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It may be the oldest magic trick in the world, and you’d think nothing new could be done with the cups & balls. You may be right. But you may be wrong.

Dan Turcotte, also known as http://www.youdomagic.com, brings young people to a crescendo of joy with a twist on the old cups & balls. And you can watch him do it in two videos, then learn how he does it in the accompanying booklet.

You’ve seen the “shell game” phase of the cups & balls before, where the ball is “lost” somewhere among the cups and the spectator guesses where it is. Dan adds a bit of juggling to this, giving it a fresh look and keeping the entire phase within his hands. He freely confesses his inspirations, but it does appear that he’s applied old principles in new ways. It seems new and refreshing to his spectators.

The “in your hand” phase is just one phase of a very entertaining (and amusing, when you get your spectator to play along) routine. Dan spends much of the tutorial teaching presentation and giving tips for misdirection. Proper presentation is not just useful, but crucial to this routine – along with diligent practice.

Some tips that Tony & I can pass along, now that we’ve been practicing this:

1 - Get a decent sized set of cups. Chet has a small set which came in a Legends of Magic set, and he’s definitely saving up for a “real” set of cups. Tony has a classy set of cups, and it makes all the difference in the world – especially to your audience.

2 - Make sure they have some weight to them. Plastic cups will work, but you’ll really want some heft to them if you’re going to try some of the flourishes that Dan uses in the videos.

3 - Practice this slo-o-o-owly. Your hands will need to get used to these moves, to the point that you’re not thinking about them at all. (A cool discovery we made, is that when you do this very slowly, it begins to feel like magic - and you’re delighted when everything ends up where they’re supposed to be.)

4 - Involve your spectator. You’ll learn this lesson from watching the videos. We strongly urge you to view these videos of two separate occasions. One is outside – and one is at a restaurant table! The cups & balls is (are?) considered too bulky for restaurant work normally. Yet this shows them working, and shows how they work within limited space.

The Quicktime video has the usual Quicktime problems (Dan’s viewer is different from the average Quicktime viewer too) with the occasional freeze frame. This is no fault of Dan’s (and varies from computer to computer, and from playing to playing!) but is annoying. Since you’ll be viewing these over and over (Do set them to repeat viewing, for your learning edification) this may not be a problem, merely an annoyance. (Nor does it happen most of the time.)

If you were bored with cups & balls routines (Chet was) then you may find this awakens an interest. If you were a cups & balls afficionado (Tony is) then you’ll find a new facet on an old friend.

PS: Dan includes the plans to make your own magic table for under $30. And we're talking a magic table which looks like one of the VERY expensive ones.
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