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Hey guys!
I would like to know something about the history of billiardball magic!
what are the best routines by whom performed???
what happend in these greatest routines?
who is a "legend" in billiard-ball magic?
are there some videos of this routines in the www?
Jonathan Townsend
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Feel free to start your studies with Proffessor Hoffmann's "Magic" books, and if you can, some of DeKolta's works. From there, Sach's Sleight of Hand might be useful. After that... it goes all the way to today with Finn Jon and Tommy Wonder. Start at the beginning and work your way forwards. Smile all the coins I've dropped here
David Charvet
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CARDINI - hands down the greatest BB manipulator (in my opinion.)
Check out Alan Wakeling's elegant routine in the book "The Magic of Alan Wakeling" by Jim Steinmeyer. Alan's routine was inspired by Roy Benson. Of course, now with Fakini's silicone BB's the handling is much easier to master than the old wooden ball days.
Mark Kalin regularly presents a version of the Wakeling routine in his show, as does Greg Wilson (Mark's son.)
Pete Biro
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Francis Martineau, who lettered and illustrated the Rice Encyclopedia's of Silk Magic also did a great billiard ball act. He actually combined the multiplying balls with juggling... and I believe used HUGE Lacrosse Balls.
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I was fortunate to see Bill Baird shortly before he died. Though it was not what it was the spark was there. It was the most impressive display I ever saw live.

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