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I love MAGIC
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What is the best set you recommend for cups and balls, preferably under $50. I don't want to spend a fortune on cups and balls. Thanks in advance!!!
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You can find aluminum sets rather cheap. But they do not have much weight to them. But they normally run about $30.00 or so.
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I don't know if I want to spend $30 one a cups and balls set. Anybody have a cheaper alternative? I might get an aluminum set. If anyone has any other good ones that don't cost a fortune, please post them here. Thanks in advance for the help!!!
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You can check e-bay I'm sure you will find what you are looking for there.
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You can get a nice set of two cups for the Ramsay routine for cheap. Go to the deli and pick up two 4 oz. containers of ice cream. You can read the routine while eating and then just rinse the cups. Then you are almost all set to go. Just need four little balls, two about the size of golf balls, and two tomatoes. You can make the four little balls from napkins available at the deli. Most importantly, have fun.

Now for my question to the gang...

We drink from cups. What if the stuff you drop into a cup gets eaten by the cup i.e., instead of producing large loads at the end, you drop them into a cup to have them vanish?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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I usually shop at second hand stores like goodwill and find old cups and even all my magic ideas there. I bought a shaker cup made of stainless steel that had two smaller cups in it and I paid about 3 bucks for it, and I shop at craft stores. So I got some 1.5" pom poms to use for around 4 bucks. So, if you look around you can find stuff to use and stuff that suits you. What happens if you, lets say bought that 50.00 cups and balls set. I’m not saying I'm cheap, but for three cups and balls to do a trick, I'll find something that fits my personality and preference. Why not try colored plastic drinking cups and pom poms or sponge cubes (which can be made from a small sheet of foam) from a craft store for under 5 bucks! The sky is the limit. But check this out as I read in another post, be careful using reflective cups because it could give something away.
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Another option for cups is to use coffee cups. Michael Skinner often performed it this way using olives or cherries for the balls.

Daniel Cross has always used paper Pepsi cups for his routine.
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JT... great idea. Years ago Eric Lewis lectured for us and did his cups/balls. Sadly, he flashed the final loads so bad... but we were kind and applauded at the finish.

A month later at the club I decided to show my cups and balls routine... and FLASHED WORSE, I MEAN BADLY as I put in the loads. (But got them back out flawlessly)...

When I lifted the cups and THERE WAS NOTHING... it killed!

Your comment makes me think of this: You finish the routine and decide you have "earned a drink."

You produce a bottle (beer, milk?) and pour it into one of the cups... then you TOSS the cup to someone and it is empty. (Or solid or full of sawdust)???
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On 2004-02-07 18:54, I love MAGIC wrote:
I don't know if I want to spend $30 one a cups and balls set. Anybody have a cheaper alternative? I might get an aluminum set. If anyone has any other good ones that don't cost a fortune, please post them here. Thanks in advance for the help!!!

If you want a cups and balls set, but you don't want to spend more than a few bucks for it, get a plastic set. They will cost you a few dollars, and you will have an "official" set of cups for the cups and balls.

Later, when you decide that you want to actually DO the cups and balls, then you might want to get a professional set. But they won't be cheap.

Professional props cost money. It's a fact of life.
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Maybe you can try the Morrissey combo cups as you can also do additional routines with them.

http://www.morrisseymagic.com/morrissey_closeup1.htm

But a thing you might want to take note of: "The Morrissey design is not ideal, but is a step up from the cheap plastic sets. The indents on the bottoms are not great, so the balls can roll off easier, they don't give the illusion of small capacity, and you can't nest multiple 1" balls without the top cup rocking (use 7/8" balls). "- taken from -
http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/magcups.htm

You might also want to check out the website for more information on cups and balls.
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I have a Morissey aluminum combo set ($25), a plastic set ($1.50) from the grocery store, and I just purchased the penguin cups ($100). I have used the plastic cups much more than the combo cups. There are various reasons for this, including weight, color, balance, and routine.

I recommend working up a routine with simple plastic cups, or ice cream containers (someone on another thread was using flower pots), or something like that. I think you will be able to come up with something very entertaining and fun. You may still end up wanting some metal cups, but you will know what to look for when you look (and your budget for cups will have changed, believe me). You might find like I have found that the more common looking props are better suited to your style, or maybe not.

Enjoy!!

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Bob Read has maybe one of the most entertaining cups and balls routine ever. He uses a coffee cup, a paper cup, and one old cup from a magic shop.

Ramsay had one of the best, and forgotten, routines ever created and he used Ice Cream cups (2) and painted them with silver paint.

It is the routine and presentation when you get down to it, NOT THE PROPS.

Posted: Feb 9, 2004 12:20pm
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I have used teacups in a Chinese Restaurant to do an Impromptu routine taking the paper coves from chopsticks wadded up for the balls (borrowed 3 limes from the kitchen for final loads).

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You can get a good beginner Aluminum set from Penguin for about $13 or $14 dollars. After that, the next step up is Morrisey ($35-$45). Then I would recommend some Penguins ($100), then a set of JP cups ($180-$200). After that, if you are ready for the BAD BOYS, get some Sherwood cups ($325 for smooth, and $1000+ for Engraved).
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Bazar de Magica are available for the same price as Morrisey. It is a heavier cup that will hold a lacrosse ball. Plenty of headroom for 3 balls, and a nice indentation unlike Morrisey cups. They are available in copper or brass. The penguin is a shorter cup, but will hold the same load. I do like the way they handle, but just starting off the Bazar cups will do just fine. Check out Murphysmagicsupplies.com
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My local magic shop has aluminum cups for $15.00. Imported I guess, and it comes with a bag.

Great buy.
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One of the benefits of using a "more expensive" cup is balance. The cup just feels better and is more responsive to your moves. Considering the "best" cost $1000.00, spending 10% to get a really good set is not very expensive.

Kirk Grodske
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I bought an aluminum set not long ago, and I think it's a wonderful thing, at least for a beginner like me. If nothing else, shiny cups inspire practice.

Jeremiah
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Balance has nothing to do with a Cups and Balls. It is the routine and the miracles created with the items. Bob Reed uses ordinary cups for coffee.
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On 2004-02-09 12:18, Pete Biro wrote:
It is the routine and presentation when you get down to it, NOT THE PROPS.

Hi, Pete!

I cannot agree with you more on this subject. 'The cowl does not make the monk.'

That being said, I finally got a set of your Galli-Galli Cups from Stevens, and darned if they haven't just perked up my routine!

Thanks,
Leland Stone
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On 2004-02-10 12:40, Kingry wrote:
Bazar de Magica are available for the same price as Morrisey. It is a heavier cup that will hold a lacrosse ball. Plenty of headroom for 3 balls, and a nice indentation unlike Morrisey cups. They are available in copper or brass. The penguin is a shorter cup, but will hold the same load. I do like the way they handle, but just starting off the Bazar cups will do just fine. Check out Murphysmagicsupplies.com

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