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Tips on Sponges

Posted on April 5, 2008 by chris ballinger There have been 34 comment(s)

 Sponge balls are excellent because they are simple enough to perform for young audiences, but also fool adults. They also pack small and play big. The most important thing is that you stay one step ahead of the audience.

Here are a few tips on sponge products that you might find helpful:

A huge problem that you might run into with Sponge Balls is that they get warped or creased when they are packed away.

Try using a bag instead of a box. A cloth bag will allow the balls to naturally maintain their shape instead of forcing them to conform to the shape of a box.

Use some hallow plastic Easter eggs. Find some of those cheap plastic Easter eggs and make sure they are a little bigger than the sponge balls that you use. The hard shell will ensure that, even when thrown into a trunk or drawer, your sponge balls stay spherical.

Sponge balls collect the oils from your finger tips. The porous surface often picks up discolorations and diseases, especially when you have multiple spectators handle the balls. 

A great way to rejuvenate your sponges is to soak them in warmish water before a show. This allows the pores to expand to their fullest levels. The sponge prop will get larger, more vibrant, and softer. Just make sure you allow them to dry fully before using them in a show.

Every once in a while it is a good idea to clean your sponges in a bowl of water with a very small amount of color-safe deturgent. This should protect the vibrancy and keep them clean.

Be sure that your routine builds on itself. Don't start off a routine with an unbelievable effect and let it dwindle down. Start strong, but be sure you end stronger.

A great way to end a routine is to have an explosion of balls at the end. Just place two or three balls into a spectator's hand with a secret load of four or five more. When they open their hand there is an explosion of balls.

An easier ender is to have the ball change into a large sponge rabbit or split into a black ball and red cube. Both of those effects are available here at Magic Geek under the names Bug Bunny and Color Changing Ball to Square.

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34 Responses to Tips on Sponges

  • choon wee
    choon wee says:

    can your add more tuitorial tricks for us??????

    Posted on September 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm

  • Yonah
    Yonah says:

    yah I agree!

    Posted on September 23, 2008 at 11:18 am

  • Oaks
    Oaks says:

    MORE TUTORIALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on October 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

  • zoo wee mama
    zoo wee mama says:


    Posted on October 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

  • Oaks
    Oaks says:

    MORE TUTORIALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on November 2, 2008 at 3:07 am

  • magic aprentice
    magic aprentice says:

    please i must learn more!

    Posted on November 7, 2008 at 7:22 am

  • IAteUrCookie

    Thank you so much! I'm slowly getting better at spongeball magic, and this really helped me.

    Posted on November 25, 2008 at 2:35 am

  • carter707
    carter707 says:

    email me more tutorials please!!!!

    Posted on December 1, 2008 at 4:34 am

  • poophead

    post your spongeball routine and how to do it

    Posted on December 1, 2008 at 5:18 am

  • lane
    lane says:

    what happened to the parabox set i see it in my catalog i just got

    Posted on December 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

  • Chris Ballinger

    Unfortunately, it got discontinued by the manufacturer and we are currently trying to find another way to get it.

    Posted on December 26, 2008 at 3:01 am

  • mubax
    mubax says:

    you can get a catalog.

    Posted on April 2, 2009 at 8:18 am

  • HI
    HI says:

    hey chris, I agree, I know free tricks are losing money, but at least 1 more tutorial?

    Posted on April 3, 2009 at 7:40 am

  • terry
    terry says:

    please more tutorials

    Posted on April 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm

  • iago
    iago says:

    hi,i am brazilian in my country don t have good magics to buy, in geek magic is difcult buy ,i have a lot of magics im a kid i have yers old and i love magic plees send magics for me i know soo soo the air cards product but i want to learn!tanks or in brazil obrigado!

    Posted on April 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

  • Gustavo
    Gustavo says:

    More tutorials Please

    Posted on June 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

  • magic erck
    magic erck says:

    Idid the cutting rabits and it killed

    Posted on July 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

  • Jesse
    Jesse says:

    I agree with everyone about the tutorials. :) Plezzzz

    Posted on July 30, 2009 at 7:45 am

  • bill
    bill says:

    do you think you could add more tutourials on sponge balls PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on July 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

  • rifat
    rifat says:

    i am getting the spongeballs today

    Posted on October 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

  • rifat
    rifat says:

    i love spongeballs

    Posted on October 9, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  • Camila
    Camila says:

    please make mora tutorials

    Posted on November 2, 2009 at 6:53 am

  • Evan
    Evan says:

    thanks it help a lot but please make more tutorials because my family is eating them up.

    Posted on January 1, 2010 at 12:26 am

  • terry
    terry says:

    please make more tutorials

    Posted on January 10, 2010 at 10:16 am


    please make more tutorials please please

    Posted on April 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

  • caleb
    caleb says:

    make waaay more tutorials on different types of vanishes please

    Posted on May 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

  • zwone
    zwone says:

    more tutorials!

    Posted on May 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

  • abundio
    abundio says:

    more tutorials plz!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on June 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm

  • inotnaptoo
    inotnaptoo says:

    buy the dvd ......

    Posted on October 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

  • Cam
    Cam says:

    i agree one more tourtail

    Posted on December 10, 2010 at 6:38 am

  • Jay Sankey
    Jay Sankey says:

    good.. great job Chris

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 2:00 am

  • MagicObessedFan
    MagicObessedFan says:

    Hey Chris,
    just wondering do u sell Deck One Industrial Edition Playing Cards. Cause I Really want them cause I dont really have any cool looking decks so this will be my first.

    Yours Only

    Posted on January 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

  • James
    James says:

    GUYS, if you think of tricks you can do there are so many possibilities. i know about 15 and counting spongeball tricks. begging and begging for Chris to give you more isn't gonna help. I (HOPE) YOU ALL KNOW THE FRENCH DROP. use that use can use that to make lots of tricks. i will name a few, sponge ball to spectators hand. ball to pocket. ball to spectators pocket for the advanced. there are plenty. I suggest buying the dvd like every one else :)
    I think thats how it goes :)

    sincerely, JAmes

    Posted on February 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  • Tyler
    Tyler says:

    I think they should make eatble sponge balls so we can swallow them like criss angel and tell the spectators to come back in a day or two and watch them reappear -.-

    Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:52 am