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Magician's crystal ball

  • Object:

    Magic trick

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Quartz crystal on metal stand

  • Museum number:

    S.156&A-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Crystal balls are used by stage magicians to create the illusion that the performer has magical powers. In the stage act known as mentalism the magician will gaze into the crystal and successfully answer questions from the audience or identify playing cards and other objects chosen by spectators.

Physical description

Magician's crystal ball and gilt metal ring base.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Quartz crystal on metal stand

Dimensions

Circumference: 29 cm crystal ball, Diameter: 5.2 cm base

Descriptive line

Magician's crystal ball and base

Materials

Quartz crystal; Metal

Techniques

Cutting (glassworking); Polishing; Metalworking

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Magic

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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