This beautiful effect is not often seen, probably because it is thought to be difficult in operation and intricate to set up, as well as requiring an assistant to work it. This is not the case. I know of no trick giving as fine an effect that is as easy to work. This illusion, like all others which offer a continuous challenge to the onlookers, such as the Levitation of a Girl and illusions of a similar kind, is always received with much favor by the public. In great part, this is because as soon as the spectators have thought of a possible solution, some action takes place which completely disproves their theories, until finally, they have to confess their utter bewilderment and acknowledge their defeat with hearty applause.
The Effect--A large ball is either brought on by the performer, or it may make its appearance spontaneously from a box. It floats in the air, being attracted to the performer's fingers, or repelled at will, as he moves freely about the stage, while a solid metal hoop is passed over the floating ball in all directions. It is thrown to the opposite side of the stage and, amazingly, it floats back, passing right through the hoop to the performer's fingers. Finally, it returns to the box which closes on it