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Just returned from a trip to the city. Opened up shopping bag...now playing!
Still can’t turn my photos around the right way. Perhaps one of you techies can do it for me??


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Could you do a review of the sponge ball video some time? I would really like to get one, but I have to be frugal.

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Could you do a review of the sponge ball video some time? I would really like to get one, but I have to be frugal.

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Shall do, mate. Might be a few days.
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Shall do, mate. Might be a few days.


Thank you and no hurry for it. This virus is playing heck with my bank account, so it may be awhile before I spend any more on magic supplies.

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Just returned from a trip to the city. Opened up shopping bag...now playing!
Still can’t turn my photos around the right way. Perhaps one of you techies can do it for me??
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I don't know how to post photos, so you're umpteen steps ahead of me!
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Sam, here's my thoughts on Duane Laflin's DVD, "Clever Sponge Ball Magic". It adds to two other DVDs I have by Duane - "Mastering the Palmo" and "Silken Sequences and Steals". As a return customer, I had certain expectations that were met again. I enjoy Duane's patient style of teaching, and his sponge ball magic was not a disappointment. He shows in detail his basic sleights, including the thumb palm and mash vanish, as well as his adaptation of the retention vanish. They are then shown presented in several routines (including sponge rabbits and growing balls). There's lots of helpful tips along the way.

Compared with my 'Theatre Magic presents Sponge Ball Magic', Duane's goes into more helpful detail, BUT... with the 'Theatre Magic' DVD (pressed) you get an Instructional Booklet (in DVD case) plus 3 balls and a bagless purse. Both are good entry points to sponge ball magic, but Duane takes you further.

Re the production quality:The Duane's DVDs  are burned, not pressed (at least in Australia), so I'm assuming their 'permanence' has a shorter use by date! The actual production quality is OK, except for some small sections in the second half of two hours of material, which has an alert. Sort of annoying , but did not affect the teaching quality.
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Sam, here's my thoughts on Duane Laflin's DVD, "Clever Sponge Ball Magic". It adds to two other DVDs I have by Duane - "Mastering the Palmo" and "Silken Sequences and Steals". As a return customer, I had certain expectations that were met again. I enjoy Duane's patient style of teaching, and his sponge ball magic was not a disappointment. He shows in detail his basic sleights, including the thumb palm and mash vanish, as well as his adaptation of the retention vanish. They are then shown presented in several routines (including sponge rabbits and growing balls). There's lots of helpful tips along the way.

Compared with my 'Theatre Magic presents Sponge Ball Magic', Duane's goes into more helpful detail, BUT... with the 'Theatre Magic' DVD (pressed) you get an Instructional Booklet (in DVD case) plus 3 balls and a bagless purse. Both are good entry points to sponge ball magic, but Duane takes you further.

Re the production quality:The Duane's DVDs  are burned, not pressed (at least in Australia), so I'm assuming their 'permanence' has a shorter use by date! The actual production quality is OK, except for some small sections in the second half of two hours of material, which has an alert. Sort of annoying , but did not affect the teaching quality.


Thanks for the information. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me a breakdown of the video. I have been wanting to get a DVD of sponge ball, I already have some magic books with basic routines and I have my sponge balls and last Friday I a bought some of those 3D sponge bunnies.

Again, thank you very much!

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Sam

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Duane Laflin's stuff is excellent.  I learned a lot from his material and incorporated & adapted many of his routines into my acts over the years.

Another sponge ball DVD worth looking into is this one by the late, great Daryl:

https://www.daryl.net/product/essentials-in-magic-sponge-balls/35?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=3

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I abought some of those 3D sponge bunnies.

Again, thank you very much!

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Sam

A pleasure, Sam. What size did you get re the 3D bunnies? In Duane’s DVD, he has a surprise 6” (I think) bunny production at the end of one routine with the baby bunnies. I’ve ordered a large one and picking it up next week . At first, the magic shop owner said he didn't use the big one, since it doesn't work in kids hands, but Duane’s presentation kept it out of their hands, anyway. BTW, the 3D bunnies have a high cute-score with adults as well as kids.

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A pleasure, Sam. What size did you get re the 3D bunnies? In Duane’s DVD, he has a surprise 6” (I think) bunny production at the end of one routine with the baby bunnies. I’ve ordered a large one and picking it up next week . At first, the magic shop owner said he didn't use the big one, since it doesn't work in kids hands, but Duane’s presentation kept it out of their hands, anyway. BTW, the 3D bunnies have a high cute-score with adults as well as kids.



Those bunnies are a huge improvement over the old, 2-D versions.

I see you can substitute bears now also...if you can't bear to use rabbits.

TENYO SIMILAR MR Rabbit +Xtra Routine-Sponge Balls Multiplying ...
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Ray, you hit my soft spot! I’m hunting bear right now.
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Ray, you hit my soft spot! I’m hunting bear right now.


I learned that Koalas aren't really bears.
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I learned that Koalas aren't really bears.

Yep..and less trouble than a Kodiak. Unless, of course, you meet the Infamous Aussie Drop Bear. Then, the only protection is to smear yourself entirely in Vegemite.
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Yep..and less trouble than a Kodiak. Unless, of course, you meet the Infamous Aussie Drop Bear. Then, the only protection is to smear yourself entirely in Vegemite.


That only works if you're traveling in a fried-out kombi I'm led to believe.
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Haha!  RayJ, you don’t know how long it’s been since I heard the work Kombi.  That was my mode of transport for many years, touring throughout Southern Africa with my Hammond B-3 on board.  In the hippie days, my brother helped me change the front VW logo into a Peace sign.


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Haha!  RayJ, you don’t know how long it’s been since I heard the work Kombi.  That was my mode of transport for many years, touring throughout Southern Africa with my Hammond B-3 on board.  In the hippie days, my brother helped me change the front VW logo into a Peace sign.



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