This is one of my favorite simple tricks. More of a puzzle, but if you keep one on your desk at work, or coffee table, it is a great icebreaker for other magic.
A tiny bottle-shaped piece of brass is shown. In its side is a depression into which a small steel ball bearing fits. When the ball is put into the depression, the magi can turn the bottle with that side downwards, but the bead does not drop out -- hence, the name! The spectator tries and the bead always falls. But the magician can make it stay every time.
(This particular model is "squared" on the corners, and I think it looks like one of those weights used on scales for weighing precious metals etc. I tell my audiences that's what it is, and then show how an unscrupulous person hollowed a bit out, so the weight was not accurate. But I discovered another odd property about the object, and then I show them the drop out effect. People actually seem to buy this story!)
Because it is an odd looking thing, Drop Out usually prompts questions from those who see it. After showing the strange properties it possesses in only your hands, the door is open to show a few more heavy-weight closeup miracles.
New and unused, with instructions.
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