Well like a lot of Sankey Magic, the methods are easy and his professionaly sublties you can pick up
for his handlings are very nice. The tricks you learn are once again very Sankey-esque. Their
methods are super simple to tell after watching if your a reasonably educated magician but Sankey
creates his magic to fool spectators, not magicians, so its usable material. Is it worth $35
dollars? I wouldn't say so but you get some professional level advice, simple and effective
routines, and if you just carefully watch his little sublties with his handling you can really gain
a lot of knowledge. As for the 5 bonus tricks, you get a poor bill switch routine but some very
workable bar tricks that are nice to have.
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This is a great sponge ball / cylinder instructional dvd. Sankey does an excellent job teaching each
technique and trick step-by-step. There isn't anything really ground breaking here though, just the
new sponge shape. I actually liked the bonus tricks more. If you are new to sponges this can be a
good dvd to learn from.
Otherwise maybe you can pass it up
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Don't let the stars confuse you, this is a good dvd, for someone going into sponges. I wish I had it
when I started out. Unfortunately this is not the next step as Jay states states it. There is only a
few hinds for the seasoned act, but if your starting off in sponges, buy this dvd, it will help you
a lot and help you avoid picking up nasty habits.
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Let me just say this now. I am a huge fan of sponge balls! I usually do a vanish and then pull them
out of someone''s ear. Now with these it makes perfect sense why they are in the persons ear.,
because there earplugs😀
I would recommend this for anyone who hates being asked, "what are those
I was expecting something more than just your run of the mill sponge ball DVD, perhaps humorous
routines and instead it was more of a beginner overview of all the same sponge ball moves you
probably already have on another DVD. As far as the "earplug" idea, it is good, but you could make
your own from a sheet of yellow sponge material from your local craft store. In fact, the sponge
earplugs are the exact material of craft store sponge material. They are a bit more dense than
regular sponge balls which limits them a bit. Meaning, you can't squeeze quite as many ear plug
sponge balls into your hand as you could regular sponge balls. I don't see this as a problem, just
a minor limitation. However, I was very dissapointed in the DVD, and I could have made my own
earplug sponges for a fraction of the cost.
There are much better sponge ball DVDs, such as:
Sponge Balls (World's Greatest Magic) - DVD (My favorite)
Diminishing Sponge Ball (Ball and
DVD) by Ian Garrison - DVD (I really like this one too, as an add-on to WGM) SPONGE Starring Jay
Noblezada (DVD + 4 Red Sponge Balls) (This is a very good intro to sponge balls. It is my
understanding that Jay got his very first big restaurant gig by doing sponge balls)
for less than 8 bucks, I think Daryls sponge ball DVD is much better:
Essentials in Magic Sponge
Balls - DVD
Ear Plugs are a cool alternative to the regular sponge balls. Depending on how you use them, they
can add some comedy to your routine too. They are just as easy to handle and manipulate as the
regular sponge balls and they squish nicely too. The only problem I have with them is the colour.
Not that there is anything wrong with yellow, but it just isn't my personal favorite choice. As a
bonus, Sankey also teaches you a few pretty cool effects that are done with other materials so
basically you are getting a 2 for 1 deal here. If you'd like to change up your sponge routine, then
pick some of these up.
These are awesome substitutes to sponge balls. Opening statement, flat out. Jay had these jumbo
earplugs specially made to LAST!
I used to perform this as a full spongeball routine. They
pack in your pockets but don't crease or fold, which is the best part of them. Most spongeballs just
compress in your pocket and get all squarey. We don't want that. These will last. But I hate the
jumbo load. It's way too big and bulky. Plus these are fairly thick material so it's really hard to
palm more than one, let alone a FULL JUMBO ONE.
The DVD was really good. I think the
introduction was one of the most interesting introductions to a magic DvD I've seen in a while. It's
interesting to know how long ago this was originally filmed. But other than that, he goes very far
into everything and teaches perfectly. Just grab the sponges and rock out.
bonus section! Usually I don't like his bonus effects. But these were cool. The do as I do is
awesome, as is re:cap. They are practical tricks and break the mood sort of, so it's fun to watch.
Other than that, I should rate this as a 5. Good luck!
I love how Jay has translated the sponge ball genre into gimmicks which make logical sense-
earplugs, an everyday object.
The tricks are varied and excellent and as always Jay teaches
every trick in detail. A great buy!
These are great to use as a sponge routine. Sankey teaches some great routines and moves and it is
fun to perform. I always carry this on me when I do close up.
I'm sorry everyone but the regular sponge balls are not even in the same league as this product! I
don't know what the fool was talking about and giving the product 1 star. Jay is hilarious,the
sponges are so cool and durable as well as being very funny and extremely visual. If you don't own
this you have no business calling yourself a magician!