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Do people have a preferred wand for their routines? I'd be interested to hear which wands work best for different style cups -- traditionals, Indian, mini sets etc. I've got three wands for my cups and balls and am using the Ammar Mercury wand more than the others, for my standard sets...it gives me more movement due to its length and girth...

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I have been using the Ammar wand for about 5 years now. I love it, it is just the perfect weight for the wand spin. I bought it up at Tom Frank's old Seattle Magic shop on vacation. I have been using it in my cups and balls on the street. However I have beat up the wand by smacking it on my table, my cups, and the sidewalk. The rubber is starting to rip. So I think I will have to replace the heat shrink tubing very soon.
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I collect wands and rotate them depending on my mood. I have a homemade Ammar wand. They are great and the tubing won't move like on the originals. I love my wand from Tom Frank that came with the Pheonix cups. I normally just use this for ring on stick when I'm strolling. I have a BEAUTIFUL Porper 2 piece wand that's made of Teak. I use this with my silver Sherwoods. I think my favorite is from Tabby Crab. It has .38 shells as the tips. I believe Biro refers to this as a L.A. street wand. I have a few ideas that Rannie may be working on for me. If you haven't seen what nice work he does, find that thread and pick up a nice wand from him.
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Thanks, Brian, Pepka. Interesting.
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I used to make a wand called "The GoldenRod." It was made of solid brass rod with a rubber cover. They are great for the wand spin and make a wonderful "persuader" for people who want to mess with your props.

However, they can put a nasty dent in a cup.
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I use the cheapo plastic 'Rising' wand. Its cheap, so I don't really care if I drop/break it, and it won't dent/scratch the cups. Downside is its kinda light, but I can do the wand spin with no problems.
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Having made so many wands for my own use, I would select the one that is appropriate with the theme of the routine. My wands include those made of wood, metal, acrylics, even a felt wand, and they come in all kinds of colors and sizes.

For a small cup I would use one that is shorter. And to avoid denting of the cups I would use those that are crocheted.
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James - Good to hear from you agian...

I use the mercury wand. I bought it recently. I like it alot, but I have a question. The exposed ends on my mercury wand are 2.5 inches. Is that standard, or are they now using less shrinkwrap for some reason?
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As much as many of you dislike it, I use MM wand, it works good for me.
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I have both the Ammar Mercury Wand and the MM wand but still find myself going back to the plastic 'Rising' wand (which I removed the gimmick), as it pains my heart (and wallet) to whack my cups with metal tips. Smile

I don't really think what wand you use matters, unless you want to follow a theme, like what James said, or it fits a venue, eg. Gold graved wand to accompany your engraved Sherwoods, Bamboo stick to go with coconut shells etc.
You could just use a wodden dowel or drumstick like most buskers do.

Contrary to popular belief, the magic wand unfortunately does not grant its wielder magic powers in real life. Smile
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I got one of those nifty "Tiger" wands from Joe Porper. This is the one that does the penetration. It's way cool!
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On 2008-07-31 07:56, Tony Thomas wrote:
James - Good to hear from you agian...

I use the mercury wand. I bought it recently. I like it alot, but I have a question. The exposed ends on my mercury wand are 2.5 inches. Is that standard, or are they now using less shrinkwrap for some reason?


Tony, the ends of my Ammar wand are also 2.5 inches; I only purchased it about two months ago. I guess it's standard.

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That's a good proportion on that wand.
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It is, Bill, I think it looks very elegant with that amount of silver against the dark. I really enjoy the length. The other day I watched Dai Vernon (on Youtube) performing and he had a wand which I think was perhaps a fraction longer. It was amazing to see how he handled it, how it seemed to be an extra part of his hands, how it flowed from palm to palm. I watched his performance a few times (and will again, no doubt), just to see how the wand can enhance everything. Wonderful.

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I use a homemade wand and occasionally my 10" Telic(black w/silver tips).

My wand:
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That's a lovely wand, vpatanio. Congrats.

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I also vote for the cheap plastic wands! They're only 74 cents each (wholesale), but they look shiny and are just fine. They make my brass Bazar cups ring like a bell, but will never scratch or dent a cup. And if someone walks off with it (as has happened!), it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to replace. I use the 11" ones for close-up and the 14" ones for parlor work.

I got a dozen of them and still have a couple of spares left. When I finally learn how to do a wand spin, I may have move up to something more substantial, but for now, the plastic ones are just fine. SETH
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There is wisdom in your writing, Seth.

Best,

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Thank you!! It means a lot when invested time is appreciated.

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Here's a question for Bill. We've heard the legend of Vernon's silver cups, smuggled out of Iran. Was his wand also solid silver? I know there were 2 sets of cups made, but how many wands and where is it now, with Ben?
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