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Topic: Pool Chop Cup
Message: Posted by: BerkleyJL (Feb 15, 2005 08:58AM)
:cake:
I just found out my wife is getting me [b]Stephane Bourgoin's[/b] "Pool Chop Cup" for my birthday (March 1st). It was at the top of my wish list and apparently, I've been a "good boy!" :D

I've read some great reviews on it, but someone said it was [i]too elegant to perform with.[/i] :worry: This effect is perfectly in character for me, so I will definitely use it...but what does [i]too elegant[/i] mean? Are there any precautions I should take?

I'll also post a review in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" after I've had a chance to perform with it a few times.

Joe
Message: Posted by: BLSmagic (Feb 15, 2005 02:51PM)
BerkleyJL,
I don't have this particular chop cup, but I do use a cue ball and an 8 ball for my final loads in my stage routine for cups and balls. I use smooth classical music for this routine. It does look very classy to use billiard balls in a cups and balls routine. All I would say is, develop a routine and hand it to your audience to snack on. If the reactions are kinds that you want, don't change anything. Hope that helps. Good luck. It is a beautiful looking product.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 15, 2005 06:43PM)
I haven't seen this prop yet. I understand that the balls provided are actually painted wooden balls. If these are done well, they will look very much like the real thing.
Message: Posted by: BerkleyJL (Feb 15, 2005 08:07PM)
Next time I come to Texas I'll let you check 'em out...unless you get a set by then. I know you're quite the collector! In fact, I went to your site to see if you had them under Chop Chop Cups or Unusual Cups already.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 15, 2005 09:52PM)
Thanks. I just haven't had a chance to order it or the tennis ball chop cup.
Message: Posted by: Steve Hook (Feb 16, 2005 07:40PM)
Does anyone who has bought this have any comments on the quality of the props or the routine (standard? patter?)

Thanks much!

Steve H
Message: Posted by: BerkleyJL (Feb 16, 2005 08:38PM)
Keep an eye out for my review. It was just ordered today so I should receive it sometime next week.
Message: Posted by: RickThibau (Feb 21, 2012 06:10AM)
http://www.rickthibau.com/videos.php?cod_video=9
1'50" take a peek ate the chop cup, old video (from 2007)

I stood away from it as I`m mainly doing mentalism and if have to will do a 2 cups and balls routine, but last week I played a little bit with my routine then I'm back to the pool chop cup for cabaret/stage magic act.

Ups and downs
-looks good, profesionally made, these props are great to play/create/twist method ideas.
-balls might break and are replaceable (around $45 for two balls - gimmicked and regular).

I use the appearing pool cue at the end and a green mat of course adds to the nice design aspect of it.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 23, 2012 11:50PM)
I did actually get a set of these shortly after this thread was started. I don't really think this is a practical set. The mesh "cup" seems a bit fragile to me. It may not be, but I'd rather have something that didn't look so contrived.
Message: Posted by: Frank Starsini (Feb 27, 2012 03:46PM)
I've seen those offerings.. pool, tennis.. and I agree with Bill. too fragile and too contrived for my taste.