Twoball Roll

This pleasant piece of jugglery with billiard balls not only entertains the eye, but also helps to conceal palmed balls as the flourish is performed. To these assets is added the further enticement that the maneuver is far easier than it appears. Manipulators unfamiliar with it will quickly make a place for it in their billiard ball exhibitions.

A billiard ball is displayed in each hand, held between the extended first and fourth fingers (Figure 32), The flourish consists of moving the hands in such a fashion that the two balls are simultaneously rotated around the fingers of both hands in a fascinating manner.

At the beginning of the flourish, the balls are held off-center between the first and fourth fingers. That in the left hand is positioned slightly forward, with a greater part of it projecting beyond the back of the hand; and that in the right hand is held with more of its circumference given to the palm-side. For ease of description, let us assume that the left hand's ball is white and the right hand's is red.

Position the right hand just above the left, with the right fourth finger lightly contacting both the back of the left first finger and the top of the white ball. Consequently the top edge of the left first finger must touch the bottom of the red ball (Figure 33). Notice how the initial off-center positioning of the balls allows the first fingers balanced points of contact at the axis of the red ball. The fourth fingers are similar ly stationed on the white ball.

Spread the first and fourth fingers of each hand vety slightly apart, easing their opposite pressures on the balls, and shifting pressures so that the red ball is held between both first fingers, while the white ball is held between both fourth fingers.

Now, by revolving the hands around one another, moving the left hand inward and upward, and the right hand outward and downward, you can make the two balls roll around the fingers, the white ball always remaining below the red (Figures 34 and 35).

If you continue to circle the hands around each other in this fashion, the left hand now traveling outward and down while the right hand

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moves inward and up, the balls roll back to their original positions (Figures 36 and 33). The flourish consists of a repeated circling of the hands and simultaneous rotation of the two balls, for as long as it remains entertaining.

You can conclude the flourish at any time by catching the balls between the opposite first and fourth fingers of each hand, then moving the hands apart (Figure 32 again). If this is done while the right hand is over the left, each ball will be returned to the hand from which it originally came; and if the hands are separated while the left is over the right, the positions of the balls will be transposed.

Throughout the flourish, the backs of the hands are constantly toward the audience. Also, the second and third fingers must always be curled into the palms. Therefore, you can easily conceal a ball in either hand, or one in each, as you manipulate the two visible balls. The hidden ball can be held in finger palm or pressed securely to the palm of the hand. The flourish gives the false impression that the hands could contain nothing but the two balls; and the seemingly intricate manipulation appears to make any other operation impossible.

Lewis Ganson, when he described this item hi the pages of The Gen, suggested that one could begin with only the two balls in the hands, then steal athird ball just as the flourish began. The third ball is concealed in a metal clip or cloth holder, pinned near the edge of the left Jacket lapel, at chest height. As the two balls in the hands are positioned between the fingers, it is made clear to the audience that the hands are otherwise empty. Then, as the hands come together in front of the chest to begin the flourish, the left second and third fingers can curl around the edge of the jacket and steal the third ball from its hiding place.

November 1953

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