast - Mad on Magic
Melbourne - Bernards
All are good value.
Bob Latta (aka Troppo Bob)
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Thanks troppo. I have been haunting the local book stores to no avail. I always try to shop local where possible. Small town mentality and all that. Got to go up to Sydney in a few weeks, if I find time I may get to take a look.
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On 2014-01-16 00:31, ThaRealGregBrady wrote:
C_Biskit, No offence taken nor directed towards you. I was merely trying to give a bit more context to what I was asking (Sometimes what I am thinking and what's being typed are 2 different things) Forums always have a certain way of taking everything out of context.

What type of performing do you do/prefer?

on a side note the resources you mention Jon Jensen Professional Sponge Ball Magic looks to be a winner. now I just have to find a local supplier which is difficult in my neck of the woods.


Yeah I understand that, I do the same when I type sometimes. I am really enjoy doing mentalism and some cards stuff. The idea of having supernatural powers is always fun to perform. I know that those can be found on penguin here http://www.penguinmagic.com/search.php?q=Jon+Jensen+Professional+Sponge+Ball+Magic. Not sure where they ship to or can ship to though. only 12$ each and they don't look too heavy so international shipping shouldn't be too much more.
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As a newbie myself to magic I'm not sure I'm qualified to help, but I did just watch a download that I found quite informative. I'm terrible with anything that isn't cards at the moment and I'm only par with cards, but we all have to start out somewhere, so I needed some help with my sponge balls. This video is about 75 minutes long and for 50-60 of them they talk about proper handling, palms, false transfers, productions and just general tools that you would need to make the magic and not just a single routine. The full routine is saved for last. The magician explaining the material seems to know what he's doing and gives tips and small subtleties that will make my, and perhaps your, magic stronger.

One of the best features for me is that it's a download. I'm impatient and love to get right in there and working so not having to wait for the dvd in the mail really helped.

http://themagicwarehouse.com/cgi-bin/fin......d=SPONGE BALL

Hope it helps.
Russ P.
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Also David, good on you for stepping up to offer some extra help when needed. That's awesome Smile.
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L&L's dvd on sponge ball magic.
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A lot of people do not seem to like Noblezada's Sponge DVD, but I've found it to be quite useful. Good production quality, relatively cheap, comes with sponges, and clearly teaches you all of the necessary moves needed to create your own routine. I've heard nothing but good things about the Patrick Page video either. The World's Greatest Magic series on sponge balls is probably also worth looking at (again, relatively cheap).

Best wishes,
Mahu
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The Spongeball Tool Kit is another excellent resource.
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Another vote for the Patrick Page DVD
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