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tbaer
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(1) Is there a cup that works better than another cup so the blob doesn't fall out?

(2) I do show the cup to be empty before the trick, but is there anything that can be done to the cup internally without looking suspicious to help keep the blob from falling out.

I usually work with 8 ounces of water.
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Try a Styrofoam cup. I have demo'd a lot of slush powder when I worked at the magic shop at Silver Dollar City.
Because it was a demo I didn't use that much water! However make sure you use enough powder, one teaspoon should
be sufficient for eight ounces of liquid.

Best of luck

Mark
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Thanks, I'll try Styrofoam. Depending on where you get slush powder, I found out not all slush powders are the same strength. I have some slush powder that I only need 1-tsp per 8-ounces of water, another brand that I need 2-tsp per 8-ounces of water, and another brand that I need 3-tsb per 8-ounces of water to make a good gel.
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You are right, not all are the same strength. I would like to know the best brand of powder and where to buy.
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If it helps, we packaged it ourselves. Bought in bulk 44 lb. bags.

Mark
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On Sep 20, 2019, tbaer wrote:
is there anything that can be done to the cup internally without looking suspicious to help keep the blob from falling out.


If you use a Styrofoam cup as suggested, you can push a pencil through it side to side. Then rotate the cup upside down holding the pencil on each side. Not only is the pencil going through a convincer, it holds the blob in. You can even create a gimmick pencil to deliver the slush powder.
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I use a red Solo cup. I took a round piece of plastic and punched holes in it with a regular punch. I then glued this inside the cup about 1/3 up from the bottom. (you can determine where to glue it by adding your measured water and powder and letting it "work") This never fails me. However, to clean up, you need to rinse it out through the holes until everything comes out. If you let it dry a day or so there's almost nothing left in the cup.
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A teaspoon is way to much for an 8 ounce cup. Only need a quarter of a teaspoon for 4 ounces. It is not intended to pour a full 8 ounce glass of water in the cup. Trial an error is the only way find what works for you and your water in your area of the country. Not all water is the same from city to city. Don't be afraid to try distilled water as well, they sell it in gallon jugs as the grocery stores.

When I first purchased this effect, it came with a small measuring spoon. It work with that small amount. Again not a full glass of water. The stuff works quickly, but not if you use to much water.
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In my magnetized water routine, I use a stainless steel mixing cup and two teaspoons of slush powder. I pour the water from a bottle held high over the cup. It looks like a lot, but it is really only about a third of a bottle, about six ounces. It works well for me:

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Pop, you are correct, the height splashes the powder and spreads it out quickly. That is why it works for you. If poured in just above the cup and slowly, the powder will clump up and not be able to absorb much at all.

I often suggest practicing, buy that I mean to try different amounts, and styles of pouring. When I am trying to find a solution, I am actually experimenting to see which works for me. I just don't keep doing the same things that are not working.

I even went to a restaurant and put in my cup before receiving coffee from the waitress. I found out it does not work at all with a full cup of hot coffee.
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Great ideas. Thanks

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May I ask a different slush powder question and maybe an entirely different (but related!) question:

How much heat is there on the cup after the vanish and how do you deal with that? I'm creating a routine in which I'll use a silver(ish) goblet-type cup, pour wine into it, levitate it (Exquisite), and vanish the wine as the kicker. Was thinking of slush powder but when the vanish is the climax of the routine, doesn't the audience expect to see the inside of the cup? I could turn the cup upside down without showing the inside, ditch the cup in a servante, bring up a duplicate and very casually lay it on the table facing the audience. But I'm worried about angles on that.

Alternately, was thinking of a goblet that works like a foo can, but I would need to make it or have it made. Or, could use a milk pitcher type vessel to cheat the pouring into the cup, but would want it to be a bottle so the pouring of the wine into the cup makes sense. I would have to figure out how to manufacture it out of a glass bottle. (anyone have a discontinued "Vanishing Milk Bottle" that they're not using any more?)

Any thoughts much appreciated.
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On Dec 12, 2019, Mark Levenson wrote:
I'm creating a routine in which I'll use a silver(ish) goblet-type cup, pour wine into it, levitate it (Exquisite), and vanish the wine as the kicker. Was thinking of slush powder but when the vanish is the climax of the routine, doesn't the audience expect to see the inside of the cup? I could turn the cup upside down without showing the inside, ditch the cup in a servante, bring up a duplicate and very casually lay it on the table facing the audience. But I'm worried about angles on that.
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Any thoughts much appreciated.


Just brainstorming, but one potential way could be to use a Chen Lee Water Suspension type gimmick in reverse with slush powder. Fill the "glass" with wine. Then use Exquisite gimmick to float glass. At end have glsss float down to table. Then use the exquisite gimmick to steal away the filled Chen Lee style gimmick when removing the napkin.
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Frank -- thanks. that's a very interesting idea. I'd thought of stealing the "used" slush powder but with some gimmick that would have required my hand to cover the mouth of the cup (something attached to a thumb tip). Using the Exquisite gimmick and the cloth as the cover for the steal might work. I'm thinking magnets. Thanks for the suggestion! Mark.
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