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Jonathan Townsend
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Anyone doing the trick with the cups mouth up? Dropping the ball in... Pouring a ball or nothing out... Maybe live mice as final loads? all the coins I've dropped here
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FRED KAPS published a routine loading the cups mouth up, based on Senator Crandall's moves in Tarbell.

Alex Elmsley has a killer routine on his tapes where your final load is SALT... more than you can believe.

Some years ago I made a load gimmick out of a "Phantom Tube" load (a metal device with a piece of paper over the end--ala drum head).

I had flash paper over the salt in the load chamber and with a small candle burning on the table, I passed the cup over the flame and the flashpaper burned and the salt came out to extinguish the flame.

Another gaffe I made was a plug made of paper tape, wrapped around a tube that held coins. The load jammed into the cup, and when cup lifted a stack of coins was on the table.

I have been fiddling with a foo can type load so I could pour water out of a cup after a load sequence.

Tim Starr makes a killer gimmick to load a glass into a cup that fills itself with liquid.

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One of the best if not the better is Frank Garcia´s, also you can find interesting a booklet that Tommy Wonder wrote a while the name of the book is "Tommy Wonder Entertains"
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Yea, I've seen Fred Kaps on video and both Ger Copper and Tony van Rhee live, do the loading sequences with the cups mouth upwards. Very disarming moves. All of them did it with spongeballs. It is however useless in a close-up situation. People should not be able to see inside the cups.

Wouldn't it be a great effect for those who know, to apply this technique with Gertner-style!
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To JonTown: John Bannon's c&b routine uses the cups mouthside up with the rationale that that's the way cups are intended to be used - to put things into as opposed to putting things under them. However, his initial producation of the balls occurs from a mouthside down stack of cups.
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