Thumb Twist Method

Here is another method for apparently showing ball and shell on all sides to convince audience that you hold two solid balls. This is a very handy method.

Hold ball and shell as in Figure 57.

Bend forefinger, rolling shell back to thumb joint. Figure 58.

Bend forefinger, rolling shell back to thumb joint. Figure 58.

Bend thumb inward, turning shell with it so that front of shell faces outward as you expose palm of hand to audience. Thus you have shown back and palm of right hand and audience believes they have seen all sides of the balls, Figure 59.

Right hand may be brought over in front of body and turned outward to expose palm.

This move is not difficult, once you get the knack and can determine the exact position of shell on thumb joint at which you can turn it easily. In an emergency, third finger can be pressed against edge of shell to turn it.

Now bring shell back to position by reversing movements performed above.

You now have the white shell and yellow ball in right hand and the white ball palmed in left hand.

Bring left hand up to right and remove yellow ball, at the same time, slipping white ball into shell. See Figure 32.

Strike balls together to prove them solid. Then place yellow ball between third and fourth fingers of right hand.

Show palm of right hand freely now, for white ball is in white shell. Then as you turn hand to show back

again, bring white ball out of shell between first and second fingers, Figure 60.

Expose right palm again and show balls solid by Thumb Twist Method.

With tossing motion of right hand, vanish white ball by dropping it into shell again. Show both sides of hand.

Reach into left coat pocket with left hand and Palm out the GREEN ball.


Shake your head and remove hand as though there was nothing in it.

Produce white ball from behind right knee in this manner: Place right hand back of knee. Lift white ball out of shell into first and second finger position, and bring hand out showing appearance of white ball. Take white ball from finger of right hand placing green ball in shell. Strike balls to prove solid and to show left hand empty. Replace white ball in right fingers and Palm out green ball into left hand, Figure 61.

Now you perform the "THROW DOWN" COLOR CHANGE:

Hold hands to your right in position shown in Figure 62. This is view of hands as audience sees them.

Raise right hand about twelve inches above left. Then with throwing motion downward, slip white ball into white shell, and just as it is supposed to drop into left hand, expose green ball in left hand. The effect is that you threw the white ball down into left hand and it changed to green as it fell, Figure 63.

Place green ball between second and third fingers of right hand and steal white ball from shell with left hand. See Figure 40.

Figure 64, next page, shows position of balls at this stage. This view is away from the audience.

Reach into air with left hand and produce white ball on left fist.

Look at audience in quizzical way after this production, just as though you didn't know how it happened yourself. Then place white ball between first and second fingers of right hand, Figure 65.

Look at the display of the four balls to MISDIRECT attention as you bring left hand against left side of vest. Press base of thumb against top of RED ball, Vested there. Move right hand downward and upward in sweeping motion, and at the same time, push left thumb against Vested ball, forcing it down into left palm where it is Finger Palmed, or get ball by lifting edge of vest with thumb as you did in your last lesson for getting flag.

Bring left hand up to right and place red ball in white shell, Figure 66.

Remove red ball and white shell with left hand, being careful not to expose red ball to audience. Show both sides of right hand. Replace shell and ball between thumb and first finger of right hand and show both sides of left hand.

Now bring left hand up to right again and Finger Palm white shell away from red ball. Red ball is now exposed and the effect is that you touched the white ball with your left hand and caused it to change to red, Figure 67.

Turn right hand over to show that palm is empty and that balls are all solid, Figure 68.

Drop balls on to dish on table, one at a time. Keep back of hand toward audience and drop red ball first, then white one, then green one, and finally yellow one. Turn palm of right hand with fingers wide apart toward audience to show it empty. Dispose of shell by getting some article from pocket for next trick or in any manner you find suitable for the occasion, such as casually placing hand in pocket for a moment.

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