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afinemesh
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Hey everyone,

Would like some feedback on when and why you use a mini as opposed to a regular chop cup.

I've used a mini on the table as well as in the hands (only mine at this point). Folks are kind of fascinated by the mini chop cup. Women think it's cute.

What have your experiences been?

Thanks,
Jorey
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I am one of those magicians that really doesn’t think that - size or style of cup has that much of an effect on the audience - that much.

As in the trick the cups and balls - there are a lot of cup and ball choices - such as tea cups - all kinds of plastic cups as well as flower pots. To me it is not the cups and balls it is the "routine" and the "performer" connecting to the audience - that to me is the important part.

The advantage of a larger cup I would say is that it can be seen a good distance away. So if the performer is working a large room full of people. As Chop Chop perhaps did in a night club and he was doing a floor show. A larger cup and a larger ball colored white or yellow - would make what he was doing more visible to a larger room.

However - working strolling - out of the pockets - a smaller cup could be handy because working with a smaller cup - it is easy to pocket and carry around the cups and loads.

Also with the small cup as a walk around - doing some moves in the spectator's hands can be very strong.

I like to work with a chop cup dice cup. It is easy to carry around - the loads are two large dice. I like this kind of trick because I have no need to set it up - when I am done performing it - I just pocket it and the loads and I am set up to do it as my opening trick at the next table.

A lot of what performers do in my opinion often can depend on what kind of performing situations they work in.

Just a few thoughts and opinion - I hope this helps.

Cheers!
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Bill Palmer
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I've strolled with a Baby Don Alan cup for the past 5 years or so. It's convenient. I like to work out of my pockets.

OTOH, when I work on stage, I use a larger cup, because of visiblilty.

Bish has nailed this one!

My feeling about this post is simple. It shows that you need to think about the scale with respect to the venue.

Let's take this to a different extreme. Would you stroll with a full sized head chopper? Probably not -- too big for the venue?

Would you stroll with a finger chopper -- more likely. It fits the venue.

Conversely, would you perform with a finger chopper on a large stage in an auditorium that seats 3000+ people?

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Got it!

Thanks, Bill
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Tommy Wonder made a point about the size of props, he even had two diferent sized finger rings for one of his routines.

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