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(continued from page 266) Pass 2. - To Vanish a Ball and Find it under either of the Three Cups chosen by the Audience. - The cup duly chosen, take up the ball and seem to plaoe it in the left hand, really palming it in the right hand which forthwith picks up and replaces each cup in turn and in rapid succession, presumably to show nothing there, of course leaving the ball under the one chosen (Sleight 5.) It then becomes an easy matter to vanish the ball from the left hand and find it under the chosen cup.

N.B.- The above is effective for the reason that the action of the right hand, in the supposed transference of the ball to the left, is a perfectly natural one; it would be made in the ordinary way to leave the right hand free to pick up the cups as described. This little subtlety is my own, and goes to show that almost any conceivable effeot may be produced with a little thought.

Pass 3.- To Pass a Ball from C to B, thenoe to A. - Ball is apparently transferred from the right to the left hand; it is really palmed in the right hand, which then raises *C" while the left hand simulates the action of placing the ball under it, "A" and "B" are then lifted, one in each hand, accompanied with the remark, "There is nothing under either of these two cups"} when replacing them on the table the ball is secretly introduced tinder "B." Ball is now co-manded to pass from "C" to "B." Right hand raises "B" while the left hand picks up and shows the ball which Is then, apparently, replaced under the same cup (palmed in left hand.) The two end cups are now raised, one in either hand, attention being called to the fact that the ball has disappeared from under "C." This takes the attention away from "A" under which the ball is secretly dropped when replacing the cups on the table. The passage of the ball from "B" to "A" is then a matter of simplicity.

N.B.- Palming the ball in the left hand, in connection with the above pass, is my own arrangement for avoiding repetition of movement, securing freedom of action, and increasing the mis-direction at a point. But where the performer is not sure of palming the ball in the left hand, he may, of course, pick up the centre cup with the left hand and palm the ball in the right hand. The difference will be observed in practice.

The following seven passes, Nos. 4 to 10, are culled from the "English Encyclopedia," 1802, a copy of which I have in my possession. The one is practically a repetition of the other, so far as the actual working is concerned, but I include them all for the sake of completeness and to give the reader an idea of the numerous effects that may be obtained with a little thought.

Pass 4.- To Place a Ball under each Cup and draw it out again without Raising the Cup. — Ball is palmed in the right hand in the act of seeming to place it in the left hand which forthwith (apparently) places it tinder "C." Right hand is now passed over "C," fingers wide apart (ball having been shifted to .palm proper), lowered to leave the ball on the top of the

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Pass 5.- To Place a Ball under "B" which is then covered with "C" and Ball drawn through both Cups.—Ball apparently placed under "B," really palmed in right hand, which then raises "C," and places it over "B.ft The ball is then supposedly drawn out through both cups - all as explained in Pass No.4 above.

Pass 6.- To Extract a Ball through Three Cups.— Exactly similar to Pass 5 above, the ball being supposedly drawn through the three cups stacked one on top of the other.

Pass 7.- To Place a Ball under "B" which is then covered with "A" and "C" and to find it on top of "B."— Ball presumably placed in left hand (palmed in right) which apparently places it under "B." The two end cups are then raised, one in either hand, "C" being dropped over "B" and the ball secretly Inserted between the two (Sleight 5); "A" is then placed on the top. Ball discovered on the top of "B" and the latter raised and found empty.

Pass 8.- To Place a Ball under "B," which is then covered with "A" and "C," then to mysteriously remove the ball and so Pass it between the Upper and Middle Cups.— Procedure the same as in Pass 7 up to the time the ball is secretly Inserted between the middle and upper cups. Right hand then makes a pass over the whole and pretends to remove the ball (it cannot, of course, be shown) then makes a throwing movement in the direction of the cups, after which the upper one is raised and the ball discovered - "B" lifted and found empty.

Pass 9.- To Pass the Ball upwards through the Table and find it between the Upper and Middle Cups.— Ball palmed in the right hand in the act of seeming to place it in the left. Cups stacked with the right hand, ball being secretly inserted between the two uppermost ones. Left hand then seems to pass the ball upwards through the table and the two cups - it is finally discovered as stated.

Pass 10.- To Place a Ball under "A," then to take it out again and pass it between "B" and "C." — Right hand palms the ball in the act of seeming to place it in the left hand, which then simulates the .action of placing it under "A." The performer remarks, "Kindly notice there is nothing under either of these two cups," placing "C" over "A" and secretly inserting the ball between the two. Left hand Taises "A" and the right hand seems to pick up the ball (it cannot of course, be shown). A throwing movement is then made in the direction of the other two cups - upper one removed and ball discovered.

PASSES WITH TWO BALIS (No duplicates)

The position of the cups on the table, it will be remembered, reading from the performer's left, is indicated by the letters A-B-C.

l.-To Multiply One Ball into Two. — Before proceeding, the first ball is caused to multiply to Two. This is done as follows:- While engaging the attention of the audience with the left hand, arranging the objects on the table, the right hand palms the second ball from the servante, from under the coat lapel, from the collar under pretence of easing same, or elsewhere. The performer continues, "For my next experiment, I shall require two balls. I need (turn to page 283)

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