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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 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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Roy Fromer
The Cups: a manual of cups and balls magic by Roy Fromer

Contains over 100 ideas, tricks, routines and novelties with the Cups and Balls. Contains over 40 illustrations, engravings and photos. Includes the original Mohammed Bey routines and three authentic Easy Indian Cup routines. For beginners and experts alike.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Publisher's Note
  • Introduction

    About 'The Cups'

  • The Basic Routine

    My Cup Runneth Over

  • Pot Holes
  • The Society Cups And Balls
  • The Traveling Skulls
  • Emergency Cups
  • Close-Up Cups
  • Impromptu Close-Up Cups
  • Avant-Garde Cups
  • Thimblerigging
  • Mechanical Cups
  • The Foo Cup
  • The Walking Cups
  • ...And Talking...
★★★★★ $2
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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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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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Multiplying Balls Tutor by Someeran

The Multiplying Balls is a favorite trick all over the world. Though a very old trick, it is popular because magicians are regularly adding their own presentation and moves to it, to make it something new and different. The basic effect is that one ball held between the magician's fingers multiplies to two, then three and finally four balls.

No balls are included with the ebooks. Any well-stocked magic shop will be able to supply you with the necessary balls and gimmicks.

  • Multiplying Balls
    • The Basic Multiplying Move
  • Palming
    • The Regular Palm
    • The Finger Palm
  • Productions ...
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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.

★★★★★ $4
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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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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 ...
★★★★ $4
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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...
★★★★★ $4
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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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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...

★★★★ $4.95
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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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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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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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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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Leo Leslie
Triple Colour Cups and Balls by Leo Leslie

From the Foreword

When the manuscript arrived from Denmark, Edwin asked me to look through it and give him an opinion. I was intrigued when I read it; whilst the moves appeared to be based on the old "Cups and Corks", Leo had added tremendous impact to it by the introduction of COLOUR. The whole routine seemed to 'live', and there's not a single sleight involved.

Admittedly, the 'Cups and Balls' has been done before in colour, but not with the clean simplicity of the present routine. So rake out that set of cups you have in the cupboard (or nip out and buy three plastic beakers), obtain...

★★★★★ $5
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Mathematics of the Dice by Peki

A clever routine with two dice. Make the spots change in ways unimaginable.

[Note: This is Dr. Theodore Sack's exact routine and can be found for example in Bruce Elliott's book Classic Secrets of Magic (1963, pp. 52-60).]

★★★★★ $5
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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...

★★★ $5
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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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Eddie Joseph
The Last Word on Cups and Balls by Eddie Joseph

From the introduction:

Every piece of information - idea - suggestion and routine has been independently created, developed, exploited and tested by the author some time or other. The reader is therefore assured, he is not getting any "second-hand" material in consequence.

The colossal amount of material crammed between these covers, will provide the progressive manipulator with a wealth of valuable assets.

The book has been divided into three parts. The first supplies detailed explanation for nearly forty new moves and passes. The second is kept apart for the creation of novel effects...

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Edwin Hooper
The Classic Egg on Fan by Edwin Hooper

A marvelous trick featured by many of the greats in magic. In effect a piece of paper is crumpled up and bounced on a fan. Visibly it assumes the shape of an egg - a full-sized egg - and this is removed from the fan and broken into a glass to prove genuine.

This special manuscript tells you all you need to know about this famous trick. The correct way to make the special egg at home and the correct way to store it. Various steals, types of fan to use, lead-up and follow-up tricks, etc., etc. A very valuable publication on this subject.

1st edition 1958, PDF 7 pages.

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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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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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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...

★★★ $6
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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.

★★★★★ $6
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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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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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Lewis Ganson
Lewis Ganson Cups and Balls by Lewis Ganson

This is a silent film produced by Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studios. It shows Lewis Ganson performing his Cups and Balls routine as well as an effect with a glass plate, three transparent cups and three silks.

1st edition 1960s, length 9 min.

★★★★★ $6
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Jerry Andrus
Zone Zero and Temporary Oblivion by Jerry Andrus

You will learn the Master Move and all movements of the "Zone Zero" and "Temporary Oblivion" routines. The purpose of the Master Move is a method of showing a flat object on both sides while having a ball or other object concealed at the same time.

One quality all of Jerry's publications have is an abundance of very good illustrations. Here you are getting 60 illustrations.

1st edition 1994, 12 pages.

★★★★★ $6
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Jack Chanin
Hello Sucker! by Jack Chanin

Encyclopedia of the 3 shell game, completely exposed, revised and enlarged, including the latest routines, profusely illustrated, and comprehensively described.

  • Forward
  • Forward, Junior
  • The Author Speaks
  • Chapter 1 Point On Shells
  • Chapter 2 The Correct Pea
  • Chapter 3 How To Make A Pea
  • Chapter 4 The Size Of The Pea
  • Chapter 5 Working Surface
  • Chapter 6 The 3 Shell Game
  • Chapter 7 Fundamentals
  • Chapter 8 Red, White & Blue
  • Chapter 9 You Hold It
  • Chapter 10 Over The Top
  • Chapter 11 Double Pea
  • Chapter 12 Back Hand Trick
  • Chapter 13 Variation
  • Chapter 14 Which One, Bub?
  • Chapter 15 Open Hand...
★★★ $6
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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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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.

★★★★★ $7
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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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Ken de Courcy
Stand-Up Sponges by Ken de Courcy

A practical and commercial routine without difficult sleights.

From the Introduction:

For a long time Billy McComb and I have been searching for the "perfect" routine with Sponge Balls. It's taken a long time because we laid down some rather stringent conditions:

  1. The set-up (and re-setting) must be both quick and easy.
  2. It must be workable standing up without the use of a table.
  3. There must be no danger of the balls dropping off the volunteer's hand and bouncing all over the place.
  4. It must be loaded in such a way that it doesn't bulge out a thin mohair suit.
  5. If possible, it must contain at least...
★★★★★ $7
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Edward Marlo
Shoot The Works by Edward Marlo

The greatest ebook on dice work ever written for the magician. A complete manual of dice manipulation from the magic angle. Reputation making tricks. A wealth of content, including the Great Dice Stack in which four dice on the table are covered with a dice cup. Performer slides cup in a swinging motion, with its mouth against the table, then lifts it, and the dice are piled in a perfect upright stack! Featured by the famous John Paul, John Platt and many other close up men.

Also includes dice transposition, a dice and hat routine, holdout, They're Loaded, 3 dice and a coin, etc. Complete...

★★★★★ $7.95
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Laurie Ireland
Ireland's Original Cup and Ball Routines by Laurie Ireland

The original routines of one of the greatest cup and ball men of all time. Completely revised, edited, amplified and co-ordinated. The whole field of cups and balls in one comprehensive ebook.

Illustrated with dozens and dozens of clear line drawings and written so you can follow the routines with clarity and simplicity. One of the big features is the Double Load used by so many professionals. You will enjoy learning to use your cups and balls with the aide of this great ebook.

Part first released in 1937. 1st edition 1961; 1st digital edition 2013, 74 pages.

★★★★ $7.95
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Clarke Crandall
How To Stack Dice by Clarke Crandall

A revised and enlarged version of his previous work on this subject. Four dice are tossed on the table, a dice cup put over the first one, and with quick movements, the dice cup is slid over each of the others in turn. Then the cup is lifted, and all four dice are stacked one on top of the other. It is a beautiful close-up trick, easy to learn with the help of this ebook. Many illustrations and dotted here and there with typical Crandall funnies.

1st edition 1974, 18 pages; PDF 25 page.

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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...

★★★★ $8
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