I have been playing with/studying Marlo's Cups & Ball routines in Jon Racherbaumer's neat book titled Arcade Dreams. It's funny that I have had this book sitting around for quite a while and had not paid much attention to it. What a loss for me.
After sitting down with this book for a long while I have come to love the approach (Marlo's killer enhancements of magic store standards a la Color Vision), the Joseph K. Schmidt illustrations and the whole retro cool feel of the book.
Anyway, I have been studying the several Marlo Cups & Ball routines included in Arcade Dreams. In these routines sponge balls are used instead of regulation hard/crochet/cork or similar type balls for C&B's.
I have videos of Johnny Paul and Tom Mullica using sponge balls for their C&B routines. Each of their routines are magical as well as comical as befitting their style.
Which leads to my question on what are Genii members using for their C&B routines?
I am intrigued by the Marlo routines, but have a mental block against sponge balls which I find inherently goofy. That's just my own issue and not a criticism of sponge balls or sponge ball routines, which I enjoy watching, but don't do myself. Frankly, I tend to follow the Eugene Burger approach/concern on Sponge balls. I believe Eugene has gone back and forth on this issue. He has a great routine, but use of sponge balls does not really fit his sophisticated performing style (i.e. there is something clown like - clown nose about sponge balls). I can't claim to be as fine a performer as Eugene, but my style tends to be more elegant rather than comical.
On the other hand, it would be neat to use a ball material that not every Tom, Dick and Harry uses. Plus, sponge balls allow for some neat "tricks" that are not possible with normal hard C&B balls. Can I use sponge balls and not look like a goof ball? Should I stop worrying about this stuff and get a life?
Appreciate any comments. Also, I would love to hear if any one uses sponge balls with their C&B routine and/or what routines they use.
Thanks, Robert :)