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November 12, 1995|By Laura Barnhardt

A roundup of new products and services

It's the Pits

Ball pits have long been a favorite among children at amusement parks, carnivals and play lands (and among their parents, who are happy to see their tots use some of their energy safely). Now the same fun can be had at home. The Hedstrom Corp. has introduced the world's first home ball pit. Four sizes are available and each model comes with commercial-size and commercial-quality balls. The pits, which can be folded down to hang in a closet, are available at Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Sears and through J. C. Penney catalogs. Prices range from $79 to $199.

The young and the young-at-heart who are fascinated by magic will want to check out the Trick of the Month Club from Magic in Your Mailbox. Each month for 12 months, members of the club receive a magic trick and instructions for performing it. The tricks are "carefully chosen . . . for their ease of performance, quality and audience-baffling effects," say the Magic in Your Mailbox people. Membership, which is $59.95, also includes a video performance of the year's 12 tricks, a club newsletter and a notebook for organizing the newsletters and the trick instructions. Call (800) 780-MAGIC for more information or to order.

Stroll through the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Experience Kabuki Theater in Japan. Explore the magnificent beaches of Mombasa, Kenya. These are just a few of the sights, cities and adventures you'll encounter when playing Travel Buff, a new board game from Intellectual Technologies Inc. Players (ages 13 and up) answer simple, intermediate or advanced questions about the world's most exotic places to gain points in each travel area. The object is to master five of the nine travel areas and be declared the Travel Buff. The game retails for $29.95 and is available at Toys R Us and Kmart stores.

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