Sponge Hearts (4) with Jumbo Heart
I like to do the sponge ball effect, but try to keep it different from the other magicians by using uniquely shaped sponges (though I draw the line to exclude the Goshman's Magic Ding Dong! I hope all magicians do the same!) Fun shapes like sponge stars, numbers, card pips, rabbits, etc just make for many more patter possibilites, and keep the performer from being just another guy doing the trick with the sponge balls. I was happy to find another cute shape in this set of four sponge hearts. The little hearts are about one inch across, so very easy to palm using any basic sponge moves. Also the set comes with a large heart that is hollow and can hold the other smaller hearts for a "small hearts to jumbo heart" climax to the routine. Or if you use sponge balls, the jumbo heart can be used as a ball to heart effect. Patter possibilities about love and two hearts not being able to stay apart (hand to hand transpo), or hearts breaking (one becomes two), and two hearts becoming one (two little hearts turn into one jumbo). You'll make all those young couples that watch your table hopping very happy!
Last thing about this set: the translated instructions have some very funny phrases where the japanese turned into gibberish -- you'll understand how to do the trick, but laugh at the funny translation results. (Of course, I couldn't do any better if asked to say something in Japanese! All I know is "domo arrigato", and only that because of the 1980's Styx song Mr. Roboto!)
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Add some pizazz to your closeup sponge ball routine... Here is a set of six sponge stars, that you can do all your standard sponge routines with, but it will set them apart with a stellar flair!
Or change a ball into a star. At the end of the routine, the spectator ends up with a ball in their hand. "I see you are having a BALL!" You open your hand to show the star..."I guess that's why I am the STAR!" (okay, you don't have to use it!)
Another idea that springs to mind: finish by producing a handful of stars -- the balls have vanished! "Oh your are seeing stars, I see!" (Okay, you don't have to use it, either!)
These great little sponge stars will trigger lots of ideas in the mind of the imaginative magician. They have a lot of charisma! The stars tend to be a bit out of shape, but definitely look like stars and very different from a sponge ball. (They will be shipped squashed, so best to soak them in water when you get them -- they will puff up and be good as new when they dry.)
Each star is about 2 inches from tip to tip -- the playing card (not included) is in the photo so you can see the scale of the stars.
No instructions with the set, so you should be familiar with basic sponge ball moves and routines...
Four sponge pips to help you segue from sponge magic into card magic, or vice versa!
You get one pip of each suit, so if you want to do a card revelation (like the two of clubs), you may need to buy two sets! But no extra shipping on multiple sets, so why not?
I like to do the standard sponge ball routine, ending with three balls in the spectators hand. I then ask her to hold them tightly, and force the two of hearts on her friend. In the end, of course, the balls in her hand change into two sponge hearts, which reveal the selected card. (Or she can pick the Ace of hearts if you only want to buy one set!)
You just need to use your imagination and you will find many uses for these!
Brand new, with instructions. NOTE: deck of cards in the photo is for scale only, it is not included.
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