Peanuts for chop-cup routine?

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Postby Tony Rush » 05/01/11 10:20 PM

I love this little video from French Drop:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmF1LYZmlkU

Any idea where these little peanuts can be found?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/01/11 10:34 PM

Go to the supermarket and buy some peanuts still in the shell. They should be plain and non salted. Gently open the shell, remove the nuts, and replace with a magnet glued in place. Now glue the peanut shell closed.
Done.
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Postby Jim Riser » 05/01/11 11:55 PM

Tony;
There is another option on the peanut if you want/require silence. I supplied a set of rubber chop cup peanuts for a client last year. He was doing some type of show for peanut growers. The only problem is getting the attraction correct. We set his up to attract only one end of the peanut.
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Postby Tony Rush » 05/02/11 11:09 AM

Richard, in the past, I've not been much of a "crafty" DIY
person.

So, making a magnetic peanut creates some questions, the biggest
one: what kind of magnet? How strong? Does it have to be oriented properly to connect to the cup?

This was my reason for asking if one was in production. Because
I can see the potential for someone to exert tons of time, energy,
peanuts and magnets to figure it out.

Suggestions?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/02/11 11:24 AM

I would suggest taking your Chop Cup and some empty peanuts to a store that sells magnets and just test it out before you buy. Obviously the magnet can't be too strong, you won't be able to dislodge the peanut when you set the cup down.
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Postby Tony Rush » 05/02/11 11:56 AM

Richard, thanks. It sounds like it would be easier to just
track down someone who makes peanuts for a chop cup. :)

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Postby Pete Biro » 05/02/11 03:11 PM

www.stevensmagic.com sells walnuts for a chop cup.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 05/05/11 11:22 AM

as usual - just the right props for the trick from a master craftsman.

Any chance you've got a lightning pull available too?
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Postby Jim Riser » 05/05/11 01:37 PM

Using peanuts with a full sized chop cup is a little iffy unless both ends are gaffed. The peanut does not always find the "mark". I decided upon a small narrow cup which allowed the gimmicked rubber peanut to go into the cup only in the direction desired. This allowed for attraction or none as required by the close up routine.

Lightning pulls are a custom item with varying types of end clips.
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