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I have a set of copper Paul Fox-style cups that I absolutely love. The problem is that the only cups and balls routine that I've ever loved performing was one that I worked up years ago with a combo set. I do not want to wear a magnetic ring, and I also don't want to have to buy a new set of cups. That said, any ideas on how I could convert one of the cups to a chop cup?
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You could glue a magnet to the bottom, but you wouldn't be able to show it empty. But I doubt you want to glue a magnet in your expensive cups.
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Back before Wheatley popularized using a magnetic gaff there were many ways of gimmicking a cup.

ask, "how can I retain a ball when desired and leave no evidence if examined?"

I used to carry a bamboo skewer to gaff a styofoam cup using creamers or jelly containers as balls.

Break it off to length, wedge inside and remove when no longer needed. A little wrist flip is all tat is need to retain or release. (or cup rotation)

Your cup design may suggest solutions. PM me if desired.

Even chewing gum and a match stick can work to create a little ledge.
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A possible solution could be a non ring gimmick such as used in Axel Hecklau's 'Just a Cup' (other variants are available or can be made).
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Rick... I agree with the others, glue a magnet inside and try it. If it works and you are happy, you can fill the void with some resin and paint the inside to camouflage what you did to gaff the Cup. Hobby Lobby is a great place to find what you need... I wish you luck and please let us know what you end up doing.

Long ago I think I purchased some Traditional style copper Cups from you... a set of Harries Cups. You had removed the protective coating, they have a nice brown patina.

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I was told that a famous performer/actor did just what Pete said to do for his cup routine which is presented like a lesson in the history of the cups and balls. Supposedly he just glued a magnet to the inside of one of his Paul Fox/ Danny Dew cups. Nobody suspects anything.
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I would put a magnet in and stick it with something less permanent than glue but still dependable. You could paint the magnet the color of your cup at the start. Hobby Lobby would have the magnets, paints and glue. And if you can do the standard routine you only show one cup empty as you go through all three.

Having three chopped cups as with the Mikame set, removes a suspicious/needless step from the Menendez routine.
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