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Brad Sheppard
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Bill - your advice is outstanding! Thank you.
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This is an old thread, but I felt that I have something to contribute:

The chop cup is a tool, like any other. It enables the magician to do certain things that cannot be easily duplicated in other ways.
Yes, some of these effects can be duplicated through finger flicking, but not all. To be able to put a ball on the foot of a cup, cover it with another cup, then lift the top cup to show the ball gone, only to be found under the lower cup is a very visual piece of magic that seems quite fair to the spectator's eyes (yes,the way I do it, this requires 2). You accomplished a very simple, straight forward penetration effect in the way that an audience member would ideally want to see it. With my cups, this cannot be duplicated through simple sleight of hand, due to the depth of the saddle. I could feasibly do it by finger flicking, but not without a lot of extra moves, which would kill the simplicity of it.

Use what you want to use, but do not overlook the possibilities the prop presents, just because it hasn't been done that way before.
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