Some magicians, including Penn and Teller believes that the oldest recorded magic trick depicted in the writings on the walls of Egypt’s pyraminds was the famous Cups and Balls.
Bill Palmer, a Magic Historian, thinks otherwise and believes that fact was only a myth.
So what is the “cups and balls”? It is a classic performance of magic that dates back to the time when magicians were busking on the streets (or doing “street magic” — which is by the way a theorically incorrect term to describe “busking on the street” or “performing close-up magic in a street environment”).
For those who have never seen the cups and balls routine, you will find the premise very similar to the famous Pea & Shell and Chase The Lady street gambling game.
Let us now take a look my favorite performance of a variation routine of the cups and balls by Jason Latimer:
So how do you beat the game, you ask?
- You have to be an expert in sleight of hand.
- Great observation skill
- A cat. Yes, a cat.
SINGAPORE MAGICIAN / MENTALIST
SINGAPORE MAGIC SCHOOL