History Of Magic: Facts About The Early Years Of Magic

The cup-and-balls illusion is one of the oldest “tricks” that can be dated back to 2000 years ago. The Conjurer┬ápainting by Hieronymus Bosch in 1502 depicted this trick. It intrigued the audience but it can be seen that a plant is stealing a coin purse from a distracted onlooker, based on the article in Mental Floss.

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