Many professional magicians make the Cups and Balls the highlight of their performances, and for good reason. This trick is a true classic, a real audience pleaser. One of our top sellers! Three plastic cups, three balls. Make the balls appear and disappear, travel from under one cup to another- many, many routines! Easy to learn, but so amazing to see.
The cups and balls is a performance of magic with innumerable adaptations. A typical cups and balls routine includes many of the most fundamental effects of magic: the balls can vanish, appear, transpose, reappear and transform. As a result, mastery of the cups and balls is considered by many as the litmus test of a good magician. Magician John Mulholland wrote that Harry Houdini had expressed the opinion that no one could be considered an accomplished magician until he had mastered the cups and balls. Instead of cups, other types of covers can be used, such as bowls or hats. The shell game con is a rogue variant of the cups and balls used as a confidence trick.
Cups and balls trick , oldest and most popular of the tricks traditionally performed by a conjurer. To begin the trick, the performer places a bead or ball under one of three inverted cups. The manipulative work is aided by the distracting conversation, or patter, of the conjurer. In ancient Greece and later in different countries, pebbles or other small objects were used instead of balls for the trick.
Top definition. Stroke the shaft, cup the balls unknown. Actor Sylvester Stalone's instructions to a young female production assistant. Common phrase used casually by crew mostly in the Vancouver film community.