Benson Bowl

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Benson Bowl Routine is a variation of the Cups and Balls using a single brass bowl, a wooden wand, and three sponge balls developed by Roy Benson. It was probably inspired by Persian (Iranian) magician Rezvani's "The Cushions of the Princess," which became known as The Tomato Trick. Whereas Rezvani used small pincushions that looked like tomatoes, Benson adapted the trick using sponge balls. The Benson Bowl also included a sponge ball vanish technique that is still commonly used.

Don Alan is often connected to the trick; he became well known for his Don Alan Bowl Routine.

Also, Frank Garcia used Benson's routine in his close-up act for years.

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Roy Benson's

Don Alan's Bowl Routine

  • Bowl or Cup Load: Don Alan, Pretty Sneaky (1956, pp. 42-43).
    • Pete Biro, BOWLing With the Stars, Pete Biro's Magic, No. 3 (2009, p. 19).

Other Resources

  • The Benson Plunger: Mike Caveney, Magicomedy (1981, pp. 45-54).
    • My Favorite Routine: Using a Toilet Plunger: Pete Biro, BOWLing With the Stars, Pete Biro's Magic, No. 3 (2009, pp. 4-5).
  • Benson's Bowl, John Thompson, Polished Polish Prestidigitation (1981, pp. 7-11).
    • Johnny Thompson, Commercial Classics of Magic, Vol. 1 (1999, VHS, L&L Publishing).
    • The Secrets of Sponge Balls, The World's Greatest Magic by the World's Greatest Magicians (2006, DVD, L&L Publishing).
    • Pete Biro, BOWLing With the Stars, Pete Biro's Magic, No. 3 (2009, pp. 20-23).
  • The Benson Bowl Routine: Jon Jensen, Professional Sponge Ball Tricks, Vol. 2 (2000, pp. 30-34).
  • The Benson Bowl Revisited (Ross Bertram): Genii, Vol. 66 No. 3 (March 2003, pp. 56-57).
  • Benson Bowl Routine: 2005. Ebook, Trickshop.com, 13 pages.
  • Bowl Routine: John Mendoza, My Best, Vol. 2 (2007, DVD, [&L Publishing).
    • The Secrets of Close-up Magic, Vol. 3, The World's Greatest Magic by the World's Greatest Magicians (2008, DVD, L&L Publishing).


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