111 entries in Ball / "Small" Ball / Vanish
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
False Transfer
1584 182
To consume (or rather to conveie) one or manie balles into nothing lapping ball after false transfer for complete vanish
1584 183
Pass 1 right hand classic palm, fake transfer to left (described with coin but for all small objects)
1876 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)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Schule der Magie fourth part, more on the false transfer
Related to Apr. 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 10)
Das Changieren false transfer, multiple methods with different props
1899 139
Tom Sellers A New Cigarette Sleight cigarette rolls over back of hand into other hand, false transfer
1933 3
The Vanish
1938 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)
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. 93
Dr. Stanley Jaks La Boule Fantôme ball vanishes in handkerchief and appears in mouth, rubber band method
Mar. 1941 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 6
Eddie Joseph Toss Up Vanish orange tossed up, vanishes, ditch in pocket
1942 114
Eddie Joseph The Single Palm ball vanishes using the classic palm
  • Method 1
  • Method 2
1942 8
Eddie Joseph The Multipalm Pass false transfer with three balls at once
1942 11
Eddie Joseph The Multipalm Slide vanishing a ball when already palming two
1942 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 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 18
The Fist Drop ball apparently dropped from left fist into right fist but really retained in left
1945 19
The Scoop right hand steals ball from left fingers as it passes over it and left fingers close
1945 19
Dai Vernon Vanish put-type
Stars of Magic (Vol. 5 No. 1)
Harry E. Snider Caligari's Hi-Ball Vanish ball inside glass vanishes under cover of handkerchief
Mar. 1949
Hugard's Magic Monthly (Vol. 6 No. 10)
Wally Dean Deanball drop ball vanish
May 1950
The Phoenix (Issue 202)
Tony Slydini Vanish of Paper Ball as lapping application
Also published here 1954
Stars of Magic (Vol. 12 No. 1)
Push Through Drop Vanish
1956 58
Tony Slydini Vanish of Paper Ball as lapping application, see also next item
1960 23
Tony Slydini Vanish of Paper Ball as lapping application
Also published here 1966 14
Arthur Setterington Joe's Master Mystery five colored balls in a bowl, one color is selected all the other balls vanish, three methods
1968 15
Bob Ostin Ball Vanish
1968 15
Bob Ostin The Cigar Tube Mystery small ball vanishes from cigar tube
1968 40
Ellison Poland Cup And Ball Moves six false transfers
1969 187
Jerry Andrus Ball and Coin Routine dollar and rubber ball transpose between both hands, both vanish, lapping
1973 12
Sam Aaronson The Basic Sleight false transfer
Aug. 1974 778
Al Schneider Basic Vanish very clear instructions, also possible with other small objects
1975 6
Tony Slydini A Direct Palm with Checkpoints
1976 23
French Drop
1976 124
Palm Vanish
1976 128
Basic Cups and Balls Vanish
1976 153
Arthur Setterington Diception ball vanishes in a tube between two dice
May 1977
Pabular (Vol. 3 No. 9)
Shigeo Takagi False Transfer brief
1977 1
Frank Garcia The "Garcia" Master Vanish Moves false transfer for small ball
1979 24
The Finger Palm with steel ball
1979 82
Basic Ball Vanish - Method One false transfer
1979 49
Basic Ball Vanish - Method Two wand pushed through fist with ball
1979 53
Lewis Ganson, Dai Vernon False Transfer from One Hand to the Other
1979 13
First Sleight (The Feint) false transfer
Also published here 1980 59
David Williamson The Striking Vanish
  • Alternate Handling (closed fist)
Variations 1981 21
Neil See The Neil See Ball Vanish retention
1982 49
David Williamson Striking Vanish brief
1984 14
David Williamson Striking Vanish with alternative handling with closed fist
Also published here 1984 25
David Williamson The Striking Vanish with alternative handling with closed fist
Also published here 1984 21
Turk Pipkin S'No Ball ping-pong ball vanishes as it is tossed in the air
1985 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 8
Jonathan Townsend Best Ball-Retention Pass according to Jonathan Townsend, Andrew Galloway uses a similar vanish
June 1986
Apocalypse (Vol. 9 No. 6)
Joe Givan Day of the Jack-less toy jacks appear, they and rubber ball vanish, topit
Also published here Feb. 1987
Magical Arts Journal (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Thomas Hierling False Transfer with some thoughts on false transfers
1987 25
Joe Givan Day of the Jack-less four metal jacks are produced from four Jack playing cards, the jacks and a small ball vanish (topit)
Also published here 1987 1
Juan Tamariz Second Example: False transfer handling details
1988 23
Harvey Rosenthal The Retention Toss coin vanish adapted for small ball
1990 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 15
David Williamson Striking Vanish brief
1990 159
Ken Brooke Griff Nr. 1 - Die Scheinübergabe
Also published here Oct. 1990
Intermagic (Vol. 15 No. 4 & 5)
Shigeo Takagi False Transfer
1990 27
David Williamson Striking Vanish
1991 16
David Harkey Hot-Handed Principle a bit like Striking Vanish
Also published here
  • lecture notes "From the Depths", 1988
1991 40
David Harkey Hand Ditch Vanish dropping item into other hand, like lapping without lap
1991 89
Ronnie Ramin A Natural Ball Vanish false take
1991 2
Alexander de Cova, Roy Benson Fake Transfer described with fake egg
Also published here 1991 6
Chris Kenner, Homer Liwag Magic Man Finesse tips on vanishing an object / coin
Magic Man Examiner (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Alexander de Cova, Roy Benson Fake Transfer described with fake egg
Also published here 1992 28
Gary Kurtz False Transfer of a Ball
1992 14
The Vanish false transfer
1993 4
Paul Gertner False Transfer with steel ball
1994 197
Harold Cataquet Re-Retention Vanish
July 1995
Apocalypse (Vol. 18 No. 7)
Harry Riser French Drop Handling
Inspired by
  • Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, Robert-Houdin, p. 51
1996 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 7
Push Through Drop Vanish
Intermagic (Vol. 23 No. 3)
Al Schneider The Schneider Technique intro on vanishing items
June 2000
Genii (Vol. 63 No. 6)
Al Schneider Basic 3D Vanish
  • The Schneider Technique
July 2000
Genii (Vol. 63 No. 7)
Gregory Wilson Pit Stop ditching items in the arm pit, various applications like bounce/no-bounce ball, coin vanish, thumb tip, .. credit information on using the arm pit
Related to June 2000
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 10)
John Cornelius False Transfer with lapping afterwards
2001 126
John Carney, Dai Vernon The French Drop
2002 251
Ron Bauer Fake Put Sequence Take Vanish vs. Put Vanish (Charlie Miller), En Route Principle
2002 18
False Transfer
July 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 7)
David Acer High Invisibility Ball vanishes and reappears held between two fingers visually
2004 251
The Classic (False) Pass
2004 44
The French Drop
2004 47
David Williamson Striking Vanish brief
2004 7
Alexander de Cova A Novel Ball Vanish ball drops into other hand secretly as it reaches toward the wand under the arm
2004 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 8
Joshua Jay The False Transfer
2008 43
Roberto Giobbi The Rossini Insight "It's Better to Take Than to Put", on false transfers
2012 139
David Williamson Striking Vanish
2013 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 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 175
May 2014 589
Alexander de Cova, Roy Benson Fake Transfer described with fake egg
Also published here 2016 51
Alexander de Cova Der Verschwindegriff detailed
2016 125
Johnny Thompson Retention Vanish of Ball false transfer
2018 21
Danny Dew Danny Dew Final Vanish of the balls, ditch in breast pocket
Related to 2018 32
David Williamson, Johnny Thompson Covered Striking Vanish
2018 92
Alexander de Cova, Tony Slydini Crossing The Gaze
2018 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 3
Alexander de Cova False-Transfer Subtlety
  • Notizen
put vs. take
Oct. 2019
Genii (Vol. 82 No. 10)
Al Schneider Small Ball False Transfer
Nov. 2019
Genii (Vol. 82 No. 11)
Al Schneider The Multiple False Transfer three balls at once
Nov. 2019
Genii (Vol. 82 No. 11)
John Carney Rolling False Transfer
2020 77
John Carney French Drop
2020 265
Guy Hollingworth False Transfer
2022 14
Guy Hollingworth Patrick Page Ditch pocket ditch after false transfer while sleeve is pulled up
2022 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 20