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One Man
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I have been juggling shaker cups for more than 20 years and resigned myself to buying a new set of cups every couple of years or so....

I have just bought the shaker cups manufactured by jugglingarts.com and all I can say is WOW! The cups are not cheap ($40 ea.) but they are the best I have ever used. I've tried Dube (hated them...rubber insert always fell out), Beard (OK), and used Jenack cups for years. But the juggling arts cups are made from an aircraft alloy and appear that they will last a very long time and are engineered so they will sit flat on a table. Not possible with the Jenack cups. They also come in a variety of colors. Eliot Goldstein of JugglingArts is a great guy and a pleasure to deal with.

If you are in the market for some nice Shaker cups or other unique quality juggling props check out the website. I also own one of Eliot's spinning bowls and have used it for 15 years and it still looks great.

-Kevin
itshim
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Do they bend when dropped on the floor? Have the metal come off in your hand? Make a truly loud and irritating noise? (which I want btw) and slide easily in and out of each other?

Nigel
I knew a man who kept saying "pliers, pincers, scissors". He was speaking in tongs.

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One Man
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They appear to not bend when dropped....but I so rarely drop LOL.

I have used them half a dozen times (+ practicing) and have yet to see any dings.

They come apart easily and feel slightly lighter than my Jenack cups. I do a 4 cup toss and catch that took me a day or two to get used to the new cups.

Expensive but I highly recommend them.
Circus Bambouk
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Last night at Ray Grins' place I had the opportunity to play with the new stainless steel shaker cups that Brian Dube is selling (www.dube.com).

OMG. They are GORGEOUS. They are slightly smaller than the old Dubes, the Jenacks, etc. They shine like chrome. Ray had been letting my clown partner borrow his old Dube cups. Last night he told Matthew to "keep 'em. I'm never going back. I love these."

Ray has worked with them for a short time, but he said he's dropped them a couple times and they still look pristine. Anyone who has a flash or comedy club act should consider these. Our show is an old vaudeville throwback, so we like the used, dinged up ol' Dubes. But the new ones...wow.

Full disclosure: As a NY'er, I tend to buy from dube because he's close. This has led to both positive and negative experiences. And I do not do a cups act, but I do have plenty of experience with shaker cups. That's all.

Catching up on posting during a slow, chilly Thursday,

Brian
scaress
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I just tried the shaker cups for the first time with a set from jugglingarts a few months ago.
they seem like good cups (but what do I know?) but I've dinged them up already. maybe cause I'm just begining. so my plan was to practice with these and when I'm ready to perform I'll buy a new set.
and I have talked to Eliot, and it was a pleasure doing business with him.

does anyone have a favorite book/video with cups tricks? or better yet, a website?
http://www.toddstrong.com has some cup stuff.
itshim
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There isn't a decent site out there but there are a few videos. Try searching the http://www.jugglingdb.com video archive. I might even get around to recording my shaker cup tricks someday and if I do then they will appear on http://www.trickswithhats.org

Of course you could always make it to the british juggling convention and listen for the noise.

Nigel
I knew a man who kept saying "pliers, pincers, scissors". He was speaking in tongs.

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AndyComic
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There was a great Japanese video on youtube for the cups. don't have time now to find it but if someone does, post the link here.

Are those cups from 'the juggle arts' still there? I couldn't find the link.

Andy
One Man
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My only complaint is the paint has chipped off...I wanted unpainted and he only had painted ones available...c'est la vie. He also sells some nice balancing poles and mouthsticks.

The first clip has some nice moves...the second is too much free time time to practice tricks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phvPr7LJwn4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSdqninQyB0

I remeber that Japanese clip and I thought I found it through here. If anybody has it please post it here,,,some great moves.

Also check out Bartender Flair videos because they use a lot of cup moves...

Kevin
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I notice Dube is advertising a 'new' version of their shaker cups - wider mouth and made of stainless steel. Has anyone tried these out, and can you compare them to the Juggling Arts ones?
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Malcolm, look up about 5 posts...

"OMG. They are GORGEOUS. They are slightly smaller than the old Dubes, the Jenacks, etc. They shine like chrome. Ray had been letting my clown partner borrow his old Dube cups. Last night he told Matthew to "keep 'em. I'm never going back. I love these."

Ray has worked with them for a short time, but he said he's dropped them a couple times and they still look pristine. Anyone who has a flash or comedy club act should consider these. Our show is an old vaudeville throwback, so we like the used, dinged up ol' Dubes. But the new ones...wow. "
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