TOPICS: Sponge Balls Care | Tricks for Teachers | Party Clothes
is the best way to keep store sponge balls? And how do you
keep them clean? Bill Flood, Clearwater, Florida
Dear Bill: First, the best way to
keep sponge balls in good condition, is to store them in a
cloth bag, black or any dark color. The dark color of the
bag keeps the sunlight away. Sunlight is not a friend of sponge
balls. They tend to lose their color and get hard when left
in the sunshine. If you have a lot of dry weather where you
live, you should place the sponge balls inside a plastic bag
(a baggie) first, then place the plastic bag inside the dark
store sponge balls in a squeezed or crushed condition. Always
allow them to breathe, and keep them stored in their original
for keeping them clean, sponge balls should be submerged in
warm water with a gentle soap, like baby shampoo. Let them
sit overnight in the solution, then remove them from the water,
squeeze them, then put them into a bowl of clean, warm water
for a few hours. This allows the soap to become diluted. Then
remove the sponges balls fvrom the water, and hold them under
running water, squeezing them and causing all of the soaping
water to drain out. Place them on a towel and allow them to
and foremost, and obviously the most popular, is the Svengali
deck. At one time this deck of cards was marketed under the
name "TV Magic Cards" by magician Marshall Brodein,
who sold millions. (Webhost note: This was my very first deck
of magic cards - SD) It is easy to use, and it is capable
of many different effects. .
am a teacher, and I started showing one magic trick to my
class every week, and I am running out of ideas. Where should
I look for inspiration? I have been performing magic as a
hobby for almost twenty years, so I have some skills and knowledge
of basic magic. Any suggestions? Jason Read, Columbia, SC
are so many places you can turn to. Rope tricks are easy to
do, and they are highly visual. Have you tried the three rope
mystery (Professor's Nightmare")?
no idea what you have done already, not sure where to send
you, but for starters, try the Mark WIlson Cyclopedia of Magic,
a pocket sized, think volume that is filled with ideas and
routines, and the instructions are easy to follow. Next, I
would highly recommend that you get yourself a complete set
of the Tarbell Course in Magic. I still thumb through these
books, looking for inspiration, and I always find ideas and
"jumping off points" for new presentations.
is enough material in Tarbell to keep you busy for an entire
school year. Keep a notebook with a record of the tricks you
present so you will know when you may be doing something more
perform magic for children's birthday parties, and as a spare
job, it provides me with extra income, as well as a chance
to practice new tricks on children. What are your thoughts
on the type of clothing I should wear. Allen Goldstein, Baltimore,
question. The look of your outfit should reflect a professional
image. Some people decide to wear a costume, like a clown
outfit, others prefer a standard tuxedo.
feeling is that children expect you to look "special".
To children, that usually means colorful. A plain black tux
is fine for adults, but for kids, try to find a brightly colored
jacket. A pair of brightly colored shoes also adds to your
look. You should project an air of "fun". Not boring.
A bowtie, rather than a tie, or a tie that is wild and funny,
like with cartoon characters or magical images, would be good,
you decide upon, make sure it is neatly presseed, clean and
spot free. I suggest you bring the outfit, shoes included,
in a garment bag, and change into the outfit after you have
set your props.
funny hat is also an accessory you might like to experiment
with. Magicians always have a top hat, so you could choose
to wear something a bit less formal, something funny, perhaps,
to endear you to the little critters.
me anything - I'm the expert!
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