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Earplugs! by Jay Sankey - Added DVD Bonus: 5 BRAND NEW EFFECTS (DVD + Earplugs!) This is the best sponge ball magic video we've ever seen! Includes set of wacky sponge Earplugs!
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The amazing sponge routine that makes sense! Have you ever pulled out a couple of sponge balls from your pocket and had a spectator ask, "Hey, what are those things?"

Well, those days are over! In fact, not only do Ear Plugs make "more sense" than traditional sponge balls, they are also easier to handle, more visual and a lot funnier! And given the wealth of material on this 60-minute tape, this may well be one of the most comprehensive videos on sponge magic ever produced!

What You Get

Learn How To Perform:

  • Retention Vanish
  • Upsidedown Retention Vanish
  • False Transfer
  • False Take
  • Acquitment
  • Nothing Transfer
  • Pop-Up Move
  • Double Steal
  • Backdoor Steal
  • Banana Split
  • Roll Around Split
  • Ten Count
  • Hard of Hearing Opener
  • Jumbo Load Techniques

You'll also learn four awesome full routines:
  • The Shotgun Production Sequence
  • Likes Attract
  • Four on the Floor
  • The Pick Pocket

Ear Plugs comes complete with the 60-minute DVD and all the necessary sponge "ear plugs."

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Well its commerial, humorous magic and its taught professionally...its pretty good Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 11th, 2010
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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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great, usable material Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
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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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Very good teaching aid Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 10th, 2004
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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Not good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 3rd, 2012
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)

Or, for less than 8 bucks, I think Daryls sponge ball DVD is much better:
Essentials in Magic Sponge Balls - DVD
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Comedy Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 8th, 2010
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.
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amazing quality Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
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.

Finally, the 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!
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Great stuff. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
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!
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very fun. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
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.
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Jay Sankeys-Earplugs......*@&"ing Rule!!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 12th, 2008
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!
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Jay is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 16th, 2007
I was first a little nervous about the bad review on this but when I got it I was shocked! He taught really creative routines. So if you want something that is easy and with no gimmicks this is the trick for you.
ADD TO CART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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