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Jon Royer New user Warminster, PA 70 Posts 
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.
Thanks, Jon 

rannie Inner circle 4355 Posts 
I PMed you Jon! Hope you find an application for the balls!
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Jon Royer New user Warminster, PA 70 Posts 
Rannie,
I PMed you back. Thanks, Jon 

Gary Dayton Special user New Jersey 542 Posts 
There is lots out there on this. The 3ball 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.


rickmagic1 Inner circle MIddle Tennessee area 1535 Posts 
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.
Rick
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Jon Royer New user Warminster, PA 70 Posts 
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 

rickmagic1 Inner circle MIddle Tennessee area 1535 Posts 
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.
Rick
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Bill Palmer Eternal Order Only Jonathan Townsend has more than 24275 Posts 
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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Pete Biro 1933  2018 18558 Posts 
Thompson's is well thought out and the best. Why bother with others?
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Mobius303 Inner circle Lakewood, Ohio 1302 Posts 
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. Mobius 

Jon Royer New user Warminster, PA 70 Posts 
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. Thanks, Jon 

Alan Munro Inner circle Kentwood, Michigan, USA 5765 Posts 
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. 

leaycraft Regular user 191 Posts 
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.
John
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twistedace Inner circle philadelphia 3772 Posts 
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.!


Bill Citino Special user Doylestown, PA 835 Posts 
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.
Bill
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Bill Citino Special user Doylestown, PA 835 Posts 
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 ColombiniGet The Ball Rolling Fernando Keops3 Ball Transposition Ed Marlo3 Ball Routine Dr. DaleyChromospheres Milt Kort3 Ball Routine Sol StoneChaperone Steve DraunSteve’s Marbles Mike GalloThe Gallo Pearl & 3 Balls in a Fountain Silent Mora3 Ball Routine Johnny Thompson3 Ball Transposition Frank GarciaThe Secrets to the 3 Ball Trick Greg WebbThe Book That Doesn’t Exist John Cornelius3 Ball Routine Scott F. GuinnHaving a Ball Danny Archer3 Ball Routine & Called Balls John LukaChromo Balls John RogersWalrus 3 Ball Routine John Scarne3 Ball Trick Dai Vernon3 Ball Transposition David Roth3 Ball Routine John CarneyThe Thirteenth Victim Edwin SachsChinese Marble Trick Lewis GansonIn The Art of CloseUp Magic Vol. 1 Bill
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DwightPA Regular user Dwight Powell 113 Posts 
I perform Johnny Thompson's routine frequently. I've done it on stage, at tables, and as standup. It always gets a great response. In a closeup 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.


Mike Webb New user 70 Posts 
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On 20071226 23:32, David Neighbors wrote: Very smooth!!!! 

Dorian Rhodell Inner circle San Francisco, CA. 1632 Posts 
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. Best, Dorian Rhodell 

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