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animatEdBRONZE Member
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Posted:
I've been looking for some time for metal contact balls, like the one's that Durbs had at falmouth. I've seen them on Ebay, But I keep getting outbid, and don't fancy paying in excess of 25 for one.

Does anyone know anywhere that sells these? Why are they such a rarity?

To see exactly which ones I mean, go to [Old link] and it's the first thing you see on the video.

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Posted:
Didn't have time to check out the video, i'll try to a bit later on but are the anything like these? https://www.dube.com/ball/8.html

I have an acrylic 3" contact juggling ball from dub and love it!

animatEdBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Yes!! They are the ones!!

Just need somewhere in the UK that does them now...

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Posted:
I live in Australia and find there shipping cost quite resonable and there service is second to none (from my experience). You can email Patricia (info@dube.com) with your shipping address (just your state and country) and what you wish to purchase, she can give you a quote on the shipping cost in USD. Pat normally replies to me within 24 hours, with 3 different shipping options and prices. I normally get everything sent by USPS Express Mail (insured), takes approx. 3-4 business days for delivery from the day they ship, pending normal customs clearance.

Worth checking out,

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Motaddict
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Posted:
Hi, i was in belfast a few days ago and I got draged to a DIY/ house decoration store and found something along the lines of minimalist metallic fruit bowl things which where basically metal balls in a bowl. Not perfectly round but pretty damn close, but on the plus side the 4" balls only cost 4 euros!!! The 3" ones where only 3. I could belive my eyes, they were only slightly heavier than acrylics. I my eyes the were pretty much prefect. I lucky find i admit, but it does promote looking in strange places for your cj needs. I'll post a vid of them once i get back home (bout a week and a half) so you can have a look,

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onewheeldaveGOLD Member
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Posted:
I've seen a good few of those at conventions etc; like you say, they're not perfectly round, but they are very cheap- in the UK, generally a few .

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DoktorSkellSILVER Member
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Posted:
www.firetoys.co.uk

I could be wrong, but i think they might have them

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animatEdBRONZE Member
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Posted:
The one's that I mean are perfectly round, and very shiny/reflective. Alas, Firetoys don't do them.

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Motaddict
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Location: Netherlands


Posted:
Hmm when i say not perfectly round I mean barely. Take for granted that acrylics are also not "perfectly" round. In fact as far as i know perfectly round does'nt exsist. I sure I'll be corrected on that though smile As far as shiny goes they are reflective enough to film yourself in. Ok the link a few posts up, those do look alittle nicer but there pretty much the same. Price wise, the slight imperfection balance out though.

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Hey Mot... where in belfast did you find these balls?!!!!

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Motaddict
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Location: Netherlands


Posted:
Hmmm colleen dragged me there, argh what was it called, hmmmm something wishy wash, Argh, i cant remember, i think it was something like all naturel, or sumfin :P She bought a few for her brother aswel, she'll know. The place was closing down soon though.

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onewheeldaveGOLD Member
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Posted:
The ones I saw at the convention had been bought from a shop called 'au natural' as well, I think.

Another set were bought from some kind of 'new-age-y decor' bathroomy type shop.

I tried both sets and they were definitly more lacking in 'roundness perfection' than any acrylic I've used.

But, for the price I would have liked to buy some; unfortuately sheffield lacks an 'au natural' store.

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pricklyleafSILVER Member
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Posted:
yes, you can buy them from au natural, I saw some in there (no flat bit) the other day and nearly bought one, says its aluminium. Au natural is the shop that is quite often in the same space as INTERNATIONAL, the cheap clothes shop. The balls cost 2 for a good sized one

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animatEdBRONZE Member
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Posted:
does this shop have a website?

I think they would be OK balls, The one's that Durbs has are perfect (at least, I can't see any imperfections in them) and I'm guessing his aren't the only ones ever made!!

Empty your mind. Be formless, Shapeless, like Water.
Put Water into a cup, it becomes the cup, put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Water can flow, or it can Crash.
Be Water My Friend.


pricklyleafSILVER Member
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Location: Manchester, England (UK)


Posted:
I had a look for a website and can't find one but they are everywhere! if theres a large town or a city there will be an internacionale (clothes) shop which will have an au natural in there, if your in a city au natural often have a separate shop as well. You'll just have to look round ask some girls or something! good luck! I just bought a 80mm for 2, downside to it is that the silver has got scratched a little bit and is showing gold underneath (partly from the fact I can't actually contact juggle) so if your looking for a good one then it might not be suitable anyway.

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pineapple peteSILVER Member
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Posted:
hey, not wanting to start a new thread, has anyone used black contact balls, im wondering if they get dity etc easily.

cheers, pete biggrin

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colemanSILVER Member
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Posted:
i've got a black acrylic (be careful - don't get fobbed off with a black polycarb...) and i love it.

it actually appears less scuffed then my clear ones and i've used it as much if not more than those.


cole. x

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Motaddict
666 posts
Location: Netherlands


Posted:
Yup a mate of mine has also got an black poly, still looks lovley, gives a nice anti grav black holey effect.



Anyway heres a vid of those metal balls I bought for around 3 pounds each

Contact juggling effort, 2005, with elcheapo balls bought in belfast. And a acrylic ball stand made by my most favourite person in the whole wide world

ubblove



Contact juggling10mb wmv.



A pleasey use the right clicky and the savey as:

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Hey tom, where'd you get those cheapy balls of which you speak?

Au Natural?! Where is that?

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Motaddict
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Location: Netherlands


Posted:
Hmm tainted took me there, I know about 3 places in belfast now smile but I've got no idea where there are in relation to eachother. Not to sure about the name of the shop either, it was something like that. But I'm sure tainted will be able to tell you.

Anyway if you walk from jury's to the waterfront, it's kindof generally on your right hand side. Thats about as close as i can get :P

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Lol, thanks... I'll ask Colleen smile

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_pOp_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Written by: Mot


Anyway heres a vid of those metal balls I bought for around 3 pounds each
Contact juggling effort, 2005, with elcheapo balls bought in belfast. And a acrylic ball stand made by my most favourite person in the whole wide world
ubblove






aw, that's cheating!!!!!! IT'S A TRICK VIDEO and badly done as well....
I know that the balls are suspended by threads, because balls can't move like that on a person...
and later you edited the threads out, and really badly I must say: sometimes the edit makes your hands look all blurry.

next time when you attemp to fool us, you should use some better editing or maybe learn some real juggling skills...







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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Ed - mine are Au Natural balls too, just bought at the MushiPea stall (For a bit of mark-up I might add)

Firepoise - If you're going shopping for them balls, would you mind bulk buying? I guess P&P ain't going to be cheap, but cheaper than a flight to ireland smile

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Lol. Funny contacting juggling types.

How many balls would you like young Durbs?

Perhaps we could swap... balls for Falmouth video?!! Tee hee biggrin

Anyways... I'll see you when you come to the Irish gathering, won't I?!! tongue

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
100 - then I can sell them for hundreds of pounds each and make enough money to come to Ireland wink

(Or maybe just 8)

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Lol. Ok then.

But I'd still like to give them to you in person... then you can show me how to do 8-ball contact juggling tongue

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
I can't learn it until I have the balls...

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Hmmm. I see the point.

Alrighty then, I'll see what I can do.

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mo-sephenthusiast
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Location: Edinburgh, UK


Posted:
Au naturale homepage, complete with store finder...

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_Clare_BRONZE Member
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Posted:
Wow. Thanks biggrin hug

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Damnit - How did you find that?!
I've been looking for it for months - maybe it's new smile

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