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Billiard Ball Manipulation

Multiply balls in your bare hands. Have them appear, vanish, and change colors. It is all done with sleight of hand and a few clever gimmicks to enhance the illusion.

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Burling Hull
Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation Part 2 by Burling Hull
  • Settings
  • Chapter Eight More Original Hull Effects
    • Rainbow Spheres
    • Novel Method Of Obtaining Balls
    • Ball Through Handkerchief
    • Finish For Ball And Hkf.
    • B. H. Latest Color Change
  • Chapter Nine Special Balls
    • The Excelsior Ball Trick
    • Chameleon Ball
    • Multiplying Balls
    • Rouge Et Noir
    • Hkf. And Ball
    • Polychromatic Ball
    • Ball And Goblet
    • Ball And Hkf. Change
    • "Top Vest Servante"
    • Attachments
    • Ball - Holders
    • Ball Pull
    • Clutch Pull
    • Vanishing Ball
    • Henry Hardins Auto Vanishing Ball
    • The Sucker
    • Ball Spider
    • Other Apparatus
  • Chapter Ten Special Balls Designed By Author
    • The "Poufe" Ball ...
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Burling Hull
Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation Part 1 by Burling Hull

Burling Hull was indeed an excellent billiard ball manipulator, and this is a very good introduction to the art.

Paul Fleming wrote about part 1 and 2:

For thirty-five years we have been giving and watching programs of magic, and in all this time we have not known a single instance of an audience failing to receive with enthusiasm a first-rate exhibition of billiard-ball work. Properly done, with a moderate display of grace and with appropriate musical accompaniment, the "billiard-ball trick" is as pleasing a demonstration of dexterity as anyone could wish to see. Among the performers of the past who...

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Burling Hull
Master Sleights with Billiard Balls by Burling Hull

A series of original sleights with miniature billiard balls including an explanation of the author's ball stand and vanishing apparatus, and a thirty minute manipulative act.

Owing to the remarkable increase in the popularity of experiments with Miniature Billiard Balls, since the publication of “Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation,” and to the frequently expressed wish that I might have something further on this subject to offer Manipulative Artists, I have been induced to delay the publication of the next volume of the series and give preference to a supplementary volume of original ball...

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John Alborough
Mainly Manipulative Magic by John Alborough

From the introduction by Lewis Ganson:

Seeing the late Edward Victor on stage at the now defunct Metropolitan Theatre in Edgware Road, London, when John was a small boy, started his interest in magic. Later he became enamoured with the manipulative magic of Geoffrey Buckingham, so it is not surprising that Victor's expert thimble magic and Buckingham’s excellent manipulation of billiard balls, should have had a marked influence on the type of magic John performs. Having met and enjoyed the confidence of these two magicians and studied their books, he built his own act. Certainly the Victor / Buckingham influence is there but John...

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E. Brian MacCarthy
Slow Sleights by E. Brian MacCarthy

Mainly billiard balls but also thimbles, cards, coins and silks.


  • Introduction
  • Billiard Balls
    • The Production Drop
    • The Best Change-Over Palm
    • An Easy Transfer Palm
    • Twist-Over Acquitment
    • Vanish from a Full Hand
    • A Colour Change in the Fist
    • The Fadeaway Vanish
    • The Enlarged Ball
    • The Drop Vanish
    • A Ball Passes Continuously From Hand to Hand
    • Color Change on Palm
    • Improvement on Standard Acquitment
    • Four Billiard Balls to a Cannon Ball
  • Thimbles
    • A "Steal" Thimble Vanish
    • The "In and Out" Thumb Vanish
    • Vanish of Two Thimbles
  • Coins
    • Special Coin Tourniquet
  • Cards ...
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Gordon Miller
Tops Treasury of Ball Manipulation by Gordon Miller

Over 60 routines and effects by various magicians including Dale Salwak, Ian Adair, Robert Olson, Percy Abbott, Walter Gibson, Charlie Miller, Peter Warlock, James Reneaux, and dozens more.

  • Multiplying Golf Balls
  • Golf Ball Routine
  • A Flash Billiard Ball Sleight
  • Color Changing Balls
  • Ball Production
  • Two Balls Vanish
  • A Subtle Vanish Of A Ball
  • Rainbow Ball Routine
  • A Wrinkle For Rainbow Balls
  • Billiard Ball Color Change
  • A Ball Routine Flourish
  • Routine With Four Solid Balls
  • Routined Ball Sleights
  • Cigarette And Ball Routine
  • Cigarette - Ball and Hank
  • A Billiard Ball and Silk Routine
  • Change
  • My Favorite Pocket Trick
  • Tips On Ball Manipulation ...
★★★★ $7
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Manipulation Balls Lecture by Peki

This is Peki's full fledged lecture video on manipulation with balls. It was originally released in German in 1994, but Peki has dubbed it himself in English. If you want to learn how to manipulate balls this is the video to learn it from. Jeff McBride has very good lecture videos on the market, but keep in mind that Jeff McBride started with stage manipulation seeing Peki perform.

Peki has a beautiful soft and lyrical style and reveals all his tricks and tips and ways to practice, including the various gimmicks he uses to achieve seamless transitions, wonderful color changes and other highly...

★★★★ $25
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Manipulation with Balls by Peki

Top stage magician Peki reveals in this video several of his well kept secrets for billiard ball manipulation. Peki was German Champion, European Champion and was awarded second and third place at FISM in manipulation in 1979 and 1985 respectively. He is considered one of the best stage manipulators in the world. Additional to the tips he shares you will be able to see historic footage of some of his performances.

1st edition 2015, length 16 min

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Frank Garcia
Billiard Balls by Frank Garcia

There has always been a shortage of books on billiard ball routines, but here is one on that subject you will enjoy using. Not only has Garcia set forth many facets of ball material, but they are clearly and beautifully illustrated by Harvan, who is an excellent manipulator himself. The material on routining is followed by handling of the ball and shell, then a Master Routine, The One to Five Slow Motion Production, Bilious Balls, Strictly One Hand, One to Four With Solid Balls, Advice and Thoughts on Balls, Simple Golf Ball Routine, all very well explained. Many illustrations.

1st edition...

★★★★ $8.95
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Al Leech
Al Leech's Legacy by Al Leech

The best parts in this publications are the work on thimbles and billiard balls. Also included are card and coin routines.

1st edition 1980, 1st digital edition 2013, 90 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Alfred B. Leech: Magician—Of—The Month
  3. Major Surgery
  4. A Typographical Error
  5. Platform Wild Card
  6. A Bicycle Built For Profit
  7. Too Small
  8. Snap Change
  9. Crooked Card
  10. Three Cards Across
  11. The 1971-72 M-U-M Award
  12. A Card Trilogy
  13. Coins And Cards
  14. The Coin Star
  15. Ball Manipulation
  16. Chicago Balls: The Chicago Ball Trick And A Routine
  17. Substitution For Chicago Balls
  18. Color Changes
  19. - A Color...
★★★★★ $12.95
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Geoffrey Buckingham
It's Easier Than You Think Volume 1 by Geoffrey Buckingham

This famous book, now republished in three easy to handle ebook volumes. Illustrated with dozens of line drawings by Eric Lewis. The finest coverage of billiard ball work in print, excellent material on coins, and a large number of variety tricks in the Buckingham style and tradition.

Paul Fleming wrote:

Sleight-of-hand manipulation may be any of many things, ranging all the way from the bald display of manual dexterity that is sometimes called "finger-flinging" to the beautifully conceived and charmingly executed performance of a Downs or Cardini. It's Easier Than You Think is the work of an English amateur...

★★★★ $8.95
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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 11: Billiard Ball Manipulation by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content

    The Magician's Dress

  2. Afternoon Performances
  3. Evening Performances

    Billiard Ball Manipulation

  4. Introduction
  5. The Multiplying Billiard Balls
  6. The Patriotic Balls
  7. The Transposed Balls
  8. Cups and Balls
  9. A Billiard Ball Phantasy

    The History of Magic (part 6)

  10. Conjurers of the Eighteenth Century

1st edition 1931; 18 pages.

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Lewis Ganson
Ron MacMillan's Symphony of the Spheres by Lewis Ganson

At the Annual Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (British Ring) at Scarborough in 1957, an unknown magician walked away with the First Prize - The British Ring Shield. The manipulative act which caused so much enthusiastic comment featured Billiard Balls, and even well posted magicians in the audience were at a loss to know from where several of the balls were produced. Here was something new in manipulative magic, and there was much speculation as to the means whereby balls could be "stolen" so cleanly, without a hint being given of their original secret location, or...

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Arthur Buckley
Principles and Deceptions by Arthur Buckley

Another great book from Arthur Buckley. He discusses some theoretical aspects of magic and then goes into detailed instructions of moves and routines with coins, cards, and billiard balls. I can highly recommend this book.

1st edition, 1948, Arthur Buckley; original 222 pages; PDF 185 pages.

    1. Photograph of the Author
    2. Dedication
    3. Introduction by Theo Bamberg (Okito)
    4. Foreword by the Author
    5. The Principles of Magic
    6. Manipulation
    7. Substitution
    8. Duplication
    9. Camouflage
    10. Imitation
    11. False Partition
    12. Concealed Mechanism
    13. Falsification
    14. Arrangement
    15. Preparation
    16. Misdirection
    17. Concealment ...
★★★★★ $7
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