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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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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.

  • CHAPTER ONE
    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 ...
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Edward Bagshawe
Proudlock's Egg Bag and Four Ace Presentations by Edward Bagshawe

You get detailed instructions with numerous illustrations and full patter to two wonderful classic routines, the egg bag and the four aces.

27 pages.

★★★★★ $5
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R. Shane
The Sting by R. Shane

This routine made me dust of my cups after many years of dormancy. Read for yourself from the introduction how this routine came into being and you will understand that this is not your typical cups & balls. (This routine besides a few further comments already appeared in Pentalogy.):

It's funny how things go, sometimes. Back when I started in magic, the Cups and Balls was the one routine I spent hours and hours on, trying to get everything just so. We're not talking some Vernonesque, sleight mad piece of craziness; this was the basic routine I found in The Amateur Magician's Handbook. But there was something about it that just...

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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 right...it 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...

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Lewis Ganson
Zombie: The Floating Ball Teach-In by Lewis Ganson

Supreme moves, Will Ayling's routine, Luis Gavilondo's "Sacred Sun Ball". Photographed and written by Lewis Ganson. 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 35 pages; PDF 44 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Supreme Moves
  4. - Requirements
  5. - Set-Up
  6. Performance
  7. - The Get-Ready
  8. - The Ball Rises
  9. - The Ball Rises Into View
  10. - The Ball Floats Along The Arm
  11. - Around The Body
  12. - The Ball Suspends...
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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.

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

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. The Materials Needed for Dice Stacking
  4. - THE WORKING SURFACE
  5. - THE DICE
  6. - THE CUP OR...
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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.

  1. CONTENTS
  2. DEDICATION
  3. INTRODUCTION
  4. THE COLOMBINI PRESENTATION
  5. REQUIREMENTS
  6. SET-UP
  7. GETTING READY
  8. PERFORMANCE
  9. - THE...
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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

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D. Angelo Ferri
Paper Balls in the Box by D. Angelo Ferri

Dennis writes:

Slydini's Paper Balls in the Box is the first miracle I ever saw my teacher perform. His performance compelled me to give up everything I knew about magic and seek him out for lessons. This routine will teach the student many guiding principles such as:

  • the body takes the hand
  • leave and take
  • Slydini's misdirection sleight
  • Timing
  • Coordination
This is a master's routine. One of its great lessons is the use of the eyes. Malini said: "It's in the eye". This is something Slydini instinctively understood and employed in all of his magic. This routine teaches the use of...
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Nefesch
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...

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Tom Osbourne
Three Shell Game by Tom Osbourne

The Three Shell Game can still be seen today performed on the streets to fleece the innocent from their hard earned cash. It also makes a great performance piece in an intimate close-up setting.

This is the most detailed description of this con game I have seen so far. It describes numerous moves and routines as well as the history and details on the shells and peas. Tom Osborne knew the real moves, psychology and ruses of the street artists who challenged everybody to "follow the little pea." This is the real work of scam artists. To appreciate it, you have to pay close attention to the...

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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.

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Will Ayling
Knowing the Egg Bag (Know-How Series) by Will Ayling

The egg bag is one of those classic routines such as cups and balls or the linking rings. Will Ayling teaches a number of very successful egg bag routines:

  • Malini Egg Bag
  • Ken Brooke's Egg Bag
  • Illusive Egg in a Hat Bag
  • Bamberg Egg Bag
  • Dante Egg Bag
This is part of the Supreme 'Know How' series.

1st edition 1988; original 35 pages; PDF 47 pages.

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P. K. Ilango
Indian Cups and Balls (Know-How Series) by P. K. Ilango

The Indian Cups and Balls trick is as old as Indian Magic itself. It is angle proof and traditionally performed seated on the ground cross-legged surrounded by spectators.

The cups vary according to class status. The wealthy Indian conjurer uses gleaming brass cups. The middle class conjurer uses cups made up of wood. The poor conjurer uses the cups made up of coconut shells. They make a hole on the top of a coconut half-shell and through it they will stuff rolled cotton clothes to serve as knobs to hold the cups.

Even today Indian conjurers from Kashmir to Cape Comerin are doing this Cups...

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Will Ayling
Knowing the Chop Cup (Know-How Series) by Will Ayling

The Chop Cup turns a sleight-of-hand classic - the cups and balls - almost into a self working miracle. Of course, to perform a strong Chop Cup routine you will still need a good amount of sleight of hand and misdirection, but a lot of the 'work' is done by the cup itself.

Al Wheatley is credited with the invention of the Chop Cup. Will Ayling collects in this ebook a series of strong Chop Cup routines including Ken Brooke's routine.

This was part of the Supreme Know-How Series.

1st edition 1989; original 40 pages; PDF 56 pages.

  1. Another One Cup And Ball Routine
  2. Paper Cover Cup And...
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Mr. Dice Stacking
Mr. Dice Stacking and Friends by Mr. Dice Stacking

Here you can watch and study the best moves of some of the best dice stackers in the world: Annika Wahl, Janine Krauskopf, Clemens Schlink, Thomas Fischbach, Jannick Zittlau, Donato Marro.

You will find anything from crazy point landings, juggling, cross overs, backhands, super fast stacking, downstacks, downstairs, and much more - mind blowing dexterity and control. But with practice you can learn these and other moves, too. Keep in mind that this is not really a teaching video where moves are broken down for you to learn. You will see the pros do the moves for real and you can certainly...

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Mr. Dice Stacking
Mr. Dice Stacking Basics by Mr. Dice Stacking

Learn the basics of dice stacking. You can go from zero to stacking four dice in half an hour to an hour of practicing, assuming you have good instructions and good equipment.

In this video you will receive clear step by step instructions to first master the basic back and forth sweep motion, then the dice pickup and finally the stack. You will also understand why it all works.

When you are ready to go beyond the basics we can recommend Mr. Dice Stacking and Friends and Dice Stacking Teach-In.

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Audley V. Walsh
Sponge Ball Manipulation by Audley V. Walsh

Audley Walsh teaches you two wonderful routines including script ("The big bad wolf and the three little pigs" and "Time marches onward") plus a set of sponge ball moves. He uses a bell which he and the spectator ring several times during the routine. This is a very interesting idea for misdirection as well as camouflaging moves and palms.

The moves you will learn are

  • finger palm or finger pinch
  • finger pinch with two sponge balls
  • pick up
  • ring the bell
  • thimble move
  • sleeving
  • lapeling

1st edition 1936 8 pages; revised and enlarged 1940; original 12 pages; PDF 17 pages.

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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

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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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Aldo Colombini
To Die For by Aldo Colombini

Aldo's first ebook on cards and dice called Snake Eyes was a big hit. This is his second ebook on card and dice routines and contains most (if not all) of the routines included in his two DVDs Cards And Die Deceptions with many new ones and all different effects from the Snake Eyes ebook.

You are in possession of an outstanding collection of tricks and routines with dice and cards. Contributors include: Richard Vollmer, Gary Ouellett, Peter Duffie, Karl Fulves, Aldo Colombini, Paul Gordon, John Rule, John Scarne, Max Maven, Stewart James, Ed Andres, Shigeo Futagawa, Jerry Sadowitz, William Miesel, Doug Conn and Bill Simon.

1st edition 2009; 26 pages....

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Aldo Colombini
Snake Eyes by Aldo Colombini

An ebook with stunning routines using ordinary dice and a deck of cards. These effects are ALL DIFFERENT from the routines in Aldo's two DVD volumes produced by Meir Yedid and called Card and Dice Deceptions.

Contributors include: Howard Adams, Charles Brent, Aldo Colombini, Tom Daugherty, Karl Fulves, Thomas Henry, Stewart James, Lewis Jones, Stewart Judah, Marty Kane, Harry Lorayne, Max Maven, Norm Osborn and Robin Robertson. You will love these routines.

1st edition 2006; 54 pages.

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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 13: Egg Tricks by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content
  2. The Egg Glass and Handkerchief
  3. The Egg-Laying Hat
  4. The Levitated Egg
  5. The Ring and Egg
  6. The Egg Bag
  7. The Human Chicken
  8. The Ethereal Hen
  9. The Conjurer's Egg

1st edition 1931; 22 pages.

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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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Peki
The Fairytale Of The Silver Pearl by Peki

A particularly beautiful routine features a small silver ball or pearl that is removed from a seashell and takes a life of its own. It floats in the air, between your fingers, rides up a small magic wand, travels along the circumference of a large ball bearing and rolls along the back of your hand as it finally floats to you so it can be put back into the shell.

You will learn the secrets of Peki's invisible thread that makes it much more invisible than other threads even in close up instances where viewers are only a few inches away from the action.

Professionally dubbed into English...

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Dr. Kurt Volkmann & June Barrows Mussey
The Oldest Deception: Cups and Balls in the Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries by Dr. Kurt Volkmann & June Barrows Mussey

This ebook is a treat for any magic historian as well as for anybody who likes to learn more about the history of the cups and balls. A collection of 20 woodcuts, copper engravings and oil paintings from the 15th and 16th century depicting conjurers with cups and balls is described in great detail by Kurt Volkmann, the president of the German Magic Circle from 1952-1958.

For example, you will find the famous oil painting "The Juggler" by Hieronymus Bosch as well as an imitation and a very similar copper engraving. Read what we can learn from the various depictions of the cups and balls. One...

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Scott F. Guinn
Having A Ball: Three Ball Routine by Scott F. Guinn

Scott's version of the classic 3-Ball routine, with some fun twists and turns along the way, including color changes, perpetual productions from the mouth, and more! A lot more variety than most routines of this type.

Scott's clear writing style, combined with tons of photos accompanying the text, will have you ready to perform this in the very near future.

This is a strong, commercial, professional routine, and it is unlikely that your audiences have ever seen anything like it. It's a great routine to put in the middle or at the end of your set, and it doesn't use cards or coins! Modular,...

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Scott F. Guinn
Peanut Butter & Jelly by Scott F. Guinn

HERE IT IS! THE ROUTINE THAT EARNED SCOTT A WORLDWIDE REPUTATION...

With just three sponge balls, a purse frame and a "special something" (readily available from virtually any magic dealer), Scott has created a routine that is fun, charming, and extremely commercial. It has proven to be mystifying and tremendously entertaining for audiences of all ages, and has garnered praise from laymen and big name magicians alike. Many magicians have said that this is the best sponge ball routine EVER!

Thoroughly explained along with photo-illustrations, this routine teaches a couple of utility moves...

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Scott F. Guinn
Table-Hopping Cups and Balls by Scott F. Guinn

This is an exceptionally hard-hitting and very magical routine. Scott developed it with the Table-Hopping environment in mind, but it isn't limited to table-hopping venues--Scott also performs this with full sized cups in a variety of different performing conditions! If you work in the real world…this is definitely worthy of your consideration.

The Cups and Balls is probably the most-performed effect in magic's long history. However, it is rarely seen by the public these days, especially by table-hopping close up performers. Table-hopping magicians aren't willing (or able) to dedicate so...

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Roger Klause
Sponge and Sleeve by Roger Klause

A sponge ball magically travels twice from the magician's hand into the spectator's sleeve.

runtime 9min 5s

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Victor Farelli
John Ramsay's Routine with Cups and Balls by Victor Farelli

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.......
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Rachel Colombini
Tri-Color Cups and Balls by Rachel Colombini

An unbelievable routine using tissue paper rolled into balls.

The routine is basically Leo Leslie’s “Technicolor Cups and Balls” published many years ago by Supreme Magic Co. It is a very colorful routine, easy to do, easy to follow and with a logical finale. We added a finish that is both funny and baffling.

You show three cups and three pieces of tissue paper, say one red, one yellow and one green. You roll the paper into small balls and these balls penetrate through the cups, first one, then two and then all three. Finally the balls disappear and reappear under the cups! One...

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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...

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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...

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Jim Sisti
The Working Professional's Chop Cup by Jim Sisti

From the introduction:

This routine was honed through many years of adding segments and cutting others. I approached the idea of developing a Chop Cup routine with two priorities: first, I had no interest in doing a Chop Cup routine that made the spectator the foil, i.e.: they always guess incorrectly where the ball is. Thus, I've included much of my patter so that you can see how I've taken the "sting" out of the routine. Secondly, I refused to underestimate the intelligence of my audience and directly address their suspicions that there is more than one ball in play. In fact, in the spirit...

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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.

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Kent Gunn
The Fun Shop Cups and Balls by Kent Gunn

The Cups and Balls done a little differently than most. This is an unusual, direct and very magical cups and balls routine. A white ball, a blue ball, and a red ball magically gather under one cup in different ways.

1st edition 2008, 36 pages, photo illustrated.

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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...

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