106 entries in Ball / "Small" Ball / Vanish
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
False Transfer
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXIII) 182
To consume (or rather to conveie) one or manie balles into nothing lapping ball after false transfer for complete vanish
1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Issue XXIII) 183
Pass 1 right hand classic palm, fake transfer to left (described with coin but for all small objects)
1876 Modern Magic 147
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie third part, on holding the hand correctly when a larger object is apparently in it
Related to Mar. 1898 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 9) 129
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie fourth part, more on the false transfer
Related to Apr. 1898 Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 10) 145
Das Changieren false transfer, multiple methods with different props
1899 Jedermann Zauberkünstler! 139
Tom Sellers A New Cigarette Sleight cigarette rolls over back of hand into other hand, false transfer
1933 More Secrets 3
The Vanish
1938 Greater Magic 659
Franklin M. Chapman Disintegrosphere bottle with small steel ball in it vanishes from under handkerchief, rattle of ball can be heard until last moment
Nov. 1938 Chap's Scrapbook (Vol. 1 No. 5) 1
Edward Victor Billiard Ball Section – An Effective Vanish and Recovery ball is dropped out of fist into other hand as it makes a pass over it
1940 ca. More Magic of the Hands — Part Two 93
Dr. Stanley Jaks La Boule Fantôme ball vanishes in handkerchief and appears in mouth, rubber band method
Mar. 1941 La Baguette Magique (Issue 3) 3
Lloyd W. Chambers The Flying Ball ball (or other object) placed in sack, pistol fired at sack blows open sack and ball is gone, reel pulls ball into opening of sack
1941 Original Ideas in Magic 6
Eddie Joseph Toss Up Vanish orange tossed up, vanishes, ditch in pocket
1942 Coin and Money Magic 114
Eddie Joseph The Single Palm ball vanishes using the classic palm
  • Method 1
  • Method 2
1942 The Last Word on Cups and Balls 8
Eddie Joseph The Multipalm Pass false transfer with three balls at once
1942 The Last Word on Cups and Balls 11
Eddie Joseph The Multipalm Slide vanishing a ball when already palming two
1942 The Last Word on Cups and Balls 11
Senor Charles Mardo The Homing Ball Ball and Cone routine, narrow top of cone has natural Chop Cup mechanism, “my variation of the Jameson Mystery”
1945 Routined Magic 8
Senor Charles Mardo A Novel Sleight: “The Flight” technique for Cups and Balls routine that apparently vanishes (or causes to penetrate) a ball resting on top of cup
1945 Routined Magic 18
The Fist Drop ball apparently dropped from left fist into right fist but really retained in left
1945 Routined Magic 19
The Scoop right hand steals ball from left fingers as it passes over it and left fingers close
1945 Routined Magic 19
Dai Vernon Vanish put-type
1949 Stars of Magic (Vol. 5 No. 1) 75
Wally Dean Deanball drop ball vanish
1950 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 202) 806
Slydini Vanish of Paper Ball as lapping application
1954 Stars of Magic (Vol. 12 No. 1) 163
Push Through Drop Vanish
1956 Top Secrets of Magic 58
Slydini Vanish of Paper Ball as lapping application, see also next item
1960 The Magic of Slydini 23
Arthur Setterington Joe's Master Mystery five colored balls in a bowl, one color is selected all the other balls vanish, three methods
1968 The Joe Smith Mysteries 15
Bob Ostin Ball Vanish
1968 Fingertip Fantasies 15
Bob Ostin The Cigar Tube Mystery small ball vanishes from cigar tube
1968 Fingertip Fantasies 40
Ellison Poland Cup And Ball Moves six false transfers
1969 Wonderful Routines of Magic 187
Jerry Andrus Ball and Coin Routine dollar and rubber ball transpose between both hands, both vanish, lapping
1973 Five Dollar Trix 12
Sam Aaronson The Basic Sleight false transfer
Aug. 1974 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 9-10 (Vol. 9 No. 10) 778
Al Schneider Basic Vanish very clear instructions, also possible with other small objects
1975 Al Schneider On Coins 6
Slydini A Direct Palm with Checkpoints
1976 The Best of Slydini ...and More 23
French Drop
1976 Now you see it, now you don't! 124
Palm Vanish
1976 Now you see it, now you don't! 128
Basic Cups and Balls Vanish
1976 Now you see it, now you don't! 153
Arthur Setterington Diception ball vanishes in a tube between two dice
May 1977 Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 9) 408
Shigeo Takagi False Transfer brief
1977 Shigeo Takagi's One Cup Routine 1
Frank Garcia The "Garcia" Master Vanish Moves false transfer for small ball
1979 The Very Best of Cups and Balls 24
The Finger Palm with steel ball
1979 The Very Best of Cups and Balls 82
Basic Ball Vanish - Method One false transfer
1979 The Chop Cup Book 49
Basic Ball Vanish - Method Two wand pushed through fist with ball
1979 The Chop Cup Book 53
Lewis Ganson, Dai Vernon False Transfer from One Hand to the Other
1979 Two in the Hand and One in the Pocket 13
First Sleight (The Feint) false transfer
Also published here 1980 Ken Brooke's Magic — The Unique Years 59
David Williamson The Striking Vanish
  • Alternate Handling (closed fist)
Variations 1981 Encore II 21
Neil See The Neil See Ball Vanish retention
1982 The Close-up Magic of Frank Garcia — Part II 49
David Williamson Striking Vanish brief
1984 Side Effects 14
David Williamson Striking Vanish with alternative handling with closed fist
Also published here 1984 For Your Eyes Only 25
David Williamson The Striking Vanish with alternative handling with closed fist
Also published here 1984 Striking Magic 21
Turk Pipkin S'No Ball ping-pong ball vanishes as it is tossed in the air
1985 The New York Magic Symposium — Collection 4 116
Max Malini, Charlie Miller, Frederick Braue A Deceptive Palm for the Cups and Balls false transfer, detailed, "It should be again stressed that the sleight must be performed very slowly, very casually"
1985 The Fred Braue Notebooks (Issue 3) 8
Jonathan Townsend Best Ball-Retention Pass according to Jonathan Townsend, Andrew Galloway uses a similar vanish
June 1986 Apocalypse (Vol. 9 No. 6) 1215
Joe Givan Day of the Jack-less toy jacks appear, they and rubber ball vanish, topit
1987 Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 7) 6
Thomas Hierling False Transfer with some thoughts on false transfers
1987 New Wave Close-Up 25
Juan Tamariz Second Example: False transfer handling details
1988 The Five Points in Magic 23
Harvey Rosenthal The Retention Toss coin vanish adapted for small ball
1990 Impossibilia 84
Gary Ouellet The Greatest Effect in Magic explanation of false transfer with a small ball
  • Practice Drill Number One: The Finger Palm
  • Practice Drill Number Two: The Closing of the Right Hand
  • The Vanish
  • Eye Movement
1990 Close Up Illusions 15
David Williamson Striking Vanish brief
1990 Top Secret Stuff 159
Ken Brooke Griff Nr. 1 - Die Scheinübergabe
Also published here Oct. 1990 Intermagic (Vol. 15 No. 4&5) 132
Shigeo Takagi False Transfer
1990 The Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi 27
David Williamson Striking Vanish
1991 The Magic of Michael Ammar 16
David Harkey Hot-Handed Principle a bit like Striking Vanish
Also published here
  • lecture notes "From the Depths", 1988
1991 Simply Harkey 40
David Harkey Hand Ditch Vanish dropping item into other hand, like lapping without lap
1991 Simply Harkey 89
Ronnie Ramin A Natural Ball Vanish false take
1991 Strange Happenings 2
Alexander de Cova, Roy Benson Fake Transfer described with fake egg
Also published here 1991 Heba's Fez 6
Alexander de Cova, Roy Benson Fake Transfer described with fake egg
Also published here 1992 Ein Profi packt aus... 28
Gary Kurtz False Transfer of a Ball
1992 Leading with your Head 14
The Vanish false transfer
1993 Cups & Balls (Western) 4
Paul Gertner False Transfer with steel ball
1994 Steel and Silver 197
Harold Cataquet Re-Retention Vanish
July 1995 Apocalypse (Vol. 18 No. 7) 2531
Harry Riser French Drop Handling
Inspired by
  • Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, Robert-Houdin, p. 51
1996 The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser 24
Bob Farmer Big Solid Ball Vanish ball rolled from cup into hand and seen, vanishes
Related to
  • "The Vanishing Buckeye" (Eddie Fields' Secret Diary, p. 19)
1998 Cyclops 7
Push Through Drop Vanish
1999 Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 3) 96
Al Schneider The Schneider Technique intro on vanishing items
June 2000 Genii (Vol. 63 No. 6) 50
Al Schneider Basic 3D Vanish
  • The Schneider Technique
July 2000 Genii (Vol. 63 No. 7) 62
John Cornelius False Transfer with lapping afterwards
2001 The Award-Winning Magic of John Cornelius 126
John Carney, Dai Vernon The French Drop
2002 The Book of Secrets 251
Ron Bauer Fake Put Sequence Take Vanish vs. Put Vanish (Charlie Miller), En Route Principle
2002 Dixie 18
False Transfer
July 2003 Genii (Vol. 66 No. 7) 53
David Acer High Invisibility Ball vanishes and reappears held between two fingers visually
2004 Random Acts of Magic 251
The Classic (False) Pass
2004 Street Cups and Balls 44
The French Drop
2004 Street Cups and Balls 47
David Williamson Striking Vanish brief
2004 Sankey Unleashed 7
Alexander de Cova A Novel Ball Vanish ball drops into other hand secretly as it reaches toward the wand under the arm
2004 Treasures 15
Robert E. Neale The Five Gifts of Life Five different objects in hand, four are removed and placed in pocket, last object vanishes from hand.

Has packet trick variation where the last card becomes blank
2008 This Is Not a Book 8
Joshua Jay The False Transfer
2008 Under, Over 43
Roberto Giobbi The Rossini Insight "It's Better to Take Than to Put", on false transfers
2012 Confidences 139
David Williamson Striking Vanish
2013 Calculated Chaos 19
Christian Scherer Die Kraft des Qi two in the hand one in the pocket with Baoding Balls, then a big ball appears just to vanish under a handkerchief
2014 Schlaglichter 60
Christian Scherer Das Becherspiel als Salonkunststück general remarks on the Cups and Balls
  • Der Handlungsablauf beim Becherspiel
  • Die Struktur (structure)
  • Der Vortrag (patter)
  • Die Becher (cups)
  • Die Kugeln (balls)
  • Der Zauberstab (wand)
  • Der Tisch (table)
  • Die Tischoberfläche (table surface)
  • Die Handhabung der Becher (handling of the cups)
  • Die falsche Übergabe (false transfer of a ball)
  • Die Ladung (loads)
  • Das Platzieren der Ladungen (placement of loads in pockets)
  • Die Ladetechnik (loading technique)
  • Die Ladung vor den Blicken der Zuschauer verbergen (hiding the loads)
  • Indirektes Laden (indirect loads)
  • Das Abstellen der geladenen Becher (putting cups with loads on the table)
2014 Schlaglichter 175
May 2014 New Avantgarde Magic (Issue 18) 589
Alexander de Cova, Roy Benson Fake Transfer described with fake egg
Also published here 2016 Burners — Vol. 5 51
Alexander de Cova Der Verschwindegriff detailed
2016 Burners — Vol. 5 125
Johnny Thompson Retention Vanish of Ball false transfer
2018 The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 2) 21
Danny Dew Danny Dew Final Vanish of the balls, ditch in breast pocket
Related to 2018 The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 2) 32
David Williamson, Johnny Thompson Covered Striking Vanish
2018 The Magic of Johnny Thompson (Issue 2) 92
Alexander de Cova, Slydini Crossing The Gaze
2018 Burners — Vol. 6 85
Christian Scherer Stahlhartes Déjà-Vu three steel balls are removed from a box, penetrate a transparent silk one by one and then they vanish just to be found in the box again
Inspired by
  • Lou Serrano's "Steel Ball Routine"
2019 Stahlhartes Déjà-Vu 3
Alexander de Cova False-Transfer Subtlety
  • Notizen
put vs. take
Oct. 2019 Genii (Vol. 82 No. 10) 52
Al Schneider Small Ball False Transfer
Nov. 2019 Genii (Vol. 82 No. 11) 61
Al Schneider The Multiple False Transfer three balls at once
Nov. 2019 Genii (Vol. 82 No. 11) 62
John Carney Rolling False Transfer
2020 Sleights & Insights 77
John Carney French Drop
2020 Sleights & Insights 265
Guy Hollingworth False Transfer
2022 Slow Motion Cups & Balls 14
Guy Hollingworth Patrick Page Ditch pocket ditch after false transfer while sleeve is pulled up
2022 Slow Motion Cups & Balls 17
Guy Hollingworth Flapping concealing small item like ball under front edge of jacket or shirt, ungaffed, detailed discussion with applications
Related to
  • sponge ball hold-out in Howard Schwarzman lecture note, 1970s, p. 7
2022 Slow Motion Cups & Balls 20