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Has anyone else here gotten a set of these yet?


A pretty nice and unique cup, especially for the price point.
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I've sold a few.
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On 2012-08-13 19:21, Pete Biro wrote:
I've sold a few.

I know, I bought a set from you. I just thought it odd that no one had posted anything about them here. Usually new cups geyt posted here pretty quickley on the Café. But I hadn't seen anyone put up a picture of these cups yet.
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I just bought a set too, and I can tell you that all items look much better in the photo than they do in life. But then, don't most things? Smile I'll upload detailed photos when I can get to it.

The set is made in India and is mediocre at best. This is not necessarily a bad thing however. Read on...

A similar set, without the box, is available on the big auction site for fifty bucks less. I wish I had bought that set instead, since the sheesham (Indian Rosewood) box is really nothing to write home about and I would rather tote my set around in a bag anyway. Nevertheless, since I am now the proud owner of the aforementioned box I will go ahead and give it a bit of a spiffing up by replacing the wrinkled, cheap-arse stick-on red felt lining with a nicer, thicker, lining. It could also use better, properly attached latches.

The wand is thick and substantial, just the thing for whacking a busker's table, but would look too cheap or rustic for someone doing a Michael Ammar type class act in a tux. Again, the brass tips look better in the photo than in life.

The cups are not perfectly uniform in size, but they are close... sort of. They nest crookedly. Think "Leaning Tower of Pisa". You can do a convincing cup through cup move with a loud and clattering crash. Again, the noise and commotion could be a plus in a street or renaissance fair setting.

The crochet balls are a match in quality to everything else. Consider tossing them and get some good ones from Rings -N- Things. I'm working with sponge balls from a Goshman multiplying sponge balls set instead because they are bigger and showier, and I want to explore working some sponge ball effects into a routine with these cups. Not a good idea for outdoors on a breezy day I admit.

The tops of the cups, or as Paul Daniels would say "the top of the bottom of the cup" are flat, so most balls tend to roll off. Although, the sponge balls pretty much stay put. Nonetheless, I think that a single light tap with a ball pein hammer should provide enough of a dimple to solve that issue for good. Pray for me on that one.

Am I glad that I bought the set?

Yup (except for the fifty dollar box). The imperfect, chunky, rustic nature of the wand and cups give them an overall wizardly "funkiness" that I like. I plan on using them at my grand-daughter's upcoming birthday party where I don't care if the rambunctious little rascals want to handle the cups or even drop 'em on the floor. Something I wouldn't dream of doing with my Roger Nicot bar cup. Then again, who would take a Roger Nicot bar cup to a kid's party?

My wife hates them. She says my ancient aluminum set from the Ireland Magic Company looks better.

But what does she know and who's the magician around here anyway?

I'm gonna keep them. Smile
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I think there were some discussion about them ( or at least similar ones ) before:

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These are just the same embossed cups that have been sold for a year or two on ebay right? aside from the gold plating.
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