The Ball and Vase

This little very simple magic was invented by Jacques Ozanam who was a mathematical of French decent. Although through the years he hadn’t got much credit for his invention some of us do greatly appreciate his work. This trick was invented likely around the year 1675 when Ozanam was in his mid 30’s. I can’t say this magic trick was a large part of his life but it has been known as one of the oldest magic trick around.
The ball and vase magic trick is great because:

1. You can learn it in minutes.
2. Its relatively cheap to start (around $3).
3. You can fool your friends into making them think you’re magic.
4. If you’re good with people you can use it (and any other magic trick) to make a buck or two.

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When I was younger I started magic with the ball and vase trick and that is likely why its so valuable to me. I could start a small career using this trick. Back then I used it to make bets and grab a couple extra dollars for a soda after school. For years I began to learn more difficult tricks I could use to impress people and make some change here and there.

Some people may look down on this sort of work but think about this. Its entertaining, people enjoy it, and even if they lose a dollar I almost always get asked to do it again.


If you’re looking for even more information and a great community behind this amazing trick then go to this forum!

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