This was a real disappointment and I expected more of Dan Harlan. It really feels though with all
the content he is working on (i.e. all the routines for the Tarbell series) that he just came up
with this one overnight and rushed it out.
The stage routine is really boring and not what
I expected from Dan. The audience participants look really bored and not very engaged, I do not
think they smile once. And at the end, neither the audience nor the participants really seem very
entertained. It really falls flat.
I was hoping that a close up routine would also be
included, but unfortunately not. The original Daryl routine is far superior and far more
entertaining. This just made we want to purchase that one instead.
The balls themselves
are of very high quality and I do like the colour over the original black balls. But, the catch
there is that it will be very hard to find a similar colour material to do the Daryl routine with
these. You would basically need to re-colour these black to get a good match.
very overpriced for such a poor routine.
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The routines are fine and certainly well-taught and the balls look great but they're not exactly
bounce/no bounce. They're more bounce/some bounce. In the past I've only used the smaller size.
Those seem more "dead." It's possible that this extra little bounce in the "no bounce" ball is
common in the larger diameter balls but, for me, it kind of ruins the effect. I'm sure this bounce
can be covered presentationally but not with the presentation I use. I was hoping to move my
close-up routine to the stage and get some advanced handling tips to boot. All I ended up doing was
blowing forty bucks. If you're starting from scratch and like the effects you see on the trailer
video then maybe you'll have a different experience. Dan Harlan is a good performer and a good
teacher. I'm not knocking him, just pointing out something I wish I'd known before I spent the
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I've been hoping someone would get around to making a larger, more colorful ball to be seen from the
stage and now they have!
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I have found this trick the most useless piece of magic that I have purchased from penguin.
Large props.Low on the excitement scale.
Dan Harlan is a great presenter, but this is not
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This is an excellent product. I have had a lot of fun with this and have used it for opening up to
kids. The routine is something that I probably won't do but we are not here to copy other people's
work, we're here to Create our own.
The balls have a perfect weight, which makes them easier to handle. The handling shown on the vid
download as well as the presentations are very basic... but since the product does what it does
creating routines that fit your style better wont be problem.
I've used various bounce / no bounce props for decades, and honestly can't think of anything else
that's more effective (maybe 'as' but not 'more') in creating a fun and unexplainable experience for
a person or crowd. I've absolutely floored people with it, time and time again. Though Dan's routine
may not suit you personally (I think it's excellent, btw.), there's a ton of literature on the
subject to explore and build your own routine from. And, like I do, a routine really isn't
necessary. I just lean somewhere and bounce it various ways until someone mentions it. I tell them
it's an old superball I got when I was a kid and always loved it. I hand the no-bounce ball to them
and when it plunks onto the table, floor, etc., I look at it and say "You broke it!" pick it up and
plunk it a couple of times, look lightly irritated at him/her and put it away. There's a sense of
logic that absolutely stuns them. They know it's a superball, so how could it break? Yet, it did!
Get the picture? From the video this set seems to be well made and it's a very reasonable price for
what it is and how much fun you'll have it.
Every magician needs a good set of bounce / no
Just wanted to put in my 10 cents worth.
First thing's first. The balls you receive (although red) is not remotely as shiny and new looking
as the image shown. Rather, the balls you will receive have a dull red colour and you will need to
buy a certain something else in order to coat them and make the balls look shiny and bright red.
The teachings from Dan Harlan is top notch as always. The effects themselves are as you see
in the trailer. You will need to put your own spin to the effect to really get reactions and mileage
from this effect.
Overall, this would've been a 3/4 star rating, but the fact that props
you receive look so sub-par makes this only really worth 2 star. Considering you will have to invest
time and money to buy other item/s to coat the balls in order for them to look nice and presentable.
Unless you already have an idea/routine in mind (or like what you see in the trailer), stay away
I give Harlan credit for trying to breathe life into this, but his routine involves way too much
effort and time for a payoff that is confusing and weak at best. At the end of the day, the balls
are nice but this is at best still a throw away effect. Price should have been half of what it is.
I personally use bounce no bounce on my professional magic show for Kids, I use my own routine, but
the effect is the same. You can came up with your own ideas like Rick lax with the letter indicating
when the ball bounces or not.
I recommend this trick as a filler, if you don't know what
to filler is, then buy ken weber book maximum entertaining! Found here at penguin! (Just buy the
book, is very good) It is important that you understand the trick is not an opener or a closer!
Overall, I recommend to have it, I think its a bit expensive but at the end is worth
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