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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tightrope Balancing Ball

Effect: A two or three-foot rope is held tightly between the performer’s hands. The performer proceeds to balance a ball on the rope and mystically the ball rolls from one end of the rope to the other.

Secret: A thin piece of black thread almost as long as the rope is used to build a track for the ball to roll on. Tie both ends of the thread near the ends of the rope leaving just a little slack. Facing the audience, hold the rope tight with both hands at opposite ends, the thread should be behind the rope. Insert your thumbs between the rope and the thread to spread them apart from each other, this is what creates the secret track. Now your ping-pong ball or hollow billiard ball can be rolled back and forth on a single piece of rope. This can be effectively used in a billiards routine or a rope routine.

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