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Yfirum
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Did anyone of you ever try to apply glowing color on your spongeballs?

Yesterday I was wondering how I could change my spongeball routine in a way that it would be suitable for performing on a psytrance-party and so I tought about glowing spongeballs (the glow would also add a extra magic touch.).

But I'm not sure if the glow could cause that I get easily burned...

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Wow! I never thought of that. That's actually a really neat idea. I see what you're saying about getting easily burned. The light could be tricky, but that means you'll have to practice that much more.

In his lectures, Jay Scott Berry takes one of his Finger Fazers (sp?) behind a sponge heart/star and turns on the little LED. With the lights out, it makes a really neat effect. Maybe, you could apply this to a sponge routine. You'd just have to turn out the LED as you do a retention pass. Just a thought.
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Where can you buy stuff to make your spongeballs glow in the dark?

Not LED's but that stuff that glows when left alone in the dark.

Like some faces of watches.
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There's paint on the market - mostly found in craft stores. It's called "Luminous Paint." I haven't bought any in years, but I'm sure it's still on the market.
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Most of that paint seems to leave the sponges stiff and crunchy. Not quite right.

Anyone done this and gotten good results?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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Somewhere around here I have a bottle of phosphorescant paint. It thins with water, as I recall. I'm tempted to thin some down and just suck it into the sponges to see what happens. Anyone tried this already?
If not, I've got a set of sponges that I'll be happy to (possibly) scrap out in the interests of science Smile
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The only use I could see with dayglow sponges would be for practice (could be useful for coins as well). This would be a great way to check your timing on the passes!

Mike
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Poindexter-

Have you tried your experiement yet?


I'm curious about making these sponges glow, I have some interesting ideas if I could make them glow.
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I haven't seen any of the glow paint stay bright for very long. Have you considering finding a way to do a blacklight routine?

If that doesn't work there are 1 inch glow stick that could be inserted into the ball, but it would affect how the ball compresses.

If you wanted to be really weird. I found glowing gloves. They also had glowing drink stirrers (glowing wand perhaps?)

http://www.extremeglow.com/

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James,

I thinned it out, sucked it in, let it dry. (Hope I'm not losing anyone with the technical jargon Smile

The results were considerably less than spectacular.
Mr. Townsend was right on the money, at least with this method. By the time there's enough pigment on the outside, the inside is well on its way to becoming a crunchy mess.

I am thinking about trying this with an aerosol, and just hitting the outside surface lightly...that's probably going to take me some time, as first I need to locate this stuff in some form with some pressure behind it.

Deerbourne brings up a good point: If you're in an area that's dark enough to see the glow sponges well, if you flash, you'll _really_ flash.

Blacklight would light'em up brighter, and there would be other opportunities for camoflage/misdirection that would be more easily exploited than if one were fumbling around in the dark.

To be honest, I'm not entirely certain what a psytrance-party is; almost sounded like something involving black light....might someone enlighten me?

God I feel old.
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Definitely recommend blacklight with Goshman's Neon Sponges... They will pop! Light leak can be an issue for some moves, but, depending on the specifics, blacklight is incredibly forgiving. I.e. when showing two as one, the intensity of the reflected light washes out any distinguishing characteristics...

This is probably the way to go... If they don't have blacklights at the party, they're not doing it right. If/then you should investigate the small battery-operated ones available through Spencer Gifts and the like...

Have fun!

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Goshman Neons.

Thanks for that, Andrew. I've always hoped to have a hand in reinventing a wheel one day....looks like all that hard work is beginning to pay off.

:-)
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Are the goshman neons something I can order through my magic shop, or do I have to order them online?
Yfirum
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Yes a psytrance definitely involves blacklight.
Sounds like a good idea to make them glow in blacklight instead of making them glow by themselves.

I also tried it with glowing paint but the result was quite disappointing. The sponge lost its "spongyness" totally and the glowing effect is not too spectacular.

Is there a possibility to order the goshman neons on the net. I live in Switzerland and my dealer does not sale them.
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Heh. The idea itself is funny.
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Some dealers carry them, if you can find any, let me know. Steve Goshman and I are friends (as well as the occasional business partners) and I'm sure I can get some and make them available through threeshellgame.com

I may have some back stock left (in 2" yellow and 1.5" orange) but can't check until I get back July 5...

They get dirty quicker (nature of the beast) but for this purpose you can't go wrong!

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Now that the 5th has come and gone, Sleightly, have you had a chance to check on the availability of the cool-sounding Goshman neons? I mean, assuming that Yfirum has gotten some already?
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On 2004-06-28 20:02, Poindexter wrote:
James,

I thinned it out, sucked it in, let it dry. (Hope I'm not losing anyone with the technical jargon Smile

The results were considerably less than spectacular.
Mr. Townsend was right on the money, at least with this method. By the time there's enough pigment on the outside, the inside is well on its way to becoming a crunchy mess.

I am thinking about trying this with an aerosol, and just hitting the outside surface lightly...that's probably going to take me some time, as first I need to locate this stuff in some form with some pressure behind it.


Perhaps spray the sponges with spray glue or rubber cement and let it dry, creating a soft "shell". Then paint the balls with a brush or spray. I think that you may still have breakage and "small peices" that may come off, but you might find that it will hold up for a few performances. I made some faux cotton balls with sponge balls, and the glue didn't destroy the sponge all that bad.

Let us know if it works.

MM
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I'd never thought about performing in the dark. It certainly would solve the "angles" problem.

At my next gig, I'll try doing Out of this World with the lights out.
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