Ball gag

A standard, albeit large, rubber ball gag.
A perforated plastic ball gag, aka drool gag.

A ball gag is a form of gag used to keep a person from making any noise. Unlike many gags, a ball gag is usually manufactured for the sole purpose of keeping a person quiet, and are therefore usually much more efficient.


Traditionally, a ball gag consists of a colored ball (usually red or black), which is placed behind the subject's teeth. Most are made of solid rubber, but hollow ones of rubber or plastic are also available.

Some gags come with the ball impaled on a six-inch wooden rod. This design goes back to the 1950s as seen in the bondage photos taken by Irving Klaw of Bettie Page and other models. Another variation is a hollow plastic ball with holes, also known as a "drool gag".

A leather buckle strap or string usually goes around the back of the subject's head where it is tightly fastened, making it impossible for the subject to remove the ball on their own. The ball commonly restricts tongue movements, and blocks most noise originating from the throat. It is a common BDSM toy, as it is extremely efficient and relatively cheap.

In spanking, it is often used to keep the spankee from making annoying whining, complaining, or begging noises. Ball gags are still seen by many as a more intense form of gag and, thus, is rarely seen in many role playing scenarios.

Films and photosEdit

Still from '60s 8mm stag film. Abducted girl is bound and whipped in a dungeon.

As mentioned earlier, New York fetish photographer Irving Klaw created some of the earliest photos as well as the first film loops showing ball gags being used on bound victims. Bettie Page, his most famous model, appeared in countless photos and short films wearing a variety of ball gags.

Klaw's collected bondage/spanking films with Page and other models have been re-released on DVD by Cult Epics as Bettie Page: Bondage Queen.

A perforated drool gag was first seen in the 1964 sexploitation film Olga's House of Shame.

Perhaps the most memorable use of the ball gag in a mainstream film was seen in 1994's Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Ball gag videos on YouTubeEdit

Ball gag karaoke on a radio show.