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I just ordered a set of combo cups and balls with a chop cup. I'm planning to put a show on for my family at Thanksgiving. I have never done any routines like this before but for a final load under one of the cups , I would like to produce a living mouse. I am now pressed for time because I would like to practice a good bit before my performance and I don't even have a routine. I was hoping anyone would have some advice on good cups and ball routines with a chop cup or routines with just a chop cup. Thank you for your time.
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The Mendoza routine ("John Mendoza's Cups and Balls Routine Plus Sequel", published by Morrissey Magic in Toronto, Canada, as an inexpensive pamphlet) is an excellent one for your time-frame.
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A good choice . . . though you might want to keep the mouse off the "turkey table."
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I also have some advice about the mouse. . .just a loading note. PM me, and I'll try to explain how to get the little critter under there without too much trouble. If you've never tried it, try it, and you'll see that it's not quite as easy as it looks on paper (so to speak).

Oh, and for the faint. . .it does not involve coercion. It's actually a matter of care that does it.

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I saw a guy on TV a while back and he did a continual production of baby chicks with two and three under a cup and finished with a duckling/chick combinations of loads. Seemed kind of rough on the animals, and I would hate to have one, well you know...
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Kingstardog, I think you're referring to Guli Guli.

One bit of advice. Unless you can perform this flawlessly within a month prior to your allotted performance time, don't. One thing you will find out after a few years of doing this: if you perform great, they'll enjoy it. If you screw up, YOU'LL never forget and it is sometimes best to just do the routines you already do well.

Just my thoughts.
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The guy that produces the 3 baby chicks was Johnny Ace Palmer. He then took the chicks one at a time and place them in a Kentucky Fried Chicken Box. Paused, and said Lunch.
A mouse is a good idea! I can see chicks being a huge hastle. They are noisy, and they don't stay chicks. So you are going to always be buying chicks. It was nice though!
How about 3 mice!!! Moe, Larry, and Curly. Smile
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If you're going to produce three mice, they should have dark glasses and white canes.
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I do my own adaptation of the Mendoza routine from Morrisey's. It is very good. One note, however, I practiced the slights required for many months before I ever performed it for anyone. And even now, I've bought Ammar's book and video on the topic and made some changes in handling to make the routine look even better. As far as a mouse is concerned, I would make it the last final load. I have no experience with livestock, but wouldn't they crawl around and move the cups? Smile
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