Johnny Thompson Cups & Balls
Johnny Thompson performs the cups & balls on The Magic Palace. His routine includes impressions of Max Malini, Pop Krieger and Dai Vernon and has an unusual ending sequence created by Dr. Jacob Daley.
Johnny Thompson was the recipient of the inaugural Allan Slaight Award for "Lifetime Achievement" in 2015.
The Magic of Johnny Thompson is now available for pre-order. Special pre-publication price until October 31, 2017.
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This clip was edited to cover a missing segment of the recording.
The Oldest Trick in the Book
For this playlist, we have selected five of the many cup and ball routines that reside in The Screening Room.
We have included an elegant, minimalist solution by RENÉ LAVAND, who presents a one cup version called Three Breadcrumbs. How about a hilarious two-cup version by the wild and whacky DAVID WILLIAMSON? We also have a classic three cup and three ball routine, but this one uses steel ball bearings, and is presented by PAUL GERTNER.
To offer variety of the classic version, we also include a famous version, which uses famous voices, presented by magic legend JOHNNY THOMPSON. To round out the set, we have a version where ROSS BERTRAM combines his exceptional sleight-of-hand handling, with television wizardry, as he presents a slightly surreal version—and even a possible solution to the age old question: How does he do it?
Now, if you are really interested in this particular subject, visit our online exhibition, an immersive and interactive exhibition that explores the history and the magic behind this mystifying mystery.
And, we have more! There is also this in-depth Take Two essay, by Jamy Ian Swiss, where Mr. Swiss gives you an intense overview and analysis of this beloved magic trick.