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Daegs
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Get a terrific response with this audience participatory effect! What looks like something that would never work really does, and it's amazing.

You display a piece of string attached to the handle of a cup along with a wand. The other end of the string has a washer attached to it.

Invite a spectator up on stage and ask him to take part in a real mystery. The Mystery of the Falling Cup. The volunteer stands with his arms spread parallel to the floor and grasps the cup in his right hand and the washer in his left hand. You then instruct him to extend his arms so that the string is fully stretched. Now, you pick up the wand and place it in the spectator's right hand just under the string attached to the cup, so that the wand is now supporting the cup.

The right hand is holding the wand, the cup is dangling from the middle of the wand and the left hand is holding the washer. Making sure the spectator's arms are parallel to the floor and about shoulder high, you instruct him to let go of the washer and be amazed. Although it is expected that the cup will fall to the ground and shatter into a thousand pieces, the result is the picture you see above! That's the workings of the Falling Cup.

Use two cups if you so desire. Ask if they believe in the power of magic. Tell them when you count to three they must let go of the washer and count on the power of magic to keep the cup from shattering.

Perfect for stand-up comedy magicians, school shows, science shows, kid shows, and MCs, you receive everything needed to perform, including ceramic cup, wooden magic wand, washer, string, and detailed instructions.


Does anyone have any information on this item?

It sounds like an old physics experiment, is this meant as a comedic bit or a piece of magic?

Finally, can anyone who has this comment on whether you could use a heavy dice, ball or other object than a washer, this seems a bit tacky....
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It is physics, yes,but if you get the Barrie Richardson book he has a presentation in there with a watch.So it is a sort of a wager that the watch will stay safe.
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asper
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It's a Stewart James trick. HP is just trying to make a quick buck on this. The Richardson book has a good presentation of it. It's not worth $13 for an ungimmicked up, a washer, and a piece of string.
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