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William Wortman
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I wanted to get into cups and balls, I was wondering if anyone uses wooden cups and what kind they are and where to get them ?

I am using the wooden cups because I remember that Al Schneider uses wooden because it is does not have a mirror shine to them.

I was looking at Cups & Balls (Wooden) by Uday if there are any better please let me know ?
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Hi William,

Joe Porper offers wood cups here: http://www.porperoriginals.com/cups_pics.htm

You may also wish to check out http://69.89.31.132/~cupsandb/museum/specialtycups.htm

If you need a password for The Museum contact the Curator at: curator@cupsandballsmuseum.com

Many of the wood Cup Sets pictured are out of production, however, should you see a set you can not live without they may surface on one of the auction sites.

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"shuufflethecards" currently has a set for sale on ebay
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I may have some for sale.
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With Al Schneider you are seeing copper cups that have an extremely heavy patina making them dull. Any set of copper cups will attain this in a long enough period of handling.
"There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip..." -English Proverb
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The cups that Al Schneider uses are Morrissey "Mini" cups from about 1968 0r 1969. They are made of copper. Through heavy use, the copper has achieved a very deep brown patina.

To see what they looked like originally, go to http://69.89.31.132/~cupsandb/museum/roundedcups.htm . It is the 19th set from the bottom of the page.

BTW, I have verified this with Al.

Most wooden cups are unsuitable for use in the cups and balls. Wood, in general, has a tendency to split if not of the proper density. It can also warp. Joe Porper's wooden cups have fairly thick walls. His wooden cups are made of two pieces of wood that are laminated together in such a way that the grain of the wood in the two pieces oppose each other. This prevents warping.

I have not seen any warping problems with the cups that Eric Hansen (Papasmurf) makes. The John Dahms cups in my collection also do not tend to warp.

The Tayade cups, which are also made of wood, are pretty, but the shellac coating has a tendency to dissolve if it gets wet (perspiration can cause this) and sometimes they will crack if not taken care of properly.

The Uday cups are very light and have little attic space. You will be wasting your money on them.

Metal is really the best material for cups for most performers.
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I have not used their cups but I have brought a few things from five of hearts and there quality is amazing. There understanding of magic and what a prop needs to do is top. There understanding of wood craft and producing amazing craft is also top. The two combined end in a lovely result.

As much as I love these guy I would still check with the cup and ball gurus that this is the way to go.


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http://www.fiveofheartsmagic.co.uk/index......ubmit=Go
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Also, don't rule out satin finished copper (or other) metal cups too Smile

Posted: Aug 25, 2009 2:11pm
Come to think of it,my "go to" cups for some time have been highly polished sterling silver plate and I have never had any problems.
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The cups that Five of Hearts makes are exceptional. But most of us aren't going to be using cups of that type in any case. My HMS Victory cups are not practical to use, because the walls are so thick.
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I use the wooden cups from Shuffle the Cards. I use them for my three cup routine and I really love them. The craftsmanship is excellent and I love the finish they really make the red balls pop.
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You could always learn a one cup routine a wooden cup that is solid.

Or... Charlie Miller's routine comes to mind. Use three of Eric's cups in a non-stacking routine (chopped or not).
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On 2009-08-26 00:05, Dreadnought wrote:
I use the wooden cups from Shuffle the Cards. I use them for my three cup routine and I really love them. The craftsmanship is excellent and I love the finish they really make the red balls pop.


Are these the cups? http://69.89.31.132/~cupsandb/museum/showCup.php?id=45
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