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Hood
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I am looking for help with an effect where basically you pour water in a cup like a red solo cup and when you turn it over the water is gone or does not spill out. Any help would be be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
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Hood
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Fantastic, thank you.
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...or a sponge.

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John Long
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There are ways to be able to re-pour after showing nothing comes out

- make a Foo Can type of gimmick in the cup

- reverse the effect of the slush powder (Scott Alexander teaches a wonderful "Water Monte" (guess where the water is, in his Midnite Show)

- Scott Guinn also has a nice water monte effect in his "Great Scott It's More Magic"
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Hood: I have a red Solo cup in which I use slush powder. I found that sometimes it will plop out if the mixture is not quite right. I glued in a circular piece of plastic with 1/8" diameter holes. Now you can vanish the water and even shake the cup up and down - nothing comes out. The only downside is the clean-up - you can't use it for two shows in the same day - you need to rinse it out (I use my garden hose outside) or let it completely dry and then rinse it out.
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Jim, it takes some testing before use. If you are making runny goo, then you need to adjust your ratio.
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My ratio is 1 tsp of slush powder to 8-ounces of water and I never had an issue.
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Not every brand of slush powder is the same, take Bills idea and test. tbaer gave a good start to testing.
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Slush powder is the best. But make sure you test it out the ratio before performing.
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Believe me I did a lot of testing. My mixture is on point. The red Solo cups are very slick inside and shaped like a shallow funnel. The trick is much easier with foam cups.
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Part of the reason why the ratio will change from person to person, could be that the water is different.
My understanding is that impurities in the water (e.g.; salts) can affect the setting-up. Hence, you could find differences from your water and that available at your show. Although I have't hear of anyone trying this, distilled water may give you the most reproducible results. Another factor could be temperature - you may see a difference between boiling water, and room temperature.

I think I've seen some talk of these types of problems with milk (maybe the fat in it?).
Hence, the advice to test, and test with what you will use in your show, is good advice.

John
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