Reference Guide to
Compiled by Doug Atkinson
Last update: Dec 2022:
Added Scott Alexander's Standing Up With Balls! DVD.
Jan 2022: Added Tom Stone's Eye of the Last Dragon eBook; Jay Leslie's Ball Manipulation #1 video.
Feb 2020 Added John Rogers Walrus 3 Ball Routine book;
The following is a list of books, videos/DVDs, and products that contain references to magic related to small balls and other miscellaneous ball magic such as the Ball & Vase, the 3 Ball Trick, Bounce/No-Bounce Balls, etc. It does not include general Billiard Ball Manipulation and the Multiplying Balls, The Ball & Cone, or Sponge Ball Magic (each of these have their own Reference Guide).
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Abbott's Magic: Perpetual Balls. Softcover, One Page Manuscript came with three balls. A Three Ball routine in the hands.
Alan, Don: Pretty Sneaky.
Softcover, 1956, 48 pages, Magic, Inc. Includes The Four Jacks and
the Bouncing Ball.
Archer, Danny: Three Ball Routine.
Softcover, 6 page manuscript by Danny Archer Magic; came with
"superball" type balls.
Archer, Danny: Working Alone Lecture Notes.
Softcover, 1994 (circa), 19 pages, by Danny Archer Magic. Includes
Balls, a fast paced stand up sleight of hand with small
Brent, Lu: Lu Brent's Best Magic Tricks Volume Three. 1980, 52 pages. Includes Ball and Vase Monte.Colombini, Aldo: Get the Ball Rolling. Get The Ball Rolling. Stand up no table required version of 3 ball routine. Comes with booklet and balls.
DeSouza, Marc: The Art of Artiface.
1995, 22 pages. Lecture notes include Ballero (one ball
Jackie (editor): Close Up Magic of the Masters.
1983, 33 pages. Includes Two New Ball Sleights (George
Starke): for small balls
Karrell: Clever Like a Fox. 1976, 200 pages.
Includes The Dwarf's Bowing Trophy, a routine for the plastic ball
Kaufman, Richard: The Collected Almanac.
1992, 398 pages. Bound edition of Richard's Almanac magazine. Tons
of great magic. Includes Mike Gallos' Ball and Vase routine using
two S.S. Adam's Ball & Vase sets.
Kelly, Kevin: A Pasteboard Odyssey, The Close Up Magic of Kevin Kelly. 130pg, spiral bound. 31 routines, many contributors. Includes bounce no bounce ball switch
Lane, Frank: Funny Talk for Magicians #1.
Unique presentations for classic magical effects including Ball
& Tube; Billiard Balls;
LaRue, Robert D. Jr. & Steve
Back. 1997. Book of ideas and routines for the
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 6-10.
2000, 700 pages. Bound volume of Harry's Apocalypse Magazine with
tons of great magic. Includes Kuronuma's The Subliminal Switch,
which is good for the Bounce-No-Bounce balls; Jon Townsend's Best
Ball Retention Pass for use with smaller balls; and Sol Stone's
The Chaperone two in the hand and one in the pocket.
Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 16-20. 2002, over 700 pages. Bound
volume of Harry's Apocalypse Magazine with tons of great magic.
Includes Joe Rindfleisch's Three Ball's Through, a balls thru the
table using 1" multiplying balls set; Roy Benson's Black Balled
(also using the gimmick from a multiplying ball set); Harold
Cataquet's Roll-A-Ball Squeegee Move for superball sized balls.
Luka, John: L.I.N.T.
(Luka In The New Tops) 143 pages. Pocket Stuff for
Close-Up Magicians. Includes Chromo Balls (sleight of hand
approach to Daley's Chromo Spheres)
Luka, John: Uncovered.
100 pages, hardcover. Includes: Chromo Balls (version of 3 Ball
Lyons, P. Howard: Ibidem Volume 3 & AZIZ &
Beyond. 2002. Includes Dan Tong's Net Ball (3 Ball
Mentzer, Jerry: Close Up Cavalcade Finale. 1977, 187 pages. Includes Impromptu Three Ball Routine - done with three small paper balls, can be performed anywhereMiller, Gordon (editor): Tops Treasury of Ball Manipulation (Abbott's) 104 pages drawn from TOPS and NEW TOPS magic magazines. Productions, vanishes, changes, and complete routines.
Alexander, Scott: 10
O'Clock Show DVD. Includes Jumping Jacks (children's Jacks and
Alexander, Scott: Standing Up With Balls! DVD or downloadable video. Includes Snookered; Amazeballs PLUS; Sponge Bob Round Pants; Balls from Mouth; The Ball Cubed (sponge); Ping Pang Pong - ball on the nose gag with a cool angle; Juggling Lesson; Abbott’s Hole in One; Billiard Ball Shtick - A funny approach to the Billiard Balls for the Stand Up Guy.
Archer, Danny: Essential Magic Classics 2 DVD Set.
Includes Ballz, balls change color, transpose, etc. Was originally
on Danny's Working Alone DVD.
Daryl: Live from London V1: Includes
Bounce/No Bounce Balls.
Daryl: Magic Castle Lecture
video Includes Bounce/No bounce balls
Garcia, Frank: Stars of Magic DVD Volume 3 (also Stars of Magic Video #2). DVD includes two videos: Frank Garcia and Frank Garcia Magical Classics. Includes a Sponge Ball routine and much more.
L&L Publishing: World's Greatest magic - The
Fabulous Three Ball Trick. DVD includes Balls & Net
(Johnny Thompson); Three Ball Transposition (Fernando Keops);
Three Ball Routine (Gary Ouellet); Asteroids (Flip); 3 Ball Trick
(Johnny Thompson); Balls In the Net (Dai Vernon); Fabulous Tree
Ball Routine (David Roth)
Leslie, Jay: Ball Manipulation #1. 65 minutes.
Includes Bare Handed Vanish, Mid Air Color Change, Body Roll,
Scoop Vanish(3 Parts), Behind The Back, Back Handed Change,
Rolling Color Change, Pocket Techniques, Vanish With A Silk, The
Grab, The Drop, Pull Over Vanish, Pull Over Color Change, Elevator
Ouellet, Gary: The Very Best of, Volume Two
DVD. Includes: Three Ball Routine
Sheets, Bob: Bob Does Hospitality Volume 3
DVD. Includes the Three Ball Trick with motivation, gags, and
Thompson, Johnny: Commercial Classics of Magic V1. Includes Balls & Net
Thompson, Johnny: Commercial Classics of Magic V3.
Inclides 3 Ball Routine
Wilson, Gregory: In Action! Volume 3 DVD.
Includes Bounce No Bounce balls, and more.
Arbor Scientific: Happy Sad Balls. Arbor's
version of the Bounce No-Bounce balls. 1" diameter
Adams, S.S.: Magic Ball & Vase. Classic plastic ball and vase with black ball
Daryl: Bounce Across. Happens in the
spectator's hands. A bounce no-bounce ball routine in which the
bounce is removed from a rubber ball and placed into a piece of
modeling clay. Finishes clean.
DuneCraft: Vice Versa Balls. DuneCraft's
version of the Bounce No-Bounce Balls.
Choositz Decision Balls.
Larger 1.5" diameter bounce, no-bounce balls.
Empire Magic: Ball and Vase. Plastic ball and
Magic Makers, Inc: Carry several Ball & Vase Sets
Magic Ball & Vase: inexpensive plastic ball & vase
Marble Vase: metal vase with smaller marble; can be handed out after ball reappears
Mega Ball & Vase: 6.75" tall, 2.5" wide, metal and chrome-look ball
Midwest Magic: Ball & Vase Exotic Wood from
Cambodia. In 1.5", 2", or 3" sponge ball sizes, or even a
Ping-Pong ball version
Rogers, John: 3 Ball Routine Plus 4 Balls.
Utilizes custom 1.25" silicon balls from Fakini. Professional
routine (not for beginners) as performed by John at FFFF 1999.
Uses no volunteers, table, or net.
Sankey, Jay: Behind the 8 Ball. Two in the
hand, one in the pocket routine. Uses miniature 8-balls with large
8 ball climax.
Spangler, Steve/WREN Enterprises:
Bounce No Bounce Balls.
The ball will bounce for the magician, but not for the
spectator.Steve's version are 1".
Uday: Wooden Ball & Vase from India
Viking Manufacturing: Ball Vase. High quality
wooden ball & Vase.