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Johnny Fox performing cups and balls routine at Maryland Renaissance Festival. A gibeciere can be seen around his waist.

A gibeciere is a large pouch-like device used by magicians as a utility device, most often to aid in the performance of the famous magic trick known as "The Cups and Balls". In modern times, it is often used by street magicians due to its ability to hold large items (frequently referred to as "loads" within performing circles) such as fruits, various balls and sometimes stuffed or even real animals.[1] It is commonly held around the performer's waist by a belt, in plain sight, and the pouch commonly rests along the front of the body, just below the waistline.


  1. ^ Cramer, Stuart; Willmarth, Phil (October 1984). Bamman, Howard, ed. "Parade: Stuart Cramer". The Linking Ring. Vol. 64 no. 10. The International Brotherhood of Magicians. pp. 81–82.