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All right people, here it is. A few months ago I posted my routine, and got very good advice from different people. So I incorporated the things that everyone said and came up with this routine.

Enough chit chat. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy the show!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bni4bldWHGs
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I don't see any video or is it just me.
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Link doesn't work. Says "Video is Unavailable."
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Nope James, I don't see it available either!
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Sorry, give it a few minutes. Youtube is slow, what can I do.

EDIT - video is up now!
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Good work. The final reveal (yellow ball) surprised me.

Nice.
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Great job.

Is the working surface a bit tight for those 3 cups?
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On 2008-11-02 01:13, JamesTong wrote:
Great job.

Is the working surface a bit tight for those 3 cups?


A tad, but I'm OK with it. I have plenty of space when using my Foxy II's.
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Black coat, black pants, and black close-up pad, saw lots of blackness and had a hard time seeing the dark C&Bs. Still deaf since birth, so forget about patter. What did I see? Not much! He did look like he was pretty good spinning that wand, but that is all I could tell through all that darkness.

My only adice about that video is to turn on the lights.
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Madkiki, I'm sorry about the lights. For some reason my 8 megapixel camera did a pretty crappy job at recording this one. I was actually wearing a navy suit, which didn't blend in really with the cups.

I'm sorry about the lighting.
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The routine is pretty solid. The first final load really shocked me. I would recommend losing the silver case as a stage, a larger work area would probably make you more comfortable and would make the trick play bigger. Also, with those dark copper cups, lose the red balls. You really want them to pop. Same thing goes for your loads with the dark blue. I use 2 sets of cups regularly, My silver Sherwood cups get red glitter balls with fruit and a giant red ball as a loads, and my copper cups get white glitter cups with matching load and fruit.

Oh, and that phrase, "I'm an honest magician", you really say that too many times. Or maybe you're going for a call back.

You do the Ammar load VERY well. I think if you make just a few changes, which are mostly color related, you'll have a killer routine.
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At times you spoke so rapidly that I didn't quite understand what you said, or had to concentrate on what you were saying (something an audience member should never have to do). There were a also a few 'dead beats' - just little moments here and there where everything halted for just a beat or two.

I think if you speak your words a little more slowly at times, that will help maintain the flow of the routine (I know that sounds funny, but try it).

Take note - nothing was bad. I see my comments as more helping someone move from 'good' to 'very good'.
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Thanks for the advice guys!
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On 2008-11-02 07:21, pepka wrote:
The routine is pretty solid. The first final load really shocked me. I would recommend losing the silver case as a stage, a larger work area would probably make you more comfortable and would make the trick play bigger. Also, with those dark copper cups, lose the red balls. You really want them to pop. Same thing goes for your loads with the dark blue.

I fully agree with the needed pop of the balls. I'll look into getting some. Do you have any advice where I can get some high quality/heavy balls? I'm a little tight on cash right now, so please take that into consideration. Right now I use the red 7/8" balls my PF cups came with. I think they are made by RNTII, because I purchased the cups straight from Jake.

Just as a side note, my final loads are a lighter GREEN. The camera did a pretty crappy job, not sure why.
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I think its a solid routine. The only suggestion I can give after watching it twice,,,is for you to have more eye contact with your audience. You tend to look at the table more than the audience even during some moves. It is something that is difficult to unlearn later on. This is one of the important things that my mentor kept reminding me about. I have been doing my routine for 15 years. For the first 3 years I was watching all my moves like the audience. It took me a while to undo this habit as it became natural to me. I listened to my mentor and to my other teachers and friends in magic...I worked hard on it and I continued to do so. It may not be the best but it keeps getting better.

You have improved a lot. Please keep an open mind and heart regarding the suggestions. Best of luck!

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Thanks for the advice Rannie!
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You are most welcome Uriel. I hope I was able to help in any way. Keep it up ok!

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There are NO PAINTINGS of the ancient Egyptians doing the cups and balls on the walls of the pyramids.

None.

Zero.

There are no paintings of the ancient Egyptians doing the cups and balls at all.
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There are NO PAINTINGS of the ancient Egyptians doing the cups and balls on the walls of the pyramids.

None.

Zero.

There are no paintings of the ancient Egyptians doing the cups and balls at all.


You think the average person knows that Bill? Smile

If you feel so strongly about it, then I'll take your advice. After all, you have been doing this a lot longer than I have. Smile

I can remove that little part.
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No, I don't. But if you have just ONE person in the audience who knows it, and he yells out "BULL****!", then what are you going to do. You will freeze, because you have been caught out.

Marvyn Roy did just that the last time he did the bit where he lit the big lighthouse bulb. He took it out of the act.

I've spent five years researching this material, and it offends me when people spread this kind of nonsense.

Your patter needs a lot of work. You need to slow down, and watch for redundancies.

The best magic tells a story and only deviates from the truth when necessary.
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