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My boyfriend is a magician and is teaching me magic. I'm working on cups and balls right now, but I'm interested in changing the routine he showed me. I want to make the performance much better. He says he showed me the Mark Wilson routine, just to let you know what my current endeavors are. Thank you Smile Smile
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Well what do you want to accomplish that the current routine does not?
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The Wilson routine is to introduce beginners to the cups and balls. There are a lot of good, cheap books which have more advanced ideas. My favourite is Rafael Benatar video on A-1.
In general, Vernons routine is the most popular.
Other posts will tell you of Ammars book and videos, which although good, are expensive and not as clear as they should be.
Paul Gertners in Silver and Steel is very good also.
There are probably cheap beginners tapes and second hand pamphlets if you look around. Ask at your local magic shop or P M me.
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I agree Rafael Benatar's video is great and so is Steel and silver, however, these might be a little advanced for the beginner. Although if you are willing to put in the practice time these tapes can really help you to take your routine to the next level.

John Mendoza and Gazzo also have some nice material on the cups and balls. And as Eddie said I would say (lol), the Ammar tapes and book are great especially if you are a beginner because they show all of the beginner moves as well as the most advanced wand spins and cup moves etc.

I think this series is great, however, if the price is a little to steep just get the book. I also think they are well produced and all routines and moves clearly explained. What do you find unclear about them Eddie? Maybe I missed something.
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I started with the Wilson routine. I modified the patter to be more interactive, and have modified the ball transfer sleights to my liking. I use this routine all the time. It is very practical in that it works out of your pockets and is relatively easy to pull off.

I have also been performing a Chop Cup & Balls routine called the Mendoza Cups & Balls by John Mendoza ($6.50 booklet). It's down-side is that it requires that you work out of a sitting position. It's up-side is that you never execute a false transfer in your hands. It is a very magical routine and is a lot of fun to do, but requires a lot of practice.

Michael Ammar teaches his C&B routine in his Book "The Magic of Michael Ammar."

My recomendation for you would be:

Buy your own copy of Mark Wilsons Complete Course in Magic book. Work your current cups & balls routine into a showpiece, and try a couple of other routines (coins, money, ropes, etc..) from Wilsons book. This will give you some practical routines to build on.


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I have been practicing a trick with cups and balls and I seem to have that move down. I would like to learn more about more tricks. Does anyone know where I can learn them? Smile
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Here is a video from Hampton Ridge:


It's very good and costs $10 everywhere except at Daytona Magic where it's $8.

It should get you started. The Ammar book is excellent as well.
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If your into a wild and flashy juggling type of routine, Aldo Colombini's Mama Mia Magic video has a very different aproach. I like Ammar's and Dai Vernon's pacing better for my performance. But I play with Aldo's moves all the time.
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The cups and balls are a classic because there is not a set way that they have to be performed. The basic set is just 3 cups and "3" balls and normally, unless you are using a chop cup, they are ungimmicked in any way.
The methodology used in presenting the effect can be limited to basic sleights such as the ones used in the Mark Wilson routine, or can include pulls and complex sleeving such as Tim Ellis uses in Runaround Sue.
I believe the Wilson course is a good place to start developing the rhythm of misdirection. The Stephens Magic series tape has a nice collection of performers presenting their routines and how they work, including a young Michael Ammar. It's not the best tape for learning a specific routine, but can give you a good overview of ideas different people have brought to the cups and balls.
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Thank you all! Smile
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Michael Ammar's video and book series, which cover's most moves of the C&B. You would have to come up with your own routine from these moves. He does show some basic routines though. In the book he goes over his routine, but there is only a performance of his routine on the video, if I am not mistaken.

You should also check out Carl Andrew's table hopping C&B. It's short and sweet!

The Aldo Colombine C&B is very good too, and so is Alex Elmsley's C&B on volume 4 of his Tahoe Session Videos.

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Bob Read has a hilarious, offbeat routine. Also, David Williamson and Tommy Wonder both have routines using just 2 cups, if you want to shake things up a bit.
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hmm thanks all for all your help Smile Smile Smile Smile
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I agree with Josh. Aldo Colombini's handling is extremely unique. He has some different routines in different videos but I vote for the same: Mamma mia magic. Smile Smile
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I am looking for a cup set large enough to hide my ego. Do any of you recommend a brand?


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Gazzo's Street Cups.

You could hide just about anyone's ego in a single cup!

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