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I may have to re-rehearse using the Jumbo cups shown here:


These are BIG, HEAVY cups and the balls I have to go with them are 1 1/2 inches, Neon Yellow Monkey-Fist Balls......
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Here's my 2 cents....

To avoid the 'touchy' audience, I refer to 'condition' them first. What I mean is I will start my routine with them handling the cups first. The spectator stacks the some of the cups, and the ball falls through. By doing that first, I hope the audience will feel that I have passed the 'test' and will not mess with me again. However, this does not work 100% though.

So I guess the turning to frog thing is something I can adapt. Smile in my country, turning into a bird is funnier
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I had a sparking ring and when someone touched it unexpectedly I would spark the next cup I touched. They backed up and did not touch the cups again the whole show.
It is really all about how you handle it.
I have also done what pete did and made it a running joke through the show. Check the cup....nothing there eh, the show goes on.
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Balls are toys to kids. To prevent it from happening again I would not recommend performing Cups and Balls for 3 year olds and younger when they are an arm length away. Have a substitute effect ready to replace Cups and Balls.

Yes there is material on how to manage audiences, but there is not a book for each individual child. There is no plan that is going to work 100% on each kid.
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I was performing my chop cup routine a couple of winters ago in Wisconsin. The room was warm, but the exposure to alternating extremes of temperature had evidently loosened the bottom of the (leather) cup. At one particular point in the routine, the inside bottom of the cup came loose and landed in my hand, along with the ball. Could have been worse -- could have landed on the table. I showed the ball, pretended to place it into my pocket, leaving the loose piece of leather behind, then manipulated it back under the cup. From that point, I cut to the final loads and finished the routine.

When I got back home, I repaired the cup and it works just fine now. But if I hadn't done that routine THOUSANDS of times, I think I would have been flabbergasted.

Sometimes, you just have to think on your feet.
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Audience management. And I'll admit I've whacked hands with my wand on occasion... eventually I figured out what CMT touched on- I reworked my routine to start with the audience examining the balls and cups. Allowing them to handle the props up front (I don't use the standard beginning load) removes the 'wanna touch that/grabby hands' impulse. It also allows for great misdirection so I can set up for the inevitable 4th ball load.

Haven't had trouble with it since doing that.
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