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Mitch Schneiter
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I've been using the chopped olives from RNTII and have wanted but had no luck in finding any large (decent looking) olives for a final load. Today at Target my luck changed. I came across a unique cocktail shaker (a Michael Graves Design) that has a rubber "olive" stopper instead of the traditional cap. It has a finger hole drilled in the olive for easy removal. I bought it, brought it home, and stuck a 2-inch red sponge ball in the drilled hole. It looks perfect. It's about 1 3/4 inches and fits perfectly in RNTII's foxy one cups, makes a great final load in their Little Don Chop Cups, and has a bit of room in the Riser Mini Cups. Using the traditional methods of producing a load bigger than a cup it can be used with the Riser/Loomis Micro Cup or the RNTII Petite Don. The only down side is it cost me $12.99 (that's what the shaker cost). But it is worth it to me as I've been looking for a decent looking large olive since I got my Jerry Camero Chopped Cocktail shaker years ago. In fact, I'm planning on returning to Target tomorrow and buying 2 more so I'll have 3 large olives for my final loads in my mini cup routines.
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Is this it? Does the stopper look that good- I can't tell from this picture how real it would look. Good find!

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That's the same photo that I found. I will go to Target soon and check them out. It would be nice to figure out something to do with the shakers, though...

A long, long time ago, they used to make jumbo plastic or rubber olives as a joke and sold them in trick/novelty shops. I have been looking for some for years, without luck. About 20 years ago, I developed a C&B routine that I called, "The 3 Martini Lunch". Naturally, I wanted to use olives in place of the balls, including jumbos for the final loads. No luck, so I asked my Mom to show me how to crochet, and I made myself a set of olives. WAY too much time on my hands back then! I still use them.

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Mitch Schneiter
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Mr. Muggle - That's the one. And as I mentioned in my first post, with a red sponge ball stuffed in the "finger removal hole" it looks great. Last night while trying it with some of my cups I found an added bonus: Because of the hole drilled in it the undrilled-side is heavier. No matter how it's loaded in the cup, once the cup is lifted the ball will roll a bit to right itself so the stuffed pimento (red sponge) ends up on top making a nice display.

Michael - Your crocheted olive ball sets look really great. It would sure be nice if someone who manufactures crocheted balls would produce olive sets like those. I'd certainly buy one. If you ever get bored and have too much time on your hands I'll take a set. As most of my magic is performed behind a bar I'd also be interested in hearing about your "3 martini lunch" C & B routine.
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Mitch,

I PM'ed you.
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Mitch Schneiter
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Just got back from Target where I bought the last two olive-topped shakers they had in stock. Now I have three large olives for my final load in my C & B routine.

And I stopped by Cost Plus World Market and found another item I'd been searching for quite awhile without success: a giant Martini glass. It stands 10 inches high and is 9 inches across the mouth of the glass. My intent is to use it as in Jerry Camaro's Chop Cup Finale detailed in The Magic Menu Issue 26 Nov/Dec 1994.
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They come one "large olive" per item correct?

This also will work if your doing a cup and ball routine like Ammar's "Beanie Weenie". Just instead use a "jumbo olive can" from the grocery store. I have played with the idea, but never had the jumbo olives...until now.

Problem solved!
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Mitch Schneiter
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On 2005-09-09 10:01, Michael Baker wrote:
I will go to Target soon and check them out. It would be nice to figure out something to do with the shakers, though...


Don't worry, you can make use of the shakers. I just tried the three bottom portions of the shakers as a set of cups and balls. They work fine and would be perfect (and logical) for performing behind a bar. The bottoms are indented so balls/olives won't roll off, and when stacked do not wobble and have ample attic space. These might as well have been designed with bar magicians in mind.
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Fellow olive enthusiasts! Your requests have been answered! Check out the crochetted olive working and final load balls at http://www.rnt2.com/ for both straight and chop cups!
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These are the same olives as Mark Jenest uses for jiggernaut. Gaffing one is not hard. I just bought an RNT set knowing they will be done right. Set of 4 is $19.95.

I myself have gaffed grapes for a Chop Goblet routine. Individual grapes, final loads are grape cluster, then cup of wine (Scotty Yorks helped me work this out several years ago. The man is a genius).
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Michael Baker
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On 2005-09-14 08:32, Euangelion wrote:
These are the same olives as Mark Jenest uses for jiggernaut.


Wrong. Jiggernaut came with rubber olives. RNT2 sells these also. Do a quick search on the Café for olives and you'll see that Mr. Mendez was gracious enough to inform us of that product, as well. These are a readily available product that can be used as is, or of course, easily gaffed.

The new product, and the one in question here are CROCHETED balls that look like olives, both as working sets and as final loads. These have to be specially made, and apparently are. This is not the simple adaptation of an existing item. In their own words, from their website:

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A jumbo 1 3/4" final load olive, hand crochetted by the wonderful ladies here at RNT II! Comes complete with pimento chrochetted right in! Perfect for the Mini Don Alan chop cup or the Mini PF cup sets! Price is per ball. Please see our other listing in Accessories for the working Crochet Olive Balls.
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Thanks, Michael, the only ones I had previously come across on RNT were the rubber ones. Good to know they have the other and file it away for future use. Now I see them newly added. Lots of changes recently.
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