The Apparatus

(a) The Bags. The bags are made from thin felt. This can be bought in various bright colours. The ones I have (one red, one white and the other blue), look attractive and gay, but there is no reason why all the bags should not be the same colour if so desired.

The mouth of each bag is stiffened with an embroidery ring (wooden), four inches in diameter.

By studying Figure 1, the construction of the bags themselves will be made clear. The measurements of the felt given in the illustration, allows for the edges to be turned in for sewing. If the bags are made inside out, then turned right side out after sewing, the seams will be on the inside, whilst from the outside, the bags will be neat in appearance.

(b) The Balls. These are cut from household rubber sponges. The nylon foam sponges that are now so popular for sponge ball work, are not so suitable for this trick as the nylon clings to the felt rather too much, causing the ball to stick to the side of the bag, making it difficult to release when the performer wishes it to make its appearance.

To make the balls, cut the sponge into cubes then trim each one with a pair

WOODEN EMBROIDERY R.ING

OF FELT 4 ^THIS SIZE

OF FELT 4 ^THIS SIZE

CIRCLE OF FELT FOR THE TOP —

FIGURE 1. MOVE 1. The basic move.

RIMG SEWN INTO HEM

CIRCLE OF FELT FOR THE TOP —

of scissors. With a little care they can be made into almost perfect spheres of a diameter of one and a quarter to one and a half inches. I suggest that the reader prepares four at the start—all of the same colour. Later more can be made and ones of different colours added according to the type of routine that it is desired to perform.

I have also tried out the moves with ping-pong balls—they work perfectly but the manipulator's plastic "billiard balls" are too heavy.

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