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Bill Palmer
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Depends on the size of your bottom.

Line.
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Once (for a magician audience) I 'flashed' the final loads, but stole 'em out perfectly and when I lifted the cups and THERE WAS NOTHING... it killed!
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I love that, Pete!!! I had a guy kill me with a bunch of flashing and then he asked me to critique his routine. When I did, he pushed the cup toward me and said, "Show me."

The cup was a solid chunk of wood. My brain only felt like it.
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Ron, that's a very cool story. I can imagine the reaction!
Mmmm, makes me think to induce a "look away-moment" just to experience this...
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I have found that the extremely soft eggs that Hank Lee sells, called simply "The Egg" allow me to end the cups and balls with the appearance of three eggs, with the advantage that they take little to no space in my pockets, and they are of course, completely silent when loading. They have a ZERO "talk index", to coin a phrase. And from a normal viewing distance, their verisimilitude is outstanding.
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Michael Baker
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On 2004-12-31 09:43, daffydoug wrote:
I have found that the extremely soft eggs that Hank Lee sells, called simply "The Egg" allow me to end the cups and balls with the appearance of three eggs, with the advantage that they take little to no space in my pockets, and they are of course, completely silent when loading. They have a ZERO "talk index", to coin a phrase. And from a normal viewing distance, their verisimilitude is outstanding.


I can see the obvious advantages, including the one you didn't mention that rikbrooks poined out concerning the length v. height factor. Are these eggs collapsible, and if so, I am curious how would you handle the thoughts and/or reaction of the spectator who has the opportunity to squeeze one?
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Actually, they are EXTREMELY soft sponge like material, with an outer skin of eggshell white color. The skin is also extremely thin. From a few feet away, they are perfect. They can be finger palmed easily, or they can be compacted into a small enough space that they can be neatly "thumb palmed"

I haven't had the problem of a spectator handling them , since I always strike the props as soon as the effect is completed. They usually go under my nightclub table, and end up being wheeled off behind my backdrop. Out of sight, out of mind. Yes, if a spectator did squeeze one, they would immediately know what is going on. But, as I said, for the venues I employ this in, stage, night club, etc., they never are allowed the "fun" of touching my props.

Close-up wouldn't work with this, of course.

And a couple more things. The price on these eggs keeps going up! They are not cheap! (If Hank still carries them) The disadvantage is this: I have to handle them with "kid gloves" to keep them clean, undamaged, and looking like what they are supposed to be. When they wear out or get discolored, I have the expense of purchasing another set, or the other option is to change my routine, and I don't want to do that, since I worked extremely hard getting it to it's current stste. So, that's the downside.

Amazingly, I also found in Wallmart a plastic "apple" that is so close to real that it is astounding. The color is perfect, and it is complete with all the little "flecks" of coloration that a real apple has. It is as close perfect as I have ever seen. So I pack it in my case and use that as one of my loads and it saves me a trip to the grocery store every time I have to perform the cups and balls. I think I was very lucky to find it, and don't know if another one is available.
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Michael Baker
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Not sure what size apple you refer to, but WalMart, in their craft dept., carries a whole line of artificial fruits and veggies that would even fool a chef or a farmer.

Apparently, you have dealt with the problem of the squeezers, but I was just thinking about this other thread when I asked.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......6&20
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Gotta love Walmart!!! They sell some paint that we've been using for years on some props. I'll have to check out those apples.

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I don't think the loads matter too much as long as they are big and colourful.

And it's always worth a fourth load as you have natural misdirection. (Use two loads when working a single cup like a chop)
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