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I'm developing my street routine... and right now it consists of a rope routine and a bill in lemon routine, plus a few attention getters. I have been looking into adding the cups and balls but I m o I don't feel confortable performing it. Somehow it is just not me. I think the chop cup would be better for my character. Is chop cup a good thing to do in the streets? Easy to pull of sorunded? One of the advantages I see is that the misdirection for the final load will be easier since I only have to have two loads. I think this would be easier if I'm surrounded than having five loads. What do you think?
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Kozmo ends his shows with a chop cup. If it works for him, it should work for you. As long as you have an effect that involves audience interaction and you feel comfortable with, and it enables you to GTFM, then go for it!

Forgot to add, if you are looking for a killer chop cup/dice stacking cup, contact Frank at His stuff is simply killer. Tell him I sent you!
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I've used the chop cup for years and it's allways a killer. my final load is too big to fit in the cup so it is an eye opener. of course I don't claim to be the first or last person to end like that. I Have used it with a lemon as a final load then keep the lemon in full view the rest of the show. thus the opener for a bill to lemon AFTER the lemon came into view.
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I used to close with the chop cup. Its a great trick! Its very appropriate for the streets. Go for it!
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Can anyone who uses the chop cup routine point me in the right direction on a video or routine to look into??

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Stephane Bourgoin has produced a "Dice Chop Cup" that you could look into. I use it to good effect, but plan to replace it soon with something else. If you go with the material exactly as presented, it's a gambling routine that ends with you showing a roll of money. As a closer, you could drop that into your hat as a demonstration of what the crowd is then supposed to do.

I am not a worker, so that may not be the best take it with a grain of salt.
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I don't understand your theory. Just because there is 2 final loads, does not mean that they are easier to perform, or that the misdirection is easier. The chop cup is a great tool, and can mold around just about any street character.

Get the Don Allen Chop cup Routine, and your on your way to performing some great stuff. I'd get an inexpensive cup, but leather. The leather will keep the cup from having a conversation with your final loads. Inexpensive because all cups accomplish the same thing. The more expensive ones are just nice for formal settings. Look at Franks cups on his website- those are nice.

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Franks cups are nice! They are a little small for my taste though. I use the generic one from Cananda...I think its Morrissy.

My routine is based on Larry Jennings, which is a very good one. It uses a silk and shot glass...a little proppy for walkaround, but good for the street.

Slightly changing the subject, but I have never fully agreed with myself on the question of whether its a good idea to use the chop cup final load for bill in lemon.

One of me thinks its a nice narrative flow, and the other thinks it muddys both effects.
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If I were busking I don't think that I would use mini cups. I would look for something more visible. I've never had a problem with Morrissey products though. They've always seemed really good quality for a very reasonable price.

I am not a worker, so that may not be the best take it with a grain of salt.
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I've got the mini-cup. It's very nice to work with and looks like a metal brandy snifter. (I'm working on some presentation regarding "leprachan's whiskey goblet" but it's uphill work.)

I'm concerned about the little cork balls. One, will they even be seen and two will they blow away first time I try to use them?
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