Greetings oh sage Magi and mavens of the art!
I have for your viewing pleasure, The Fun Shop Cups and Balls
I know some of you have taken the time to view it before. I have gleefully collected scathing criticism on my patter and unkempt appearance. To be honest I was glad to have a run-through on tape where I didn't flash anywhere, too badly. What I'm trying to say here is, I've collected all the well-intentioned criticism I need. Now this is a pretty wide-open forum. If you must, you must. But I'm informing/advertising that:
If you are interested in the loading techniques or in that last vanish of the blue ball, I've typed the whole thing up and it is available for download, via www.lulu.com
You can get a nicely produced hard copy for 30 bucks or 20 bucks for the download of the pdf. I personally recommend the download. The pictures are in color. If you buy the printed version, they're in black and white.
Believe it or not, I actually make my living as a presenter/lecturer of technical information. The document is edited, by people who do that for a living. I work for Nikon. The pictures are clear and convey the necessary information. If anyone would like to provide a review of the material for future abuse by my marketing team, (my marketing team looks suspiciously like the guy's face I shave every moming), I will gladly add it to the hype.
As most of you who have seen this routine know, I use a little discussed gaff. If you are not worldly-wise to this gaff, you won't actually be able to perform the routine without a lot of learning, in a rather arcane specialty of platform magic. My document has a list resources, on how to use the damn thing. It does not go into detail on it. For the vast majority of magicians I would tell them. DON'T BUY THIS THING!
Also . . . this routine uses some severly funky cups. Your combo cups probably won't cut it. I do tell you which models, currently available do work. Jake of Rings and Things is hip to this thing. If I sell enough copies of the manuscript I may beg/plead/bribe him (I'm on his [censored] at the moment) to make some up that will work.
If you think you will be doing this routine with a week, or so, of practice.
DON'T BUY THIS THING!
Knowing all that beforehand.
I will gladly accept your money. If you buy the Fun Shop Cups and Balls, or even if you don't I'm a gadfly and more informed than some on, Jack Miller's marvelous toy and little bag Mr. Davenport pinned in his coat.
A few points to stir the pot: I realize the value of multiple performances, in front of a live audience. I don't have that opportunity. The fat, laconic, old man you see in the videos has come up with a routine that is original and very different from the Vernon and Ammar copycats that dot the landscape. I believe, deeply, in my heart there are a million great cups and balls routines waiting to be discovered. I am an absolute nobody in the magic community. The Fun Shop may not be a great routine, but it's my turd. For me, and only for me, if I'm going to polish a turd, I prefer it to be my own . . .