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OK, so I seem to be able to spin my Hard Wood wand with Brass tips pretty decent. But unfortunately, the Brass Tips seems to be what makes the wand heavier, and at the same time, the Brass is not good for the Cups. Here’s what seems to be the problem. My spinning ability is horrendous with my lighter all wood wand that would be kinder to my Cups. My spins come to a stop half way through.

So my present Brass Tip Wand weighs 3.7 oz. (104 gms), my All Wood Wand weighs .8 oz. (24 gms.). Is there a heavier wand out there that would be a good Cups and Balls wand?

I just can’t get the hang of spinning a light weight Wand. So my choice is to either take the Wand Spin out (which I don’t want to do, I use that for misdirection at times), or keep it in and look like I’m performing a very slow painful spin with five thumbs.

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Street guys often take a heavy dowel and cover it with black tape. If you have $200 to spend Joe Porper will make you a wand tht could have ivory or other ends material. Your choice. He's able to make any wand you want.
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It is just practice. I use, and spin a plastic wand. Smile
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Try striking your cups with the shaft of the wand, just below the brass tip. You might even find that the cup rings somewhat sweeter. A small adjustment unless your routine calls for striking right on the end of the wand.
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Use a wand without metal tips. Seems easy enough.
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Talk to Michael Myatt of Moonlight Magic. He is a great craftsman when it comes to wands and coin boxes and is very reasonable. I have 9 of his wands with a variety and combinations of beautiful woods and metals. He can make you a wand all wood with weighted ends. He even makes wands with magnetic tips. Michael can also make a wand with interchangeable tips so you can use your wand for different routines. All of his products come with a lifetime guarantee. If you ding the wand or damage the wand in anyway, you can send it back to him and he will repair the wand or coin box at no charge. He is a poster on Magic Café so you can PM him here. His user name is wandmgc8. Here is his website;
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I have all kinds of wands... my favorite is made from 1/2 oak dowel with rounded ends... no cup damage and will still make a Cup ring if needed.

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Charlie Miller used the cardboard tube from a wire coat hangar.
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Donnie... how about bringing this back?
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To hit the cups with solid tipped wands is looking to dent the cups. To hit the cups with the same wand, but above the tips is to invite breaking off the tips.

If you make a wand with the ends covered in metal tubing, rather than solid metal stock, it will still be weighted, yet the tips will be far less likely to dent your cups. Using a harder wood will help as well. Try purple heart, rock maple, Osage Orange, African Blackwood or even lacewood. Beautiful woods not traditionally used, but quite up to the use and abuse. Lignum Vitae (tree of life) is so tough that they used it as ball bearings in submarines during WWII, for they made less noise... Be warned though... it will sink in water!
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