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-Burling Hull is often credited with publishing the first Cone and Ball sequence in a booklet titled //​Deviltry//,​ 1909. In his description he mentions that there had been some debate over the originality of the trick, but Hull had discovered that the other claimant used two rubber balls. Since Hull used a billiard ball and shell, he focused on method to sustain his claim of originality. However, he does not argue that the two-ball method existed before his, which places the credit to the effect on the previous creator. He fails to give the name of this magician or further details of his "​sale"​ of the method. While evidence of this trick being advertised for sale in the trade journals must still be found, Edward Maro's "Ball and Cone Trick",​ published two years after Hull's //​Deviltry//,​ by Joseph Ovette in //The American Magician //, Vol. 3 No. 5, Sep. 1911, p. 1, matches in method all the details Hull gives, and since Maro died in 1908 at age thirty-eight of typhoid fever, this places his trick and method firmly prior to Hull'​s. The circumstantial evidence that Maro is the magician Hull eludes ​to is strong.+Burling Hull is often credited with publishing the first Cone and Ball sequence in a booklet titled //​Deviltry//,​ 1909. In his description he mentions that there had been some debate over the originality of the trick, but Hull had discovered that the other claimant used two rubber balls. Since Hull used a billiard ball and shell, he focused on method to sustain his claim of originality. However, he does not argue that the two-ball method existed before his, which places the credit to the effect on the previous creator. He fails to give the name of this magician or further details of his "​sale"​ of the method. While evidence of this trick being advertised for sale in the trade journals must still be found, Edward Maro's "Ball and Cone Trick",​ published two years after Hull's //​Deviltry//,​ by Joseph Ovette in //The American Magician //, Vol. 3 No. 5, Sep. 1911, p. 1, matches in method all the details Hull gives, and since Maro died in 1908 at age thirty-eight of typhoid fever, this places his trick and method firmly prior to Hull'​s. The circumstantial evidence that Maro is the magician Hull alludes ​to is strong.
  
 Ralph W. Hull, in his description of his routining of the Cone and Ball, titled "The Homing Ball" in his and Nelson Hahne'​s //Smart Magic//, 1935, p. 41, says, "Some of the fundamental moves of this little trick were first shown to me more than 25 years ago by my old friend, L. J. McCord (Silent Mora) in the days when we were young and magic was new to both of us." Ralph W. Hull, in his description of his routining of the Cone and Ball, titled "The Homing Ball" in his and Nelson Hahne'​s //Smart Magic//, 1935, p. 41, says, "Some of the fundamental moves of this little trick were first shown to me more than 25 years ago by my old friend, L. J. McCord (Silent Mora) in the days when we were young and magic was new to both of us."
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 Another biographical article on McCord, this one by George Corregan, Jr., in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​23312/​New+Tops/​498|The New Tops]]//, Vol. 2 No. 11, Nov. 1962, p. 4, has this: Another biographical article on McCord, this one by George Corregan, Jr., in //​[[http://​askalexander.org/​display/​23312/​New+Tops/​498|The New Tops]]//, Vol. 2 No. 11, Nov. 1962, p. 4, has this:
  
-"Mora did not met Maro at that time, but met his assistant, Alonzo Moore, who on their first meeting was practicing magic himself, unknown to Maro. It was Alonzo Moore who taught Mora how to vanish 12 silks at once. He had seen the "​vanisher"​ (metal tube) for causing one silk to vanish, but Alonzo had a cloth pull made from a stocking. This stocking pull held 12 silks and when Mora went home he made a copy of the stocking pull and became proficient in its use.+"Mora did not meet Maro at that time, but met his assistant, Alonzo Moore, who on their first meeting was practicing magic himself, unknown to Maro. It was Alonzo Moore who taught Mora how to vanish 12 silks at once. He had seen the "​vanisher"​ (metal tube) for causing one silk to vanish, but Alonzo had a cloth pull made from a stocking. This stocking pull held 12 silks and when Mora went home he made a copy of the stocking pull and became proficient in its use.
  
 "'​Silent'​ Mora practiced his profession while traveling tent and Repertoire shows, museums, independent theatres and finally vaudeville. While in Philadelphia Mora met El Barto the magician, with whom he spent a great deal of time (he lived at his home) and who taught Mora the '4 Balls under 2 Hats', also the Cone & "'​Silent'​ Mora practiced his profession while traveling tent and Repertoire shows, museums, independent theatres and finally vaudeville. While in Philadelphia Mora met El Barto the magician, with whom he spent a great deal of time (he lived at his home) and who taught Mora the '4 Balls under 2 Hats', also the Cone &