Easy as can be!
If you can put the lid on the vase, you can do the trick!
A clever variation of the classic Ball Vase trick, this one is larger and does more magic, yet is easy enough for anyone to perform!
The easiest effect: Open the vase and remove a white silk handkerchief from inside. Place the silk back into the vase and put the lid back on. Make a magic gesture, take the lid off the vase- the white silk has turned into a white ball! Put the lid back on, make another gesture, take the lid off- the ball has changed back into a silk!
Another more advanced effect: Open the vase, remove the white silk handkerchief, and put the lid back on the vase. Roll the handkerchief into a ball in your hand- the ball becomes a solid golf ball. Put the ball into your pocket. Make a magic gesture, and remove the lid from the vase- there is the golf ball, inside the vase! Tap the vase and the ball magically penetrates right through it. Finally, the lid is lifted one last time, and the golf ball has changed back into the white silk.
There are many routines possible, some so easy the trick practically works by itself!
History and Trivia:
A description of the Ball Vase principle appears in a French mathematics book published in 1693 by Jacques Ozanam.
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