The Climbing Balls

This is a fascinating Hindu experiment. It is not difficult to perform but requires a little practice.


Performer shows a pole about five or six feet long. Stretched from end to end are two strings supported by two wooden bridges. Three wooden balls are placed on the strings against the lower bridge. Magician holds the pole slanting upward and begins to turn in a circle. Slowly the first ball climbs to the top of the pole, then the second, and finally the third. He also makes the first ball climb to the top, the second one just to the middle, and the third one stays at the bottom. Various combinations may be secured, depending on the skill of the performer.


1 -- Special pole, which you may construct yourself. Secure a pole about five feet long—a bamboo fishing

pole or any round wooden stick about the size of a broomstick may be used. Get some heavy cord, such as fishing cord. Cut a groove around the pole near each end and tie two ends of string around one of these grooves.

Stretch the strings along the pole and tie at other end. Fashion two small bridges out of wood, each about 3 inches high. Cut out a semicircular piece from the bottom of each so that it will fit over the pole. Then about an inch down from the top of each cut a slit in each side for the cord to pass through. There must be enough of the bridges extending above the cord to keep balls from rolling off. Place the two bridges under the cord several inches from each end.

Figure 30.

The balls should be of wood, painted in bright colors, and two to three inches in diameter. Composition balls are of ten used also.

The balls may be the same weight, but it is sometimes wise to have them vary in weight. Have B a little heavier than A, and C a little heavier than B. To accomplish this, plug the balls with lead.

Balls are placed on the two strings and are not attached in any way.


To Perform:

This effect depends on a law of the Science of Physics—that of centrifugal force.

Hold pole in right hand with hand about 1/3 way from lower end and with lower end resting against right upper arm.

Figure 32.

Begin to revolve to the left slowly, then gradually increase your speed until ball A starts up the incline slowly and finally reaches the top.

Figure 33.

Continue turning, regulating your speed until you succeed in getting ball

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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