Steel Ball Through Glass Revealed And Explained

This is the first time, the trick secret of the steel ball through glass revealed how it is done.

This steel ball through glass magic trick is not the 1930s rectangle flat wooden box version by John Snyder, Jr.

Steel Ball Thru Glass John Snyder

This vintage magic prop is also known as the “Steel Ball Through Glass“.

It was manufactured by Davenports Magic, and advertised as “The Miracle Steel Ball Thro’ Glass”.

miracle steel ball thro glass

The secret of this “The Miracle Steel Ball Thro’ Glass” is by using a false movable bottom.

The steel ball through glass trick revealed in this article is a small wooden box.

steel ball through glass revealed

In fact, this steel ball through glass trick box is very similar to the Ching Ling Coin Box, as shown below.

Ching Ling Coin Box

I believe the method of the steel ball passes through glass trick is the same as the Ching Ling Coin Box.

How does this steel ball through glass trick work?

Before I explain the steel ball through glass revealed, let’s check out its effect.

The Effect:

The performer displays a small wooden box with holes on top and bottom.

Then he places a glass piece inside the box, so that it obstructs the hole at the bottom.

He closes the cover of the box, and drops a steel ball into the hole on top.

The steel ball seems to penetrate through the glass sheet and it drops out from the hole below.

This solid through solid magic trick is performed well, the penetration effect is very deceptive.

NOTE: The ‘glass piece‘ is actually a clear acrylic piece.

Here is one of the steel ball through glass trick videos:

To perform this steel ball through glass trick convincingly, you need a little help from misdirection, together with an appropriate patter.

A magician patter is dialogue use during a trick.

Magicians use patter to interact with his spectator as well as a misdirection.

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Steel Ball Through Glass Revealed

Now let’s see how this seemingly impossible penetration magic trick is done.

The Steel Ball Thru Glass trick was advertised as a special mechanical box.

Steel Ball through Glass Mechanical Box

From there, I assumed the secret is in the box.

The glass piece is solid and it uses only one steel ball, just like the U-235 Penetration Trick by Thayer.

So I focused my observations solely on the wooden box itself.

Ching Ling Coin Box Trick

In fact, this steel ball through glass trick box is very similar to the Ching Ling Coin Box, as shown below.

Ching Ling Coin Box

I believe the method of the steel ball passes through glass trick is the same as the Ching Ling Coin Box.

Ching Ling Coin Box Trick Explained

As I have mentioned above, the method of the trick is identical with the Ching Ling Coin Box.

The Ching Ling Coin Box secret is shown below:

Ching Ling Coin Box Instructions

It has a secret pivoted door on one side of the wooden box, like the Lippincott Box or the Watch Box.

Lippincott Box magic trick

The “Watch Box” is found in the Professor Hoffmann‘s book “Modern Magic: A Practical Treatise On The Art Of Conjuring“.

Watch Box Magic Trick

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Just before you pull down the cover to close the box, you press the top part of the door inwards.

Hence the door swivels in or it opens up.

Now it should look like the picture as shown below.

Ching Ling Coin Box Secret

Tilt the box towards you, to let about half of the glass piece slips out through the bottom opening of the door.

Let it falls into the palm of your hand.

Now the glass piece is not blocking the two holes of the box.

Therefore, you can drop the coin through the unobstructed holes.

After the penetration act, tilt the box forward, to let the glass piece drop back into the wooden box and closed the pivoted door.

Now, let’s focus on the steel ball goes through glass trick.

Steel Ball Through Glass Trick Method

I though most probably, the method of the steel ball through glass should be the same as the Ching Ling Coin Box.

These two pictures below you can see the secret pivoted door opening at the side of the box.

steel ball through glass wooden box trick

Steel Ball Thru Glass Penetration Trick

Let’s go through some of these steel ball through glass trick demo video clips.

How To Do Steel Ball Through Glass Trick

At the onset he uses his left hand fingers to hide the gimmick side of the box.

closeup penetration magic trick

Then when he is ready to perform, he turns the gimmick side of the box around, towards him.

With the closed box, at 0:27 to 0:32, his left middle finger opens the pivoted door on the side of the box.

steel ball glass magic trick

Now you can see the red color table top through the opening as shown below.

glass penetration box trick

Then he quickly turns the box around, and tilts the box, to let the glass piece drops into his right palm.

parlor magic trick box

After the trick, at 0:43 to 0:44, his right palm pushes the glass piece back into the box.

steel ball thru glass trick secret

Before he opens the box, at 0:46, his right thumb pushes the pivot door down to its original position.

Through Glass Box Trick

The next video clip, at 0:58, the magician’s right index finger together with his thumb pushes down the pivoted door to open it, just before he closes the cover.

Then he tilts the box backward, before he clasps the cover.

impossible penetration illusion box

Once the trick is over, at 1:26 he tilts the box forward to drop the glass back into the box.

Next his right thumb closes the pivot door.

He does this with one smooth move to get the glass piece safely drop back to bottom of the box.

At at 0:34, this performer uses his thumb to push down the pivot door, before closing the lid.

steel ball thru glass magic trick

Then at 0:37, he tilts the box backward to drop the glass piece into the palm of his left hand.

Steel Ball Goes Thru Glass Trick

At the end of the trick at 0:50, his right hand fingers closes up the pivoted door.

Steel Ball Penetrates Glass Magic Box

In this video, his index finger closes up the pivoted door and quickly turns the box around at 0:08.

solid through solid penetration magic trick

As you can see from the picture below, the pivoted door is not properly closed back.

Steel ball glass magic trick

From this video, at 0:22, this performer places two fingers on the pivot door, turns it, as he closes the cover and followed with a quick tilt of the box.

Gimmick Wooden Box Glass Penetration

Below this guy using his right thumb to press on the pivot door, closes the cover, and then tilts the box downwards to drop the glass onto the palm of his left hand at 1:14.

steel ball bearing thru glass illusion

In fact, you can play around with this glass piece to make the penetration effect more magical, as shown by the Funtime Magic video below.

The video by Funtime Magic is more interesting, as the performer does it differently.

His handling is more like the what they perform with John Snyder Jr’s steel ball through glass version or the Cabala effect by Dave Powell Magic Company.

john snyder steel ball through glass

He makes the steel ball as if it slowly melts though the glass piece.

He plays around with the glass piece with his fingers.

His fingers of both hands press down on the edge of the glass piece, to lift it up, thus keeping the steel ball balancing in the hole.

Then he gingerly let down the glass piece, so the steel ball bearing will slip and falls through the hole below the box.

Watch carefully, you can see the lid moving slightly at 0:46, as as he plays with the glass piece.

To conclude his act, from 1:01, with one move, his left thumb pushes back the pivot door and the glass drops back into the box.

To distract your attention away from the box, he taps the steel ball a few times on the table, before he opens it.

Well, this is the steel ball through glass revealed how the penetration trick is done.

RELATED TRICKS:  There is another magic prop by Viking Magic called “Marbo Card Penetration“.

Instead of a glass piece, this trick uses a piece of card or a playing card as an obstacle.

marbo card penetration

This is the Marbo Card Penetration secret.

In addition, check out how Pete Firman’s Ruler Through Ching Ling Coin Box Trick is done.

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