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Last weekend at the Dallas Super Session I got to see Roger Klause perform an excellent trick. A steel ball bearing was passed around and the dropped into a glass of water where it promptly sank to the bottom of the glass. He then fished it out, dried it off and carefully placed it on the surface of the water where it floated. He then fished it out, dried it off and handed it around.

Yes, it works the way you probably think, but the props have been unavailable (for a reasonable price) until just recently.

My friend James Robinson heard the story from Bob White and Roger Klause of Vernon performing this trick in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 60's. It so intrigued him that he spent 2 years trying to duplicate the effect without spending several hundred dollars, and finally succeeded. They are available in limited quantity for $50.

I HAVE NO FINANCIAL INTEREST IN THIS PRODUCT AT ALL.

Is it the "BEST TRICK OF 2005".(See other thread. On second thought don't.) Probably not, but is a very unusual thing to show at the right moment.
For the performer who wants something different, this can be very effctive.

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Van,
Please post info on where to purchase. Thank you!

Posted: Mar 21, 2005 7:30pm
PM'd ya Van.
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Where to purchase?
pm me too
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Will this be available from any dealers?

Thanks
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How large a ball bearing was it?
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I'd like to know where to buy this also. Please pm me. Thanks
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The ball is 3/4 inch in diameter. It is a really cool looking trick. I was there when Roger showed it around and wowed several people with it. The availability of the trick is limited, but James said he has a some left. His email address is magicbyjr@gmail.com . They are $50 plus postage and sales tax(if you live in TX). Contact James for availability and for how to pay if you are interested.

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This is weird effect...I emailed him.
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Sounds very cool? Is a switch involved?
van
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The ball bearing is about 2 cm in diameter.

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Later Ya'll

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Awright! Hocus Pocus is offering this now!
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I got a sneak peek at the instructions to this one. This is not the same thing as C.W. Stanford's ball bearing trick. It is completely different. It will work in any glass of water or similar liquid, although I would be very careful about dropping it into someone's drink, simply due to health reasons, if not because of manners.

Just about anyone should be able to do this. There are a couple of handlings given in the instructions, which are illustrated with very clear photographs. If you are familiar with Standford's ball bearing, you might also be able to do that with this one, but as I mentioned before, the method is not the same.

Would I pay $49.95 for it? You bet!
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I like this effect alot, however, my concern is that everyone knows a steel ball doesn't float. Wouldn't the spectators know there was some kind of switch? If anyone has actually performed this I would like to know the audience reactions.
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Can you please PM me too? I want in on this effect Smile
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On 2005-04-14 21:01, Mad Jake wrote:
Can you please PM me too? I want in on this effect Smile


Hocus-Pocus is now taking orders for this trick :

http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/pro......tem=5774
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Quote:
I like this effect alot, however, my concern is that everyone knows a steel ball doesn't float.


Are you actually a magician?

"Everyone knows cards can't change into other cards"
"Everyone knows you can't read my mind"
"Everyone knows you can't have my card in your wallet"
ect...

The whole point is that steel ball bearings don't float, if they did then there wouldnt be an effect!
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Well said Daegs.........................
Tophatter.
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Just a thought but I too would suggest floating is a little too much... I would have preferred a ball that sunk - sloooowly... this would allow for more fun as you explain it's the way you drop it ?

Could a similar effect not be acheived using a coin - so it could be borrowed ?
catch you later

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I think I have read about a similar effect by Leo Boudreau here somewhere. I could be wrong. Anyway it is a beautiful concept. I didn't know that the origin went so far back.
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Daegs, you have some good points, however, with a steel ball it's just too obvious. Now I do like Clarioneer's slowwww sinking ball concept. That would have jaws dropping.
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