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Topic: Cup & ball act
Message: Posted by: carldourish (Nov 8, 2006 02:48PM)
Check this out


Message: Posted by: Mobius303 (Nov 8, 2006 03:23PM)
Thanks for sharing Paul Gertner's Steel Cups and Balls routine. It is one of my favorites.
That was aired on World's Greatest Magic.
Michael Ammar's Routine was also aired on one of these specials as well.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 8, 2006 03:55PM)
One of the best. that's for sure.
Message: Posted by: Rick11 (Nov 8, 2006 05:50PM)
That was absolutely fantastic!
Message: Posted by: flimnar (Nov 8, 2006 06:41PM)
I've heard about this routine, but never seen it before. Thanks for pointing it out! Wow!

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 8, 2006 06:47PM)
I saw paul do this routine and "triple die lemma" among other things at the last A1 convention. I had no idea who he was but he was very entertianing. very polished and professional. a class act all the way.
Message: Posted by: johnnymystic (Nov 8, 2006 07:08PM)
Man I've only seen that once when it first aired...THAT WAS COOL!!!

Thanks Carl!

Message: Posted by: John Bowlin (Nov 8, 2006 08:24PM)
Wow...awesome routine!
Message: Posted by: Bill Wells (Nov 9, 2006 09:06AM)
Many years ago at an early FFFF, there was a teenager who had either hitch hiked or ridden the bus up to the Forks Hotel from Pittsburgh. No one had ever seen him before. In those days, most everyone performed and this young man proceeded to actually do the cups and balls with steel ball bearings ... needless to say he blew everyone away and stole the show. It was, of course, a very young Paul Gertner and an impact on a crowd of the top close up workers that will never be forgotten.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Nov 9, 2006 09:39AM)
Wondeful. Hadn't seen this in a long time. Gotta love it!

Thanks for sharing.

Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 9, 2006 11:01AM)
Paul Gertner is one of the nicest guys in the business, in addition to being a heck of a cups and balls worker. I have made contact with him at a couple of conventions.

He has every right to be full of himself, but he isn't. He is always open-minded about new information, even if it is "old" new information.

Case in point. We got to talking about the cups and balls at the Cleveland convention a couple of years ago. I asked him how old he thought the 3 ball display on the top of the cup was. He guessed at a couple of recent dates. I gave him a copy of the Hocus Pocus Jr. manuscript I had done, which shows it as far back as 1634. He was genuinely pleased to learn something new.

This is an important lesson for all of us. When we are too good to discover something new, even if it is centuries old, we have reached a low point, not a high point.

I discover something new every day. Sometimes it is where I left my glasses. ;)
Message: Posted by: carldourish (Nov 9, 2006 02:57PM)
Your more than welcome people. Here's another street performer doing cup & balls.


Message: Posted by: Christopher Moro (Nov 9, 2006 09:46PM)
It's amazing, it looks like Paul Gertner was using copper cups! I had forgotten about that since I haven't seen that clip in a long time. How he didn't dent the hell out of them, I'll never know.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Nov 9, 2006 10:00PM)
On 2006-11-09 15:57, carldourish wrote:
Your more than welcome people. Here's another street performer doing cup & balls.




Wow, for a few minutes there I thought I was watching Gazzo!
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Nov 9, 2006 10:29PM)
Talked to Gazzo, he told me they have cloned him eleven times now... :kermit:
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 9, 2006 10:37PM)
Paul was very easy on those cups. He now has a set of van Dokkum brass jumbos, which he likes a lot. They have a nice bell-like ring to them.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Moro (Nov 10, 2006 01:43AM)
Being that easy on copper cups for all those years serves as a good example for cup care.
Van Dokkum's are quite large, I wonder if Paul has larger final loads for them.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 10, 2006 11:13AM)
I was there when he bought the cups. As he packed them away he said, "Well, I guess I'll have to find a bigger ball bearing." I'm sure he has taken care of it.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Moro (Nov 10, 2006 11:17AM)
Must be impressive.
Message: Posted by: Ron Giesecke (Nov 10, 2006 02:21PM)
Paul gertner definitely went his own way. I love his approach, despite the fact that, even had I thought of it, I wouldn't do it that way. It's so classily indigeonous to his style.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 10, 2006 03:06PM)
That is one of the best posts ever on this forum. That's what makes magic good.
Message: Posted by: joshua the magician (Nov 21, 2006 02:48PM)
That was pretty original with those steel cups. forgive me if I'm naiive but ive never seen steel balls before. very creative
Message: Posted by: Rimbaud (Nov 21, 2006 08:45PM)
That really is a beautiful routine. I'd read about it a bunch of times, but this is the first chance I've had to see it.

Wonderful stuff.