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Mike Walton
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How long is your sponge ball routine (or the one you use) and how many "moves" does it contain? A move is a vanish, split, rip, color change, etc.

I'm trying to lengthen my routine but it seems that after a point, a spongeball routine can become repetitious and the surprise dimishes.

If you have routines for different venues, such as walk around and parlor, then please note all. Thx.
PaulGreen
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Hi JT,

My routine lasts just over 2 minutes. I move along at a pretty good clip. You can find it on my In the Trenches DVD.

Basically,

Ball vanishes and appears in spectator's hand.

Ball is split.

2 in the hand, one in the pocket, ball returns

2 in the hand and mini ball appears (3 x's)

Balls vanish.

Regards,

Paul Green
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I use two routines, Gregory Wilson's In the hands one, and Scott Guinn's PB&J.

I really recommend both routines, they are both amazing!!!!


PB&J has 6 "phases", all of which are amazing!

Wilson's Routine has 4 phases, which is short and to the point.
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MacGyver.

Where can I find these two routines?

Howard
Chris Berry
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I produce the first ball from empty hands, split it, do a joke transposition of the 2, have the spectator give them a squeeze and a 3rd appears, then do 2 in the hand one in the pocket a couple times with the spectator, the last time I do it in my hand and the balls vanish.


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PB&J you can get directly from Scott Guinn, a member here at the Café.

It comes with all the props needed and the instructions+presentation.

It's really really great!!!

Gregory Wilson's routine is on his tape(s) "On the Spot" and is done impromptu with "sponge napkins" which is just balled up napkins used like sponge balls.
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I would also recommend Greg Wilsons in the hands routine. Have used it a lot over the last couple of years, well routined and uses particiaption wonderfully.
Mike Walton
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MacGyver & Chris,
How much time does it take for those routines?
Chris Berry
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The length of mine varies. I can rush it and finish in about 3 minutes, or I can just move at a normal pace with chit-chat and enjoy the spectators and go on up to 7 minutes.

The average length I take is about 5 minutes with my opening line, "I always thought that magicians should be able have things appear in their empty hands..."

While saying that the audience clearly sees my hands empty and the ball appears. The great thing is I don't use any gimmicks Smile

Chris
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My routine is 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
It sometimes drifts to 2 1/2 minutes.
A sponge ball routine should move fast but not so fast that the spectator cannot follow it.
A routine around 2 to 2 1/2 seems to work out well.
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A good idea with a routine like this is to have several phases that you can add or eliminate depending on the condition of the audience. If they are non-responsive or if they are really burning you, produce the balls, vanish one and make it appear in their hand, vanish the balls and move on. But, if it is a good audience, you can add other phases. All you need to know is how to start and how to finish. Once you get enough practice time in, you can jazz the middle of the routine.
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My basic routine is fairly short. It runs about 2 minutes and 30 seconds to 3 minutes. There is some flexibility in it.

I start with one ball, split it to two.

Put one in the spectator's hand, vanish the other, and it ends up in the spectator's hand.

I put two in the spectator's hand, produce a third and vanish it. It ends in the spectator's hand.

Now I do the ending from Mardo's Routined Magic. I offer to show how it is done. It ends up growing to a huge sponge ball.

Sometimes I end with "Multiball" by Jaks.
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On 2004-03-28 04:37, MacGyver wrote:
PB&J you can get directly from Scott Guinn, a member here at the Café.

It comes with all the props needed and the instructions+presentation.

It's really really great!!!



I appreciate the kind review, but the rest of the post is inaccurate. I no longer sell this or any of my other routines. I have closed the product side of my business.
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Quote:

I appreciate the kind review, but the rest of the post is inaccurate. I no longer sell this or any of my other routines. I have closed the product side of my business.


So Lucky I was able to get this routine while it was available.
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.. any particular reason?
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Lengh of spongeball routine or magic routines in general.

From a performance point of view the judge is your audience. If your audience is magicians. Well then magicians like moves and long routines becaue they like magic.

If your audience is people in the real world... Well then often they do not like magic as well as we do and would get board if the routines are to long.

Put what you like in the routine and then cut it in half and then you have the starting of a great routine.

One of the successful keys to making it in show business is to listen to your audience. Audience reaction is a good way to find out if what you do is pleasing them.

Also listen to the after show talk. Or have someone that you trust listen to the after show talk. That can do a lot to make your show better - if you are strong enough to listen to a bad review...

Much of our audience is the fast paced MTV audience. The audience seems to only want to see the highlights... Keep it moving and full of surprises...'

Best ahead,

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I use my version of Patrick Martin's routine using sponge balls with noses and eyes (I call them googles).They are easy to make up yourself with 2 inch red sponge ball for the head, small mini balls for noses and craft shop plastic moving eyes. The routine becomes logical in that the balls can be given names and do tricks with a lot of possibilities for humour ("would you like to see my googles?"). They can perform escapology for instance (escaping from a purse frame) as well as changing places ("but they look the same!"). As with many routines it ends with a large load of balls (or baby googles) as they were in a warm, dark, place - the spectator's hand. My routine lasts about 2 minutes and is one of my most requested routines. Also very good for children (after removing the double-entendres) as they look very cute. Can also be done walkaround in the hands using a top pocket to hold the google you are not using.
Martin
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