Crystal Snowball is a very strong effect in which you cause a small crystal ball to appear from water or snow. It's the perfect trick if you aren't a magician but want to impress your friends and family. Super easy, packs small, and always gets a great reaction! My creative editor, Tom Cantrell, performs this trick all the time, especially during the winter months. Give it a whirl and I guarantee you wont be disappointed.
Crystal Snowball utilizes the Classic Palm and should be practiced until it can be performed smoothly with almost no conscious effort. It should be noted that usually when using the Classic Palm you show your audience the object that you are going to make disappear. Crystal Snowball is backward thinking which arouses zero suspicion that something could be in your hand to start with.
If you wish to learn Crystal Snowball or any other effect with balls or coins, you must first learn to “palm” properly. To palm is to hold a ball (or any object; coins, bottle caps, etc) secretly in your hand so that the audience does not know it is there. As you practice, you will probably find it easier to palm a ball than to palm, for instance, a coin. The curved surface of the ball gives you an opportunity for a much better grip, and since the entire surface of a ball is the same, spherical, it is not necessary to hold it by any particular side. You should also develop the skill required to palm a ball with either hand.
Probably the oldest method of “palming,” and certainly of the most useful, is known as the Classic Palm.
1) Hold an object in the center of your palm by a slight contraction of your thumb and little finger. This causes the two masses of flesh on the opposite sides of the palm to exert a slight pressure on the object - enough to hold it firmly in place while the hand is moved about. 2) If this seems a bit difficult at first, you should experiment with different sized objects until you find the one best suited to your hands. You must avoid holding your hand with the thumb and fingers stiff or abnormally separated. The most important point of all is that the hand palming the ball must always look Relaxed and Completely Natural. If the object is properly palmed, you should be able to make a variety of gestures with your hand and move your fingers without arousing suspicion.
3) Most of the time when using the Classic Palm, you will find it advisable to keep the hand that is holding the object close to your body and always keep the back of your hand facing the audience - for any “flash” of the object will ruin the illusion. Practice practice practice!
1) Stand facing your spectators with both hands at about waist level. Hold the crystal in the palm of your right hand, at your side or palm facing down toward the floor.
2) With your left hand reach down to the ground and grab some snow. If using water, reach into a water glass so you have some water in your palm. You can also ask your spectators to pour a small amount of water on your left hand.
3) Bring your right hand over your left hand that is holding snow or water, right hand palm down.
4) Let the crystal drop (or roll) into your left hand. Your left fingers should be pointing toward the audience when you drop the ball into your left hand.
5) Massage your hands together in a circular motion. The heat creates the snow to melt and drops of water to fall onto the floor. This has a nice effect like you are creating something.
6) Slowly lift your right hand, and at the same time bring your left hand up to eye level with your spectators. Let them see inside the gap between your two hands. They will get a glimpse of the crystal.
7) Slowly take your right hand away fully revealing the crystal.
- Go to Michaels or Walmart and look for clear Acrylic Ice Rock. $5 for a bag that will last you quite a while. I used to perform this with a round clear marble but I found the crystals play better.
- Keep 4 or 5 crystals on you at all times. You never know who you may run into.
- Work on different presentations and pick one that suits you best.
- Bottle caps are an excellent way to practice palming. They have ridges that press into your skin helping the cap stay in place.
- Always remember to Have fun!