Osborne, Tom: Cups and Balls Magic
1937 Mitchell Kanter
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 5.5x8.5", 59 pages

1955 and other multiple reprints
Osborne: Cups
              and Balls
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Comments: , Illustrations by Bill Hanna. Thorough coverage of Cups & Balls magic, though the presentation is not a nice as say, Michael Ammar's Complete Cups and Balls. Cups & Balls magic presented in a series of mostly one paragraph articles, each presenting a single move or idea, or a partial or full routine. Includes an article on the Ball and Cone, and a simple sponge ball routine. A good book to either get you started cheaply, or to enhance your library with additional ideas. Recommended.


4 Cups and Balls from Many Lands: illustration of Turkish, East Indian, Japanese, Chinese, and European cups
5 Thanks
6 Introduction by Henry Ridgely Evans: a brief history
8 The Oldest Trick by John Mulholland: a historical perspective of different cup styles and methods of performing the cups & balls
10 Article No. 3: To palm a small ball, first method
10 Article No. 4: To palm a small ball, second method
11 Article No. 5: To palm a small ball, third method
11 Article No. 6: To palm a large ball, also to "make a pass"
12 Article No. 7: To palm a large ball, also to "make a pass"
12 Article No. 8: To palm a large ball, also to "make a pass"
13 Article No. 9: Palming
13 Article No. 10: To Introduce the Palmed Ball Secretly Under the Cup, first method
13 Article No. 11: Second Method
14 Article No. 12: Third Method, Fourth Method
15 Article No. 13: Practice
15 Article No. 14: To Remove a Ball Secretly from Under a Cup
16 Article No. 15: To Remove a Ball Secretly from Under a Cup
16 Article No. 16: To Remove a Ball Secretly from Under a Cup, and to Show that the Ball is Not Under the Cup, Nor Inside of it.
17 Article No. 17: To Place a Ball Openly Under a Cup, and to Take it Out Secretly
17 Article No. 18: To Place a Ball Secretly Between Two Cups
17 Article No. 19: To Simulate the Action of Placing the Ball Under the Cup
18 Article No. 20: To Simulate the Action of Placing the Ball Under the Cup
18 Article No. 21: To Simulate the Action of Placing the Ball Under the Cup
18 Article No. 22: To Simulate the Action of Placing the Ball Under the Cup
19 Article No. 23: To Draw a Ball Through the Top of the Cup
19 Article No. 24: To Produce a Ball From a Wand or Cigar
19 Article No. 25: To Pass One Cup Through Another
20 Article No. 26: To Pass the Wand Through A Cup
20 Article No. 27: The Advantage of Using a Square Ball
21 Article No. 28: Type of Cups to Use (basic instructions)
21 Article No. 29: To Use a Slanting Table for Stage: making the table
22 Article No. 30: To Use a Servante For the Purpose of Extra Loads Suitable for Any Table
23 Article No. 31: To Use Special Loading Cups (produce silks, etc. from cups)
23 Article No. 32: To Make the Load Into Regular Cups (using the above)
24 Article No. 33: To Use a Special Cup (producing spring loads)
24 Article No. 34: Loading Large Balls From Pocket
25 Article No. 35: To Load Large Balls From Any Table
25 Article No. 36: Liquid Loads
26 Article No. 37: A Glass of Wine Under Each Cup
26 Article No. 38: To Use Live Chicks as a Load
27 Article No. 39: Japanese Move (using a tea cup)
27 Article No. 40: To Show a Ball Under an Actually Empty Cup
28 Article No. 41: The Multiplication Pass. Balls are removed from under each cup and placed in a hat, to be found again under the cups.
28 Article No. 42: Music and Sound Effects
29 Article No. 43: Routine - Balls From Wand. Balls are magically produced and each placed under a cup. Balls are now "drawn up" from under each cup, and cups are lifted to show empty.
30 Article No. 44: To Open the Routine by The Hidden Ball Move. Uses one ahead to vanish and reappear balls.
32 Article No. 45: Tom Osborne's Routine: uses sponge balls and three final loads
36 Article No. 46: Non Sleight of Hand Routine: balls start nested, with final load climax
39 Article No. 47: To Drive a Large Red Ball Through Each Cup
40 Article No. 48: Patter
40 Article No. 49: To Place a Ball Under Each Cup and Invisibly Take it Out Again. A series of 15 "moves" is taught, such as making two balls pass to each end cup, making 3 balls come together under one of the cups, and to make the balls change color
50 Article No. 50: Comedy Cups and Balls: uses two stooges, paper cups, lemons, and a table with a hole and a basket to catch a lemon (used as a "sucker" ploy)
52 Article No. 51: The Cone and Ball Trick: a short explanation of the ball and cone effect
53 Article No. 52: Silent Routine: suggested routine, using balls, eggs, and baby chicks
54 Article No. 53: The Cup and Ball Vase: some maneuvers with the ball and vase
55 Article No. 54: Routine with Liquids: using drinking glasses as final loads (suggests commercial trick glasses)
56 Article No. 55: Sponge Ball Trick: a small sponge ball interlude
56 Artilce No. 56: The Paper Covered Glass: description of glass through the table climax
59 Note from Lee Grey of Kanter Magic that items can be purchased from them.