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Compiled by Doug Atkinson (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last update: Apr
2015 Added Funsway's Cup of T and Ball, Cup and Me; Tom Wright
Stand Up Magic DVD; Roger Nicot's Bar Cup Reloaded; Bert Koch
Chop Cup Würfelbecher; Rich Hennessey's Ca$h Chop Cup; Dennis
Barlotta's Tribute to Don Alan e-Book; and corrected a few
Mar 2015 I have added MANY new references, and moved Benson Bowl related routines to a separate listing.
Please note that none of these items are for sale from this website. This listing is provided for informational purposes only and many of these items listed here are likely to be no longer available.
For tons of information and photos on Chop cups and cups and balls, see the following three websites:
Clark Wirthlin's chop cup collection: http://www.clarkwirthlin.com
James Riser, manufacturer: http://www.jamesriser.com
The Cups & Balls Museum: http://www.cupsandballsmuseum.com
Brian Watson's Cups And Balls Magic website: http://www.cupsandballsmagic.com
(Brian has authored a book on the subject as well!)
For a short photo illustrated article on the Chop Cup written by me, click HERE (artchop.htm).
Jump (on this page) to: BOOKS VIDEOS PRODUCTS
Acer, David: Natural Selections II; 1999 hardcover, Camirand Academy. Includes The Time Machine (with Richard Sanders), on justifying the use of a Chop Cup with a simple presentation, and The Chop Mug and Creamers: a quick idea for a total restaurant look to the Chop Cup
Don: Chop Cup
Routine. The Don Alan routine is in a small
pamphlet sold by Magic Inc.
and also by Rings 'n Things II.
You need to contact Magic Inc. directly as the routine doesn't
appear in their catalog. You can also find the routine in Don
Lawton's Lots of Lawton, Jon Racherbaumer's In a Class
By Himself, and in a thorough manuscript by Ron Bauer (see
entries below). Don's routine is short but concise, to the point,
highly entertaining, and recommended. You can view an excellent
performance by Don Alan in his Magic
Ranch video series.
Alan, Don: Pretty Sneaky. 1956, softcover, Ireland Magic, 48 pages. Includes Bowl or Cup Load: a silk production ending for bowl or cups & balls routine using a paper napkin (originally designed for Don's Bowl routine)
Alexander, Scott: A Fakir Miracle. 2012, e-book, Alexander Illusions LLC. Chop Cup routine includes the Elevator Move and the Impossible In The Hands Penetration. The routine takes you back to the streets of Egypt and the ancient Fakirs in a joyful cavalcade of one liners and double entendre.
Michael: Encore III.
1993 hardcover, Secret Service. Includes a single "cup" routine
using a "Beenie Weenie" (baked bean) can. At the climax, the can
is revealed to be still sealed. Book also includes Two Dollar Bill
Tear; Bill Switch; Sponge Ball Up Sleeve; Two Dollars to Four
Halves and more.
Will: Genii Presentations. 1972 hardcover,
Supreme Magic. Includes Singular Cup and Ball: a Chop Cup routine
using an additional glass, mechanical chick load, and a Topit
Ayling, Will: Knowing
the Chop Cup (and Other One Cup One Ball Routines).
1989 softcover, Supreme Magic. From the Supreme Know How Series. This book features not
just the Chop Cup, but a solid cup routine and an impromptu
paper-covered glass routine as well. Great coverage with lots of
moves and routine variations. Routines by Ayling, Ken Brooke, and
Lewis Ganson. Many B&W, clear photos throughout. Highly recommended.
Father: Isn't That Good? The Magic of Johnny Brown.
1974 hardcover, Standridge. Inlcudes Chop Cup Climax,
using a duplicate chop cup, as well as a color changing knife
routine, sponges, and more.
Bannon, John: Impossibilia. 1990
hardcover, L&L Publishing. Includes lots of magic including 1)
Of Cups And Fuzzballs, a
Cups and Balls routine, and 2) Chop,
a Chop cup routine with several loads.
Barlotta, Dennis: Tribute to Don Alan. Includes a
re-working of three of Don Alan's routines - The Chop Cup,
the Benson Bowl, and Bag Stabbed card stab. Also
includes 3 video clips. From Lybrary.com.
Bauer, Ron: The
Complete Don Alan's Chop Cup. 2005 Softcover. The
complete work including Don's theory, handling and presentation of
his legendary routine. 28 pages includes photos and all the real
in the Baxt. 1987 softcover, Baxt Productions.
Includes Impromptu Chop Cup.
Brewer, Doug: Unexpected
Visitors. 2001 softcover, MagicSmith. Includes 9
excellent walk-around coin routines as well as Chopped Taters: a Chop cup
routine using a shot glass sized Chop cup, 3/4" balls, a wand, and
two tiny potato loads.
Ken: Ken Brooke's Magic - The Unique Years.
1980 hardcover, Supreme Magic. Includes Ken Brooke's Cups and
Balls, Routines with the Chop Cup, My Chop Cup Routine, and Bertie
the Baseballer, among many other effects.
Brooke, Ken: Ken Brooke Series #2 - The Chop Cup.
1981, softcover, The Ace Place, 12 pages.
Tom: Tom Burgoon's Magic Lecture Notes.
Softcover. Contains an idea for a clear Chop Cup
Busby, Jeff (editor): Larry Jennings On Card and Coin Handling. 1977 softcover, Jeff Busby. Section 3 contains Larry Jennings on the Chop Cup, a through explanation of L.J.'s famous routine. Uses two loads, handkerchief, and a shot glass, in addition to the standard chop cup set.Colombini, Aldo: Laser Cup routine. Uses differently colored balls, with a giant ball load of mixed colors. Routine is also found in Colombini's IMPACT (see below), and Apocalypse Vol 14 No 8 Aug 1991.
Colombini, Aldo: IMPACT. 1991, softcover, Hades Pub., 145
pages. Includes Cups & Knots: A cups & balls
routine using a rope and knots, Pom Pom Cups, and Laser Cup:
A chop cup routine using a green and white pair of "chop cup"
balls, one regular red ball, a 2" multicolored ball (red, green,
and white), and a cigarette and lighter.
Steve: Commercial Close Up. 1973
softcover. Includes Chop Cup Routine, using a Chop Cup,
set of chop balls, a chop ball of another color, a tennis ball,
and a rubber ball the size of a tennis ball.
R.L. (Dr. Bob): Easy Stuff, A Lecture. 1992
softcover. Includes a Chop Cup routine.
Doggett, R.L. (Dr. Bob): The Chop Cup Routine.
Dr Bob's Complete Chop Cup Routine. Goblet Chop cup and video are
also available from Dr. Bob's
Carl: Professional Close Up. 1981,
softcover. Includes Cups And Balls: a routine for
Magicians using a Combo Set (Chop Cup and Balls set).
Dusheck, Steve: Dusheck's Close-Up Magic. 1994 hardcover. Includes Collapse-A-Pill Cup: a clever approach to a portable Chop Cup
Dominique: The Cups. 15 page manuscript;
routine using a Combo set.
Jon: New Magic by Finn Jon. 1985, softcover,
Georges Proust, Paris. Includes a Chop Cup routine (page 34).
Fraps, Thomas, et.al.:The Book, or Don't Forget To Point
(Kaufman). Includes Fruit Cups,
a two cup (one Chop cup) routine.
Frederick, Ron: The Professional Routines of (As Told to Ron Zallweg), Edited by Ed Eckl 1982. Three good routines with the sponge balls, the Chop cup, and silks (used like a rope). 47pg
Friedhoffer, Bob: Magic Tricks, Science Facts. A children's book of
science principles used in magic. Contains "Chop Chop's Cup", with
instructions on how to make your own and a simple routine (no
Roy: The Cups. 1972, softcover, D. Robbins.
Mostly on cups & balls routines, but includes The $12.50
Carpet Tape Secret: a "Chop-cup" idea
Ron: Ron Frost's Lecture Notes. 1996,
softcover. Includes Chop Cup & Bill Tube Routine.
Funsway: Ball, Cup & Me. e-Book from
Eversway.com. Features single cup and "bowl" type effects.
Funsway: ChopSign. e-Book from Eversway.com. A
performance handbook for anyone performing Chop Cup and Single cup
& ball effects.
Funsway: Cup of T. Chop Cup style routine using a
tea cup and saucer.
Funsway: FoldCup. e-Book from Eversway.com. A one
cup and ball routine you make out of 2 sheets of a magazine!
Funsway: Scout Around. e-Book from Eversway.com. A
handbook on using collapsible drinking cups as Chop Cups.
Galloway, Andrew: The Ramsay Legend, the Magic of
John Ramsay. 1969 hardcover, Goodliffe. Includes a
One Cup and Ball routine. Also has lots of coin and thimble magic,
and more. 62 pages.
Garcia, Frank: Close
Up Magic of Frank Garcia, Part II. 1982, softcover.
Includes The Chop Cup Revisited: Uses two white chop balls, one
red, and one blue ball. 102 pages.
Dan: Close-Up Connivery. 1984, softcover.
Includes Rocky III, a solid chop cup routine with some
Brad (Scarnecky): Room 538. 2010,
Ebook, Stone Cold Magic. Includes Butterflower, a chop cup
Gross, Henry: Pure Magic! 1978 softcover, Charles Scribner's Sons. Includes Routines With One Cup and Three Balls: Uses a tea cup and four balls (not a Chop Cup). Features the one-ahead principle and a lemon climax.
Guinn, Scott: Great Scott! It's A Magic Lecture! 2000, softcover. Lecture notes include Great Scott's Table Hopping Cups and Balls Routine, which uses 2 cups from a Combo set (one Chop cup) and ends in a large ball climax. Also contain cards, coins, and ring and string. $10
Harris, Paul: Art
of Astonishment Volume 1. 1996, hardcover, A-1
Multimedia. Features Uncanny,
a Chop cup type routine with a solid ball and solid tin can
(originally from Las Vegas
Close-Up), and Bayberry
Bag Swindle, a Chop cup routine using a paper bag (from Magic of Paul Harris)! This
heavy volume also includes other effects from Paul's earlier
works: New Stuff, Magic of Paul
Harris, Intimate Secrets, Super Magic, Las Vegas Close-Up,
Harris, Paul: Las Vegas Close-Up. 1978, softcover, Chuck Marinez. Lots of magic including Uncanny, a Chop Cup type routine with solid ball and tin can, where the ball eventually changes to larger ball, and at the end the can is shown to be sealed at both ends. (Also in Art of Astonishment volume 1).
Harris, Paul: Magic
of Paul Harris (by Jerry Mentzer). 1976, softcover,
Jerry Mentzer. Cards, coins, business cards, and Bayberry Bag Swindle, a Chop
cup routine using a paper bag.
Hooper, Edwin: A Host of Surprises.
1990. 84 tricks in 14 chapters. Includes Economy Chop Cup.
Ireland, L.L.: Ireland's Yearbook. 1962,
softcover, Ireland's Magic Company. Includes Hocus Pocus With
a Chop Cup.
Jennings, Larry: On Card and Coin Handling. 1977, softcover, Jeff Busby. Lots of good card magic. Also includes Chop cup routine using shot glass and silk.Kaps, Fred: Kaps Lecture Book. 1972 softcover, Magic, Inc. Includes One Cup Three Ball Routine Denny & Lee's
Kardyro, Tony: Kardyro's Kolossal Kompendium of Klever and Kommercial Klose-up. 1981, softcover, Abbott Magic Co. Includes T.K.'s Mini Cups & Balls Routine: uses two small Chop Cups and two balls of different colors
Kaufman, Richard: Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi. 1990
hardcover, Kaufman & Greenberg, 120 pages. Close up, stand up,
and stage magic. Includes The Solid Cup (a one cup &
ball routine), Owan To Tama (Japanese Cups & Balls
routine), Monte With Four (a four card Monte routine), New
Era Linking Rings, and much more.
King, Bob: Bob King's Close Up Tutorial 6: Chop Cup Routine. Professional routine for the Chop Cup. Includes set of special balls. $15 Bob King Magic
Korem, Danny: Korem Without Limits. 1985,
hardcover, D. Robbins & Co. Includes New Wave Chop Cup
(with stand up final load).
Lavand, Rene: Magic from the Soul. Expanded
translations of Slow Motion Magic I and II together with the
unpublished third volume and Lavand's bread crumb and teacup
routine. Also includes Rene's life story. 228 pages, hardbound.
Lawton, Don: Lots of Lawton. 1971, softcover,
Magic, Inc. Includes a Chop Cup routine on page 54, which I think
may be Don Alan's presentation.
Lewis, Martin: Martin's Magical Inventions Lecture.
1999, 36 pages. Includes Cheap
Cup, a Chop cup routine. Also includes Prismatic Pencil
(color change), Torn & restored cigarette paper, technicolor
prediction, cardiographic routine, Come Back Card, Point of
Arrival, Whispering Joker, Queenie, Lucifer's Card, and
Maskelyne's 24 rules for magic performance.
Lewis, Trevor: Trevor Lewis Uncut (book).
Compilation of Trevor's Party Pieces, More Party Pieces, Still
More Party Pieces, Further Party Pieces, Favourite Party Pieces,
and Final Party Pieces, and some previously unpublished works a
well. A treasure trove of children's show magic. Includes Children's
London, Jack: The Superb Mentalism of Jack London.
Includes Chop-Cup Mentalism (using the Chop Cup for billet
work) and applying the principle to The Ungimmicked Cup.
Loomis, Dennis: Routine for the James Riser/Dennis Loomis Micro Chop Cup. 2002, softcover, Loomis Magic, 11 pages. The core of the routine is similar to the Don Alan Chop cup routine, but has been redesigned so it can be performed in the hands and adds several ideas for clever climaxes. The routine includes several ideas for adapting to a resettable table-hopping venue. For the full routine, a Topit is helpful.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 1-5. 2000, hardcover,
L&L Publishers, 720 pages. Includes Allan Hayden's One Cup
Routine, and Barry Govan's Las
Vegas Dice one cup and dice routine.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 6-10. 2000, hardcover,
L&L Publishers, 719 pages. Among a ton of other magic,
features a No Magnet Chop Cup
Routine by Bill Brodersen. This is a one cup and ball
routine with large load finale.
MacGregor, Jerry: Real World Magic (JM) 1999, hardcover. While mostly a book about the presentation of magic, the second half of the book includes lots of routines. Includes The Logic Cup by Jerry MacGregor, which is a Chop Cup routine using a mug.
Christian (Christian Stelzel): Lecture Magic.
1983 softcover. Includes an effect called, Instant Chop Cup.
Marcom, Ralph A.: Marcom Presents Magic.
1979, softcover, Magic, Inc. Original routines with macabre
themes. Includes Keeping Abreast - a Benson-Bowl and Four
Sponges routine with an "adult" ending; The Lively Leprechaun
- using a Dice-cup Chop cup and themed around leprechauns; The
Life and Loves of Lucinda Ladybug and the Hallucinogenic
Mushroom: a variation with a Chop cup resembling a mushroom,
and ladybugs and a frog
Maxwell, Mike: The Classic Magic of Larry
Jennings. 1986, hardcover, L&L Publishing, 267
pages. Over 85 routines. Contains a single cup and ball routine
(not a Chop cup) using a silk.
Bob: That Extra Touch. 1963, softcover,
McAllister, 31 pages. Includes Dollar Bill Dice Cup - a
chop cup routine with a dice cup and wadded up bill
Mendoza, John: Sequel To The Mendoaza Cups And Balls Routine.
1980, softcover, Morrissey Magic. A follow up routine for the
Mendoza Cup & Ball Routine, featuring the use of the Combo
Cups & Balls set (one cup is a Chop Cup).
Jerry: Close Up File. 1994, hardcover, Magic
Methods, 195 pages. Includes a chapter on Cups and Balls Routines:
Cups and Balls With Baby Chicks (Mentzer) - not just for
the finale!; One Cup and Balls (Dan Tong): a single
non-chop cup and balls routine; Chop Cup and Balls (Jerry
Mentzer); Ultimate Cup Routine (Jerry Mentzer) - two cup
and ball routine using two cups (non-chop cup), chop cup balls,
and a "portable" chop cup gimmick
Miesel, Bill (compiler): Fork Full of Appetizers. 1982, softcover, Ryan Press, 66 pages. Includes The Orange Chop (Bob Follmer) - using an orange juice concentrate can; and A Ball Production (Tom Gagnon) - for flat bottomed Chop Cup
Miller, Hugh (editor): Rink's Magic From Holland: 1968, hardcover, Unique
Magic Studios, 255 pages. Features Indian Cups and Balls
routine, Start for a Chop Cup Routine; A Chop Cup
Prelude; and Cups, Coins and Balls - A two Chop Cup
routine with M coins and larger balls.
Stephen & Adam Fleischer: The New York Magic
Symposium Collection Three. 1984, Adam Fleischer, 135
pages. Includes Revised Chop Cup Routine (David Roth) - an
update of his 1977 lecture notes routine.
Stephen: Spectacle. 1990, hardcover, L&L
Publishing, 168 pages. Includes The New Theory Chop Cup
(Finn Jon) - combination of Chop cup and Multiplying Balls ideas
to provide an examinable Chop Cup and ball. Not a full routine
John: Inside John Murray. 1984,
softcover, Murray, 118 pages. Includes Chop Cup Again!
Nelson, Earl, Alan Wakeling &
Mark Wilson: The
Chop Cup Book. 1979, hardcover, Mark Wilson
Publications, 100 pages. Includes a simplex routine, a variation,
moves, and a full Earl Nelson routine. Hard to find!
Osborne, Paul: Kidtrix. Softcover. Geared for the kid show
performer. Includes Cheapo Chop Cup.
Ouellet, Gary: Two Goblets. Camirand Academy
of Magic, 32 pages. Ouellet's two cup (one a Chop cup) and ball
routine produced by Camirand Academy.
Racherbaumer, Jon: In a Class By Himself, The Legacy
of Don Alan. 2000, hardcover, L&L Publishing,
296 pages. A broad collection of the magic of Don Alan. Includes Lean
Mean Chop Cup, and Benson Bowl.
Raucherbaumer, Jon: Magie Duvivier - The Magic of
Dominique Duvivier. 1996, hardcover, Kaufman &
Greenberg, 179 pages. Includes the Duvivier Cups and Balls (a
fourth cup appears at the end and uses a Chop cup!)
Regal, David: Approaching Magic. Hardcover. Includes COCOA: A chop cup routine with a mug and marshmallow with a surprise load at the end
Riding, Joe: New Chop Cup Routine. Micky Hades
Roch, Ray: No Gimmick Chop Box. Book (also
available as a DVD). The book includes additional ideas not on the
video. The Chop Box is an Origami box build from 6 playing cards,
with a lot of magic applications.
Roth, David: A Lecture by David Roth, Coins Close-Up. 1977, softcover, Roth, 13 pages. Includes Chop Cup Routine - practical routine with two final loads, to be performed seated
Salinas, Jamie: Jamie Salinas' Chop Cup Routine. e-Book, LuLu Books, 6 pages. Not designed to be new, this routine was created to be simple and direct and provide the greatest impact. Routine has been proven in many live performances. At one point, the ball appears under the cup in the spectator's hands. Ends with two large load climaxes. Jamie is a Houston, TX magician performing in the Dinner Theatre Magic Island. LuLu eBooks
Sankey, Jay: Sankedelic Magic. 2001,
softcover, Jay Sankey. Includes Chop Cup Subterfuge (not a full routine, but a
bit to add to your routine); also appears in the compilation book,
Jay Sankey's Twenty Years of Magic from 2003.
Schindler, George: Entertainment First! 1977, softcover, Schindler, 25 pages. Includes Chop Cup Routine: using a standard chop cup set, handkerchief, shot glass, and a large final load
Shute, Merlyn: How to Book of the Chop Cup. 1980 Softcover, Morrissey Magic, 45 pages. In depth coverage of the Chop Cup. History, moves, loads, variations, and routines. 34 pages, highly recommended.
Shute, Merlyn T: Cups Cups Cups. 1980 softcover, Morrissey
Magic Ltd, 44 pages. Includes some routines using the Combo Cups
& Balls set (cups and balls set including one Chop Cup).
Merlyn T.: Out of Your Pocket. 1982,
softcover, Morrissey Magic Ltd., 49 pages. Includes Quick and
Easy Pocket Chop - a short and commercial routine
Sisti, Jim (editor): The Magic Menu, The First Five Years. 1998, hardcover, L&L Publishing. The Nov/Dec 1994 issue contained Chop Cup Finale, a bit for the bar
Sisti, Jim (editor): The Magic Menu, Years Six Through Ten. 2001, hardcover, L&L Publishing. Includes: Chop Cup Routine (Jim Artle): uses a folding dice cup and balled-up dollar. Dollar ends up inside a cigarette; The Pringles Act: A tableside presentation in three parts, including Chop Chips; Cheap Cup (Martin Lewis): how to make the chop cup and a clever routine; Show Me the Money (Tim Spinosa): a one cup and ball routine using a coffee cup and a wadded bill
Sisti, Jim: The Working Professional's Chop Cup.
Original was softcover, now available as an e-Book from
Lybrary.com. Second in the Confidential Manuscript series.
Includes a color change to throw off even the observant spectator,
and the spectator is never made fun of. "Six-phase routine that's
been tested under fire for thousands of performances for
restaurant and bar audiences alike". Jim Sisti Magic
Skomp, Steve: Chop Cup Routine. 6 page illustrated
manuscript (entry courtesy Dietrick Keller of Magicbooks.be)
Steve: My Hands Can Be Yours. 1973, softcover,
Lloyd Jones, 79 pages. Includes Al Wheatley Revisited -the
Soup Can & making your own; Oriental Tea Cup - another
version; Handling Chop Cup; and Color Changing Load
- red ball changes to yellow in a Chop Cup or Cups & Balls
Bill: A Magical Spoonerism. 1975, softcover,
Spooner, 12 pages. Includes A Chop Cup Add-On Move.
Ian (Magic-Ian): Magic With a Steel Ball and Tube.
1982, softcover, D. Robbins, 28 pages. Includes Chop Cup,
and idea for using the tube as a Chop Cup and a final load.
Swain, James: 21st Century Card Magic:
1999, hardcover. Mostly a card book with: Departure;
Metamorphosis; The Miracle Deck; and Two effects by Bill Malone.
It also includes Swain's handling of Jennings Famous Chop Cup
Thompson, J.G.: Top Secrets of Magic. 1956, softcover, Tannen Magic, 125 pages. Includes a section on Cups & Balls with three routines, one using gimmicked paper cups and minimal sleights, one using standard cups, and some ending moves for the Benson Bowl routine
Danny: The Close Up Magic of Danny Tong. 1979,
softcover, Magic Art Book Co., 30 pages. Includes Cup And
Balls - a one cup (not a Chop Cup) routine performed seated.
More of a Net Ball routine using a cup to hold the balls rather
than a cup and ball routine.
Danny: Restaurant and Table Magic. 1970,
softcover, Dan Tong, 18 pages. Includes Chop Cup routine with two
large loads, designed for restaurant work.
Watson, Brian: Chop Cup Know How. From choosing a
cup, materials, balls, adjustment and handling, and much, much
Wilson, Ron: Uncanny Scot 1987 hardcover,
Kaufman & Greenberg. Includes Way Out of This World, Color
Changing Silk, Card in Wallet, Chop Cup, Mental Miracles, Linking
Finger Rings, Ring Flight, Rope Restoration, Torn and Restored
Newspaper, Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper, and more.
Wolfsberger, Gary: Wolfsberger's Chop Cup and Ball
Routine. 1976. Published by Magic Emporium. A
routine to be performed seated, using a Chop cup, shot glass, and
a silk. Uses a few bold moves. 9 pages, stapled booklet 5x8.5"
Wonder, Tommy: Tommy Wonder Entertains. 1983
softcover, Jeff Busby, 50 pages. Includes: Canned Craziness: Chop cup
routine with a soup can and a meatball. Also Cough Cough routine, Jos Bema Cups & Balls
John: A Mixed Bag. 1981, softcover, Supreme
Magic, 53 pages. Includes Rainbow Chop Cup.
Yee, Shaun: The Lecture Book. 1998.16 effects and ideas including: Coloured Gypsy Thread, The Mirage Knot, Colour Chance, Knotted Ring Escape, Easy Dice Routine, Chop Cup Rainbow Routine, Triple Colour-Changing Silk, Time Travel, Spirit Images, Magnified Pips, Finger Printed, Loading/ Switching/ Vanishing a Card, SY Forcing Deck, Transposition Surprise, The Chinese Prediction and A Bloody Card Stab. 31 pages. Price: Euro 8.00.
Zak, Frank: On the Board Lecture Notes.
Frank's 2nd set of audience tested notes from behind the bar.
Includes: The Dice Game; Restoration Fuse; One Cup Routine; Four
Ace Production; and 11 others. Also available on CD with
additional notes (Zak's Baker's Dozen and more), or as a DVD (see
John: Mixed Bag Lecture Notes. 2005,
softcover, Zander Magic. Includes Way Off Base - a
stand-up Chop cup routine
Zavis, William: Diverse Deceits. Paper cups,
crochet balls, coins, rubber balls, cards. Cups & balls w/one
Zollweg, Ron: The Professional Routines of Ron Frederick. 1982, softcover, Unikorn Magik, 47 pages. Includes The Ron Frederick Chop Cup Routine - using a standard Chop Cup and an extra cup that fits over the chop cup; can be performed standing if a Jacket is worn.
videos created years ago were in VHS format, and a few have
not been converted (yet) to DVD format. Also, in the
transition to DVD, often some videos are compiled into
collections and titles changed. Keep this in mind as you
search for appropriate videos.
Alan, Don: Greater Magic V28. Stevens
Magic. Includes Chop Cup, rising cards, nickel on forehead,
cigarette through quarter, invisible deck, little to big cards,
big deal, 3 1/2 of clubs, card stab, Ranch bird, scotch &
soda, Don Alan's bowl, Don Alan's big Nut production, Coat Hanger
from Purse, Ring Flight, Fez Load (not all explained)
Alan, Don: Don Alan's Magic Ranch Series.
DVD, Bill McIlhany/Todd Karr. Historic television footage.
Features Don Alan performing close up magic and special guests for
each show, such as Jack Gwynne, Johnny Platt, Clarke Crandall,
George and Betty Johnstone, Al Flosso, Richard Himber, Jummy
Reneaux, Sam Berman, Karrell Fox, Jay Marchall, Chan (Vic
Torsberg), Ralph Pierce, and Neil Foster. Includes performances of
Don Alan's Chop cup routine, Himber's Linking Rings, and an Indian
cups & balls routines, among much more.
Ammar, Michael: Magic of Michael Ammar Volume 2,
World Class Close Up DVD. L&L Publishing. Contains
material originally from Videonics #62, with some added materials.
This volume was previously published by L&L Publishing as part
of the "Early Ammar" DVD series. Includes: the Striking Vanish
taught with Michael's One Cup and Ball routine with a sausage can
Burt, Brad: Video #8, The Chop Cup. Brad
Burt's Magic Shop. A full introductory coverage of the Chop Cup.
Includes performance of the routine; Intro to the Equipment; How
to Handle a Chop Cup; The Roll Vanish; The Sneider Vanish with a
ball; The French Drop; Ball Thru Cup Move; How to handle the Large
Loads; The Routine Explanation.
Carney, John: Classic Carney, The Video
(DVD). Eight routines from Carnycopia, including Fruit Cup,
a Chop cup type routine using a coffee cup and a bill.
Casmuz, Marcelo: Cubiltes (Spanish) DVD, 25 minutes. Bazar de Magia, Argentina. New work by Marcelo Casmuz presenting and explaining a full routine with two goblets. All passes and techniques detailed.
Cloutier, Carl: Carl Cloutier's World Class Magic
Video (DVD). Meir Yedid Magic, 90 mins. Includes: Sports
Illustrated - Miniature sports balls vanish, appear and transform;
Smoker's Delight - flash appearances and vanishes; Pencil Through
Coin; Lit Cigarette In Coat; Single Cups & Balls - Miniature
cup and balls routine. The cup appears, the balls appear, change
color, grow and vanish; Candy Cards - Cards, candy bar, and a roll
of Lifesavers; To Bounce or Not to Bounce: Bounce; Simple Battery
- A battery is produced from a deck of cards; Money Madness.
Colombini, Aldo: Peter Warlock's New Pentagram Volume
10. DVD, WildColombini. Includes Giant Thimble
(Lewis Ganson): A very strong and entertaining routine using a
miniature chop-cup (or any chop-cup as a matter of fact), in many
Colombini, Aldo: True Magic Volume 2. DVD. 113
minutes. Includes The Peak Cup, easy to do and easy to
Darci, Steve: No Filler Volume 3. DVD, L&L
Publishing. Includes Chop Cup, Steve's one cup and ball
routine with two final loads.
Duvivier, Dominique: Dominique Duvivier Strikes Back DVD Set. Includes Act 2: The Wooden Cup and the Chop Cup.
Galloway, Andrew: The Magic of John Ramsay Volume 2.
DVD, 90 minutes. Includes One Cup & Ball routine
Greater Magic Teach-In: Classic Chop Cup DVD by Twin Cities Magic & Costume Co. Routines by Larry Jennings, Don Alan, Martin Lewis, and Brad Burt. 65 Minutes.
Guyatt, Terry: Presents Close Up Magic. 90
minutes, VHS, I don't know if this ever made it to DVD (yet).
Includes One Cup & Balls Routine, Magic Knife,
Expansion of Texture, Relflextions/Do As I Do, Wand through Hanky,
Erdnase Colour Change.
Harris, Paul: Reel Magic Quarterly Episode 1. DVD,
Paul Harris. First edition of this multimedia magic magazine.
Includes Dan Tongs Chop Cup Routine.
Harris, Paul: Stars of Magic DVD 2, Paul Harris
Vols 4 & 5. Murphy's Magic Supplies, 90 minutes. I
think in the VHS version, this was Video #12. Disk of Vol. 4
contains Uncanny -A solid cup routine using a can of
James, Mark: Super Charged Classics. DVD. RSVP
Magic. Includes Turbo Cup, a Chop Cup routine for restaurant work
Jay, Joshua: Close Up, Up Close Volume 2. DVD. Includes a performance only (no explanation) of The Lampshade, Joshua's acclaimed chop cup routine to music using a lampshade and a bulb.
Jedinat, Christian: Zaubern Leicht Gemacht 2 -
Becherspiel & Chop Cup (In German) DVD. Translation to
English: Magic Made Easy 2 - Cup Game & Chop Cup. Six
magicians show and explain their successful interpretations of
Cups and Balls and Chop Cup, including Peter Bold's Chop Cup
without M's, and Christian's Coffee Bet Chop Cup routine.
Jennings, Larry: A Private Lesson. DVD, 67
minutes. Louis Falanga's videotapes of Larry explaining 12
routines, including Jenning's Chop Cup.
Jennings, Larry: Thoughts on Cards DVD, L&L Publishing. Includes the Complete Collection volumes 1 & 2 in one DVD set. Includes Larry's Single Cup & Ball routine.
Johnson, Roy: In Person (Original in German, also released in English): VHS, I don't know of a DVD Release. Colour in View - Revelations of a selected name, The £80 Trick-A close-up or cabaret betting game, One at a Time - 'Coins Thru' Table with a gimmick. Instant Aces - Amazing close-up card transposition without skill. Chopper - The Chop cup with a difference.
Jon, Finn: Pierre Mayer Finn Jon vol 5 Stage
Magic. I don't know if this was ever converted to DVD.
Includes Three billiard ball routine, Chop Cup routine, among
Kozmo: Tales from the Street. 2 DVD Set. Complete
guide to Street Magic. The magic disk includes Johnny Carson's
Favorite Trick, a Chop Cup Bill to Lemon routine.
Lamanske, Todd: Get Real Volume 2, More Close-up
Magic for the Real World. Moonbeam Magic, VHS (no DVD
that I know of). Routines used for close-up and restaurant, from
beginner to advanced. Includes: Foreign Exchange; Flying Aces; The
Time Machine; Chop Cup; Mini-morphosis; Happy Birthday Card Trick;
Hi Ho Silver; Let's Get Real!
Lancaster, Lou: Lou Lancaster teaches Classic
Routines, International Magician's Society (IMS) Volume
10, Part of the Magic Academy DVD Disk 2. Includes Larry Jennings
Chop Cup Routine
Lavand, Rene: Rene Lavand's Close Up Artistry Vol 2
DVD. Meir Yedid Magic. Includes Rene's famous Three Bread
Crumbs routine using a single tea mug and balls.
Lavand, Rene and Luis De Matos: Maestro. Four DVD
set. Essential Magic Collection. See Rene Lavand performing his
professional show at the Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon,
Portugal. Includes performance of The Three Breadcrumbs.
Lees, Walt: The Walt Lees Lecture. Two DVD set,
International Magic, 2007 & 2008, 2 hours, 52 minutes.
Includes PDF of Cannibal Cards. Also includes A Chop Cup for
Mugs, and Combo Cups & Balls.
Lewis, Trevor: The Magic of Trevor Lewis
DVD. L&L Publishing. Lecture, taped live at Mark Leveridge’s
3rd British Close-Up Magic Symposium. Includes: Trevor's Chop
Cup with table hopping advice
McCree, Shaun: Stand and Deliver. 2 DVD Set. RSVP
Magic. Disc 2 Includes Chopped or Diced, an ungaffed chop
cup style routine with a dice cup & dice, with a jumbo die and
pool ball climax
Mendoza, John: John Mendoza Live and Personal DVD
(on VHS was John Mendoza Live, V2). Meir Yedid Magic (VHS
was A-1 Multimedia). Includes John's Chop Cup and Cups and Balls
Mendoza, John: Live & Personal. DVD. Includes
Chop Cup: A one-cup and ball routine where the spectator
tries to guess where the ball is. As a finale two large balls are
produced from under the cup.
Mendoza, John: My Best Volume 1 DVD. L&L Publishing, 1 Hour, 50 minutes. Includes John's Chop Cup - short, sweet, and to the point
Menoza, John: Routined Close Up. VHS
format. International Video Magic Series Vol. 1, 105 minutes.
Includes: Chop Cup, Collectors (Performance Only), Dice Stacking,
Coins Across (Performance Only), Ambitious 1,2,3,4,5, Torn &
Restored Card(Performance Only), The Squeeze, Cups & Balls
(Performance Only), Routined Poker Mental, Mendoza's Cups &
Michel: The Invisible Hand. Three DVD Set, Michel
& Greco, Vernet Magic. The Invisible Hand is a holdout; this
DVD set presents many ideas for its use, including Chop Cup -
Nicot, Roger: Bar Cup Reloaded. Created by Roger
out of stainless steel, this Chop Cup appears to be a normal
cocktail shaker. The end of the routine produces two large loads,
and then a full shot-glass of liquid.
Norsigian, Gary: Tricks That Will Get You Paid, Vol 2 DVD. Penguin Magic. Includes Chop Cup Routine - Gary's rapid fire routine and his lines will give you a different perspective on this classic effect.
Novak, John: Two Cups, One Ball video.
Likely VHS as I find no recent references to it. Uses One regular
and one matching Chop cup. Plus how to make your own.
Ouellet, Gary: The Very Best of, Volume Two DVD. L&L Publishing. Includes: Two Goblets two-cup and ball routine (w/Chop cup)
Ouellet, Gary: Gary Ouellet Vol. 3, Videonics
Program #20. VHS, 1 hour, Videonics. Includes The Two
Goblets two cup and ball routine with all the advantages of
a three cup routine combined with a Chop cup and no disadvantages
Pinard, Andrew: The Shared Experience: The Nuts and
Bolts Video. 2003, 85 minutes. Five routines: Hole-Y
Grail multi-layered chop cup routine; Coins Across Redux; Static
Currency floating bill; Autograph Collection bill switch
application; Fifty-Two To Tango fusion of card to glass, card to
forehead and card to wallet plots.
Regal, David: Premise, Power, Participation Volume 1.
DVD, L&L Publishing. Includes My Best Friend (from
Close-Up & Personal) - A chop cup routine with a the help of a
Sanderson, Martin: Corporate Close-up DVD. Russ
Stevens. Approx. 2 hours. Includes: Rapid Fire Chop Cup
Sanderson: Martin: Martin Sanderson The Business
DVD. RSVPMagic, 2006, 1 hour, 54 minutes. Includes Impromptu
Schindler, George: Entertainment First! DVD. Meir
Yedid Magic. Includes George's Chop Cup routine, billed as
simple to follow.
Shortland, Mark: On and Off Stage. Two DVD Set,
World Magic Shop. Includes Elevation, Mark's Chop Cup
Southworth, Mark: Mark Southworth SureFire. DVD,
RSVP Magic. Includes Supa-fast Chop Cup - A classic effect
with a Tommy Wonder twist. With loading tips & audience
Swain, James: Miracles - the Magic of James Swain Vol
3. DVD, L&L Publishing. Includes Jim's The Chop Cup
Tong, Dan: Dan Tong Finally 50 Years of Magic Volume 2 DVD, Kozmomagic. 78 minutes. Includes Chop Cup: A short, fast routine that does not promote a gambling theme.
Various: 4 Stars Live, Videonics Program #58.
Republished as Volume 14 of the Dai Vernon Revelations VHS
series. Includes Michael Ammar's performance of his One Cup
and Ball routine. In this tape no explanations are offered.
Various: Greater Magic Library Series - The Classic
Chop Cup DVD. 1 hour, 12 minutes. Includes Larry Jennings,
Don Alan, Martin Lewis, and Brad Burt.
Various: Magic of France, Greater Magic V48. DVD. Recorded onsite in incredible Musee de la Curiosite. Includes Etienne Lorenceau performing Ungimmicked Chop Cup and Subtleties for Cups & Balls.
Various: World's Greatest Magic: The Chop Cup DVD. L&L Publishing. Seven Chop Cup approaches. Includes: David Regal's My Best Friend routine (including a toy mouse); John Mendoza Chop Cup Routine; Gary Ouellet's The Two Goblets (one chopped), with music; Danny Tong's Chop Cup routine; Steve Darci's Chop Cup routine; Larry Jennings' highly original routine, and Jim Swain's The Chop Cup.
Various: World's Greatest Magic Close Up Magic Volume
3. DVD. L&L Publishing. Includes John Mendoza's Bowl
Routine and Larry Jennings' Single Cup and Ball
Wilson, Paul: Restaurant Act. DVD Meir
Yedid Magic (VHS was by A-1 MagicalMedia). Includes Chop Cup,
with spectator involvement
Wright, Tom: Stand Up Magic. DVD World Magic Shop.
Two DVD set featuring Tom's performance for corporate dinners.
Includes philosophy as well as his Chop Cup Game Show, and
Zak, Frank: On the Boards DVD. Frank performs and explains all the routines found in the lecture notes of the same name. Includes: The Dice Game; Restoration Fuse; One Cup Routine; Four Ace Production; and 11 others. $25. Frank Zak Magic
Zavis, William: William Zavis Vol. 4, Videonics Program #17. Downloadable Video by L&L Publishing. 1 hour. Includes The Cup and Ball, a Single Cup and Ball effect that looks like a Chop Cup is used, but is not.
Note: There is a glut of Chop Cups that come and go on the market, so the following list is not an attempt to list them all. Rather, I will attempt to point out historical cups, large manufacturer's of cups (such as RNT2), and unusual cups. You're probably better of going to one of the sites linked at the top where they have tons of photos of real cups.
Allen, Mark: PD Chop Cup. For strolling
magicians: a Play Doh cup with clay. A ball of clay is used in
place of a regular ball, and at the end, the cup is full of clay
Arjan's Show-Biz Centre: In
the Netherlands, this Theatrical warehouse used to sell a line of
magic effects, but this seems to have gone away. At one time, they
Arjan's Pofessional Copper Chop Cups & Ball Combination Set. Made from polished solid brass. German made. Supplied with hand knit balls, no instructions.
Bazar de Magia:
Argentina. They manufacture a variety of Cups and Chop Cups, for
Chop Cup: Aluminum, Bronze, or Copper, 82mm High, 70mm mouth.
Combination Set: with one cup as a Chop Cup. In Aluminum, Bronze, or Copper.
Bonsall, David: Starbucks Coffee Chop Cup.
Re-fashioned from actual Starbucks Espresso mugs. Available in 3oz
or 8oz sizes.
Crosewl Magic: Crosewl Magic ran a small shop in a
Reneaiisance fair, and produced a number of clever "primitive"
magic tricks to resemble what might have existed in the Middle
Chop Cup Goblet. Wood Goblet Chop cup, no instructions for balls included. Hand-turned on a lathe. Can be made from Cherry, Mahogany, or Walnut.
Daytona Magic: a large
magic shop in Florida, they seem to carry some items exclusive to
them. For example:
Brass Chop Cup: Made in New England, maker not specified. Made from solid piece of brass. Measures almost 2 ¼" high and as a diameter of almost 1 7/8" at the base. Highly polished and comes in its own draw string bag with two balls.
DeeBee Mazik, India. Wholesale Manufacturer.
Chop Cup Aluminum: 3"
Chop Cup Brass: 3.25" tall, 2.75" at the mouth
DBZ Chop Cup Wooden: comes in a presentation box, in three styles: Worker, Classic, and Custom
Doggett, Robert (Dr. Bob): Used
to run Dr. Bob's Magic Shop, but I believe it is now closed.
Chop Cup. A beautiful Brass Goblet. Stands slightly over 3 1/2 " tall. Comes with 2 balls and booklet with Dr. Bob's routine. Video and written routine also available separately.
El Duco : of Sweden.
Christer Gustavsson passed away in 2008, but the Magic Shop lives
on. However, much of the original El Duco line is no longer
Golden Combination Set by El Duco. Two normal cups and one Chop cup. Brass cups are ground, polished, and burn-lacquered. With 4 red balls (one gimmicked) and cloth bag.
Fantasma Magic: TDryer's
Fantamsa Magic is a manufacturer and a retail store in NY City.
Their catalog currently (2015) lists a few unique Chop Cups:
Fantasma's Buddha Chop Cup. Wooden ornate chop cup ends with a large wooden Buddha statue climax.
Chop Cup Wooden, Aluminum, Copper: standard cups
Top Hat Chop Cup: Cute, beautiful wooden chop cup shaped like a magician's top hat
Hale, Howard: Woodmagic
Studio. High quality, hand-crafted products. I believe these are
no longer manufactured.
Chop Cup & Chop Stick. Beautifully hand-crafted from select African Padauk, Wenge, Zebrawood and American Red Oak and match perfectly to each other. The Chop Cup is standard size and will hold a "normal" final load. The Chop Stick has a graceful, tapered design, 15 inches long and although one end is smaller than the other it is balanced for the "wand spin". Complete with small balls, travel bag and a full routine. Was $255.
Hecklau, Axel: Just A Cup. This is (not) a Chop
Cup. DVD, script, tools set. Includes a genuine leather cup (not a
Chop Cup), a very special die, a normal die, a normal red die, a
bag, the Axel Hecklau "clip-gimmick", a Alan Wong Neck Cracker, a
well illustrated booklet (english) with the full routine, a DVD
with all the moves and two live performances.
Hennessey, Rich: Ca$h Chop Cup: Unique cup that is
made from folded dollar bills, and using wadded bills for the
balls. Available from Hennessey's Mental-Craft.com.
Hidden Wren Magic (hiddnewrenmagic.com). Gareth Gwatkin,
custom wooden magic, includes many varieties of Chop Cups such as:
Elegance Chop Cup: from Cocobolo Wood
Legacy Goblet: Cocobolo
African Blackwood Regal
Ickle Pickle ;Steve Bender's company, in business
for over 40 Years.
Aluminum Chop Cup: Similar in appearance to the Morrissey aluminum cups for the cups & balls, this Chop cup matches the Ickle Pickle aluminum Cups & Balls set.
Chalice Chop Cup. Aluminum, 3.75" mouth, stands about 4.5" tall.
Chop Cup: Mini, Standard, Wide Mouth
Jenest, Mark: Jiggernaut. A unique One cup
and ball routine with a shot jigger, realistic olive, and a finale
load of two large wine corks.
Jieli World Magic Limited: Leather Chop Cup.
Unsnaps and is collapsible.
Johnson Products: the coin
gimmick manufacturer branched out into Cups & Balls some
years ago, and the products were well received.
Chop Cup: beautifully designed to match their acclaimed Cups & Balls set. Weight is almost 1/2 pound. Size is 3" tall with 2.5" mouth and 1.5" indented bottom. Comes with 2 ball set and black drawstring cloth carrying bag.
Kaymar Magic : of England
Leather Chop Cup. This is a black leather dice cup gimmicked as a Chop cup. Comes with balls and a routine.
Koch, Bert: Chop Cup Würfelbecher: Routine
features a leather Chop Cup with a gambling theme, utilizing a 9mm
shell instead of a ball, and dice. (Found at http://www.zauberkellerhof.de)
Kubo, Kuniharu: Evolution (Chop Cup). a Unique
approach to the Chop Cup, in that the cup can be seen empty, and
yet a ball can be produced. Product includes dice, but standard
chop cup balls can be used instead. Retailed for $195.
Murray, George: Chop Cup Tea Cup. A nice looking Japanese ceramic tea cup gimmicked as a Chop cup. Can hold a small lemon for a load. Includes two rubber balls, one gimmicked. Other Chop cup balls may work in this cup, but the balls included may not work in other Chop cups. Available through Nielsen Magic
Mycroft, Roger: Chop Can: A beverage can
gimmicked as a Chop cup. Available in Coke, Pepsi, Lite Beer or
Bud. Comes with two balls. No longer available.
Paul Howard Pro Magic: Chop Cup Russian. Uses a much
larger ball and a wooden cup, no magnet. Ball is 1.5". Cup is hand
turned from hardwood. Climax is the appearance of a Russian Doll.
All the usual moves can be performed and the cup fits into your
trouser pocket holding two balls making it easy to go around the
tale. It works on the old marble vase principle using two bouncing
balls which lend themselves to palming. Complete with cup, two
balls, a Russian doll and routine.
Petty, Craig: Chop. Seven phase Chop Cup style
routine using a regular cup and a signed bill. Includes DVD plus
PFD Chop Cup. Made in China. Copper cup in the
Paul Fox style. Sold by Penguin Magic, Kenneth Kok.
Porper, Joe & Pete Biro:
Combination Cup and Ball Routine with beautiful Mini Cocktail
Shaker that has a Liquid Kicker Finish. Comes with stainless steel
modified Mini Cocktail Shaker for a liquid pour climax, two-piece
Porper Wand, balls, shot glass, custom case, carry bag, and 8
pages of color photos. Perfect for the bar magician or the table
hopper, can be done up close. $695. Available through Stevens Magic
Premium Magic: Distributed through Murphy's Magic
Supplies, these cups are economical.
Chop Cup Copper: 0.255 lbs, 3.8x2.8x3.0
Chop Cup Aluminum: 0.155 lbs, 3.8x3x3
RAR Magic: Little Flat Chop Cup. This
cup is unique in that it leather and can be unfolded (not
gimmicked)! Includes a routine with four different endings, and
you can use a borrowed banknote. Includes balls. Roy Roth passed
away in 2013, and RAR Magic is no longer in business.
RNT II: Bowl. Rings 'n Things was
owned by Mike Brazil in the 1970's. RNT II was created out of the
old company, and is now a premier manufacturer
Bowl: With Original Don Alan Bowl Routine & Lance Pierce Benson Bowl Book. Spun from 050 solid copper and polished to a mirror finish. Comes with Sponge Balls, Wand (wand style may vary), Don Alan Bowl Routine from Magic Inc. and the Lance Pierce Benson Bowl book and an embroidered bag.
Don Alan Chop Cup® Authorized, authentic Don Alan Chop Cup with an added bold bronze lining and lip.3.75" high; 3.5" wide. Stainless steel (13.5oz); Aluminum (9.5oz). Comes with plush bag, 2 1 1/4" white crocheted balls (one Chopped), and Don Alan's Original Chop Cup Routine.
Don Alan Stubby Copper Cup. Mike Brazill announces the birth of the Don Alan 50th Anniversary Stubby Copper Cup. Machined from a solid block of copper and lined with bronze that wraps around the lip. 3.25" high and designed to hold a larger load than Wheatley's original. Comes with bag, two one and 1/8" crocheted balls, Ron Bauer's Don Alan's Complete Chop Cup manuscript. 3.25" H x 3.25 D"
Little Don Chop Cup. A miniature version of the Don Alan Chop cup. 2 1/8" x 2 1/8", about 2 oz. Stainless or Copper $125. Also Baby Don Alan Chop Cup - "Le Petite", the smallest chop cup in the Don Alan family. Copper, with black embroidered bag, high-quality, tightly crochetted working balls and a pocket-sized routine booklet.
Monte Combo Cup Set. Look and feel of the original Monti cups. In copper and offered as a Chop Cup combo set. 3" high with 4 balls, presentation bag and instruction booklet. Limited supply.
Olive Sets. Realistic looking olives, hand made, with a realistic pimento inserted. Each set includes 4 olives (3 straight and 1 gaffed for Chop cup)
Glitter Working Balls. Crocheted glitter high visibility balls in Gold, Silver, or Red; available in 1", 3/4", 7/8", 5/8" and 1/2". 3 straight and 1 gaffed for chop and combo cups. $30. Also, 2" final load balls
Riser, James: James Riser is a manufacturer who has made
some highly acclaimed cups & balls products in the past. I do
not think he is currently making any cups. When he does,
purchase usually requires an interview first!
Micro Chop Cup: A small chop cup developed in cooperation with the late Dennis Loomis. Was available in copper or stainless steel, in slightly different sizes. The "full" set came with both cups, balls, routine, stainless steel flask & gimmick (for vanishing liquid), load balls, and bag and retailed at the time for $100
Rogers, Mike: The late
Mike Rogers used to create excellent Miniature Baseballs made of
leather and that were great for handling. They were available in
standard cups & balls set, and he also made a chopped set.
While these are no longer available, I think there are some new
producers who are making a similar product to fill the void.
Shindler, George: Chop Cup Mug. A plastic mug with
a handle, chopped of course!
Smesters, Leo: Harmonica Chop Cup. The Harmonica
cups are designed as collapsible cups, which can be easily
transported in your pocket or in some cases a card case. Available
in Aluminum or Silicon.
Star, Tim: http://www.creationsbystar.com.
Tim Star products used to be available from Hank Lee's, but it
is nice to see he now has his own website.
Star Master Chop Cup: new design with T-balls can be examined at any time, and the cup acts as a Chop Cup only when you want.
Star Chop Cup: large mouth, will hold a Tennis Ball. Aluminum.
Copper Lime Cup: A goblet style cup. Holds a lime or a lemon as a final load.
Goblet Chop Cup: in Aluminum, with a wider mouth. 4 1/8" high, 3 3/8" mouth.
Starsinic, Frank: Frank at The Ambitious Card produces a variety of leather products, including dice cups, Chop cups, Cones, and leather cases for magic items. His line of Chop Cups and cones include:
Killer Chop Cup: dark leather Chop Cup that looks like a standard dice cup.
Leather Chop Cup Ren Faire Cup. Leather tapered cup good for Rennaissance Fairs.
Leather Chopped Dice Stacking Cup: Dice-Chop Combination Cups. Design allows the ball to be rolled out. Includes crocheted balls and casino dice. Use for Chop cup or Dice stacking cup.
Beaded Chop Cup: Rigid with internal frame, leather sewn around the frame. 3.25" tall, 3.25" diameter. With crocheted balls that match the cup
Leather Cone for the Ball and Cones. Available with or without balls.
Magic by Stone: Developed
various unique cups
Dragon Bowl Chop Cup. An Asian style ceramic chop cup.
Party Time Chop Cup. A light blue with white interior plastic tumbler gaffed into a Chop Cup. Looks right at home at backyard barbeques, picnics, and outdoor parties. Comes with two 3/4" Crochet Balls
Chop Cup Coffee Mug: looks like a standard white, rounded, coffee mug with a handle
Tannen's Magic: Out of NYC.
Tannen's doesn't seem to be into the "manufacturing" or carrying
of unique magic as much as they used to be. They used to
Ultimate Chop Chop Cup. Designed after the original Al Wheatley Chop-Chop cup with modifications. Spun from aluminum, anodized to satin finish. 4" tall with 3" mouth for large loads. Includes balls, routine and bag.
Teufel, Mark: Wood Chop Cup. An "incredibly
well made Chop cup!" (Magicsmith). Light weight and size, made
from Cocobolo wood; hand turned on a lathe. This retailed for $200
Uday Magic (India). Makes a set of economical cups.
Distributed in the USA through Murphy's Magic Supplies
Chop Cup Copper: 0.306lb, 3.8x3.3x3.3
Chop Cup Aluminum: 0.231lb, 3.5x3.0x3.0
Chop Cup Brass: 0.363lb, 3.3x3.6x3.0
Wayne, Thomas: Thomas Wayne Magical Products Coffee
Mug Chop Cup. Full size white ceramic coffee cup as found
in many restaurants. Balls are unipolar to not attract when on top
of the inverted cup, thus both balls are gimmicked. Comes with
cup, balls, Thomas Wayne routine, and care instructions. This was
a highly regarded cup.
Wilson, Gregory: Kiss Off. Chop cup routine
using a can of Hershey's syrup and candy kisses. The climax
includes production of two jumbo kisses and the result that the
syrup can is sealed. Comes with 2 jumbo kisses, small kisses, and
video. Hershey stopped making the can, so you have to get your
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