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panlives
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Hi All,

Some neighbors who visited our house saw my Cups on display. We chatted about them. I tried to convey some of the technical (manufacturing) minutiae as learned from Bill Palmer and Donnie Buckley’s amazing posts.

It must have left an impression. The next time we were at the neighbor’s house, they asked if I could show them a Cups and Balls “show.” I managed to do a short bit using their tea cups and some assorted nuts from the after-dinner table setting. I did one final load from the center cup, the smallest piece of fruit I could surreptitiously pocket.

My patter was based on my wife’s favorite chocolate bar, a fruit and nut “Snack Bar” from South Africa.

Imperfect – but somehow the elements converged. And yes, I fought to control my nerves.

Have you been faced with a similar situation?
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I am too cheap to get a heavy set yet. Long story short as to the reason why I ended up using ceramic flower pots as a cheap heavy substitute. I had been told they may break yet I figured I would be extra carefull and they wouldn't. Needless to say just from stacking them too long my middle one was revealed to of broken as I lifted the top two. This was before my final loads.

So for the next bit I was sure to be quick and covered the broken top back up with the base. Thus covering my final load. I reavealed them and I then needed to load the second final load under the middle cup. When I do this I place my first three on the cups so I simply did that thus covering the last load masking it before it's revealation. I went through the routine and no one noticed anything besides a broken pot and great improv. What made it better was it was my first time busking.
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In a Chinese Restaurand at a table for 8 persons, I took 3 Teacups, wadded up paper wrappers from chop sticks and did a basic cups and balls routine. I had slipped out, presumably to visit the men's room, but actually went in the kitchen and copped some lemons for final loads.

It's been three years and they still talk about how amazing it was doing magic without any of my props.

On a trip to Florida I knew I'd be asked to do something, so I went into the bar at the hotel and placed my set of Mini Riser cups on the mantle over the fireplace. About half an hour later, after finishing dinner, our group went into the bar. I did a couple of card tricks, then said, "I wonder if they would mind if I use those LITTLE POTS over the fireplace... And the rest is history.

Another time I did a Benson-style bowl routine with wadded up bread pieces, but didn't have anything for a final load... so, under misdirection I grabbed a handful of mashed potatoes off the guys plate to my left and used for final load.
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I love that mashed potatoes story!

I used to perform at a restaurant that had a billiard room. I LOVED to do magic on that nice big surface. One night, I went in the billiard room and did a few card tricks and thought how great the cups would be on the table. I had left one of my 4 loads at the bar and midway though the routine, I looked in the pocket right in front of me and noticed the 8 ball was there. That was my 4th load, stolen right out of the pocket.
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The mashed potatoes must have left an interesting impression on your audience Pete, did the guy to your left notice he was a handful shy?
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I have done a one-cup routine numerous times with a coffee cup/mug and some jelly or butter packets. You steal an extra early to get one ahead and a Shuttle Pass will do the rest. For routine ideas check out Ball and Net.
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To entertain some little cousins of mine at a party, I did a one cup routine with a party cup, rolled up napkins(or grapes, I cant honestly remember which) and for a final load used one of those half sized coke cans. It wasn't exactly the best performance, but I was happy with it, and I still like the concept. most of the kids enjoyed it, but not as much as the straw through chin gag hahaa. I guess kids just like gross stuff. Though not exactly cups and balls, a similar concept can be found in "How to Play With Your Food". A grape is repeatedly squished(vanished) and finds its way back to your mouth. there's no final load, but its fun for kids cause its kinda vulgar, easy to follow, and funny. I suppose with some work you could put a final load (a strawberry) in your mouth and make it a cupless one cup routine.
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I'm curious what if you could combine pickpocketing with the cups. Use whatever is in their pockets for final loads. That would be very impromptu. Not only that but a very interactive and crative routine.
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On 2010-09-15 02:00, Pete Biro wrote:
...Another time I did a Benson-style bowl routine with wadded up bread pieces, but didn't have anything for a final load... so, under misdirection I grabbed a handful of mashed potatoes off the guys plate to my left and used for final load.


LMAO...
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On 2010-12-20 11:31, J.G. the magnificent wrote:
I'm curious what if you could combine pickpocketing with the cups. Use whatever is in their pockets for final loads. That would be very impromptu. Not only that but a very interactive and crative routine.


There are a couple of guys who have used a spectator's watch as the final load.
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On 2010-09-15 02:00, Pete Biro wrote:

Another time I did a Benson-style bowl routine with wadded up bread pieces, but didn't have anything for a final load... so, under misdirection I grabbed a handful of mashed potatoes off the guys plate to my left and used for final load.


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I've done done a routine vith a coctailshaker (three parts) and real olives
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I had missed the mashed potatoes story. Didn't some of it stick to your fingers? Very ballsy: I love it. You're one of a kind, Pete.
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Once at a road side Café I noticed the cups nested together. So I used 3 of them and some tinfoil balls and a lime as the final load. I all so have as part of my regular walk round stuff a single cup and ball routine. It came out of a importuned set I started to do. It also have something from a Sanky DVD I once saw. I use a signed note as the ball and a lime or lemon as final load.
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Just the other night at Christmas dinner over at a friends house. I did a 2 cup routine using red plastic cups (16oz beer cups) and olives, and used a lemon, lime and an orange for final loads. Worked pretty good, I never fully nested the cups because the olives were just a bit too big...sometimes you have to work with what you got...
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