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by Frank Starsinic
April 20th, 2004, 1:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best chop cup?
Replies: 112
Views: 23791

Re: Best chop cup?

I've always wanted to see Johnny Ace Palmer's routine but now that I know he loads the chicks the night before I don't know if I want to make a special trip to the Castle just for that now. Chopped Chicks. Who'd of thunk it. Does he have to bang the cups to get them out? :whack: I'll bet they'd feel...
by Frank Starsinic
April 19th, 2004, 4:20 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Auction: Jay Sankey's NonStop Magic Party PAL Video
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: For Auction: Jay Sankey's NonStop Magic Party PAL Video

I see the auction is over so I may spew!... I too bought this video at one time and was quite disappointed. I was expecting (due to the advertising on the box) to see some cool stuff with mints, and a thumbip, along with other cool stuff. As I remember, there was some dancing, some singing, a stupid...
by Frank Starsinic
April 19th, 2004, 3:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best chop cup?
Replies: 112
Views: 23791

Re: Best chop cup?

I was warned a few weeks earlier to watch out for that exact scenario so it was not really a surprise. I was half expecting it. Anyway, I saw Pete Biro at the Castle on Saturday morning and he gave me some great advice on the subject which I would put here but almost all the words are unacceptable u...
by Frank Starsinic
April 16th, 2004, 1:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Free Stuff - Balls and Load Balls
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Free Stuff - Balls and Load Balls

Thanks David and Glenn. I appreciate the comments. Also... The felt balls have been awarded. Thanks for your interest. Stay tuned, however, for next week's item... ... the greatest coin purse, period! I searched the world for a good coin purse and I have found it. More on that very soon... Frank
by Frank Starsinic
April 15th, 2004, 12:28 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Free Stuff - Balls and Load Balls
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Free Stuff - Balls and Load Balls

This will be no longer available after today.
by Frank Starsinic
April 13th, 2004, 8:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Gazzo Cups for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: Gazzo Cups for Sale

I got these cups in the mail today.

They are unbelievable. They look just like huge Paul Fox Cups. I didn't think they'd look this good.

I'm thrilled.

Thanks,

Frank
by Frank Starsinic
April 13th, 2004, 3:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Free Stuff - Balls and Load Balls
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Free Stuff - Balls and Load Balls

I'm going to give away a set of balls and a 2" load ball all hand-crafted out of felt. They're just like the crocheted variety except the balls are covered in wool felt instead of being crocheted. The felt is made from wool and the wool is "felted" around the internal ball. The proces...
by Frank Starsinic
April 8th, 2004, 12:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: History of crochet covered cork balls
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: History of crochet covered cork balls

I want to know where the factory is where all these little old ladies are....
sitting in their rocking chairs,
watching Oprah,
making these balls?

I'll bet there's cat hair and all over the place, too.
by Frank Starsinic
April 8th, 2004, 12:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: David Williamson - favourite story
Replies: 19
Views: 2179

Re: David Williamson - favourite story

I heard that he "produced" a card on Darwin Ortiz' toenail... it was painted on with nail polish. I wasn't there. I just heard the story and it sounded damn funny. Especially based on what I know of their opposite personalities. Anyone care to share this one? I asked Darwin about it at the...
by Frank Starsinic
April 5th, 2004, 11:01 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Johnson Products Cups
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Johnson Products Cups

I'm selling my set of JP cups. ***SOLD*** Includes the original 4 crocheted balls AND I'll include 4 felt balls that I'm making for my line of cups. Cups are in excellent condition and tarnished. If you've not seen the balls yet, here is a picture. They rock! They're weighted and feel about the same...
by Frank Starsinic
March 31st, 2004, 6:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Walk around
Replies: 17
Views: 1534

Re: Walk around

I think Simon Lovell could get away with just about anything due to his personality. I'm pretty laid back when I perform and so... I've found that if I don't wear what everyone else is wearing, it makes a big difference. I purchased a royal blue shiny tuxedo vest and white tuxedo shirt and it's beco...
by Frank Starsinic
March 28th, 2004, 9:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up opening effect
Replies: 37
Views: 2350

Re: Close-up opening effect

If not cards, then more often than not, I use spongeballs.

They are simple to understand, magical, and colorful. I think that audience participation is very important but for an opening effect it should be limited. Spongeballs fit the bill nicely there.

What more can you ask for.

Frank
by Frank Starsinic
March 27th, 2004, 12:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Wooden Dice Stacking Cup
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

Re: New Wooden Dice Stacking Cup

Originally posted by Pete Biro: I have a collection of dice cups, cup cups, etc. and a couple of wooden cups that were made for dice stacking... none exactly the same. Porper cups have a beautiful inlaid pair of dice and are covered with exotic skins... I really don't think there is much similarity...
by Frank Starsinic
March 27th, 2004, 10:24 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Wooden Dice Stacking Cup
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

Re: New Wooden Dice Stacking Cup

Thomas, if it doesn't look like his, what exactly am I knocking off? :whack: Making a similar product does not consitute a knock-off or we'd all be using the same set of copper cups for the cups-and-balls. Thomas, your continued willingness to harshly criticize people in an open forum with the littl...
by Frank Starsinic
March 26th, 2004, 5:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Wooden Dice Stacking Cup
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

New Wooden Dice Stacking Cup

Do you smell bacon? I'm experimenting with wooden dice stacking cups to offer a durable cup with a completely smooth interior at a good price. I have the first prototype available for your perusal at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.theambitiouscard.com/?ref=genii">http://www.theambiti...
by Frank Starsinic
March 18th, 2004, 4:27 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Dice Stacking Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: Dice Stacking Cup

I added one of the prototypes to ebay if anyone is interested in getting one cheaper. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2232880344&category=427&sspagename=STRK%3AMESSE%3AIT&rd=1">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&am...
by Frank Starsinic
March 17th, 2004, 3:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best chop cup?
Replies: 112
Views: 23791

Re: Best chop cup?

Originally posted by David Groves: Originally posted by frank starsinic: [b] Having to bang the cup on the table to me is necessary only if the ball/cup don't match well.... Well, then there seem to be a lot of badly matched balls and cups out there. The two I tried at Hollywood Magic Shop on Monda...
by Frank Starsinic
March 16th, 2004, 3:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best chop cup?
Replies: 112
Views: 23791

Re: Best chop cup?

Having to bang the cup on the table to me is necessary only if the ball/cup don't match well. Otherwise you practically just set the damn thing down normally. A heavy cup like my johnson products chop is fantastic with the ball I'm using and I dont know where I got it. Maybe with the JP cup. My leat...
by Frank Starsinic
March 15th, 2004, 11:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best chop cup?
Replies: 112
Views: 23791

Re: Best chop cup?

Here's a link to my website. I have leather chop cups, dice stacking cups, and some that are both. Within a week or so, all my dice stacking cups will be chop cups as well by default. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.theambitiouscard.com/">http://www.theambitiouscard.com/</a><!-- m -->...
by Frank Starsinic
March 10th, 2004, 12:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Dice Stacking Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: Dice Stacking Cup

I just added some new color combos just for fun and my website is now permanent at...

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/?ref=genii

Cheers,
Frank
by Frank Starsinic
March 10th, 2004, 12:11 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Completely Nuts
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Completely Nuts

Yes. I have the props. I purchased the effect used from Dennis Loomis. The props are adequate for parlor not for close-up. I believe there is a longer thread on this at the magic cafe. If you have a specific question you can email me at <!-- e --><a href="mailto:frank@theambitiouscard.com">frank@the...
by Frank Starsinic
March 1st, 2004, 11:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ball and Cone question
Replies: 19
Views: 1445

Re: Ball and Cone question

I own one billiard ball so I didn't need to purchase any others.

My cones are officially available now for those that have been looking for one.

Frank

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/
by Frank Starsinic
February 28th, 2004, 12:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Dice Stacking Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Dice Stacking Cup

I have a new dice stacking cup made of leather with a suede lining. The Stack O'Magic... at $59.00 <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://216.17.178.43/cups/diceCup25.cfm?ref=genii">http://216.17.178.43/cups/diceCup25.cfm?ref=genii</a><!-- m --> Stacks dice wonderfully. Quiet. Beautiful. 2.5&quo...
by Frank Starsinic
February 17th, 2004, 7:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wakeman's Expert Card to Wallet for sale!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Wakeman's Expert Card to Wallet for sale!!!

These wallets are Awesome. If I didn't already have one, I'd get it in a minute.

Nice size. Quality leather and zipper.

Best of all, when you pull it out of your jacket, it's not the size of a legal pad.

First time I saw one of those huge ones I laughed my @ss off.

gaad zooks!!!!

Frank
by Frank Starsinic
February 16th, 2004, 6:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ball and Cone question
Replies: 19
Views: 1445

Re: Ball and Cone question

I don't have any images on-line yet for cones but I am having leather cones for ball and cone made in different sizes. 3", 6", 7",. The small cone is for an Al Schneider routine with coins. I just talked with Aldo C. and I'll be making the cones for his Cone-Tact routine. It uses 1.5&...
by Frank Starsinic
February 16th, 2004, 4:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Leather Chop Cups

Glenn, Thanks for your order. Curtis, yeah, there's a difference. I could also get a cup with a little coin purse sewn to the side just for you if you're interested. :D Back to reality... <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.theambitiouscard.com/">http://www.theambitiouscard.com/</a><!-- m...
by Frank Starsinic
February 14th, 2004, 2:52 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Leather Chop Cups

Originally posted by Glenn Farrington: Hey Frank, I went to buy a couple of your new cups, but I cant tell if the dice cup pictured or even the beaded cup is the color tan or brown. Glenn Good question Glenn. Those cups are the TAN color. I'm re-doing the website and I will make sure that is noted....
by Frank Starsinic
February 11th, 2004, 10:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ball and Cone question
Replies: 19
Views: 1445

Ball and Cone question

Can anyone tell me what the dimensions are of the cone in the Vernon Ball and Cone routine. Also that of the ball itself. The dimensions are described in one of the Vernon Trilogy Books. Obviously it's the volume with the "Ball and Cone" effect :) I don't have the book but I would like to ...
by Frank Starsinic
February 11th, 2004, 4:46 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Recent Genii Effect
Replies: 1
Views: 343

Recent Genii Effect

Requires a white mouth coil.
I dont' ever recall seeing one of these.

Is there a known source for white mouth coils?

Thanks,
Frank
by Frank Starsinic
February 11th, 2004, 11:15 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Leather Chop Cups

Thanks everyone for your patience. As promised, as soon as I figured out what the price of my cups needed to be I would post it here. I've decided on an $85 pricetag for either of the rigid chop cups: Dice cup, or Beaded cup. The soft leather cup will be $39. The cups will come with balls matched fo...
by Frank Starsinic
February 7th, 2004, 10:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Leather Chop Cups

Well, I had some more prototype chop cups made. I need to take some photos right away. They are beautiful. I'm working on getting balls to match perfectly. Due to the interest in the Dice cup / chop cup... I made one that looks like what some of you guys have been asking about. It could be used as a...
by Frank Starsinic
February 2nd, 2004, 5:15 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics

I just got in the prototype of the "seamless" cylinder for cylinder and coins. The seam is virtually undetectable. These will be a touch more expensive but nicer still for those wanting the best. If you're interested in them, let me know. Frank <!-- e --><a href="mailto:frank@calweb.com">f...
by Frank Starsinic
February 2nd, 2004, 5:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Leather Chop Cups

The next prototype is under way.
The originals are all sold. Thanks.

Thanks for the input I am also working on other design ideas like yours, Bob, having to do with a dice cup.

Do all dice cups have straight sides or a certain height? I wonder.
by Frank Starsinic
January 29th, 2004, 3:10 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Leather Chop Cups

Originally posted by Bob Walder: When can I have one? And how much? ;) Bob They should be ready any time. I am going to make them somewhat bigger. They are just a little too small for what I want. If you're interested in a working prototype, it will be cheaper. Contact me for pricing at frank@calwe...
by Frank Starsinic
January 27th, 2004, 5:56 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics

Originally posted by Rafael Benatar: Do you mean stitched as opposed to glued? Have you considered making leather cones (for Ball and Cone)as well? I have enough people interested that I have started making leather cones. 5" tall. 1" top diameter 2-3/8" bottom diameter. Open at both ...
by Frank Starsinic
January 27th, 2004, 3:49 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Leather Chop Cups
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Leather Chop Cups

Here's the link to the prototype leather chop cups. I'm trying it with a 2" acrylic ball for the final load and it's wonderful. The ball fits snugly inside the cup without squeezing at all. It's like having "chopped" final loads. It also plays perfectly with the Mike Rogers chopped ba...
by Frank Starsinic
January 22nd, 2004, 11:06 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Need to produce an executive...
Replies: 29
Views: 2703

Re: Need to produce an executive...

Here's one other idea I just thought of but I like the Presidential Production very much. Mike Caveny has a book called MagiComedy with an effect called the "Vaccum Cleaner" where someone is put into a box and is sucked thru a flexible tube and is produced from a box accross the stage. The...
by Frank Starsinic
January 21st, 2004, 8:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics

I've created a page where you can order a leather cylinder directly.

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/paypal/cylinders.html


Thanks for the orders.
Frank
by Frank Starsinic
January 21st, 2004, 1:01 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Need to produce an executive...
Replies: 29
Views: 2703

Re: Need to produce an executive...

I've produced a CEO on a couple of occasions but it was a little different than "out of a box". It was more misdirection. If you're interested let me know. It may work for you. It may not. There's quite a kicker ending with the CEO and it leaves the audience in stitches. I don't attend thi...
by Frank Starsinic
January 12th, 2004, 1:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: For Sale: Leather Cylinder for Cylinder and Coins with pics

Rafael,
Yes, I'm considering the cones and a chop cup.

Instead of a matching "solid" leather chop cup, I'm also considering a "sealed" chop cup to go with the regular chop cup.

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