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Topic: Dennis Loomis Routine for the James Riser/Dennis Loomis MICRO CHOP CUP
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 26, 2006 07:54PM)

[b]What The Audience Sees:[/b]

'The performer made this little ball appear and disappear from a cup and then these two balls that don't even fit in the cup fell out!'

[b]How It Went:[/b]

Well, I give up. I really wanted to review a terrible trick this week so that people who read my reviews won't think I love everything. Unfortuneately, I chose Dennis Loomis' Chop cup routine instead. If you want an effect that is less than a 5/5, don't read any further...

Tonight I did two shows (1 half hour cocktail party and 1 two hour Christmas party-both of which I scored from Magic Friday performances) and they went absolutely perfectly. Confidance is so utterly crucial in our art that I can't explain how, I don't know, safe (that's the best way I can put it) I felt, knowing this routine. It was the main effect for the cocktail party and it was the main effect for every table at the Christmas party.

What I loved is that the Micro Cup (I totally missed the boat and didn't get a Riser-I'm kicking myself after tonight...) is that it's small enough that you can show a group that was next to your previous group the exact same routine without the worry of them having already seen it. I went from group to group to group and it was new to each one. It was flawless.

[b]Best Lines:[/b]

"DOMO! DOMO!" which I found out to be 'Thank You' in Japanese. She also kept bowing so low I was worried she was going to hit her head on the floor.

Standing Ovation. The ultimate Best Line.

[b]Angry Bob Rating:[/b]

I have a co-worker (Bob) whose uncle was a magician and thereby has a good working knowledge of how magic works. He's pretty grumpy but likes Magic Friday's because he can tell me how he figured out how the effect is done...

I performed this today for Angry Bob in prep for tonight. Tooooooo funny.
"$#%# you! You $$#$#% son of a %#%$%#%$^! Let me see that #$%#!#% thing!...#%$#%#! you have to be $#$@$#@$@$ kidding me! No I do't wanna' see the $#%#$!%% little %^$^$^ red #%$#% ball! I wanna' ^%&%&know how these 2 other $#%$#%$#! ones got in there! #%$%#!

[b]My Rating:[/b]

[b]5/5.[/b] Sorry, this routine is perfect. I'll perform this for the rest of my life. Next week I'll perform the crappiest effect I can find, I promise.

[b]The Django Tip:[/b]

For some reason, people aren't too suprised with the red ball disappearing and appearing, maybe because they know that's what we, as magicians, are good at. It's the final two loads that kill them, so milk them for all they're worth. I use a red and white high bounce ball and a miniature tennis ball (both of which came from toy stores). After, I say, 'If you can put those back in the cup for me, that'd be great, Thanx!' I hand them the cup and balls and pretend to walk away.

[b]Closing Thoughts:[/b]

To Dennis Loomis if he reads this:

Standing Ovation.

Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Feb 15, 2010 03:27AM)
New Video Review Added~


Wow, I can't believe I wrote this review four years ago! However, I still perform this effect every gig I do.

Here's 2 things I didn't mention in the review:

1) I don't do the liquid part of the routine.
2) Dennis and Jim might release a new Chop Cup effect- awesome!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Oct 18, 2012 12:08AM)
Now on Youtube! Thanks for watching!