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saturnin
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Hi everyone,

What is the maximum of people the Cups & Balls routine (Vernon's for example) can be done for in an amphitheater???

I would appreciate your inputs, as I have never performed for more than 60 something persons.

Thanks in advance,

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Where is not so important as how visual it is. I don't mean that your routine has to be flashy but the balls have to be able to be seen. I use the white baseballs in brass cups on a bright red fabric so that they can be seen and separated from a great distance. As long as they can see the balls and the cups and tell what is going on, your golden. Otherwise you are just doing a lame cup stacking routine.

On a side note, most ampitheaters I have worked in are on a raised stage with the audience on a level surface below you. Depending on the stage some people may not be able to catch what is going on from up close.

I have done C&B for over 100 people with no problem on the street. of course there you can control the sight lines a little easier.

Mat Random

BTW make sure they can hear you too!!
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Paul Daniels has done the chop cup for 2500 or more in audience.
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For stage performance I use van Dokkum jumbo cups and 2 inch spongeballs. The size of the balls is more crucial than the size of the cups when performing for a larger audience.
Most of my energy in cups and balls was put in a two cup routine. In 3 years I see myself performing more and more for a larger audience. So the last year I've been working on "translating" my normal 2 cups routine to the jumbo cups/spongeballs routine.
I want to leave the impression that if someone sees both versions he thinks they are the same, except for the bigger props.
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Recently saw Bob Shields do the cups for about 200 people in a similar setting. He killed.
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Visability is the key. I have performed it at Ren Faires on small and large stages, from 30 to 600 people. I would think that the true impact is lost at those numbers, unless you have TV monitors for those who are far away. I typically do it for 3-30 people.

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Take a look at the photo of Nick Nicholas in the opening stages of his cups and balls street act for a typical "Nick Nicholas" sized crowd. Smile

The photo is on his street section of his website:

http://www.nicknickolas.com/STREET.html


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Darn impressive photo that is!!!
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