Reference Guide to The Multiplying Balls & Billiard Ball Manipulation
Compiled by Doug Atkinson
Last update: Mar 2023: added Bruce
Kalver's Classic Details.
Dec 2022: Added Scott Alexander's Standing Up With Balls! DVD; Denny Haney's Billiard Ball Session video and Collected Wisdom Book;
The following is a list of books,
videos/DVDs, and products that contain references to
magic related to ball manipulation. This includes the Multiplying
Billiard Balls & Billiard Ball Manipulation. The Ball &
Cone effect has been moved to its own page, and tricks with
smaller balls, such as the Three Ball Trick and tricks with the
Bounce, No-Bounce balls have been moved to their own page. Sponge
ball magic is also covered in a separate reference guide.
Click on a book title to view a full contents listing (where available). Click on a magic dealer to go to the magic links page.
Andrus, Jerry: More Sleightly Slanted. Softcover, 1977, 29 pages. Includes Mylar Mystery: ball and cone with a Mylar sheet and Effects With a Ball.Baker, Roy: Yell Up For Kids. 6 page manuscript of a Billiard Ball routine intended for Children's audiences.
Bertram, Charles: The Court Conjuror. Biography
With Bertram's Greatest Tricks Explained- Edwin A Dawes. 360 page
oversize. Includes Cups & Balls, Multiplying Billiard Balls,
Buckingham, Geoffery: Easier Than You Think Vol 1-3.
Fine coverage of Billiard ball work. Vol 1: balls & coins, 17
items in 74 pages; Vol 2: more coin & ball work, loading and
stealing, and a chapter on thimbles in 74 pages. Vol 3: blondin
ball, plus more billiard ball in 104 pages
Buckley, Arthur: Principles and Deceptions.
1948, 222 pages. Includes chapter on Magic With Billiard Balls
Christianer, Louis: Effective Tricks. 1915,
softcover, 16 pages. Includes The Flag, Cone and Ball, a
transposition of a ball in a cone with a silk flag using a
Colombini, Aldo: The Close-Up Magic Of Aldo Colombini.
180pg. Includes billiard ball production, Hopping Cups and Balls
(short routine suitable for table hopping)
Dornfield, Werner: Dorny on Tricks. Includes
billiard ball to hank
Downs, Thomas Nelson: The Art of Magic. 1906,
352 pages. In addition to card and coin magic, includes chapter on
Tricks with Balls
Elliot, Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic. Includes two Billiard ball routines, cups & balls (including Benson Bowl) and more.
Elliot, Dr. James W: Card Tricks & Conjuring.
Card magic, but magic with balls, flowers, livestock, and
Garcia, Frank: Garcia on Billiard Balls. Routining, handling, Master Routine, One to Five Slow Motion Production, Bilious Balls, Strictly One Hand, One to Four with Solid Balls, Golf Ball routine, and more. 23pg.Gautlier, Camille: Magic Without Apparatus 544 pages, hardbound. Classic book covers manipulation with cards, coins, cigarettes, balls, and thimbles
Gloviczki, Peter: Lecture Notes 1985: The
magic of Peter Gloviczki. 23 pages. Includes Production of
Billiard Balls from the Silk;
Goldston, Will: Tricks and Illusions.
1908, 259 pages. Includes item titled, "Billiard Balls and Cue",
though I don't know what it is!
Gross, Henry: Pure Magic! 1978, 225
pages. Great beginner's book includes Chapter 6 Sleights with
Haney, Denny: Collected Wisdom. Includes Denny's work with
Harkey, David: Simply Harkey. Includes
tricks with clay, coins, watches, and of course billiard balls
Hatton, Henry & Adrian Plate:
1910, 344 pages. Includes Chapter 3 With Balls and Eggs;
Hay, Henry: Amateur Magician's Handbook
Covers multiplying billiard balls.
Hay, Henry: Learn Magic. Includes
in Lesson 18 The Multiplying Billiard Balls routine.
Hilliard, William John: Greater Magic 1400
page classic. $75.00. Decent section on multiplying billiard balls
Hilliard, William John: Modern Magician's Handbook.
1902. Includes Chapter XII Ball Tricks Requiring Special
Hoffmann, Professor: Later Magic. 1904 and
later editions. Third volume of the Hoffmann Trilogy. Includes
Handkerchief to Billiard Ball, The Ball Clip, and the Multiplying
Hoffmann, Professor: Modern Magic. 1882. The
first volume in the Trilogy. This volume contains a chapter on
Ball Tricks Requiring Special Apparatus, and includes how to palm
a large ball, Morison's Pill Box, and more.
Hoffmann, Professor: More Magic. From 1889.
Second in the Trilogy. Includes a chapter on Ball Tricks: Billiard
Ball Trick, Another Method, Chameleon Ball, and The Obedient Ball
Hofzinser, Johann Nepomuk:
The Magic of J.N. Hofzinser.
1985, 309 pages. Translation of German. Includes a chapter on
Balls, with Dr. Hofzinser's Original Billiard Ball Sleights;
amongst much other magic.
Hugard, Jean: Modern Magic Manual. SB 372pp, 1957. Good all around introduction. Includes billiard balls
Hull, Burling: Billiard Ball Manipulation; Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation,
Part 1 & Part 2; Master
Sleights With Billiard Balls. 1910. Burling Hull wrote
these and several other manuscripts on Billiard Ball Manipulation
that may be worth searching for.
Hull, Burling: Sleights. 1914, 32
pages. Includes Interlocked Finger Acquitment (billiard ball
move); HKF and Ball Production (extract from Expert Billiard Ball
Manipulation); Hull Cone Flight (Ball and Paper Cone), and more.
Ireland, L.L.: Ireland Writes a Book.
25 Tricks: Multiplying golf balls, combination Move with Balls
Johnson, Norman: Billiard Ball Manipulation. 1984 Norjon Pubs.
Softcover, 22 pages. Sleights and complete routine.
Jordan, Charles Thorton: Ten New Miscellaneous Tricks.
1920, 23 pages. Includes Clean Ball Production, Manipulative
Bruce: Classic Details. Lecture covers three
classics, including Miser's Dream, Linking Rings, and Billiard
Balls. The Billiard Balls routine does not use complicated
sleights and has been tuned through many presentations
Karelis, Charles: Clean Through. 25pg Spiral. Billiard ball and handkerchief routines.
Kaufman, Richard: Balls! Lessons in Sidearm Snookery.
Includes a rainbow ball routine.
Leech, Al: All of Leech. Includes 6 of
Leech's books: Al Leech's Legacy, Handbook of Card Sleights, Don't
Look Now (The Smart Slant on Misdirection), For Card Men Only,
Manipulating With Leech, and Card Man Stuff. Hardcover spiral
Lees, Walt: Best of Close Up. 188 pages.
British close up Magicians with routines including balls
Levent and Todd Kar: Roy Benson by Starlight. 800
pages, The Miracle Factory. Includes Benson Bowl Routine, Billiard
Balls. Also includes the complete text of two Benson books The Second Oldest Profession
and Benson on Magic, a
complete biography of Roy Benson, and a section on Benson's
teacher, Nate Leipzig.
Magic Inc: Magic Yearbook Reader Vol 3. 144 pages, softcover. Includes Tricks with balls (1963/4)Marshall, Frances: Kidstuff Volume 5. Magic Inc. Includes Patter for the Billiard Balls.
McCarron, B.W (Mercurio): The Propshop. 1975. Tricks with Magical Accessories. Includes McCarron's Growing Hair on a Billiard Ball (1"); The Robert Hundertmark Silk Routine (silk to multiplying balls)
McComb, Billy: McComb Comes Home.
1990, 20 pages. Includes McComb-ical Billiard Ball Extravaganza
McFalls, E.M.: Cellini, The Royal Touch. Hardcover, 188 pages. Routines include Billiard Ball Work.
Mentzer, Jerry: Master Ball & Silk Manipulation.
Productions, vanishes, and penetrations with a ball and silk.
Miller, 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.
Minch, Stephen: Collected Works of Alex Elmsley,
vol 2. 512 pages. 110 Elmsley tricks &
sleights, including flourishes with cards coins and balls, and the
Nathanson, Leon: Slydini Encores. 1966,
157 pages. Includes: Imp-Pass, Revolve Vanish, Ball Vanish in the
Neil, Charles Lang: The Modern Conjurer.
1937, 386 pages. Includes Tricks with Balls (including the Cups
and Balls and The Billiard Ball Trick);
Raucherbaumer, Jon: Arcade Dreams, Marlo Without Cards.
1997, 202 pages. Includes Duplex Ball and Vase using a small ball
and vase prop; Diminishing Golf Ball; Silver Spheres small ball
Racherbaumer, Jon: In a Class By Himself, the Legacy
of Don Alan. 2000, 296pg. Many of Don's classics
detailed. Includes Floating and Rising Billiard Ball
Steinmeyer, Jim: Magic of Alan Wakeling.
Mostly stage magic including Billiard Balls
Tarbell, Harlan: Tarbell's Course in Magic Vol 1.
410 pages, hardcover. Includes Ball Tricks and much more
Tarbell, Harlan: Tarbell's Course in Magic Vol 2:
410 pages, hardcover. Includes billiard balls and much more.
Tarbell, Harlan: Tarbell's Course in Magic Vol 7:
Includes Diminishing Golf Ball (Carl Ballantine).
Tarr, Bill: The Second Now You See It, Now You
Don't!. 1994, 224 pages.Includes card sleights and
flourishes, coin sleights and a section on Balls, Silks,
Thompson, J.G. Jr.: Magic to Delight.
Includes Have a Ball
Victor, Edward: Magic of the Hands. 120 pages. Sleight of Hand with coins, silks, billiard balls, thimbles, cigars, slates, cards, etc.
Victor, Edward: More Magic of the Hands. More sleight of hand with balls and more.
Victor, Edward: Magic of the Hands Trilogy.
Kaufman, 300 pages, hardcover. Magic, More Magic, Further Magic of
the Hands in one volume.
Webb, Gregg: The Book That Doesn't Exist and
More! 500+ pages CD-ROM/e-book. Includes billiard ball
manipulation with complete routines
Wilson, Mark: Complete Course in Magic.
Excellent book for beginning to intermediate magic. Each trick is
thoroughly illustrated in a step by step manner. Covers billiard
balls (basics) and much more.
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.Bertram, Ross: Legendary Magic Volume 1: Welcome Mat for Sponge Balls, coin magic, card magic, the Egyptian Ball, and more.
Buckingham, Geoffrey: The Magic and Manipulation of
Geoffrey Buckingham DVD. Billiard Ball Silk Penetration;
The Waistband Billiard Ball Holder; The Drop Steal Billiard Ball
Holder; The Burling Hull Billiard Ball Holder; and more
Buckingham, Geoffrey: Videonics PROGRAM #01 Vol. 1. Coins, handkerchiefs and thimbles all appear, along with balls, in a truly magical manner. They vanish with the same ease with which they appeared
Burt, Brad: Basics of Expert Billiard Ball and
Thimble Manipulation. Useful sleights, including a full
Billiard Ball routine.
Cervine, Scott: Teaches his Award Winning Stage
Magic video. Includes Billiard Ball routine
Cloutier, Carl: Lapping It Up. Balls appear and vanish, signed cards pulled from pockets and socks. Includes BallissimoDeSouza, Mark: Master Works of Conjuring, Volume 1 Music and Magic. Includes: Multiplying Balls opener (based on Alan Wakeling routine); Card and Ball Routine (manipulation); Tequila (requires Andrus' Zone Zero)
DeSouza, Marc. Prize Winning Stage Magic
video. 70 minute silent act: Contents include Billiard Ball and
Rose Routine, Also covers gimmicks such as ball clips,
silk rolls, palms and vanishes, Linking Ring moves,
and standard billiard ball vanishes and color changes as well
as tips on Zombie.
Fedko, John: School of Magic Volume 1: Classics
of Magic. Includes Multiplying Balls
Flip: Flip-pical Parlour Magic Part Two DVD: includes air billiards;
Flip: Videonics PROGRAM #72 "ON STAGE" Vol. 2. Billiard balls, and a Ping Pong paper mystery.
Frye, Charlie: Eccentricks DVD. Offbeat
stunts, gags, and routines. Includes comedy Multiplying Billiard
Balls featuring the ball from balloon, Assorted Juggling Gags,
Harlan, Dan: Pack Small, Play Big - The All
Purpose Show (DVD). L&L Publishing. Includes Herman
(the multiplying balls);
Haney, Denny: Billiard Ball Session. Downloadable Video, by Scott Alexander. As presented in Denny Haney's book Collected Wisdom. Includes rare footage of Denny performing his simple, easy to master, and amazing billiard ball routine, broken down by Scott Alexander.
Jon, Finn: Pierre Mayer Finn Jon vol 2 Close Up. Includes Symphony of the Balls, unusual soap bubble production
Jon, Finn: Pierre Mayer Finn Jon vol 5 Stage
Magic. Includes Three billiard ball routine
Lancaster, Lou: Teaches Classic Routines (IMS) International Magician's Society (IMS) Volume 10. Teaches Billiard Ball Manipulation, and more.
Leslie: Jay: Billiard Ball Manipulation
Video. Suitable for beginners and professionals. Contents include
Bare Hand Retention Vanish, Mid-Air Color Change, Behind the Back
Toss Vanish, Behind the Back Color Change, Back Hand Color Change,
Pocket Techniques, Retention Vanish with Silk, Grab Vanish, Drop
Vanish with Silk, Pull Over Silk Vanish, Silk Pull Over Color
Change, Complete Ball and Silk Routine, Toss Across Vanish,
Vertical Vanish, Elevator Color Change, and finally a full routine
featuring these great sleights and effects.
Levent: Levent's Ultimate Guide to the
Billiard Balls. 3 DVD Set. Over 5 hours long. Includes
the Machinery, The Moves, Ball Productions, Single Ball Vanishes,
Color Changes, Flourishes, Shell Technique, Advanced Concepts, and
Routines made famous by Roy Benson, Ade Duval, Richard Ross,
Levent, and Cardini.
Losander, Dirk: A Day with Salvano DVD. Part
of the Recollection Series. Includes (performance only?) a
manipulation routine with cigarette and billiard ball, a salt
routine, and a silk routine, but the real value is in the stories
that Salvano relates from his 54 years of performing.
McBride, Jeff: Magic of Jeff McBride. 2
volume set: V1: Jeff's Balloon & Ball Manipulation, Balls from
the Mouth, Billiard Ball from Balloon, and more.
McBride, Jeff: World Class Manipulation Volumes 1 to 3. These videos cover the complete range of coin, thimble, and ball manipulation. Volume one includes Coin rolls, palms, jumbo coin productions, mister's dream, thimble vanishes and reproductions, palms, ball techniques, rolls, vanishes and tons more. Volume 2 includes more coin rolls, holders, and droppers, color changing thimbles, changes, and silks with thimbles, ball flourishes, changeovers, diminishing ball, and much more. Volume 3 includes ball rolls, vanishes, color changes, multiplying balls, thimble rigging, 8 thimble routine, coin backpalming, fans, and more.
McComb, Billy: Greater Magic Video #26, Our Best #2.
Includes: Billy McComb Golf Ball Thru Handkerchief
Page, Patrick: London Stage Lecture video.
Includes Thimbles, Billiard Ball moves, Topit Vanisher, art of
Palmer, Johnny Ace: Johnny Ace Palmer Trilogy Videos: Video 1 includes a discussion on misdirection with and 8-ball production
Peki: Card & Ball Manipulation
(Trik A Tape). Bare handed production of cards, Card to dollar
bills, billiard balls, and more.
Peki: Manipulation With Balls. Video download.
Originally released in German in 1994, now dubbed by Peki into
English. Includes Finger exercises, moves, and gimmicks; Chicago
billiard ball routine; Chicago billiard ball routine with colored
balls; Chicago billiard ball routine without gimmicks straight
from the pocket; production of balls from a special silk; Peki's
entire routine (performance only); specialty balls and rare balls
Posgate, Bruce: Videonics PROGRAM #08 Vol. 1.Entertaining Children. How to handle kids with Billiard Balls for Kids and more
Romaine: Expert Manipulation DVD (2 DVD set). This is an in-depth course in card and ball manipulation. Start with Romaine's stage show and then step by step through card and billiard ball manipulation.
Ross, Richard: Greater Magic V27. Includes
Salvano: Multiplying Billiard Balls DVD.
With Bonus Two Complete Routines. Available from Salvano Jr;
Shimada: Greater Magic V3. Thimbles, Card Fans, Card Productions, and Billiard Balls (close up)
Smith, Samuel Patrick: The Magic Ingredient: Funny Magic to Make You a Kid-Show Celebrity. 1995 VHS Video; 60 minutes. SPS Publications. Includes: Multiplying Billiard Balls
Smith, Samuel Patrick: The Magic Ingredient and Kidology DVD. DVD contains the content of The Magic Ingredient (above) and Kidology. Kidology provides more kid magic including Portable Beach Balls
Thayer, Floyd: The Magic of Thayer videos 1 to 4. Narrated by collector Dr. Robert Albo. Thayer's magic is displayed, demonstrated, and explained. Includes John Carney's rendition of Thayer's Ball Vase, billiard ball effects, brema ball effects, and more.Various: Magic of Canada Greater Magic V50. Includes James Cielen's Multiplying Balls;
Collector's Workshop: Billiard Ball Stand. Viking
Magic. German - Conradi Style Nickel Stand (Brass, Nickel plated).
Can make all the balls vanish or reappear.
Fakini: Frank Radtke's Fakini
products are considered the best by many. They have a rubbery
surface that makes control and handling easier in most cases.
Their products come in several sizes and colors, and they also
make eggs and golf ball sets. Fakini balls are not cheap. There
are some who don't care for the feel of these sets, so if
possible, try them out before you buy.
Fakini Multiplying Balls: Available in 1.75, 2, and special 1 5/8" sizes. In white, orange, magenta, and yellow. $90-100
Multiplying Golf Balls: $70
Diminishing Billiard Ball: Billiard ball shrinks twice then vanishes $35
Flash Four: Instant production of 4 white 2" billiard balls. $155
Multiplying Eye Balls: 1.75" multiplying balls for the bizarre. $199.99, made exclusively for Fantasma Magic
Funtastic Magic: Dream Multiplying Silicon Balls (DMSB). 1.58" Diameter white silicon balls, made in Italy. Includes four balls, two gimmicks, and an instructional DVD by Diego Jazzhand Finottie. Video includes: Basic shell technique, Basic routine, Advanced routine, Two shell routine, Classic palm, Finger palm, Toss vanish, Palm to plum, Continue production, Cardini's ball roll, Ball roll, V vanish, Shell subtlety, and more.
Funtime Magic (Calcutta,
India) Funtime makes inexpensive magic items.
Ball Holders: Metal wire accessory clips to your clothing
Ball & Vase (plastic): Cheap plastic Ball & Vase
Ball & Silk Vase: Wooden Ball & Vase, with addition of Silk element.
Diminishing Billiard Ball: Wood ball, reduces in size three times.
Golf Ball & Silk Vase: A ball & vase with a white silk and golf ball
Multiplying Glitter Balls. From the website: "This set of Multiplying Balls has a large number of mirrored prisms over their entire surface. These "Mirrors" produce a sparkling glitter effect when a light beam (or spotlight) hits them. The protrusions also make for a much firmer grip on the balls and shell. We supply you the complete set of four Balls and shell for the classic Multiplying Ball Effect, along with a printed, illustrated instruction tutor, - a printed booklet (4" x 5.5", 24 pages, and 36 illustrations) that covers all the basic moves for the classic Multiplying Balls effect, like the Basic Multiplying move, various palming methods, different vanishes and transfers, and use of ball holders, in addition to complete easy and advanced routines."
Multiplying Billiard Balls: In plastic, available in Red, Yellow, or White. (website does not state diameter)
Multiplying Billiard Balls: Wood, 1.5". Includes 4 balls and the gimmick, carry bag and instructions.
Multiplying Golf Balls: Doesn't state diameter, though photo looks similar to 1.5" balls. Plastic.
Silver Sphere Combo: Three Balls, One Silk Ball, and One Shell. Made of Brass and Chrome Plated.
Goodway Magic: Ball Dropper. Use with either
1.75" or 2" Fakini Balls. Drop multiple balls.
Hank Lee Multiplying balls. Hank Lee's
extensive site lists several versions of multiplying balls, though
they don't list the manufacturer. Included are: Multiplying Balls
in red: 1-1/2" Multiplying Balls - $12.50, Multiplying Balls
Beginner's Set - $2.00, Tournament Multiplying Golf Balls.
Compound rubber white. Set of 4 $40.00, Flash Four Golf Ball
Production $30.00, Diminishing Golf Ball Made in Tournament style.
JL Magic: Mirage Billiard Balls. Silicon rubber,
no instructions. Comes in 1.7" and 2"
Owen Magic Supreme: Owen Billiard Ball Sets. Hand
Turned Maple and lacquer finished. Three Balls and a Shell. In
1.75 and 2" sizes.
Tannen's Magic Multiplying Balls. Tannen's Magic also lists several versions of multiplying balls. Included are: 30mm red billiard ball R-109, 35mm red billiard ball R-110, 40mm red billiard ball R-112, 45mm red billiard ball R-113, 50mm red billiard ball R-114, Pro Tournament Golf Balls (white, per set) HF-123, Pro Tournament Golf Balls (color, per set) HF-128, Four-ball gimmick ball fan (white) Climax HF-126, Four ball gimmick ball fan (color) HF-129, 1-3/4" Smooth Billiard Balls (white or color) HF-130
Vernet Magic: Vernet
makes a variety of Ball Magic
Fountain Silk Ball. You have a ball in your hand and instantly changes into a 18" silk. The set comes with one extra ball which can be used as a hankball. It also matches the other Vernet Balls.
Multliplication of Balls: Made of a lightweight ABS plastic with a look of chrome. Balls are spiked for grip and more visible appearance (some may find them too gaudy).
Multiplying Colored Balls: As above, but now available in Green, Blue, White, Pink, or Yellow. Three balls and one shell.
Balls Climax. Produce another 4 balls instantly in your other hand.
Multiplying Soap Bubbles: clear plastic balls look like soap bubbles.
Silk to Ball: Potental way to start your routine; made of the same silver glitter material.
Ball Holder Simple: Wire holder with safety pin attachment.
Viking Manufacturing: Unique Ball Holder. Holds a
single ball from 1.125 to 2.125" in diameter, and once released,
folds flat. Impact durable, pliable plastic. From Germany.
Various: Wooden Billiard Balls.
Various shops carry wooden sets of billiard balls, some from
Germany, some elsewhere. Wooden balls may be a bit more slippery,
but some prefer the feel and handling of this type of ball. Prices