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Essentials in Magic: Sponge Balls Review

Official Review

June 21st, 2014 4:40am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
Previous I had first reviewed the Master Course in Sponge Balls by Daryl, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4. In them I made mention that 'this' DVD was referenced quite a bit by Daryl when talking about some of the basic sponge ball technique. Neither the ad copy for this DVD and none of the ad copies for the Master Course mention this - nothing bad, just strange in my mind.

I have been doing sponge magic for a long time and I love it - it is one of my favorite genres of magic. I have researched, read and studied many, many books and techniques on the subject and I have seen quite a few DVDs covering sponge magic as well. This is certainly one of the best resources I have ever seen for beginning magicians that want to start learning how to do sponge magic. Once again, this DVD shows exactly why Daryl is one of the best and most sought-after teachers in magic today.

The production quality is absolutely phenomenal - it is well-lit, the audio and video are both crisp and clear and everything is easy to see and understand. The ad copy is 100% spot on, including the running time of 1 hour and 11 minutes.

There are 16 chapters on this DVD and the contents by chapter are:

Passe Passe Sponge
Why Sponge Magic is Special
Bonus Tips
Producing the 1st Ball
Producing the 2nd Ball
Sawing a Ball in Two
Passes and Vanishes
Retention Passes
Ball to Spectator's Hand
Miscellaneous Effects
Passe Passe Sponge - The Details
More Bonus Tips
Final Thoughts

Daryl did a lot of great research for the material on this DVD and his crediting is fantastic. He starts each section by teaching the basics of that subject, then moves into the variations. He also gives the history of the moves and/or their variations where applicable - who came up with a particular move or variation and why, where the inspiration for a move came from and much more.

Because it is Daryl, everything is very clearly taught and very easy to understand and nothing is left out.

Even with all of my experience with sponge balls and sponge props, I found a few very nice ideas that I want to incorporate in my work - and this is a DVD for beginners! One example is the 'Passe Passe Sponge" effect. Over the years it has been called a few different names, the most common one being the "10 Count" which was popularized by Frank Garcia and Steve Dacri became very well known for his handling and touches on it. 'Passe Passe Sponge' was the original term and has long been a classic of magic requiring the use of a table, until now. Daryl shows a great way to do it in the hands with no table necessary!

The price point of this product is very good for what you are getting. Most DVDs with this much material go for $20-30/USD.

If you have ever wanted to get into learning and studying sponge ball and sponge prop magic, this DVD is the perfect place to begin and in using it, you will have a gradually progressing learning program. Once you learn the material here and can perform it well, you can move on to the next step in advancement with the Master Course in Sponge Balls Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 - also by Daryl.

VERY highly recommended!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Essentials in Magic: Sponge Balls

Author: Easton, Daryl
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $9.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Essentials in Magic™ collection gives you the opportunity to enjoy one-on-one instruction from Daryl, the Magician's Magician™. Internationally known and respected as one of the world's finest teachers of magic, Daryl personally mentors you through clear, easy-to-understand video segments and helps you to develop and perfect classic sleight-of-hand skills and techniques, in a way never before available without private lessons. As a World Champion Magician, creator, and teacher of magic, Daryl has distilled decades of experience and study into each DVD to bring you everything you need to know to perform miracles with sponge balls, trick decks, linking rings, cups and balls, and many other classic illusions, right away! Daryl is waiting to share these secrets with you in the Essentials in Magic.

This DVD focuses on Sponge Balls, an amazing magic effect, that is easy to do! In it you will learn...
  • Passe Passe Sponge
  • Concealments
  • Producing the Ball
  • Sawing a Ball in Two - Poi Yung Chong
  • Passes and Vanishes
  • Retention Passes
  • Ball to Spectator's Hand
  • Routines
  • And much, much more!
Running Time Approximately: 1hr 11min

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