Originally posted by jkingry:
I had the same problem. I have found it helps to wash them before each performance (no snickering allowed).
This is actually a good thread because I was wondering the same thing myself for different reasons.
Many MANY years ago, I picked up a packet trick called "Bewildering 8-Ball." You showed a fan of four cards with 8-balls on them and a blank. You would put the blank on the table, snap the "8-ball" cards and one of the 8-balls would appear on the blank. The last segment was to have the spectator tap the last 8-ball card which would turn blank and a real 8-ball would appear under your hand.
The 8-ball that came with the trick was a nasty little dome looking thing that had an "8" barely printed on it. I tried using xerox copies of the actual 8-balls from the cards, but they tended to crack. While at Wal*Mart, I found some novelty golf balls which had patterns on them, baseball, basketball, soccer ball and yes a set of 8-balls! I guess golfers don't have that much of a sense of humor, the $1.79 set with two balls and tees had been reduced to ten cents! Having bought them, I discovered that they're too slippery to hold for the end of the routine. Paint won't work, as I need the pattern the balls already have. I was thinking about washing them in ispropoal alcohol.