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The Larry Jennings chop cup routine is also on the World's Greatest Magic - Chop Cups dvd/downloads.

My favorite routine to watch is Don Alan's performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owxXuRhvxUA

The look of joy and astonishment from the observer is fun to watch. That's what we should all strive to achieve.

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Magic routines employing a container and small object were popular and astonishing long before AL Wheatley made the sleights simpler with a magnet.
With this simplicity, however, there seems to have also come a stagnation of creativity with many just wanting to copy a known routine.

Then the idea of a weird final load crept in with challenge of concealing lemons in one's shorts.

Perhaps what one should "strive to achieve" is something less repetitive and boring that risks revealing method.
Yes, study the artistry and skills of polished performers - then move on to "best" for yourself and your audience of the moment.

My current favorite "one cup" routine is using a found coffee mug and a coffee creamer(s) for astonishment and joy.
No gimmicks or repeated moves - even sequences in the spectator's hands.

No video - just putting your imagination to work.
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I perform the version Doug Henning did on his tv
special...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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Doug Henning did the Larry Jennings routine.
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Has anyone here seen Just A Cup by Axel Hecklau? This is the BEST I have seen! It's one of the best tricks I have!

https://www.axelhecklau-shop.com/lng/en/......guage=en

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The best chop cup routine is the one that YOU master.
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Yeah, well, I'm going to try to master the Paul Daniels routine.
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The hardest part of Paul Daniel's routine to master is his personality. I have one of the chop cups he used on a television broadcast. I got it from John Fisher.
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My vote goes for Nathan Coe Marsh’s chop cup routine revealed in his Penguin Act lecture. Nicely flowing phases and without the overt spectator “gotcha” element that weakens so much of earlier chop cup routines.
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The impact of any part of ANY magic routine depends entirely upon the ability of the performer to convey a sense of "magic" to the audience. Sometimes a spectator "gotcha" is appropriate, but it shouldn't be overdone.
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There are 3 routines I really like that I've seen.

1. Don Alan
2. Larry Jennings
3. Richard Mendez In Your Face routine

There are many good routines out there, you can watch YouTube for hours on end. But the best routine you can do is your own.
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My favorite will always be Paul Daniels routine 😊, first that I saw and even after all the routines I have seen since this in my opinion stills stands above the rest. RIP
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On Sep 22, 2019, Dougini wrote:
Has anyone here seen Just A Cup by Axel Hecklau? This is the BEST I have seen! It's one of the best tricks I have!

https://www.axelhecklau-shop.com/lng/en/......guage=en

Doug


I second Doug's post. Hecklau's cup certainly has the most possibilities as you can show the cup empty, there's no hard setting down the cup, and you have so much control over when and if you want the ball(dice) to disappear or re-appear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BMDiZICYa8

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In a word “mine” not because it’s better than anyone else’s but because it’s mine. I’ve spent a very long time creating the timing of how I do my Chop cup routine and it works very well for me. Call it a bad answer to the question but it is honest. Smile
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I had a brilliant decision to combine Doug Hennings routine and the Larry Jennings routines. Why? Because they are the same thing . hehe. I hope you can handle a little humor.

But seriously, Alex Hecklau's chop cup routine is pretty wild. I have adapted it to do it with a plastic cup and balls.
I feel like he has not gotten the credit he deserves for his great innovation here. I agree the other routines are very good as well.
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[quote]On Nov 3, 2019, Zauberman wrote:
[quote]On Sep 22, 2019, Dougini wrote:
Has anyone here seen Just A Cup by Axel Hecklau? This is the BEST I have seen! It's one of the best tricks I have!

https://www.axelhecklau-shop.com/lng/en/......guage=en


We had Alex Hecklau lecture at our magic club. His Just A Cup routine absolutely blew us all away! Needless to say, when he opened up his dealer table, this was a much sought after item. Sold out right away!
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Yes magic 99, Hecklau's routine and M.O. is so great, it makes you think it could not be
a chop cup routine. In some ways, it is NOT!
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Nobody mentioned my favourite, which is the only one I have ever performed. It is the John Mendosa Chop Cup routine. Cheers!
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This is the best... I can do, for the moment.

https://youtu.be/hDB7rQqGI0c
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Denis that was a great one-cup routine. I totally enjoyed it. I must admit that your handling kept me off-guard and, as a result, gave me a lot of pleasure watching. Your final loads (especially the first one) totally surprised me. I loved being surprised. Your handling was so casual it almost looked impromptu! Good show! AND thanks!



J. Burk Whittaker does indeed have a novel and different take on the Chop Cup. It is a refreshing move away from the old "follow the ball" game routine. IF his published routine (Fu-Ling's Egg Production) is the one he is referencing. I really like it but can't say I have mastered it yet.

The John Mendoza Goblet Chop Cup routine is solid and nice too, albeit using the follow the ball "game" format of presentation. I have a tendency to fall back on John's routine since old habits die hard. John gave me one of his custom made goblets and personal instruction some time before he passed.
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