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Andrew Zuber
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Now I know I'm a nerd - I laughed at that comment, Bri.
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That's nothing, I found out that if I clamp a bunch of 50p's in a vice and file them perfectly round, I can put them in fruit machines that take 10p's....
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We have fruit machines in England?
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My Fun Time cups have slightly dished bottoms.
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There's a set of these on the auction site right now for $30 if anyone is interested in adding a set to their collection.
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I just took a look and it seems there are two sizes, one small and one large. The smaller ones are the cheaper ones. $59.99 at least on the site I saw them on.

Wasn't sure which size ones you have.

PS. I just checked my Monti cups and these small ones only seem to be different in that the height is only a 1/4" higher. I may take a crack at them.
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I saw the large and small sets too. lint was talking about another auction. Sorry, but I beat you to it. Smile

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Good luck to you. Wish I knew what site he was talking about. Anyhoo,,,I picked up the set of small ones. Got them a bit cheaper due to the Aussie $$ now being worth more than a greenback.
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I have noticed the bigger cups show up every few months at the $30 price tag. Just keep an eye out.
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That sucks I bought a setr of these from my local store for over 100 dollers
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That was the retail price of the boxed set with the wand. Your dealer paid a lot more for them than the guy who is selling them on eBay.

BTW, this shows you the value of being able to research things on the Magic Café, the Cups and Balls museum and Cups Con.
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Frankly, I think the reason they're going so high at the moment is because of the attention this thread has given them.
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I got my set of embossed cups (smaller size) today in the mail. I'm somewhat OK with the purchase.

One of the cups has two small dents on the edge of the saddle and where the top ring is the same cup has an indent where it looks like the embossing tool may have been hit too hard and dented the cup inwards. Having lived in India and seen how they work there, I was not too surprised to see the basic level work with these cups. They are very much lighter than other brass items I have, which leads me to think these are not fully made of brass. The balls that came with the package were nicely made.

Other than that I think they may be fun to use.

JoJo
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The smaller ones I have also have slightly rounded tops.

There are actually three versions of these that I have seen so far. One is the larger cups, with no wand. One is the larger cups with a wand and a better box. The third is the smaller ones.

The retail prices were established LONG before these showed up on eBay.
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The consensus from what I have read is the larger cups were of better quality than the smaller round-top cups. I can only vouch for the larger ones though. From pictures the smaller cups embossing looks much less detailed and shallow on the metal. Again, I have never compared the two side by side though.
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It's a fairly simple (but time consuming) matter to make the cup tops/bottoms, concave. We use a heavy, round-edge dowel for this purpose on some of the "found" cups we reclaim for magic purposes.

The wood, firmly applied when striking, but not like you're trying to kill a rabid beast of some kind, will eventually make an even set of concave surfaces for each cup. Wood, too, is more appropriate as it's more forgiving than metal, which can damage the cups surface and cause it the metal (in the cup) to bend too much.

It might take 150 strikes on each cup, again, with moderate pressure applied, to get the desired result. In an hour, while watching TV or listening to music - with the volume turned up, this is a loud process, of course - you can make your set ready for a lifetime of use.

Hope this helps.

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As Todd mentioned, the use of show polish (usually dark brown or black, or a combination there of) has been used for many years to give new items an "antiqued" look.

The polish is essentially a wax (or wax-like) product with dye mixed in. It can be effectively used on the edges of playing cards (experiment on an unimportant deck to find out how much is needed). The key to success, as Todd also notes, is in thoroughly wiping the wax (almost) clean after it's allowed to dry.

The product works equally well on metal, wood and, of course, leather. The small round cans, of which Kiwi is the best-known brand, are what you're looking for.
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And finally... On the surface of some of our metal products (including cups and balls), we get the "aged" look (a genuine patina, of sorts) by literally cooking the product (cups) in a heated bath of liver of sulfa, and a couple of other chemicals, for periods overnight and longer. This treatment actually appears to age to metal (and it won't wipe off, though we create highlights with steel wool).
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