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BobMc
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Hey Kent - just wanted to say that I bought your cup routine and wanted to acknowledge that I think it is completely brilliant. I really like it. Somehow I need to personalize it in someway because I'd feel like a complete hack just stealing everything from you, but the combination of the different colored balls, your final loads, and using the chop cup like you do is frickin brilliant and very original, at least for me. So thanks for sharing the routine my friend – well done and much appreciated.

All the best,
Robert
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Kent WHO? Smile
Actually Bob, I debated long and hard about purchasing Kent's notes and decided to pass because it is IMO one of the best ever and I LOVE being fried! This routine leaves me extra crispy!
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I'm the same way. I almost bought the notes just to tip Kent's hat for putting this together...but then I knew I'd read them...and then the magic would have been lost for me.

There's a couple of things I've vowed never to learn:

1. What that metal thing was on Jim's site...looked like a futuristic shin guard
2. Where that wretched red hanky goes every time the guy stuffs it into his fist
3. Kent Gunn's cups routine.

I'm better off if there's still a little magic left in the world for me to wonder about...





(ok, so a bit of this was tongue in cheek...but most was written with sincerity)
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Robert,

Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you liked the booklet. I tried really hard NOT to sell it to anyone who didn't know it took some stuff outside the norm, to do. I didn't want to leave anyone feeling like they got ripped off.

Mickey, Chad:
I never want to know how Lennart Green does his magic. I refuse to watch the explanation several of Tommy Wonder's effects. I prefer, to remain certain they use real magic.

Robert, you gave me a heck of a lift. Thanks you!!
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I know what you all mean. Sometimes it's just better to enjoy the magic than to understand the mecahnizations that make it so.
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Is there a vid of kent's routine? If so - where? If not.. how did you all discover it?

Cheers!

DCB
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Ok, that was too weird.

The message from Dorian, was posted by me, Kent. I just realized he left his login when he was here last night.

Hey, I could post all kinds of stuff, under his name . . .

Ok . . . I won't this will be the last time I do it. Heh, heh, heh.

Kent Gunn, Disguised as Dorian Rhodell.
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That routine of Kent's is a piece of genius. Worked to perfection.
I will say the reply from Dorian, had me more confused than normal..
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Me too!

Couldn't figure out why he was thanking folks for praising Kent's routine.
“Magic is very easy to do - poorly.”

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I just thought KG shaved his mug, dyed his hair and changed his name to confuse folks!
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Kent/ Dorian,

Yes there are aspects of the routine that took some stuff outside of the norm that will probably completely fool other magicians, but I personally don't think that those things are what make the routine so entertaining and unique to laymen and me. Rather it is the use of the different colored balls and they way you used other certain gaffs. So thanks again Kent - very entertaining
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Bob,

I just wanted a routine that was one I could call my own. I think many, if not most magicians have their own routines in their soul. Once you've mastered a solid routine, I like to think that's when the real magic can begin. I don't think what I came up with will ever approach the polished performance of Michael Ammar, Tommy Wonder or any real professional magician.

I'm another joyous amateur who loves magic. I exhort one and all of my brethern here: experiment, ponder and goof off with the props you love. I know if you work at it and consider tools that are not in vogue . . . neat stuff can happen!

For me it has made all the difference.

Thanks again Bob,

Kent
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Kent
your routine is the best ive ever seen
better than Ammars and wonders
sometimes I don't think you realise how good it is!
all the best
Barry
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Barry,

I've all the pride in the world over it. What real magicians, like:

Vincent, Ammar, Wonder etc. have, is performing ability! I watch my practice videos, I see myself still watching my props, not the audience: I hear unpolished blathering:

I like the routine and am happy with the sequence. I'm glad you like it too. Perhaps in a few years, I will be more polished. I'd still rather watch a magician who has years in front of an audience. I think the magic delivered by those folks has a beauty and directness of effect I still lack.

Many magicians have given me some great postive feedback here on the Café. It has been heart-warming and very, very nice for my ego. Don't worry, I'm egotistical enough for both of us!!! Take a trip over to the Busker's Café . . . They tore me a new orifice on my lack of presentation skills.

I think that any discussion of best, or most skilled is always moot. I like my routine best too though!!!!

All my best and Happy Holidays!!

KG
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I like my routine best too though!!!!


Me too - and there were several things in there to make magicians stratch their heads, but frankly none of that is really what interests me the most. For me personally, it is the most enjoyable cup routine I have ever seen for any laymen. So now I have been practicing on borrowing probably a little too much from Kent, but I'd be too embarrassed to copy too much so hopefully I won't. Much Thanks Kent. The cups and balls was probably the 2nd or 3rd trick I learned 30 years ago. Probably out of nostaltga, but I still think it along with the linking rings are my favorites. Yet your routine that is different enough from Dai and Gazo which is very welcomed, and it now feels fresh again. wow this sounds like as a-kissing post, so be warned Kent, my next post will be obligated to slam you for the sake of balance Smile
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I would much rather watch Kent Gunn do his routine than watch Ricky Jay perform his version.
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There's a hellava compliment!
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I like 'em both...
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Well, I can watch Tommy Wonder's, Ricky Jay's and Michael Ammar's routines and figure them out with lots of rewinding and careful observation, but this has TOTALLY fried me! I mean, I get some of it, but I'll be ***ed if I can figure it out.

I may have to go with the idea of keeping this one secret from myself. It's just too much fun!

Kent, as far as your performance and patter issues; I think the problems are very minor. If you took some time to block out the whole routine with a written script/action list that you hone and polish for a while, you'd be able to perform just as well as Ammar and Wonder.

Keep up the good work, and thanks Robert for bringing this routine to my attention.
-Miles
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