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Jon Royer
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I hope this is the area to discuss this. I am very interested in the Balls & Net and the 3 ball routine. I already have Johnny Thompson's notes on the Balls & Net and the L&L video The Fabulous Three Ball Trick. I know there is a Frank Garcia book on it but have had trouble finding it. Does anyone know of any other sources of information on this routine or similar routines/sleights.

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Jon
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I PMed you Jon! Hope you find an application for the balls!

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Jon Royer
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Rannie,

I PMed you back.

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Jon
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There is lots out there on this. The 3-ball routine probably goes way back in magic history. Silent Mora was known for this routine, but I don't know if the Mora routine was ever published. Maybe someone here knows? Vernon has a routine (based on Mora's, I believe) in the Vernon Book of magic. Scarne has a very nice routine in Stars of Magic. David Roth published his version back in the late 1970s - early 1980s -- worth seeking out. Milt Kort had a version of Chromosphere, which you can find in The Magic of Milt Kort. I know there are other versions of the Chromo balls (Daley, Luka?), but I am not familiar with them, so others should advise.
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John Rogers also has a great version that he sells. If memory serves, it's his own handling. He sells everything you need for the routine on his website, http://www.woodencigars.com.


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Thanks Gary! As far as I know, Vernon saw Mora do it with a silk or hankerchief and then asked to use it and then was the one who applied the net and showed it back to Mora. (Please correct me if I am wrong) A lot of new information I will have to read up on. Plus this gives me another excuse to buy more books!

Rick, I looked on his site and saw a DVD for the Walrus 3 ball routine. Is this the one you were refering to, if so let me know and I'll pick it up? The funny thing is I looked at the wooden cigars awhile back and never noticed this. Thanks!

Jon
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I just checked his site and for some reason he doesn't have the one I was talking about any longer...you might want to email him on it.

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I've seen all of these. I saw Vernon teach the routine at a lecture about 30 years ago. The BEST handling of all of them is Johnny Thompson's.
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Thompson's is well thought out and the best. Why bother with others?
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I also enjoy doing Roth's routine that is taught on one of his old Star's of Magic videos.
The Thompson work on it is great too.
I have Garcia's book and that was what first got me interested in the Famous three ball routine. It is a true test of sleight of hand for sure.
I use Fakini Balls for these routines.
Steve Draun also has a decent version on his book that ends with a great final load.
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Jon Royer
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Pete,

I agree Thompson's routine is fantastic. I got hooked on it when I saw him perform it at a convention. I guess I just wanted to read up on and learn other forms of the trick to learn the background. Also I enjoy the nice variations of the trick that go in different directions like Flip's Asteroids or Gary Ouellet's three ball routine. I have even seen a nice version using the Sylvester pitch. Hopefully, this clarifies my ongoing search for other material.

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Jon
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The Danny Archer routine is one of the newer ones and was a joy to watch.

I prefer to use sponge balls with the plot. I learned my routine from a Dick Stoner tape and have been performing it for years. The finale is priceless!

BTW, I use a fish net, as used to scoop fish from an aquarium, as the net in the routine.
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I have viewed the 'world's greatest...: 3 ball trick and the Johnny Thompson routine is indeed superb. Camirand Academy offers a DVD with John Rogers - Walrus, 3 ball routine. It is very well thought out presentation with an explanation showing his presentation. It is very much worth looking at (IMHO). On the disc is also a presentation on a rope routine that is also nicely done. Between the two DVDS I suspect there is enough options for a 3 ball act to be developed and customized for almost al performing venues.

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I don't know why but I HATE the 3 ball trick. I do love the sponge balls in the net however. I've seen Thompsons, Roth's, and Archer's versions and I just can't get into it whatsoever. I just always feel like there is one very "specific" moment in each phase that can be seen.
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Marlo had a cool handleing in a 1957 linking ring Mag.!
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I actually did some research on all the 3 ball routines out there. I came up with a rather extensive list and know for a fact that I don't have all of them on there lol. I'll have to dig it up and post it when I can find it.

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So I found the list that I researched. AGAIN, I know this isn't all that's out there and looking at it now I realize it's even shorter than I originally thought earlier lol. Here ya go...

Aldo Colombini-Get The Ball Rolling
Fernando Keops-3 Ball Transposition
Ed Marlo-3 Ball Routine
Dr. Daley-Chromospheres
Milt Kort-3 Ball Routine
Sol Stone-Chaperone
Steve Draun-Steve’s Marbles
Mike Gallo-The Gallo Pearl & 3 Balls in a Fountain
Silent Mora-3 Ball Routine
Johnny Thompson-3 Ball Transposition
Frank Garcia-The Secrets to the 3 Ball Trick
Greg Webb-The Book That Doesn’t Exist
John Cornelius-3 Ball Routine
Scott F. Guinn-Having a Ball
Danny Archer-3 Ball Routine & Called Balls
John Luka-Chromo Balls
John Rogers-Walrus 3 Ball Routine
John Scarne-3 Ball Trick
Dai Vernon-3 Ball Transposition
David Roth-3 Ball Routine
John Carney-The Thirteenth Victim
Edwin Sachs-Chinese Marble Trick
Lewis Ganson-In The Art of Close-Up Magic Vol. 1

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I perform Johnny Thompson's routine frequently. I've done it on stage, at tables, and as stand-up. It always gets a great response. In a close-up setting I usually use it as a follow up to Ammar's Coins Through Scarf since I've got the scarf (net) in my hands ready to go.
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On 2007-12-26 23:32, David Neighbors wrote:
Marlo had a cool handleing in a 1957 linking ring Mag.!


Very smooth!!!!
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Hey guys,

Could someone help me locate a copy of the Linking Ring that Marlo's 3 Ball routine was in? This is an effect I have been working on for quite a while. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Dorian Rhodell
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