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Topic: Cup & Ball Challenge.
Message: Posted by: magic123 (Mar 27, 2013 12:25PM)
Heres the Challenge -im very interested in the Cupa & balls

BUT don't want to end w/ fruit & or a Mellon.

What would be a Surprise or a shocker ending for an audience.

Message: Posted by: SmileAndNod (Mar 27, 2013 12:41PM)
I use a full shot glass (assuring the audience that it's just water) with a saltshaker and lime for the other 2 cups. (pretending it's tequila)

I'm debating using said lime for a bill to lemon.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Mar 27, 2013 03:54PM)
What fits your character, routine, patter or any running gags?

I've seen or heard of following finale loads:
Baseballs (part of routine about sports)
Ball of rope (them used for rope routine)
Troll dolls (running gag)
Sponge Balls (then used)
Juggling balls (then used)

Love the shot glass, salt and lime. Could see that fitting into overall routine/theme.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 27, 2013 05:59PM)
I produce a fake lime. But that's going back to the "fruit" thing.
Message: Posted by: manal (Mar 27, 2013 07:34PM)
Raw eggs.
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Mar 27, 2013 08:32PM)
Saw someone left there cup and un cooked rice poured out. Ball bearings and small cannon balls..I saw a someone do a chop cup and produced a live mice form it. Something else that might be fun is at the end say at the end with all the balls moving around and solid thru solid it dose effect the cups, as you say this you tip the cups over and there smoking.
Message: Posted by: Chopingboard (Mar 27, 2013 08:52PM)
I'm thinking of trying a cute wind up toy. winding it up and let it do it's thing. I think a monkey with cymbals.
Message: Posted by: troppobob (Mar 28, 2013 01:14AM)
G'day magic123 -
Troppo Bob has a chop cup routine (less to carry) that reflects the Gazzo ending 3 balls (red, yellow and blue) from the chop cup and a large soft ball or practice contact juggling ball (not proficient enough to use the crystal one for this yet) from under the hat which is then used for a bit of contact juggling.
I reckon that tying the loads in with the themes in the show and your character is way to go.
All the best
Bob Latta (aka Troppo Bob)
Message: Posted by: magic123 (Mar 28, 2013 08:36AM)
Wouldn't Going into another Routine /Effect after hat production be anti-climactic ?
Kinda like making a Tiger appear Then going into a matrix routine.

Who Originated hat load , as Malini was doing it. don't believe Vernon did it . Street Buskers did it in
England in early 1900s - Does anyone have more info on exactly where it could have originated.

Message: Posted by: imgic (Mar 28, 2013 03:01PM)
Not everyone uses it as a closing effect.

Won't it be cool to make a tiger appear then do a saw-a-tiger in half routine? (Just thinking outside the box)

Not sure about who orginated hat load, but have seen Ricky Jay's routine on history of cups and balls...

Message: Posted by: troppobob (Mar 30, 2013 05:36PM)
G'day Magic123
If you structure the routine and your show appropriatly then yes the cups and balls can come mid show.
I finish with a 3 rope routine that has my hat lines worked in to the presentation.
When I conclude the chop cup routine with the contact juggling of the hat load - the contact juggling is only a short sequence (mostly due to skill level) that enable me to hold the amazed audience as I transition into what comes next.
But of course this could work as a closing effect as well.
Bob Latta (aka Troppo Bob)
Message: Posted by: ShirtlessKirk (Mar 31, 2013 11:25AM)
Might not be practical for the street but look into David Regals "Cups and Balls and Cups and Balls".
By far my favorite routine. You end with mini cups complete with balls underneath those.
Alex Elmsley has in his collected works one that ends with Salt.
Message: Posted by: shaihorowitz0 (Apr 3, 2013 03:12PM)
Somewhere a while back in the routine before cups and balls have someone do a pick the card trick, lift the cup to reveal there card.
Message: Posted by: G.Gilbert (Apr 4, 2013 07:59PM)
You can do anything you want....

I have another 2 cup routine that I do, not on the street.. With a flower and a cup.. The head of the flower comes off, ends up under the cup, etc... The finale, I produce water from one of the cups, and pour into the other cup, put flower in it...be creative.
Message: Posted by: Zack (Apr 7, 2013 06:19PM)
Here's a couple of alternate endings for the cups:

The Jay Sankey routine produces a bunch of surprising stuff.

Al Schneider has a great ending where the cups are full of tiny crystals. Its rough for the street, though, because of the reset.
Message: Posted by: TomFoolery (Apr 23, 2013 10:20AM)
If you ever get a chance to see Mario Morris' new cup and ball routine you have to take it.
I know Mario has put a lot of time and effect in to his routine.
The whole set up can be sourced from Ikea or Walmart very cheaply if you need to replace items or you have had your props lost or stolen.
Every move has been thought out logically.
Mario has a unique way of keeping the audience from walking away following the final hat load he performs a table cloth pull, having shared a pitch I know this goes down really well with spectators.

Message: Posted by: Josef K (Apr 29, 2013 06:09AM)
Never tryed this, but it's been in the back of my mind for some time - a piggy bank. Could work nicely as a transition to the final hat pitch (I do a one cup routine as the finale). Another idea I've played around with would be to produce tea cups as the regular big loads and end on a tea pot. Neither of the ideas has left the drawing board as of yet.
Message: Posted by: Zack (May 30, 2013 05:15PM)
Sourced from Ikea? Do you know what cups he's using? I don't want to steal his routine, I just LOVE the idea of having cups from Ikea (like everything else in my house). Are they these?

Message: Posted by: Matthew Crabtree (May 30, 2013 06:14PM)
I used stuffed animals most of the time. The only time I do not is when I'm doing bill to lemon and the lemon is the kicker. The stuffed animals play well for some reason.
Message: Posted by: TomFoolery (Jun 1, 2013 08:10AM)
On 2013-05-30 18:15, Zack wrote:
Sourced from Ikea? Do you know what cups he's using? I don't want to steal his routine, I just LOVE the idea of having cups from Ikea (like everything else in my house). Are they these?


It was not those cups but if they work for you