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JaymesR
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Since I am currently a college student and have very little money I tend to buy the cheaper, and lower quality equipment ( I figure that if I get good and I like the effect, then when I have money I’ll buy the better version).



I just bought a set of billiard balls to practice and learn the effect but the balls are a little too smooth.



Any suggestions on how to make them easier to handle? A friend suggested using roughing spray/powder like one would use for cards, any thoughts? thank-you.
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Cover the balls in Elmer’s glue (a very light coat), and dip them in sand. Put a coat of fast-drying spray fixitive over the top.
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JaymesR
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Thanks for the idea. Sorry this is late but I just finally tried it and it work’s great! Smile
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Try Goshman's Multiplying Sponge Balls. They're cheap and handle great!
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Sounds like Scott's excellent tip helped you out, but you might also want to take a look at my posting on the other thread about multiplying balls:

Billiard Balls

regarding the "Ireland Golf Balls".

If you can locate the right size plastic golf ball to make the s _ _ _ l , then buy a set of the soft foam rubber practice golf balls
(Dennco Foam-Flite or Wilson's Ultra Practice Golf Balls) at Target or KMart, WalMart, etc.
The soft foam rubber balls are only about $3.00 for a set of four. Making the s _ _ _l may cost you another 5.00 or 6.00 to buy a kids golfing set to get the appropriate plastic ball to make the extra thing that is needed. (or keep your eye out for these sort of toy golfing sets at garage sales.......probably a .50 cent item at most)

Voila ! A set of good looking, easy to handle multiplying balls for about $10.00 .

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Also, you could do the following:
I have a cheap set of wooden balls plus s____ and I inflated a modelling-balloon and tied it off. Then I forced the items into it, one by one, twisting them off one by one. Then I twistted off the outside skin between each object. you can inject glue at the very beginning or between the second and first skin with a syringe ... If you do not use glue, you'll also have a lot of possibilities for instant color changes (one handed though!)... well just an idea...
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I think you should just save the money and go for the better billiard balls. If you are serious about learning and doing them well it will be worth it. I understand it can be costly but we must remember the old saying "you get what you pay for". In the long run it may save you money to get the better one. Then you only have to buy one set. Instead of "upgrading" from one set to another. By the time you by the cheap sets and you will probably have to replace them after a while, you may in up spending more money than just going for the gold to begin with. What size ball do you use?? I have a set of fakini golf balls with extra colors . I think it is like 7 or 8 balls and a shell I can part with cheap. I would rather sell them to you cheap and see that you get good ones rather than know I said nothing and let you get riped off by buying the "cheapies". If you want you can email me about the fakinis golf balls. They are basiclly new. I use the fakini "cardini size" balls which are huge so I have no use for these golf balls. themagichands@hotmail.com Smile
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JePi
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JamesR, try to knead beeswax betwwen your fingers. You can get beeswax from candles or from a pharmacy or drug store (is called cerra flava). Once you have knead the beeswax you will realise that your hands and fingers have mor grip and the ball will not drop so easily.
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Tried another cheap set: Empire Multiplying Golfballs.

They're a little slick to handle, but they're very nice for the price. The gaff clings when it should and lets loose when it should. Send an email to hippityhop.com for details.
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Go to the http://www.manipulix.de there are goshman's multiplying sponge balls . They're really cheap. 9.20 €
JePi
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I saw wooden balls in a handcraft shop they was very cheap. You only have to paint them. The shell can be made as follows: take a table tennis ball and boil it in a pot of water. The ball will expand maximum to 4 cm diameter. Put him out if the required diameter was reached and split it in the middle with a nail scissors. Glue the shells together to one and paint them.
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I use ping pong balls. Takes five minutes to make them anywhere you go. Everyone knows that ping pong balls are round, not s____ls, and so no one really suspects. They are smaller, but still generaly visible.
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