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Topic: Any tips on finding a drawstring bag for 3 cups
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Nov 19, 2008 07:55AM)
Folks,
I received a set of cups and balls as a gift but I did not receive a bag. I post to see if anyone has any tips on where to find the larger and longer draw string bag typically required for three cups. Checked a couple online places and only can find a 3"x4" drawstring which won't unfortunately work.

I would like to work on the routine in "The Magic of Michael Ammar", but you start by removing the cups from the bag. The cups themselves are 3" wide at the lip and approximately 2 3/4" tall.

Big thanks in advance as always for your help and Happy Thanksgiving,
Mike
Message: Posted by: ShawnB (Nov 19, 2008 08:08AM)
I have found that bags that are made to hold Wine bottles work quite well. I picked some up at my local liquor store.

Shawn.
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Nov 19, 2008 08:10AM)
Crown Royal comes in a nice bag. All that you have to do is add ice.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Nov 19, 2008 08:12AM)
Try here as well.
http://www.theambitiouscard.com/

Frank has some VERY nice bags.
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Nov 19, 2008 08:13AM)
Excellent ideas. Didn't think out of the box (bag) on this one.

I may get the Crown Royal as well...yeah sure, for the bag.

Thanks all.
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Nov 19, 2008 08:31AM)
I bought myself a Sewing Machine and taught myself how to make my own bags. You can go to your local fabric store and pick the fabric that fits your wild imagination.

Or you could find a lady friend that already has a sewing machine and have her make you a bag, and present her the fabrics of your choice.

Take notice that many of the guys here have Wives that make things for them, such as Jake from RNT whose wife makes the crochet balls and the bags.

Have fun.
Message: Posted by: Scott M (Nov 19, 2008 08:41AM)
Don't know if this will fit the bill but there are many decrotive-holiday-seasonal SOCKS out there. I found some cool holloween socks, but I am kicking myself for not getting some.

If it fits who you are or your act...maybe its a possibility to hold your cups.

-Scott M.
Message: Posted by: padre rich (Nov 19, 2008 08:54AM)
Chalk bags - the kind the rock climbers use work great to use as cup bags. They come in some cool designs but be prepared to pay through the nose for them. I have carried my charlie miller cups in a chalk bag for almost two decades.
Message: Posted by: padre rich (Nov 19, 2008 08:58AM)
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Message: Posted by: remote guy (Nov 19, 2008 09:35AM)
If you have a Ikea in your area check them out they were selling drawstring bags in assorted colors for $2.99. If you catch them when they are on sale you can get them for a $1.00.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 19, 2008 11:48AM)
I haven't seen any at our local IKEA store. I was there last Saturday. I'm always looking for C&B related material.

I found some at Wal Mart a few years back.
Message: Posted by: Richard Evans (Nov 19, 2008 02:19PM)
I make my own bags. It's not difficult with a sewing machine and is the cheapest way to get bags that fit your cups. Jim Riser has some great tips on making bags - you might consider e-mailing him via his website http://www.jamesriser.com

If you'd rather buy bags, I have a couple of other suggestions.
I've bought a variety of bags from this company, which are very nice:
http://www.cards4magic.co.uk/acatalog/Cloth_Bags_.html

For smaller sets of cups, dice bags work well. I've bought a couple of leather and suede bags which look really good. Larger dice bags can easily accommodate a regular-sized set of cups:
http://www.coolstuffinc.com/main_supplies.php?viewType=Dice%20Bags&info1=Dice&info2=Bag

http://www.gamestation.net/category/2583966821/1/Dice-Bags.htm

Good luck

Richard
Message: Posted by: Levity (Nov 19, 2008 03:18PM)
I've bought a few bags from these folk--the quality is good.

http://www.cards4magic.co.uk/acatalog/Cloth_Bags_.html

G
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Nov 19, 2008 03:52PM)
My wifes B day is next week and Xmas is around the corner so I was thrilled when she told me that a sewing machine was something she'd like as a gift (her old one died manyyyy years ago)! Back when we were first married and quite broke we sold almonds in bulk to make extra cash. My wife came up with the idea to make cloth gift bags to hold 1-3 lbs of nuts and we made a bundle! Draw string bags are a snap to make and the fabric to choose from these days in endless!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 19, 2008 05:36PM)
B.Dalton and Barnes and Noble sell Tarot bags which work very nice for cups. Some of them come with a Pentagram on them.
Message: Posted by: Magic Researcher (Nov 19, 2008 06:35PM)
Here are two of the links Richard Evans mentioned:

http://www.jamesriser.com/Magic/SmallBags/Instructions.html

http://www.jamesriser.com/Drawstring/Bag2.html

The author uses fabrics which do not fray on the raw edges. If fraying fabrics are to be used, he suggests sewing the side seams with a serger. He has a few more pages (or did) on making fancier bags but I can not quickly find them in my bookmarks. The above two bags should work well for cups.

MR
Message: Posted by: Richard Evans (Nov 19, 2008 06:39PM)
Thanks for reminding me of those links. The pattern is simple & easy to do - but makes very practical bags that look great.
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Nov 19, 2008 08:16PM)
Thanks tremendously all. Have lots of options now.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 19, 2008 09:09PM)
There are a couple of old camera stores in Houston. I check them about once a month to see if they have any lens bags. Those work quite well. A couple of weeks ago, I found a wonderful Nikon lens case that would be perfect for a set of VanDokkum chick cups.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Nov 19, 2008 09:34PM)
James Tong is excellent at making the bag, pom pom and the balls.
http://www.uniquemagicballs.com/products/PromotionPage/TommyWonderCups&BallsRoutine.html
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Nov 20, 2008 04:25PM)
If you do your own bag make it like a cylinder. It opens lots of additional possibilities (look for example at "bags of everything" by Lewis Ganson).
With these you can start with a two cups routine and use the bag as third cup (and you know what? It could be a chop bag!)
Work at your bag it's an underused prop.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 20, 2008 07:58PM)
The cylindrical bag is not difficult to make. You can either make it by having a circular piece for the bottom, or you can fake it by tucking the corners of a flat bag in toward the center of the bottom seam and forming a square bottom.

If you have a set of MM cups that has a vinyl bag, look at how they did that. It's a lens bag thing.
Message: Posted by: KenRyan (Dec 12, 2015 07:22PM)
I came across this thread while learning Michael Ammar's C&B routine and after reading everything, decided to make my own bag. I like it a lot. I thought I'd share how I did it (pics and a pattern) if anyone is interested: [url]http://www.kentheriotmagic.com/making-a-drawstring-bag-for-cups-and-balls/[/url]

Cheers!

Ken
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Dec 13, 2015 01:35PM)
Some beautiful and finely crafted bags come from the Ambitious Card. Frank where are you? His custom bags are just amazing.
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Dec 13, 2015 03:25PM)
I keep my copper PF chick cups in one of Frank's bags. It's the same bag he makes for Dean's Box but smaller for cups.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Dec 13, 2015 03:44PM)
[quote]On Nov 19, 2008, Bill Palmer wrote:
There are a couple of old camera stores in Houston. I check them about once a month to see if they have any lens bags. Those work quite well. A couple of weeks ago, I found a wonderful Nikon lens case that would be perfect for a set of VanDokkum chick cups. [/quote]

Bill, left you an email from my iCloud email account. I sent the email to curator@thecupsandballsmuseum.com Just wanted to make sure you got it

Thanks,
Jake
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 19, 2015 02:11AM)
[quote]On Dec 13, 2015, Mad Jake wrote:
Some beautiful and finely crafted bags come from the Ambitious Card. Frank where are you? His custom bags are just amazing. [/quote]

Thanks Jake.
Here's my favorite bag. 100% hand made (like all our bags) but just very special.
If I'm not mistaken, a Café member suggested the style and name "jester bag" and bought the first one.
[img]http://theambitiouscard.com/img/products/www-335.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Mobius303 (Dec 19, 2015 09:14AM)
RNT 2 sells them too and you can get them hand embroidered.

Send Donnie an e-mail.

Love the jester bag Frank ...they look and work great.
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Dec 19, 2015 11:37AM)
When the jester sang for the king and queen
in a coat he borrowed from James Dean...
Message: Posted by: AndreaMooreMagic (Jul 1, 2016 04:14PM)
If you have a metaphysical shop in your area that caters to psychics, they usually have a large selection of drawstring bags for crystals.
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Jul 2, 2016 02:25PM)
I would go with the jester bag. It's beautiful and Frank is great
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Jul 5, 2016 02:17PM)
For a simple bag, you don't even have to get a sewing machine.....it doesn't take long to to do one by hand. A cylinder of cloth, circle for the bottom top edge folded down and stitched, making a channel for a cord....just sew all the various edges together in the way that will assemble the bag inside out (if you are using fabric that has two distinct side, like velvet). Turn the stitched bag "out-side-in" and you are done.
Message: Posted by: irossall (Jul 11, 2016 07:29PM)
Pulling the cups out of something everyone recognizes, like a Crown Royal bag could prevent their minds from thinking "Magic Prop" when they see the cups.

In my early teens I would instantly think "Trick Deck" whenever I saw a Fox Lake card. It was years later I saw a non gaffed deck of Fox Lake. I didn't know they made regular decks.
To this day I won't use Fox Lake cards. I don't want any spectators suspecting trick cards.
:patty: Iven
Message: Posted by: ottphd (Jul 31, 2016 01:58PM)
RNT 2
Call Donnie
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Aug 5, 2016 01:19PM)
Http://www.llewellyn.com/browse_category.php?product_category_id=236
Some new styles.
Message: Posted by: ZachDavenport (Aug 5, 2016 03:20PM)
Check amazon.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake Jr. (Aug 9, 2016 07:06PM)
I'll post some pictures of the custom bag Frank made for my Cylinder shaped Macintosh. When I need a custom bag
My father uses mptjomg bit the best and that os Framl and Dpmmoe/

Mad Jake Jr.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Aug 18, 2016 01:35AM)
We just made a custom "Steam Punk" jester bag.
We've had several requests for a "Steam Punk" pouch but this was the first time for a jester bag.
I love the look.

Steam Punk meaning... black and brown. It's a great color combo.

I'll try to upload a pic.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake Jr. (Aug 18, 2016 05:01PM)
[quote]On Aug 9, 2016, Mad Jake Jr. wrote:
I'll post some pictures of the custom bag Frank made for my Cylinder shaped Macintosh. When I need a custom bag
My father uses mptjomg bit the best and that os Framl and Dpmmoe/

Mad Jake Jr. [/quote]

I don't know what happened to the text in this post at the end?

Mad Jake Jr.
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake Jr. (Aug 18, 2016 07:32PM)
[quote]On Aug 18, 2016, Mad Jake Jr. wrote:
[quote]On Aug 9, 2016, Mad Jake Jr. wrote:
I'll post some pictures of the custom bag Frank made for my Cylinder shaped Macintosh. When I need a custom bag
My father uses mptjomg bit the best and that os Framl and Dpmmoe/

Mad Jake Jr. [/quote]

I don't know what happened to the text in this post at the end?

Mad Jake Jr. [/quote]

I think it was suppose to have read something like this. My father uses the best which is Frank's he told me.
Message: Posted by: ThunderSqueak (Oct 27, 2016 11:31PM)
Oh wow, I love that Jester bag, I might have to make something similar. Give me a reason to use my sewing machine again :D


Currently, I have a Pearstone lens case that I use.

https://www.amazon.com/Pearstone-Onyx-60-Lens-Case/dp/B004U7ZDRO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477628562&sr=8-1&keywords=pearstone+60

It fits my RNT2 mendoza cups perfectly with room for a load ball and a breakdown wand. The black velvet bag the cups came with was slightly too small for the cups and did not close up all the way so I looked for something else. I might pick up another one, the Pearstone 70

https://www.amazon.com/Pearstone-Onyx-70-Lens-Case/dp/B004U7ZDSI/ref=pd_bxgy_421_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B004U7ZDSI&pd_rd_r=F765Q63TMX93RF6BZ1DM&pd_rd_w=ekJza&pd_rd_wg=QHR3O&psc=1&refRID=F765Q63TMX93RF6BZ1DM

to put my brass brass bazar de magia cups in.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 3, 2016 01:37PM)
[quote]On Oct 27, 2016, ThunderSqueak wrote:
Oh wow, I love that Jester bag, I might have to make something similar. Give me a reason to use my sewing machine again :D
[/quote]

Thanks. That bag takes quite a while to make.
Message: Posted by: Leo H (Jul 22, 2017 03:25PM)
Along with Donnie at Rings & Things, and Frank, Brett Sherwood also sells nice drawstring bags for cups.
Message: Posted by: DaveGripenwaldt (Jul 27, 2017 12:18PM)
Based on ThunderSqueak's post I did an image search for "Camera lens case" and saw a bunch of possibilities. For some reason it won't let me post a clickable URL here for that page, but do that image search and take a look...seems like dozen's of choices.
Message: Posted by: malaki (Sep 28, 2018 11:30AM)
I simply made a change bag that would hold my cups horizontally along the bottom of the bag. It makes getting rid of the extra ball a breeze, and is big enough to hold the cups and all of the load balls. It took less than one afternoon to make.

Advice:
Use a quality cording for the draw string. The thicker cording is less likely to tangle or knot, and looks far more decorative.
Make using it easier and add a different patch to either side, or make the commitment to embroider something on it (I found a friend who did embroidery for me as a birthday present).
Message: Posted by: BobMc (Oct 23, 2018 05:21PM)
The original post was about a drawstring bag, but just in case anyone is looking for a zippered bag to protect larger cups like the Gazzo cups in transit, the "ESDDI Lens Case Extra Thick Protective Neoprene Lens Pouch for DSLR Camera Lens" bag on amazon fits the Gazzo cups perfectly.

https://www.amazon.com/ESDDI-Protective-Neoprene-Olympus-Panasonic/dp/B0746JDPNS/
Message: Posted by: drmolarmagic (Nov 8, 2018 09:16AM)
Hi
I have made many of these type of bags from Christmas Stockings. I have found them in many different colors and patterns,
You need a sewing machine or needle and thread. Just turn one inside out and sew a straight line across the bag just above the angle for the foot. Go over it a few times for strength and then just cut off the bag below your sewing line, now when you turn it back right side out it will be a squared bottom. Usually these stocking have a cuff at top, I put a rope around the cuff and tack it with three or four stitches so the rope won't come out of the cuff and there you have it a draw string bag for cups and balls or whatever.
I've gotten most of mine from Christmas tree shops and other discount stores.
I'll take a photo and post it soon....
Bruce
Message: Posted by: malaki (Nov 8, 2018 10:09AM)
Christmas stocking conversions? That's brilliant!
Especially with the variety of stockings available.
I will certainly file that info for future use...