Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation - An Accurate and Comprehensive Technical Treatise on the Expert Manipulation of Miniature Billiard Balls
Hull, Burling Vulta
American Magic Corporation (1915)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Hull, Burling: Expert Billiard Ball Manipulation Part 1
©1910 Burling Hull Magic Studios
©1915 American Magic Corporation
Fifth Edition ©1928 Stage Magic Co, NY
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 46 pages

Comments: "Including an Accurate and Comprehensive Technical Treatise on the Expert Manipulation of Minature Billiard Balls, for Manipulative Artists and Advanced Students of the Art of Magic. Embodying the Complete Course of Instruction as Given at Burling Hull Studios of Magical Instruction. Illustrated by Two Hundred Photographs Taken From the Hands of America's Foremost Manipulative Expert."

Contents (numbers are not page numbers):

1 Chapter One: Care of Hands
2 Importance of Preparing Hands
3 Various Preparations
4 Velvette Proper Application
5 Quick Massage to Remove Stiffness
6 An Easy Exercise to Render the Fingers Quick in Action
7 To Overcome a Cramped Pain
8 Finger Feats

9 Chapter Two Advice
10 Properties
11 - The Five Varieties of Billiard Balls
12 - Celluloid, Composition, Metal, Enabled Wood and Their Disadvantages
13 The Best to Use

14 Chapter Three Primary Sleights
15 Manipulation
16 Correct and Graceful Palm
17 Amateur Palm
18 Simple Vanish
19 French Drop
20 B.H. Drop
21 B.H. Method of Change Over
22 Slow Trap Vanish
23 Mistakes
24 Other Vanishes (No. One)
25 Other Vanishes (No. Two)
26 Mistakes

27 Chapter Four Advanced Sleights
28 Cone and Ball
29 B.H. Cone and Ball
30 Acquitments
31 Acquitment No. One
32 Mistakes
33 Improvement
34 Acquitment No. Two
35 Mistakes
36 Acquitment at Knee
37 Acquitment Vertical
38 Unique Color Change
39 Ball Through Knee
40 Novel Move with Ball

41 Chapter Five Selected Original Sleights
42 The Mulberry Vanish
43 The B.H. Roll Vanish
44 B.H. Lightning Change Palm
45 Burling Hull Handkerchief and Ball Production
46 Burling Hull Invisible Change Over
47 B.H. Drop Acquitment
48 Mistakes
49 Productions from Mouth

50 Chapter Six Complete Original Effects
51 Hypnotic Balls
52 Burling Hull Ball and Cone Flight
53 Cone Vanish

Product Details
Edition Third Edition
Extras Rare
No. of Pages 20
First Edition Yes
Rare Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf N
Condition Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Burling "Volta" Hull was an expert manipulator, mentalist, escape artist, illusionist, night-club performer, TV pioneer, and master marketer.

Burling Hull (September 9 1889 - November 1982) (alias "Volta, "Volta the Great", and "The White Wizard" ) was an inventive magician, self-styled "the Edison of magic," specializing in mentalist and psychic effects. During the greater part of his life he lived in DeLand, Florida.

In his earlier years he performed a skillful manipulation act, making billiard balls and silks vanish, multiply and reappear, while dressed entirely in white. [1]

Hull claimed to be -- and is generally credited as -- the inventor of the Svengali deck of cards, which he patented in 1909. He was a prolific writer, with 52 published books to his name. He wrote on a wide variety of magical subjects, including card tricks, mentalism, escapes, razor blade swallowing, sightless vision, billiard ball manipulation, silk magic, publicity and showmanship. His 33 Rope Ties and Chain Releases, written in 1915, is still popular today.

A shrewd businessman and marketer, Hull not only produced many titles about magical effects, he gave talks to magic conventions on business methods for entertainers. He was active in the movement to protect magic trade secrets by both patent on the gimmicks and copyright on the texts, as applicable, but he undercut his own ethical stance against plagiarism by publishing secret material from other magicians who had stolen from him, in order to get revenge for having been plagiarized.

Hull's weighty three-volume Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mentalism, published in 1961, was the largest compilation of mentalism sleights, gimmicks, effects, patter, and illusions in one collection up to that date. This work was also notable as the venue in which Hull carried out his excoriating feud with the equally famous mentalist Robert A. Nelson, whom he accused in print of teaching mentalism to gamblers and racketeers in order that they might commit what Hull called "thievery of the public", and whom he criticised for selling hoodoo folk magic curios that Hull said were used in rituals of "black magic and Devil worship". [2]

In the late 1950s he published a sort of newsletter called The G_d D__n Truth About Magic, mainly for the purpose of criticizing Nelson and supposedly written by one Gideon ("Gid") Dayn, but it didn't take much imagination to know what the first words actually stood for. [1]

In his final years he lost his eyesight, a loss he never learned to accept, and he died at the age of 93 in a nursing home. [1]

1. a b c Francis Marshall in the introduction to a reprint of The G_d D__n Truth About Magic.
2. Hull, Burling. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mentalism. 1961.