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Tom G
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Yikes I was just doing some searching and there's a used book seller (non-magic) with 2 first editions of Garcia's Sponge Ball books. One is signed. Priced at
$450 and 650. I believe they may sell for other sellers.
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I know this is of topic but... once you learn sponge ball slieghts can you use these slieghts on normal objects? (grapes, bit's of paper?)
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Ear Plugs by Jay Sankey. It is a DVD that comes with "ear plugs" to use as sponge balls. It has the best teachings I have ever seen in a sponge ball video.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=170

Very well worth it!
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On 2004-11-28 09:25, Owen Thomas wrote:
I know this is of topic but... once you learn sponge ball slieghts can you use these slieghts on normal objects? (grapes, bit's of paper?)

Hi Owen. Absolutely! Infact,you can adapt many of these sleights to coins as well.Many a sleight of hand artists got their start with sponge balls that came with their first magic set.
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On 2004-11-28 10:26, Tysmagic wrote:
Ear Plugs by Jay Sankey. It is a DVD that comes with "ear plugs" to use as sponge balls. It has the best teachings I have ever seen in a sponge ball video.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=170

Very well worth it!


The moves and sleights taught in that video can be easily adapted to actual Sponge Balls?
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Hi guys,
maybe I'm missing something, but my local magic dealer sells Garcias Encyclopedia for 70 Swiss Franks which are about 100 dollars.
I see a difference of lousy 300 bucks.
whats the point about the 400 $ encyclopedia? Is the german version cheaper because we old europeans need some support? ;-)

yfirum
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If you can find it, Carneycopia has a 2 ball routine.
Scott Guinn's PBJ has some great routining. The routine itself is not my style but it's well put together and worth acquiring.
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Do yourself a favor, spend the $10 on the 25 tricks with a sponge ball video. It has enough basic sleights to develop a routine out of. I have used the basic spongeball routine on that tape (modified slightly and with original patter) for years to great effect. My students always remember the sponge ball routine.
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L&L Publishing has Patrick Page's spongeball video on sale for $10, and it's a great video for someone starting out.
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The Penguinmagic have something I think, Jay Sankey earplug and sponge balls routine!
I sugest you to think something by your self, master the movies and false moves!
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The 25 tricks video by Hampton Ridge (w/Dave Hudspath) gives you the productions, vanishes, and a coupla routines with corny patter. I have found spongeball magic to have strong effect at times. A lot of sleights work for a variety of objects, but the production and vanish of 2 inch spongeballs can be startling. The earplugs video is good, but it is geared around the one routine. On the other hand, we all use earplugs ... but what the heck are "spongeballs"?
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Aren't sponge balls found inside square pants?
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I last found Frank Garcia's book for 200 dollars on ebay.
Neil
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Sankey's Earplugs! video is excellent IMO.

Sankey is slick with his sleights and it makes it very easy to pick up. You get about 4 decent routines and a load of moves.
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On 2004-12-13 05:28, Neil wrote:
Sankey's Earplugs! video is excellent IMO.

Sankey is slick with his sleights and it makes it very easy to pick up. You get about 4 decent routines and a load of moves.


Does he actually teach the routines? I've been told he only shows them but doesn't teach the full routines.
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Sankey does teach routines on the DVD. And it's pretty good. Sankey is pretty goofy. (Okay, he's completely wacko). So his style may turn some people off. But I get a kick out of it. (But after watching an entire hour of him, I vow to give up coffee).

Here's the contents of Earplugs:

MOVES:
Retention Vanish
Upside Down Retention Vanish
False Transfer
False Take
Acquitment
The Nothing Transfer
The Pop-up move
Double Steal
Backdoor Steal
Banana Split
Roll Around Split
Ten Count
Hard of Hearing Opener (sponges from ears)
Jumbo Load Techniques

ROUTINES:
Shotgun Production Sequence
Likes Attract
Four on the Floor
The Pick Pocket

(Plus five other non-spongeball effects)

Magnus, I didn't make the spongebob connection until I did a Yahoo search for "patrick page sponge" and got thousands of links to pages about Spongebob and his pal Patrick.

Are you ready kids? . . .
Neil
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I learned a hell of a lot from that Sankey vid. I watched it over and over. Practised for a month and ended up with 2 very nice routines.
Suave Dan
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Does the Earplugs stuff work just as well with "those old red spongeballs" as Jay says?
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On 2004-12-12 14:19, zur wrote:
I last found Frank Garcia's book for 200 dollars on ebay.


I have a copy of this I'm about to put on ebay.
If anyone has to have it before I do, PM me.

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Steinbock
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Iceman,

Yes, as far as sleights and moves go, Earplugs translates perfectly to regular spongeballs. Where it differs is in Sankey's patter, which involves pulling earplugs out of ears, etc.

There are certain things that are easier with earplugs than with balls. The earplugs sit flat in the palm without rolling around. Also, the Pop-up move works so easily and naturally with earplugs that it'll take some practice to get the same effect from balls.

Bottom line, Sankey's Earplugs covers all (or most?) of the traditional moves of spongeball magic, but with a unique plotline, and with Jay's bizarre sense of humor.
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