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I am not sure if many magicians know this but I accidently stumbled upon it on my own. Did you know that if you use one of those small Pringles cans that it can act as a Chop Cup. I have been using it for years. It is very disarming and works well with my gambling/scam artist character.
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You could end the routine with a final load of potato chips! Those Pringles stack perfectly and could probably be held out in a cylinder with a magnet on the top. After loading, the magnet holds the cylinder to the roof of the box and allows you to pick it up cleanly, exposing a stack of chips.

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That is a great idea with the chips final load using the cylinder and magnet. You could use that as one of the final loads along with one of those small cans of soda, the ones that are half the size of normal cans. That way you could do a little magic and then have a snack.
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Yep and yep, I have been doing that exact routine since I found that my chop cup ball was stuck to the bottom of the Pringles can I was storing spongballs in. First the chips and then the soda. People go nuts for it. In fact I have gone so far as to make chop balls that look like little potatoes. Fun stuff! Smile
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I thought that it would be cool to produce a full shot glass and some nuts if you are working at a bar, it's pretty much the same idea but a full shot glass would be more impressive then a soda can.
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This is a great idea!

It's also a lot cheaper than buying a chop cup, yet appears totally ungimmicked!

10 out of 10 Smile
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I like it!

Wouldn't you call this a chip-chop cup?

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I seem to recall that this idea was published in the Magic Menu a few years back. I cannot at the moment recall the contributor, but it was about two or three years ago, I think.
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Okay I guess I'm missing something here. Chop cups contain ma***ts to retain the balls. Are you suggesting Pringles cans ALSO contain ma***ts ?

aHA so that's why my car keys always get stuck inside.

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There is a reason the Balls are passive about this... simply to allow routines where you show more than one ball. It would be unfortunate to have the balls start clinging to each other. Might suggest some rude patter... though still annoying to the performer who wants things to seem stable if not ordinary. all the coins I've dropped here
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Do pringles cans really work without putting a you-know-what into the top?
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My friend Stan Gerson uses a Starbucks cup that he modified.
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I'm replying a year late but here's why the Pringles work. The ball is gimmicked--not the steel bottom of the mini Pringles can. The Starbucks cup would have to be "modified" because,'s styrofoam and not ferrous...

Incidentally, Martin Lewis has a video which uses a Pringles can. However, in order to suit his patter he has it disguised as a can of peas. I prefer a snack-related patter and the Pringles fits in perfectly.

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