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Tom Frank
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PHOENIX II CUPS • COPPER • ANTIQUE BRONZE FINISH by Dai Vernon, on Flickr

What can I say? These are drop dead gorgeous cups! Rings and Things II</a> is da ****! They are now, and always have been. A name synonymous with quality, hand crafted, magical apparatus. As a matter of fact, my very first set of cups and my first set of linking rings were both Rings and Things back in the late 70's.

I wasn't till the early 80's that I switched to the Charlie Miller Cups from Magic Inc. By then, I had absorbed enough Cellini influence to start mutilating sets of cups and balls. I would go through a set a year. While studying under Cellini, I learned that by banging on the cups you excite an innate, primal force within people. The percussive sound might be compared to the beating of a drum, or the beating of your heart, and naturally draws an "audience" to it. It is a proven fact that once you start banging on the cups, people will cross a street or a crowded square to see what all the "commotion" is about.

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PHOENIX II CUPS • COPPER • ANTIQUE BRONZE FINISH by Dai Vernon, on Flickr

After the extinction of the Charlie Miller cups, I endeavored to recreate them, with one modification, I made them MUCH stronger. Instead of just using copper, I had them combined with a metal alloy making them the strongest cups ever made.

A few years back I was contacted by RnT II. They were interested in reproducing the Phoenix Cups. I agreed, with several stipulations. I wanted them to fix every issue and complaint I ever got on the cups. They wobble, The lip isn't rolled all the way in etc. . . Funny, in all the years of using the Charlie Miller Cups I never thought of those as issues. They were just cups. These days a new breed of cup collector demands a higher level of quality.

Rings and Things II leads the pack when it comes to the manufacturing some of the best and widest selection of cups in the world! I wish I owed a set of each, someday I will. The first thing I noticed when handling the PHOENIX II CUPS • COPPER • ANTIQUE BRONZE FINISH was the heft! These cups got some freaking weight! I always said I like a cup you could kill a man with. They fit the hand perfectly and to be quite honest, they are a perfect set of cups in every regard. Striking to look at, a dream to work with and the blackened bronze interior, a striking contrast.

Donnie Buckley is the new owner of RnT II and operates out of the Cleveland area. Thanks Donnie for doing such a GREAT job on this (and every set of your cups) you lovingly and magically make appear before our widened eyes and big smiles. Keep up the fantastic work!
Jim Wilder
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Wow, Tom... those look tremendous.
Donnie Buckley
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Hiya Tom - what a pleasant surprise your post is!
I also have always said I like a set of cups that you could kill a man with and the Phoenix II cups ARE extemely dangerous cups - do not throw them at someone's head... no matter how much they insist.

Thanks for the kind review.
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Rainboguy
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These look very nice, but I will hold onto my set of Charlie Miller cups...love 'em!
Bill Palmer
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Hold on to your Charlie Miller cups.

If you drop them, they may land on your foot and hurt you. Smile
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My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

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Tom,

Absolutely beautiful cups!

Thank you for sharing the photo.

J.
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I sold my Charlie Miller cups to a well known pro... he didn't like 'em and sent 'em back.

BOY AM I GLAD I GOT 'EM BACK. Smile
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Marshall Brodien told me he used to keep one of his Charlie Miller cups wrapped in a long tube sock under the table for protection when he "Woiked For Da Boyz" in Cicero!

(Just kidding!) Love ya Marshall!!
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By the way...

I will see Marshall next weekend at the 72nd Annual Houdini Club of Wisconsin Convention......

http://www.houdiniclubofwisconsin.com/

I want to show him the Okito-Nielsen Chinese Sticks I just got...he'll love them....
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Lucky you, Rainboguy, I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but (like many of us I suspect)he was my childhood mentor in magic through the videos which came with many of his magic kits.

Cheers!
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Marshall has some really funny stories about the gangsters.
"The Swatter"

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I purchased a set of these supernaturally compelling Cups from Donnie a few months ago.
Like a really fine deck of Tally-Ho cards, I find myself NEEDING to hold the Cups at least once a day...
It hurts to love a physical object so deeply...
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"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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