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General Effeot — As I have already stated, the performance resolves itself Into two distinct elements:- (1) The magical production of a ball beneath a cup; and (2) its disappearance from such place. The general procedure is as follows:- (1) The performer commences by calling attention to the fact that his hands, also the three cups, ere quite empty. He may then produce a ball from his viand or, with It, knock, over one of the cups and find the ball underneath. Replacing the cup he takes up the ball in his right hand, transfers it to the left, and orders it to pass thence under cither of the three cups chosen by the audience; the left hand la eventually opened and found empty and the ball is, sure enough, found beneath the chosen cup. (2) The ball Is next openly placed by the right hand under one of the cups; or it may be first transfered to the left hand, which then openly places it under the cup. Yet upon raising the cup the ball has disappeared, or It may be pulled through the bottom of the cup without raising the latter, or the cup rnay .be tapped with the wand from the tip of which the ball Is then produced. These simple elements are capable of producing the numerous and surprising combinations indicated by the headings of the Passes hereafter described.

General Principles of Sleight of Hand --- Before proceeding to explain the various Passes the reader must be made acquainted with the various Sleights and Feints necessary to their successful execution. These are as follows:- (1) To "palm" a ball (several methods); (2) to reproduce the palmed ball at the fingertips; (3) to produce a ball from the wand; (4) to return a ball into the wand; (5) to secretly introduce a ball under a cup, or between two cups; (e) to simulate the action of placing a ball under a cup; (7) to cause the disappearance of a ball placed between two cups; (8) to cause the disappearance of one to three balls placed between the two bottom cups when the three are stacked one on top of the other (9) to secretly introduce a large ball or other object under a cup; (10) to pass one cup through the other. These villi be treated seriatim.

1. To Palm a Ball (First Method) --- The ball is f 1 rat shown between the extreme tips of the thimb and forefinger of the right hand, the idea, of course, being to silently suggest the impossibility of conveying it from such position to n place of concealment in the hand. (See "a" in the Fig.) The tip of the second finger then assists to roll the ball on to the second joint of the forefinger (see "B" in the Fig.) from which position it will then be found the thumb may roll It to the base of the second and third fingers which open slightly to receive it, then close and grip it securely as shown at "C" in the Fig.

In practice the several movements above described will be found to resolve themselves into one only, the ball being readily "palmed" in the manner described, in the act of seeming to place It in the left hand. This counterfeit action should be well practised in front of a mir ror after which, copying It as closely as possible, the ball should be actually transfered from the righjt to the left hand a number of times, the reflection being still closely watahed; i.e., study to get the counterfeit (feint) an exact imitation of the.natural action.

(Second Method) --- In this case the ball Is first passed from the tips of the thumb and first finger* to the tips of the. third and fourth fingers which then press it into the palm proper. .¿1th very little extra practice a second ball may be palmed in this position alongside the first, while, if desired, a third may be palmed by the first method, all as shown at "D" in Fig.

(Third Method) --- In this case the ball is palmed at the base of the little finger by a slight contraction of the same (see "E" in the Fig.). Here a^aln it is held at the outset between the tips of forefinger and thumb. The little finger then approaches the ball, which is a w a w tween the tips of forefinger and thumb. The little finger then approaches the ball, which is transfered to its tip, the thumb rolling it down the finger into position. This Is a very simple palm and suitable for either the 5/8 or 1± inch balls, especially the latter which are too large to be palmed by the first method. The position is also an excellent one for secretly conveying a ball under a cup when raising it with the same hand.

H.B. —- To palm a ball or other object is synonymous with, In the tfords of the old-time writers, "To conjure it away." In our own time it is understood to be preliminary of causing its disappearance, either by seeming to throw it direct from the right hand into the air; to a point previously Indicated; or by apparently transferring it from the right to the left hand, from which it is, presumably, made to disappear a moment later; in either case the object remains palmed In the right hand. The operation is some-tines reversed, the object being "palmed" In the left Instead of in the right hand. Experiments will show that the natural actions of the hand are in no way hampered by the presence of the ball "palmed" by either one of the methods above described.

2. To Reproduce the Palmed Ball at the Finger

Tips---If palmed by either the first or third methods, the process is simply reversed, the thumb rolling the ball baok again to the finger tips. If palmed by the second method, the third and fourth fingers first transfer the ball from the palm proper to the position shown at "E" (third method) whence the thumb rolls it to Its original position at the finger tips.

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