For the record: The Johnny Platt ball dropper is made of metal not wood. It's really a hollow metal tube (painted black) about 8 inches in length and an inch in diameter with a two inch opening at one end allowing the balls to be easily accessed. It is attached to a curved metal piece about three inches in length and two inches in width. This acts as a stand keeping the tube at a 45 degree angle so that the balls will automatically slide down the tube and rest at the opening (that's why it's termed a ball dropper and not just a ball tube :D ). The balls don't slide out of the tube because the metal is turned up at that end acting as a stopper. Rather, they sit at the opening allowing the magician to steal them at the proper point in his/her routine. The size and shape of the apparatus would certainly prevent it from being used as a wand. I hope this helps.Originally posted by Thimblerig:
OK, OK..."Ball producing wand" is my term. The Platt Cups and Balls set came with a hollow wooden (I think) tube (wand) for ball storage. I called it a ball producing wand for lack of a better term. I didn't mean to create a ruckus over the terminology. Perhaps it is a "ball storage tube" or something like that. I figured that the tube could be used as a wand in the routine and also used to intermittently hide/store/retrieve balls, but perhaps not. Please forgive the confusion.
Note however, I'm still looking for a set of these with the routine and the "whatever it is..."