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I use four final loads. 3 are small rubber bouncy balls (not much bigger than the normal ones I use) but one is a soccer ball, one is a baseball, and one is a basketball. Then the final-final load is a large blue basketball.

The way I present them is I ask how many balls under the center cup. They say "one" and I show them they are correct, but it is obvious that it is a different ball. Then I say, "well it's an extra ball. And I have another one here, and another one here(lifting up the other two cups as I speak) "But in case I lose them, I always keep one more extra ball" (lift up middle cup to show the large ball."

I feel they are relevant enough because I essentially act like they are exactly the same as the small red ones I used throughout the routine. I just continue referring to them as balls...which they are.

Just my 2 cents.
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Bright yellow lemons contrast nicely with my dark chocolate patina'd cups and pool-table green velveteen tabletop. The visual impact, contrast and incongruity is all I care about for the loads.
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Very nice! I always use lemons (fab ones) with my cocobolo cups, the picture towards the end shows the contrast really well: http://www.cupsandballsmagic.com/Joe-Por......ups.html

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On 2010-05-09 16:32, mindyourmagic wrote:
Very nice! I always use lemons (fab ones) with my cocobolo cups, the picture towards the end shows the contrast really well: http://www.cupsandballsmagic.com/Joe-Por......ups.html

Bri


DUDE! we both used the word "incongruous". That's the word of the day!
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To answer the question of the thread, I choose them carefully!

Then following David Devant, Ken Brook, Dai Vernon, etc... objects of a different nature with bright colors to enhance the surprise. Now if these can be chosen according to the audience, so much the better.
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On 2010-03-22 14:39, magiclimber wrote:
Good point Bill.

I guess the primary motive to present the cups and balls could easily be: It's the oldest trick in magic.


That's reason enough.
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On 2010-03-21 23:02, MagiUlysses wrote:
Greetings and Salutations,

Although I perform at a number of renfests, I use mini-baseballs that I got from Gary Animal. I do not remark on the fact that the balls look like mini-baseballs, they're just props. And I use four baseballs as final loads, with my line being: "my secret to the cups and balls is I use four balls, I just make them bigger so you can see them easier." Magicians in the audience "get it," but the audience is simply amazed that after revealing the first baseball, I produce three more.

It seemed to make sense, to me, that the loads would be the same as the workers, only bigger, because of the last line, above, before I dive into my final hat line. So, that's why I use baseballs.

Just my $.02 (USD) worth. YMMV

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Being a renfaire performer as well I wanted something that didn't read as modern as baseballs do. I decided to go with cricket balls as they are quite unfamiliar to American audiences and the lacquered red leather and odd lacing gives them a rich and unique look. I produce three of them as well as a large silver orb, a lemon, a purse of monies, and a mechanical chick.
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On 2010-03-21 23:02, MagiUlysses wrote:
Greetings and Salutations,

Although I perform at a number of renfests, I use mini-baseballs that I got from Gary Animal. I do not remark on the fact that the balls look like mini-baseballs, they're just props. And I use four baseballs as final loads, with my line being: "my secret to the cups and balls is I use four balls, I just make them bigger so you can see them easier." Magicians in the audience "get it," but the audience is simply amazed that after revealing the first baseball, I produce three more.

It seemed to make sense, to me, that the loads would be the same as the workers, only bigger, because of the last line, above, before I dive into my final hat line. So, that's why I use baseballs.

Just my $.02 (USD) worth. YMMV

Joe Zeman aka
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Being a renfaire performer as well I wanted something that didn't read as modern as baseballs do. I decided to go with cricket balls as they are quite unfamiliar to American audiences and the lacquered red leather and odd lacing gives them a rich and unique look. I produce three of them as well as a large silver orb, a lemon, a purse of monies, and a mechanical chick.


You cannot say what follows so I'll say it for you: "these loads come at the end of one of the most superbly entertaining routine"
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I choose it by popularity and best reactions.
In my regular chop cup routine I try any type of load that you can imagine, buy all the type, colors and shapes of balls, eggs, little coconut palms...you name it!
But lemons...Lemons are Lemons!
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I load whatever I find in my pocket... Smile
Seriously? For 3 cups routines, I use Fab Fruit, Lemon, Turnip, Potato and Tomato.
Once for an impromptu bowl routine I loaded a handfull of mashed potatoes I grabbed from the plate to my left (under serious misdirection).
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LOL! Mashed potatoes...THAT HILARIOUS!
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On 2010-03-23 00:23, magiclimber wrote:
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I have Punx's final load props.


No surprise here!

Yeah, he has everything.

My thought is for a 2 cup routine, 3 loads, for a 3 cup routine, 4. It makes it so much more impossible, and the extra one is sort of a freebie since there is so much misdirection when loading the 4th one. I normally have 1 load match my small loads, usually the last one revealed, and I stall as much as possible after revealing 3 pieces of fruit. If I can't get ahold of fruit, I have 3 different colored balls that fill in. I did have Fab Fruit at one time, but they disappeared, need to reorder.
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No. I missed out on the Pop Krieger cups, and I didn't know that Larry Jennings' widow was going to sell the Vernon cups.

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Another surprising one is a ball that jumps all of a sudden unexpectedly. This is simply a lightweight styrofoam ball with a hole on the bottom. In this hole one of those toys with a suction cup on a spring attached. It suctions down to a plastic foot and after a short while it pops up. The timing takes a while to get the hand of but is a nice little bit for kids.
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Not sure if that is a bit off-topic, but I am thinking of using some paper cups to do the routine and then finally load a cup of hot coffee ( by doing a switch + lapping).

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Hot coffee + lapping may end badly Smile
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Volto,

No, I mean lap the empty paper cup and switch it with a hot coffee.

Believe that you are just joking me anyway ^^

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Get your audience loaded, then it won't matter what you do. Smile
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