John Ramsay was called "The Magician's Magician" because even for those in the know he could create miracles. He consistently fooled his peers with his incredible skill, misdirection and unique thinking. Here are a few quotes about him:
"... We are not given to uncritical boosts.... But it is difficult to write with moderation of the work of Johnnie Ramsay. His sleight of hand is unexcelled, perhaps even unequalled. Performers who know all there is to know about the Cups and Balls are not merely puzzled, but utterly baffled by Ramsay's presentation. His Cap and Pence is a masterpiece of artistry.... It is not that he is always "one ahead": he must generally be half-a-dozen ahead.... His misdirection is perfect. Every action is perfectly natural and fully accounted for... If it be true that art consists in the concealment of art, then John Ramsay is the finest magical artist that we have seen...." - ABRACADABRA (30th March, 1946).
"... Who hasn't heard of John Ramsay and the way he outdistances everyone with his close-up thimble and coin work?" - ANNEMANN, Theo (The Jinx).
"... If you haven't seen John Ramsay, you haven't seen one of the greatest exponents of sleight of hand..." - CHRISTOPHER, Milbourne (The Linking Ring).
"... John, I would willingly walk three hundred miles to see you perform..." - DOWNS, T. Nelson
"I have seen many of the world's greatest magicians, but as I have not seen them all, I cannot state that John Ramsay is 'the greatest sleight of hand performer living to-day'. But this I can truthfully assert: John Ramsay is the best conjurer in his particular line of work that I have ever met. In misdirection and subtlety he far surpasses all others that I have seen: his methods are original and possibly unrivalled." - FARELLI, Victor
"... John Ramsay ... his tricks with small objects are the best I have ever witnessed... His misdirection is perfect... His trick with half-crowns and a small cylinder left us guessing, and we are still guessing..." - HULL, Ralph W. (From a private letter addressed to his friend. J. Crosland, Bately, England).
"... When you know the man, and study him closely, you are absolutely amazed at his tremendous ability..." - LEVANTE, Les (From The World's Fair. 13th May, 1939).
This is likely the best book on the classic Cups and Balls effect. It includes next to a detailed description of John Ramsay's routine historical notes as well as a cups and balls bibliography. Includes photos and illustrations.