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Balls, Eggs, Dice & Cups

Who does not know the famous egg bag trick which Malini performed to perfection or the classic Cups and Balls which are performed by magicians for hundreds of yeas? Manipulation with billiard balls is part of many of the best stage manipulation acts. You will also find in this category tricks with balls of the softer variety - sponge balls.

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Michael Ammar
4 Minutes of Fame by Michael Ammar

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A unique twist on the Cups and Balls that puts the spectator center stage! 4 Minutes of Fame is a very special Cups and Balls routine.

Based on a concept by Dick Williams. Starting about 12 years ago Michael and Dick corresponded about Dick's concept for having a spectator perform the routine while fooling himself, and Dick urged Michael to work out some of his ideas on it.

Long since retired, Dick loved to see a working professional spending time with his creation. His enthusiasm was contagious and inspirational. He was hoping...

★★★★ $9.75
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Jerry Andrus
Accusteal by Jerry Andrus

A barehanded production of a steel ball bearing. A professional lesson in concealment.

Jerry Andrus only taught and performed tricks he created himself. In that sense he was a purist, a one of a kind magic creator. Here he teaches simple but wonderful sleight-of-hand where every movement is thought through to appear as natural as possible while concealing a large heavy steel ball.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 2001.

runtime: 4min 55s

★★★★★ $6
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Gregg Webb
Aether #9: Sponge Balls to Box by Gregg Webb

Gregg Webb presents ideas using sponge balls and a folding box based on Slydini's "Paper Balls to Hat." The trick uses sponge balls and a folding cardboard box. Here, you will learn:

  • How to vanish several sponge balls one at a time
  • Cause the sponge balls to reappear from a small cardboard box

1st edition 2021, PDF 2 pages with illustrations by Gregg Webb.

★★★★ $4.95
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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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Brick Tilley
Albert's Spongeballs by Brick Tilley

When you think of Albert Goshman what usually comes to mind is his coins under the saltshakers. Unfortunately, this, like Rene Lavand's crumb trick, takes a lifetime of devotion to master. But Albert left us something else, his revolutionary take on the sponge balls. This startling effect is within the skill range of every serious student of magic. If you already perform this in some form, you can add his version in minutes, after acquiring a few easily obtained supplies. You may already have them among your props.

Also included is a suggestion for an astounding opening effect to add to your sponge ball...

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Brick Tilley
Ball and Cone by Brick Tilley

This is a much later version of Slydini's classic routine cut down to a length more suited to today's short audience attention span. Any unnecessary moves have been eliminated. The sequence is written for right hand performers.

You will also receive a video with further explanations and demonstrations.

1st edition 2018, 3 pages + video

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Brick Tilley
Ball and Vase by Brick Tilley

This is one of the oldest magic tricks in history. The routine was developed by Ed Marlo and allows the performer to discard the shell during the performance. See video below.

1st edition 2017, 4 pages.

★★★★★ $10
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Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard
Bernard's Lesson on Dice Stacking Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Bobby Bernard

Bobby Bernard teaches you how to stack dice featuring Bobby's presentation of School for Croupiers. This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

If you prefer video instructions over photos and explanatory text we recommend Learn the Basics and for sophisticated tricks Mr. Dice Stacking and Friends.

[Get the full collection of all 17 Teach-Ins at a huge discount.

1st edition 1979; original 23 pages; PDF 27 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. The Materials Needed for Dice Stacking
  5. - THE DICE
  6. - THE CUP OR...
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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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Brick Tilley
Chinese Cups and Balls by Brick Tilley

Brick Tilley learned this routine in China from Mr. Fu in 1980. It is a 'cups and balls' routine but is performed with two rice bowls and three balls which appear to be small pieces of fruits. They are not really pieces of fruits but that is what they look like. Details of what they are and how to make them is in the ebook.

The video below is part one of a four part routine.

1st edition 2017, 5 pages.

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Chop Cup Combo Outfit Tutor by Someeran

This manuscript explains basic routines and moves for the chop cup, with additional moves and routines by Goutam Guha and Mahadevananda.

1st edition 1993, 20 pages; PDF 17 pages.

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Ken Muller
Chop Sign by Ken Muller

Expanded uses of a Chop Cup.

Theory, sleights and several unique effects. This explores flaws in traditional Chop Cup routines and offers solutions. Move beyond "what came in the box."

1st edition 2009, PDF 43 pages.

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Aaron Isaacs
Clown Noses by Aaron Isaacs

This is a sponge ball routine with a very pleasant theme. The effect is:

Magician asks a female spectator: "Have you ever seen a clown?" As she answers, the magician removes a red sponge ball from his pocket. "You have probably noticed clowns always wear these silly little noses on their faces. What you may not realize is if you pull on one just splits in two." The magician pulls at the one ball with both hands and produces a second one at his fingertips. "Now, clown noses are very lonely beings, when you place them into a dark place, like your hand," the magician sets one ball...

★★★★★ $5
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Lewis Ganson & Aldo Colombini
Colombini's Cups and Balls Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Aldo Colombini

Aldo Colombini teaches the routine with which he won the close-up competition at FISM 1976 in Vienna, Austria. It includes ideas by Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Pete Biro and Larry Jennings, as well as many original elements by Aldo himself.

This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

[Get the full collection of all 17 Teach-Ins at a huge discount.

1st edition 1977; original 26 pages; PDF 35 pages.

  6. SET-UP
  9. - THE...
★★★★★ $9.50
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L. C. Collier
Complete Two Ball Sponge Ball Routine by L. C. Collier

Sponge balls are some of the best props you can imagine. They are cheap, light, can be pressed tiny, easy to manipulate, appropriate for kids and adults, and are very visual.

This routine plays big for walk around, close-up and street magic. Collier used this one often as opener to gather a crowd. You will need three sponge balls! The manuscript includes Collier's entire patter.

9 pages; illustrated

★★★★ $5
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Aldo Colombini
Cone-Tact by Aldo Colombini

From the introduction:

Dai Vernon's “Ball, Cone and Handkerchief” is a classic of magic. I've always been fascinated with this routine and many (many!) years ago in Italy, I developed the routine that you are finding here in this manuscript.

The basic routine remains Vernon's but I have added several other moves and expanded the presentation by adding a few different effects. The main feature of the routine as I have developed it, is that it is entirely performed in the magician's hands, with no need for the table.

A special thanks goes to the late Mike Rogers because he allowed...

★★★★ $10
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Brick Tilley
Crumbz by Brick Tilley

Rene Lavand became known around the world for his version of this classic "Two in the hand, One in the pocket" sequence. Using only one hand, a few small balls of some soft substance and a lone coffee cup, he was able to fool and entertain all types of spectators for decades. This, then, is a streamlined, shortened version lasting less than a minute. It plays up the surprises without becoming monotonous. It can be performed silent or using brief patter.

EFFECT: Three small pieces of foam rubber are used along with a coffee cup. Two of the foam balls are placed into the cup. The remaining...

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Cups and Balls (Western) Magic Tutor by Someeran

This manuscript explains two routines, one which does not require any sleight-of-hand, and a second one that requires some basic moves such as a vanish, false and secret loading.

1st edition 1993, 14 pages; PDF 11 pages.

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Sean McWeeney
Cups and Balls in 18th Century France by Sean McWeeney

English translations of the seminal 18th century French works on Cups & Balls by Ozanam and Guyot, respectively, with editorial commentary and explanatory notes by the editor, Sean McWeeney. Ozanam and Guyot are to be credited with the first full-length "blow-by-blow" detailed explanations in any language of the oldest sleight-of-hand trick in all of magic - the Cups & Balls (complete with illustrations from the original texts). Translations by Jane Poveromo.

1st edition 2012, 71 pages.

★★★★★ $15
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Thomas (Tom) Osborne
Cups and Balls Magic by Thomas (Tom) Osborne

Tom Osborne writes:

Cups and balls have been giving pleasure, as a magic trick, to generations of spectators. It is still regarded as one of the most outstanding of all magic effects. My gratitude to Dr. Henry Ridgeley Evans and to John Mulholland for writing the story of the cups and balls, so that all may appreciate the history of this classic of magic. Thanks to Bill Hanna for the illustrations which do so much to make the book come alive.

All the basic ball moves are described in detail using clear illustrations. A section of routines is described that will get you started on your way to devising your own methods and plots....

★★★★★ $2
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Bob Farmer
Cyclops by Bob Farmer

One-Ball cups and balls routine

One large ball and three cups are examined by the spectators. The magician's hands are empty - so are his pockets.

  • Covered by a cup, the ball vanishes
  • It jumps from cup to cup
  • It penetrates the bottom of a cup
  • It jumps from pocket to cup
  • It appears under any cup the spectator picks
  • It multiplies to three balls, one under each cup
  • No special equipment required
  • Performable under almost any conditions: close-up, standing, sitting, kneeling - even begging
  • 5 second reset
  • Do it in your (or someone else's) underwear
  • Short, easy-to-follow,...
★★★★★ $9.50
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Paul A. Lelekis
Defective Cups and Balls by Paul A. Lelekis

Paul presents his multi-staged routine, Defective Cups & Balls which he has been performing for almost two decades!

Even Houdini once said, "You can't consider yourself a magician unless you can perform the Cups & Balls!"

Defective Cups & Balls has Paul's complete, hilarious patter and each stage of this routine becomes more and more "eye-popping" as the story goes on. Best, yet, this routine ends with not just a double - but a TRIPLE revelation that will have everyone, including the kids, completely FREAKED OUT! It just seems IMPOSSIBLE!

PLUS, this routine will get you a huge applause from...

★★★★★ $8
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David Devlin
Devlin Cups and Balls by David Devlin

This is not an ordinary Cups & Balls routine. In this routine the balls are three different colors. The cups are ordinary, yet many magicians will suspect a chop cup set. This routine is nice for the trade show performer in that it resets instantly.

Includes a bonus routine with the Rub-A-Dub-Dub patter.

1st edition 2009, 35 pages, photo illustrated.

★★★★★ $8
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Audley V. Walsh
Dice Dexterity by Audley V. Walsh

From the introduction

While some of the sleights are not new, many improvements have been made. Too, many of the ideas incorporated in this book are Audley's own brain children and have never seen the light of print before.


Let it be known that dice stacking and dice manipulation have been used and known to the world's greatest dice men in gambling casinos for hundreds of years. Here is your chance to learn and do the feats which have made them legendary for their skill.

Magic dice. They stack up, vanish, appear, grow larger, shrink smaller, and act in general like they were...

★★★★ $2.50
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Todd Strong
Dice Stacking by Todd Strong

Dice stacking is not only magical, but it is fun too. The art of scooping up a series of dice and stacking them one on top of the other is not nearly as hard as it looks. Professional juggler and entertainer Todd Strong has developed a method to easily teach you how to stack dice. In fact, using Todd's methods, you can learn to stack dice proficiently in just a few short hours.

Being a juggler, Todd has created numerous unique and highly visual dice stacking techniques, many of which magicians have never seen before, including fantastic aerial dice moves and two-handed stacking. You will...

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David Devlin
Die-Lemma by David Devlin

David Devlin has come up with a very whimsical and clever effect that is simple to do and a blast to perform. This effect uses dice that are printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company. These are not normal dice. These dice have card suits and card values printed on them. They are called Poker Dice. These are readily available any place that games are sold and are very inexpensive. This is a great trick for use in walk around and restaurant performing.

Here is the effect: The performer brings out a deck and casually gives it a few cuts. A spectator gives the deck a cut but does not complete...

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Michael Lyth
DIY Cheep Three Coconut Hindu Shell Routine by Michael Lyth

Learn how to make your own coconut cups for a three ball routine.

1st edition 2017, 16 pages.

★★★★ $0
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Eddie Joseph
Eddie Joseph on Cups and Balls by Eddie Joseph

This ebook is a compilation of the following titles:

  • A Practical Lesson in Cups and Balls
  • Advanced Lessons in Cups and Balls
  • Last Word on Cups and Balls
  • My Favorite Routine with Cups and Balls
Four great books on one classic subject in one great volume. It contains all the material and all the illustrations of the four older books, but in an edited and slightly abridged form. Also, the material has been re-formatted so that all the moves and sleights are in one section, all the novelty effects and special apparatus cups are in another section and all the routines are together in the final section.

Over sixty...

★★★★ $10
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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...

★★★★★ $10
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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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Ken Muller
Fistfull of Stones: Found & F.U.N. Series by Ken Muller

This is the third eBook in the series and a companion to Single Stone, and Pair fo Stones with completely different effects and additional sleights/moves plus special stratagems to take advantage of the unique qualities of "3-4 objects."

Learn how to use three objects like walnuts or candy to perform astounding and entertaining illusions of transportations, penetrations and transpositions and productions. There is a large focus on assembly effect

A blending of sway methods, innovative sleights, insightful stratagems and the elements of performance using 'found' objects in a true impromptu setting. (Many techniques...

★★★★★ $12
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Roy Fromer
Floating Ball Magic by Roy Fromer

You will not only learn how to float balls but many other objects including balloons, boxes, bulbs, blocks, eggs, kites, puppets, canes, cards, microphones, telephones, heads, hats, hands, horns, ...

  • Introduction
  • Publisher’s Note
  • The Basic Routine
  • Publisher’s Suggestions
  • Ball Suspension From Rope
  • The Ashra Ball Routine
  • Ball On Book Suspension
  • Instant No Gimmick Method
  • Clinging Ball
  • Another Magnet Idea
  • Floating Balloon
  • "No Hole" Miracle Ball
  • Color-Changing Silk Interlude
  • The Miracle Seance
  • Miracle Writing
  • A Production
  • The Vanishing Miracle Ball
  • A New Miracle Ball Method ...
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Ken Muller
Fold Cup by Ken Muller

An ingenious alternative to a Chop Cup where the 'cup' is constructed "on the fly" from a magazine sheet while spectators make paper balls, or crumple dollar bills. No gimmicks! The trickery is built into the cup itself and undetectable. There are moves not possible with a standard Chop Cup and ends with a transport to a spectator's hand who keeps the cup and ball. No difficult sleights or handling as the Fold Cup does its thing automatically. But, the special techniques taught moves the astonishment far above a traditional Chop Cup approach.

There are many suggested Effects with special...

★★★★ $10
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Cameron Francis
Fred Kaps Chinese Chow by Cameron Francis

This routine appeared in The Art Of Close-Up Magic Vol. 1 written by Lewis Ganson. A Chinese bowl is shown empty and placed mouth downwards on the table, sponge balls appear and multiply repeatedly. Eventually there is a fruit or production. A top class routine that was performed by the late Fred Kaps in his close-up routines. This routine is not difficult to do and is performed by Cameron Francis as part of the Aldo Colombini Tribute series.

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Trevor Lewis & Fred Kaps
Fred Kaps' Cups and Balls by Trevor Lewis & Fred Kaps

As taught by Fred Kaps to Trevor Lewis.

"This Cups and Balls routine has several Vernon touches; but there are alternative strategies which are truly outstanding and characteristic of the master, Fred Kaps." - Trevor Lewis
The warm, bright Mediterranean sunshine and Phillipe Fialho's delightful villa looking down on Nice in the French Riviera was the setting for Fred Kaps to teach Trevor Lewis his Cups and Balls routine and generously tell Trevor he could do what he liked with it. Trevor had a video of Fred performing the routine and had written it up in rough notes.

Twenty years later...

★★★★★ $15
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Kevin Parker
From Nothing by Kevin Parker

An apple visually materializes and can be handed out to keep. See video below for a demo. Spectator is offered a gift or fruit but hands the bag back because it's empty. Magician takes bag and points inside saying "Just look closer right there" and the spectator watches through the see-through bag as an apple materializes in the magician's hand. It is then handed to them to keep. This has been performed many times at the request of magicians, they fall in love with it and so do the spectators. They see you produce natural objects from nothing, miraculously.

★★★ $17
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Joe Karson
Further Tips on Zombie by Joe Karson

The original book Tips on Zombie was published in 1946 and has long been out of print. The Abbott Magic Company acquired the rights to this book. Neil Foster compiled the additional material and the book has been revised and greatly enlarged. Magic's Number One illustrator, Sid Lorraine, contributed the more than sixty detailed illustrations. If you are interested in performing the famous "Zombie" effect, you must have this ebook. The contents include:

  • Zombie
  • Zombie Gimmicks (6 different types)
  • The Start on the Arm
  • Zombie Vanish (4 methods)
  • The John Calvert Story
  • The No-Gimmick Zombie
  • Will Desmond's...
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Hatching by Nefesch

You borrow a normal egg from a spectator, who signs it with a permanent pen. Then you borrow a coin and also have it signed by the spectator. Now you proceed to put the signed egg and signed coin together and without making any funny or weird movements. The coin visually penetrates the egg and goes through its shell!. It all happens right before the eyes of the spectator. The egg is now shown all around completely intact, with no scratches or holes. Your hands are shown both sides, all angles are totally clean, you are not hiding or palming the coin, it really has 'melted' into the egg! You...

★★★★ $20
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