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 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.
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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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I really am a fan of Dan but this one did not really work out he tried but it did not turn out well.
Not a routine I would perform and way way way over priced if you want bounce no bounce ball you can
get them for less than $10 somewhere else just search it on the internet. Good try though!
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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 had previously given this 2 stars, because the instructions said the product came not as shown in
the video (Instructions said they were black, and had to be colored). Product was actually red, and
works like a charm for a nice gag bit in a show.
I just watched the instructions, and despite the product being depicted as red, they actually come
black. The first section of the tutorial is how to recolor them to be red (or whatever color).
This requires an additional $15 or $20 dollars worth of stuff.
I got these in an open box deal for $20, and I think that’s close to what they are worth. A set of
smaller ones from a science shop I use are around $8 for one set, and the ones I have bought before
have had a wooden ball. I like that these have a similar texture. I actually didn’t buy this for a
magic prop. I didn’t think the routines were terrible, but I probably wouldn’t use them. The no
bounce ball has just enough bounce to make me nervous about my $100 :p. I actually bought these for
a science unit I am teaching, and they will work great for that.
So far, I have had a blast with this trick. There was the exception of me crushing a boy's ego when
the little girls bounced the ball higher than he did. The look of shock was hilarious, but I needed
an out and I had to do it on the fly. I made one more switch and told the boy I forgot to tell the
ball to bounce. He flung it and it leaped in the air as did his pride. This is a bunch of fun, I'm
playing around with different routines. So far, so good. It's something you just have to make work.
Use your imagination and have a hit !!!