Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sponge Balls

It's a good thing to be busy I assume. But it is exactly the opposite of what I once strived to achieve. Little work and lots of free time. I'm not complaining.

It gives you lots of opportunities to try out several ideas. And one of those ideas is the following: Sponge Balls... let's assume you do the standard routine. You get out the ball, you split it in two and you place one ball in your hand and one is the spectators hand. Some magic and you have none and the spectator has both of the sponge balls.

You can actually enhance the routine by adding the single ring from your linking ring set. First you get out the ring, show it to everybody and say, that when you pass that ring over your arm magic happens. You drop the ring over your arm and then reach into your pocket with your free arm getting out the sponge ball. You show the ball and FT it into the other hand. Grab the ring and pull it over the arm. open the hand revealing that the ball has vanished. Let a spectator hold the ring. Reach into the pocket and get out a second ball, keeping the first one in FP.

Explain that even more stuff can be done. Openly and slowly push the sponge ball through the ring the spectator is holding. Grab the ball with the other hand as well. "Now it cannot vanish" Move the ball towards yourself so it is hitting the ring. Then in a fluid action your release the ball with one hand while pushing the FPed ball into view as your hands continue to move towards you. It will looks like that the ball split into two as the ring cut through the ball.

Place both balls in one hand while the other hand takes the ring letting it fall over the arm. FT one of the balls into your hand (the side that is holding the ring) and place one(2) of the balls into the spectators hand. Apparently both of you have a ball. Slowly pass the ring over your hand and over the hand of the spectator. You have none, the spectator has two.

It's still the basic routine, but the addition of the ring changes the cause of the magic, making it seem different and cool. Try it. If you do the linking rings you have such a ring. If you do the ring and rope you have such a ring. Hell even a juggling ring will do.

This has been a constructive post. You may continue to do whatever the heck you were doing.


MagicReviewer said...

I really enjoy reading your twists on classic routines. Some very brilliant thinking Roland!

Charlie Pugsley said...

Hurry up and write a book!

Essa Carta said...

I like the new look of your blog, Roland. :)

MagicReviewer said...

I have to disagree. There are a few problems that need to be ironed out.

1. The recent comments: Text for recent comments is almost the same colour as the background of that panel, making it very difficult to read.

2. It is very difficult to distinguish one post from another in the blog in this new layout. In the older layout, there was a clear division between one post and another. Now, it looks like all the posts are one big post.