"[Magicians at a convention] asked [John Ramsay] if he would perform his Cups and Balls routine. He hedged a bit, then finally asked one of them to get his case. John took out the cups and the wand and went straight into the routine. This puzzled the onlookers, because having read his book on the trick, they knew that at the start of the effect one must have [...] balls palmed in the right hand and they did not see him stealing any. The explanation was simple: John had them palmed before his friends asked him to do the trick. In fact he had eaten a meal with the balls concealed in his hand."
- Andrew Galloway, The Ramsay Legend, p. 10