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Reference Guide to

the Cups and Balls

Compiled by Doug Atkinson (email:

Last update 09 May 2007: Rafael's Transit Cups & Balls book; Willane's Complete Methods for Miracles; Eddy Ray Complete Course in Magic with Cups & Balls DVD; Sane's The Sting e-book.

Comment: This page covers Books, Videos/DVDs, and Products covering the standard 3 Cups & Balls routine with a couple of listings for 2 cup routines using non-gimmicked cups. It also includes the Indian Cups and Balls. The Indian Cups and Balls are short, squat, inverted bowl cups with small handles. They don't stack, and the handling moves differ from the traditional Cups & Balls, although many of the loading moves are the same. See the Chop Cup Reference for coverage of the Chop Cup, Single Cup routines using a non-gimmicked cup, and the Benson Bowl. Combo sets (Cups & Balls sets including a Chop Cup) are included in both listings.

Prices are estimates based on old and new references and are not likely to be accurate. They are provided only as a general benchmark.

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.

Read an article written by myself about the cups & balls (this site)
Cups and Balls Article
James Riser produces excellent cups, and has some great pages on the
history and design of Cups and Balls sets. (external website)
Bill Palmer's Cups & Balls Museum (external website)

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Ammar, Michael: The Complete Cups & Balls book (2 Accompanying Videos also available, see video section). While not encyclopedic, The Complete Cups & Balls book provide unique instruction in the cups & balls routine. The book uses many, many photographs along with annotated arrows and lines to show lines of movement. It was designed to be used with the videos as a course in cups & balls. Recommended. Book: $40 Videos: $30 each.

Ammar, Michael: The Magic Of Michael Ammar. Contains a very thorough coverage of Michael's Stand Up Cups and Balls routine as well as a ton of excellent magic. Includes the Vernon Wand Spin. $40

Annemann, Ted: The Jinx CD-ROM produced by Houdini's Magic USA. Over 800 pages of The Jinx, originally published in the 1930's and 40's now in searchable electronic format. Includes magic of every type, including mentalism, magic with balls, thimbles, and more. Also includes Mike Skinner's notes on The Jinx. The Stanyon articles on the Cups & Balls are reprinted here starting in the August 1937 issue. Also includes Jacob Daley's Cups & Balls routine in the Aug 1938 issue.

Bannon, John: Impossibilia. Includes lots of magic including "Of Cups And Fuzzballs" a Cups and Balls routine, and "Chop" a chop cup routine with several loads.

Bauer, Ron: Dixie; Private Studies Monographs. Southern version of Cups and Balls using Dixie Cups and balls made from a fake confederate bill (which can be photocopied from the book). Humorous script. Contains a discussion of the En Route Principle. $10

Behnke, Leo: Magic City Library Volume 3 Cups & Balls. Provides an introduction to the cups and balls at a low price. I would recommend Osborne's or Shute's books first, though. $3.50

Benatar, Rafael: Transit Cups and Balls. Foreword by Ascanio. Copyright 1989 by the author. SoftBound with 20pages. Content's Include: Transit Cups and Balls; In-Transit Actions and The Cups and Balls; Routine; Alternate Ending; Some Tips For Rehearsal; Book measures approx. 5 3/4"x8 1/4".

Bertram, Charles: Charles Bertram, The Court Conjurer - A Biography With Bertram's Greatest Tricks Explained by Edwin A Dawes. Bertram's life and routines explained in detail. Includes The Four Ace Tricks, Cups and Balls, Cards To Pocket, Diminishing Cards, Sands of the Desert, The Production of Flags, Multiplying Billiard Balls and many more. 360 pages hardbound. $60

Bertram, Ross: Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram. Good hardcover book with lots of magic. Inlcudes cards, coins, sleeving, and more. A section on the cups & balls discusses using large chicks as loads, though a full routine is not provided.

Biro, Pete: The Indian Cups and Balls. Pete's routine along with reprints of routines by Eddie Joseph and Johnny Platt. 8.5x11", softcover. $20. H&R Books

Blaisdell, Dr. Frank: More of Magic (Magic Ltd.). Cups and Balls routine, Wandering Silks, Gone, Sexy Dollars, Wooden Egg, Cut and Restored String, Yo Yo Penetration, Ring on Rope, Solid Through Solid, Through Windows, Tectile Sense, Spirit Box, A Hunch, Snap-It, False Cut, Eight Kings, Red Your Mind, Perplexing, Three Rope Interchanges. $15 Denny & Lee's

Brahams, Anthony: Fred Kaps Cups and Balls, as taught by Fred Kaps to Trevor Lewis. Entire routine, uses standard cups. 20pp. $15. Denny & Lee's

Brahams, Anthony: Ken Brooke's Magic Place. Includes instruction sheets from tons of magic effects produced by Ken Brooke, including: Brema Bill tube; Chinese Sticks; Cup and Balls; KB Tips; Flash or Firing Wand; Fred Kaps' Chinese Coin Trick; Fred Kaps' Coin Off Ribbon; Hong Kong Coin; Ken's Comedy Rope Routine; Long Pour Salt; Malini Egg Bag; Nudist Deck; Two in the Hand, One in the Pocket; Working Performer's Card in Wallet and lots more. 326 pages, hardbound. $40

Brown, Ed: The Feints And Temps Of Harry Riser. Lots of great routines including: Cap and Quarters, The Mexican Jumping Coins, Close-Up Miser; Two Coin Interlude Plus, The Purse Swindle, Purse Jam, Copper; Silver; Gold Coin Box Routine, Golf Ball Routine, Billiard Ball Routine, Ball and Cone, Unique Cups and Balls, Hornswaggled Revisited, Walnuts and Glass, and many card tricks. 270 pages, hardbound. $45

Burtini: Burtini's Cups & Balls Routine by Supreme Magic. $6 (used) Micky Hades

Burton, Steve: Hocus Pocus Junior, The Art of Legedemain Discovered. This book was originally written in 1634 by an anonymous author known as Hocus Pocus, Jr. One of the earliest coverages of the cups and balls and the "Stack of Pence".

Cellini - The Royal Touch. 200pg. Covers street performing, including a cups & balls routine. $68

Colombini, Aldo: Classics of Magic. Includes Ring on Rope, Red and White Sliding Knots, Fabian's Transpo Cards, Face Up/Face Down Cards, Matrix Chink A Chink, Okito Box Routine, and his FISM winning Cups and Balls. $30 L&L Publishing

Colombini, Aldo: The Close-Up Magic Of Aldo Colombini. 60 effects with cards, coins, cups and balls, ring & rope, Oktio coin box, and billiard ball production and including: Never Say Dice, Four Card Display, Ace-embly, Hiccup Coins, Super Link (rubber bands), Hopping Cups and Balls (short routine suitable for table hopping), Back and Forth Sandwich (cards) plus many more. 180 pages. $30 L&L Publishing

Colombini, Aldo: IMPACT. 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. A total of 59 routines including ropes, cards, coins, 3 linking rings, ring & rope, and comedy. 145 pages. $22.50. Mamma Mia Magic

Darbyshire, Lydia (editor): The Magic Book. A 224pg hardcover large format beginner's book with a good variety. Includes: Egg Bag, Unequal Ropes (Professor's Nightmare), Ring Off Ropes, Cards, Thimbles: producing, vanishing (3 pages), Balls: palming, vanishing (4 pages), Cigarettes: producing (4 pages), Coins: (2 pages), 20 Century Silks, Multiplying Balls (2 pages), Cups & Balls, Chinese Linking Rings, Cut & Restored Rope, The Change Bag, the Thumb Tip, A date with a Magician (Okito box clairvoyance), Coin in Ball of yarn, Hitting the Headlines: Newspaper headline torn & restored, and more. About $20

Draun, Steve: Secrets Draun from the Underground. Includes cups & balls. $35.00 Kaufman

Eldin, Peter: The Magic Handbook (Also found as the Kingfisher Pocket Book of Magic). Beginner's book with good quality magic, and includes a cups & balls routine with final load.

Elliot, Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic. Great instruction. Includes chapters on card revelations, water, paddle moves (knives), 4 Ace routines, Miser's Dream, Egg Bag, Chink-A-Chink, 2 billiard ball routines, ambitious cards, cups & balls (simple through gimmicked, and a Benson Bowl routine), and more. 266 pages.

Elmsley, Alex: The Collected Works Vol 1 by Stephen Minch. Over 100 effects, including Elmsley's cups & balls. 424 pages. $40

Fajuri, Gabe: Cups and Balls - A Treatise on the World's Oldest Deception. A short but decent booklet on the Cups & Balls by Fun, Inc. Includes beginner to intermediate information, including Dai Vernon's classic "Impromptu Cups and Balls Routine," false transfers, selecting equipment, loads, patter, misdirection, and more. $3.50

Farelli, Victor: John Ramsay's Routine with the Cups & Balls. (1948) 103pg. Well printed and illustrated with many photographs showing the hands of the master manipulator, John Ramsey, performing the various moves of the effect. The text, except for Ramsey's brief foreword, is by Victor Farelli. There are eight chapters on the routine itself and as well a chronological historyof the effect. $30

Farmer, Bob: Cyclops. 1998 by Every Trick In The Book, Inc, of Brockville, Ontario, Canada. A unique Three Cup and "One" Ball routine (plus two loads). No need for over-loaded pockets, no lapping.  One large ball and three cups are examined by the spectators. The ball is covered and vanishes, then jumps from cup to cup, penetrates a cup, and appears under a chosen cup. The ball multiplies to three, one under each cup. Instant reset. 11 pages, 32 illustrations, 8.5x11", Sprial Bound. About $10

Fayne, Chuck: Instant Miracles package (110) by Collector's Workshop. Includes 5 routines, props, and videos (where to list it?). Routines include simple & clean cups & balls routine, McDonald's (McFayne's) Aces, Sorry You Lose gambling routine, patented ball and glass puzzler, and simplified Card on Seat routine. Props include Collector's Workshop Brass cups (available seperately), 3 ersatz limes for the finale, balls and glass, and necessary cards. Also includes a video with the full routine and patter. $249.00 Viking

Fedko, John: Magic Treasures Compiled and Edited by Tom Clifford. Hardbound. 54 effects using Coins; Cards; Silks; Sponge Balls; Rope; Wallets; Beads; Card Boxes; Flashlights; Chains; Envelopes; Matchboxes; Wands; Bills; Wooden Blocks; Spot Cards; Chop Cups; Cups and Balls and more. $45

Fleshman, Dan: Excellence of Dan Fleshman. Seeing Double Sandwich, Switchbox, Sandbox, Back and Forth Sandwich, Momma In My Wallet, Seing Double Switchbox, Transwitchposition, Miracle with a Signed Card, Triple Snap Change, Color Changing Deck, Coins to Glass, Coins to Purse, Bottomless Purse, Clean Up Spellbound move, Bottle Caps Across, Silver Flinger, Jokers Wild, Ring and String, A Shot for You, Cups and Balls with the Fleshman Flash. $15 Denny & Lee's

Fleshman, Dan: Magician Tested/Audience Approved - the Magic of Dan Fleshman by John Mendoza. 70 pages, spiral. Includes: Rollover Half dollars, Derek Dingle's Coins Across, Steve Payton's Karate Coin, Chuck Fayne's Ring Off Two Card Switch, Ace Collection, Simple Sandwich, a chapter on Cups and Balls Moves, and more. $15

Fromer, Roy: The Cups, A Manual of Cups and Balls Magic. Collection of unusual, off-beat, and sometimes useful ideas for Cups & Balls. Not a must have, but inexpensive.

Funtime Magic (Calcutta, India): The Cups & Balls Tutor. Covers basic moves for the cups and balls. Includes vanishes, loading, etc., as well as an easy and an advanced routine with six phases and a final load.24 pages.

Ganson, Lewis: The Art of Close Up Volume 2. 286 pages. Contains section on sleeving, linking ring routine based on Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings. Well written close up magic by many contributors. No card magic except as props. Some of the effets are: Cut and Restored Silk, Bennett's Bones, Note in Cigarette, Three Rings for Dai Vernon by Lewis Ganson (routine adapted from Symphony of the Rings but using only three rings. The moves are explained well); Mental effects, Rapping Hand, Chinese Matches, Glass Levitation, Flash Business Card, Torn & Restored Napkin, Chink A Chink, Rope Thru Neck, One Cup Two Balls (by J. Van Rinkhuyzen "Rink", short routine using chop cup & two balls), Horace Bennett on coins (coins thru table, change purse, Okito routine, etc.), David Berglas on Sleeving (includes Cups & Balls info!), Benard Switch, Devano rising cards, the Egg Bag by Lewis Ganson, and more.

Ganson, Lewis: Colombini's Cups & Balls. Aldo's Prize winning FISM routine written by Lewis Ganson. $15.00 Mama Mia Magic

Ganson, Lewis: The Dai Vernon Book of Magic. Coins, cards, and more. Includes Three Ball Tranposition, The Linking Rings (subset of Symphony of the Rings), Seven Card Monte, The Cups & Balls (simple and straight-forward with three object climax), Potpourri (including Charlie Miller Cups & Balls move), Ball, Cone, and Handkerchief, Paul Rosini's Impromptu Thimble Routine, and more.

Ganson, Lewis: Dai Vernon Cups & Balls Routine. 15 pages published by The Supreme Magic Company - Devon, England. $10

Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Parts I & II. 286 pages. Svengali routine, Koran Torn/restored newspaper, Shells & Peas using real walnuts, Ken Brook Cups & Balls routine, Linking Rings (straight forward 8 ring routine, as featured on Brad Burt's Linking Ring video), Color Changing Knife (three knife routine), Thimbles, Egg Bag routine, Billiard Ball Manipulation chapter, and more.

Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Finale. Anti-Gravity Glasses, Magic With Coins (Fred Caps Coins & Glass, Warlock's Take a Bow, Jack Avis), Ken Brooke's Linking Ring Count, Magic with dice, Dissolving Knots, Chapter on Sponge Balls (principles, moves, routines), Al Koran Simplex torn & restored newspaper, card effects, Hans Tixer's Miniature Cups & Balls (Walnut Shell & Pea type routine with a coin), Joe Lewis' color thimbles, card magic, card manipulation, and more.

Garcia, Frank: Very Best of Cups & Balls. Includes: Frank's Million Dollar Cup and Ball Routine; Paul Gertner's Superlative Steel Sphere Routine; Sam Horozit'z routine; and more. $25

Gazzo: Gazzo on the Cups and Balls. Gazzo's classic street performance for over 25 years. Describes the cups, balls, pouch, table, loads and the full routine. Photo illustrated. $15 Denny & Lee's

Guinn, Scott: Great Scott! It's A Magic Lecture! Lecture notes contain cards, coins, ring and string, and Great Scott's Table Hopping Cups and Balls Routine: Uses 2 cups from Combo set (one Chop Cup). Includes a large ball climax. $10

Hatch, Richard: The Magic of J.N. Hofzinser. Over 200pg. 80 effects. Hofzinser's Cups and Balls; Copper/Silver Coin Transposition; Linking Ring Routine; The Word (book test); Hotzinser's Card Rise; The Apotheosis of the Rose. $40

Hay, Henry: Amateur Magician's Handbook: Chapter 10 briefly discusses the cups and balls. Shows small ball palm, fake loads, and some ideas on routining. $10

Hilliard, John North: Greater Magic. 1400 page classic includes cups & balls. $75.00

Hoffman, Professor: Modern Magic. Classic of magic with cards, sleight of hand, coin tricks, watches, rings, dice, cups and balls, and lots more. Paperback reprint. $12.50

Hugard, Jean: Modern Magic Manual 372pp. The wand, coins, watches, rings, balls (sponge, billiard, cups & balls), eggs, linking rings, silks, cigarettes, cigars, thimbles, flowers, ropes & cords, money, the hat, mental magic, cards.

Ilango, P, Indian Cups & Balls. $8

Ireland, L.L.: Ireland's Original Cups & Balls. 36 pages. Comprehensive coverage including double loads. $8. Denny & Lee's

Ireland, L.L.: Ireland Writes a Book. 36pg. 25 tricks and ideas including Aeoroplane Card to Pocket, Multiplying Golf Balls, Sucker Card Trick, Instant Card Location, Four Ace Control, Cups and Balls, (features small standard cups, 2 cork balls, and three loads), Ring the Ribbon, Four thimble vanish & production, a linking ring move, and many others. $8 Denny & Lee's

Joseph, Eddie: A Practical Lesson In Cups and Balls. 1937. See Eddie Joseph on Cups & Balls 

Joseph, Eddie: Advanced Lessons in Cups and Balls. 1938. See Eddie Joseph on Cups & Balls

Joseph, Eddie, Eddie Joseph on Cups & Balls. A collection (slightly abridged) of: "A Practical Lesson In Cups and Balls" (1937), "Advanced Lessons in Cups and Balls" (1938), "Last Word On Cups and Balls" (1942), and "My Favorite Routine with Cups and Balls" (1949). $12

Joseph, Eddie: Hindu Cups. A treatise on the Indian Style Cups and Balls.

Joseph, Eddie, Last Word on Cups & Balls. See Eddie Joseph on Cups & Balls $5

Joseph, Eddie, My Favorite Routine with Cups & Balls See Eddie Joseph on Cups & Balls $5

Kanter, Mitchell: Cups and Balls Magic - Manipulation and Routines. 1955 Kanter's Magic Shop, Philadelphia. Illustrated by Bill Hanna. About 5.5x8", 58 pages, paperback. .

Kaufman, Richard: The Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi. 120pp. Close up, stand up, and stage magic. Includes coins, cards (including a Wild Card routine), ropes, The Solid Cup (a one cup & ball routine), Owan To Tama (Japanese Cups & Balls routine), Monte With Four (a four card Monte routine), and New Era Linking Rings.

Kaufman, Richard: Paul Gertner's Steel and Silver. 20 coin routines, 16 card routines, and the Steel Cups and Balls (uses steel balls), triple giant die production, ring on the hourglass, a $100 Card to Wallet, and more. $45

Kort, Milt: Kort is Now in Session. 12 Close-up routines with cards, coins, dice and miniature cups and balls. Miniature Cups & Balls routine also available from Rings 'N Things II. 64pages, $5

Lane, Frank: Funny Talk for Magicians #1 Stories and jokes for your presentations: Balloon stuff, ball & tube, billiard balls, rice bowls, blendo, chinese sticks, clippo, coin in bottle, cups & balls, egg on fan, ellis ring, foo can, fresh fish, card to pocket, and more. $6.00 Magic Inc.

Lasher, Micah: The Magic of Micah Lasher. Lots of good beginner to intermediate magic. Cards, coins, balls, kitchen, mental, and rope magic. Includes a cups & balls routine that starts with no-sleights moves and ends with three loads.

Leslie, L: Triple Color Cups & Balls. $2.50

Lewis, Eric: Personal Magic Volume 1 (CD-ROM). Tons of magic including Close Up with sponges, coins, cards, and more; Children's Magic, Silks, Mental, Apparatus, and more. Includes Milt Kort's Chromo Cups & Balls.

Loomis, Dennis: The Dennis Loomis Cups and Balls Routine. 32pp. Clean handling and economy of motion, resets for table hopping. To be performed seated. Includes Three Ball Assembly and Smash Color Change. $8 L&L Publishers, available at Loomis Magic

Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Volumes 1-5. 720pg hardcover. Over 500 items from the first 5 years of Apocalypse magazine. Includes 250 card, 140 coin, and others using bills, ropes, rings, cups & balls, sponges, knives and more. Includes Allan Hayden's One Cup Routine, Barry Govan's Las Vegas Dice one cup and dice routine, Tonny Van Rhee's Devil's 3 Card Monte, Okito box routines including some by Geoff Latta, David Roth, and Kirk Stiles. $80

Mardo, Senor: The Cups & Balls. 1955 Magic Ltd. 34pg. Passes, palming, loads, baby chicks, three full routines, the Homing Ball (ball and cone), three shell game, sponge ball routine, and Mardo's Chinese Cups and Balls routine. $5 Micky Hades, Denny & Lee

Mardo, Senor: Routined Magic. 1945 Max Holden. 29pg. Includes: Marlo's Egg Bag Routine using a Sterling Bag, Glass Mystery almost impromptu 1 cup & ball routine, Homing Ball (Ball & Cone), Shaker Penetration: coin thru handkerchief, Mardo's Cups & Balls (uses standard cups & 4 balls), some Cups & Balls sleights, a 1 to 4 thimble routine with streamer climax, a thimble acquitment, hints on rice bowl gimmick, coin rattle box, crytsal casket, and more.

McFalls, E.M.: Cellini, The Royal Touch. Includes Where to Work the Streets, Street Performer's Workshop and Tools (including the famous Cellini Topit), and more. Routines include Vanishing Silk, Birth of a Rose, Thumb Tip Tips, Thumb Tip Drop Steal, Sugar Bag, Vanishing Cigarette, Wand of Merlin Flip Stick Routine, The Wand Spin, Infinity Cups (Water appearance in bowls), Bill in Lemon, Bill to Wallet, Cups & Balls Routine One, Cups & Balls Routine Two, Paper Bag Routine, Here's Mickey (mouse production), Fire Eating, An Escape Act, Vanishing Glass, Grapefruit Production, Cellini Sponge Ball Routine, Indestructible Handkerchief, Cigarette Routine, T-Bar Glass Vanish, Three Ring Switch, Lord of the Rings Linking Ring Routine, Six Ring Routine, Cut & Restored Rope, Card Manipulations, Jumbo Coin & Handkerchief Routine, Color Changing Coin, Copper Silver Routine, Coin Juggling, Casacade of Coins from Cards, Coins in Glass, Billiard Ball Work, The Miser's Dream. 188pg, hardbound. $90

McClintock, Reed: Defiance II Booklet. Reed's presentation of this classic effect. Three cups shown with a wand. A ball appears at the fingertips, vanishes, and appears under a cup. This is repeated with a ball under each cup. The balls vanish, and appear under the cups again. A sequence using one cup is next, with three balls appearing under the cup. The balls are vanished once again, and final loads appear under each cup. $30

Mendoza, John: Mendoza Cup & Ball Routine. Uses the Combo Cups & Balls Set, with minimum sleight of hand, performed seated. $5

Mendoza, John: Sequel To The Mendoaza Cups And Balls Routine. 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). 6 pages. Morrissey Magic.

Mentzer, Jerry: Close-Up File. 195 pages hardbound. Table Hopping, Money Magic, Cups and Balls, Coins, Three Shell Game and Magic With Miscellaneous items. $40

Mentzer, Jerry: Effective Cups & Balls. Easy-to-do, stand-up version of the cups and balls routine with three load finale. $8.50

Miller, Hugh (editor): Rink's Magic From Holland: Includes cards, coins, closeup and more. Features Indian Cups and Balls routine, a start for Chop Cup, a Chop Cup prelude, and a Double Chop Cup routine.

Minch, Stephen: Kort, The Magic of Milt Kort. Includes Card to Shoe, Okorto Coin Box, Travelers, Dice Switching, Kortospheres classic three ball mystery, cups and balls for the mentalist, egg bag trick with no bag. $40

Mishel, Ed: Hold Out Miracles. 64pg. (Note, not all effects require use of holdout) Attaching the holdout, devices, Jack Miller Rope Cut, Vanishing Knife, Ball Silk and Wand Routine, Jack Miller's Egg Bag Routine, Cash Transport, Poosha Da Poosh, Blooming Flowers, Squash, Ben Kleinman Routines, Sliding Knots and Mysterious Ball, Ball Throu Silk and Trumpet, Three versions of Cups and Balls, Three Card Transposition, Coin Holdout, Salt-O-Matic and Vanishing Birdcage. Denny & Lee's

Mullica, Tom: It's Show Time at the Tom Foolery.. 240pg 21 routines using cards, cigarettes, matches, cups and balls, the egg bag, bills, and more. $45

Nemoto, Takeshi: Tokyo Trickery. 160 photos. Tricks with coins, cards, cigars, ropes, rings, Japanese Cups and Balls and more. Magic Inc. $8.00

Ogden, Tom: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks. A good beginner's book. Includes lots of impromptu magic. Has a simple no-sleight cups & balls routine with the balls penetrating the cups.

Osborne, Tom: Cups & Balls Magic. 60 pages paper. An encyclopedia of cups & balls magic. Slieghts, moves, and full routines. Good and inexpensive. $5

Pabular Magazine of Close-up Magic Book 1 vol 1 and 2. High quality 8.5x11" clothbound. First 24 issues (300pp) bound in one volume. Includes cards, coins, ropes, cups and balls, and more by masters such as Avis, Bertram, Wonder, Elmsley, Kaps, Lewis, and more. $50

Pabular Magazine of Close-up Magic Book 2 vol 3 and 4. High quality 8.5x11" clothbound. Second 24 issues (300pp) bound in one volume. Includes cards, coins, dice, rings, cups and balls, thimbles, and more. Features masters such as Bloom, Duffie, Farmer, Jennings, Walton, and more. $50

Palmer Bill: The Cups and Balls and Other Sleight of Hand from Hocus Pocus, Junior. E-book extract from "The Art of Legedemain Discovered" in modernized English with patter and illustrations. From the 3rd edition of 1638. $7.50. Adessoverlag

Platt, John: John Platt's Cups & Balls. $7 (used) Micky Hades

Ponsin, Jean-Nicholas (translated by S.H. Sharpe): Ponsin on Conjuring Book. Originally published in French in 1853. Includes cards, coins, mental, handkerchiefs, and a section on Cups & Balls with an idea of using metal balls. 177pp. $20

Racherbaumer, Jon: Arcade Dreams, Marlo without cards. 67 effects with coins, bills, cups and balls, silks, mentalism, dice, linking pins, sponge balls, chop cup and more. Includes State-Street Cups & Balls, Chop Cup to the Max (three Chop Cups!), Tea for Three impromptu cups & balls, Three Ring Classic 3 Linking Ring routine, and Egg Bagatelle egg bag routine. Hardbound. 100 pages. $40

Raucherbaumer, Jon: Magie Duvivier - The Magic of Dominique Duvivier. 30 card routines (includes versions of Triumph and Ace Assemblies), Duvivier Omnibus card to Wallet, 3 coin routines (including the Duvivier Coin Box), Duvivier Cups and Balls (a fourth cup appears at the end and uses a chop cup!), Linking Pin effect, and the props for the card effect "Printing". 179pg, $40

Read, B: Penultimate Cups And Balls. Classic cups & balls routine. 83 photos. 20 pages, softbound. 

Regal, David: Close Up and Personal.264pg. 72 items. Cards, coins, beads, finger rings, billfolds, candy bars, marble slabs, cups and mice, etc. $45.

Regal, David: Constant Fooling Volume 1. Includes lots of card magic, Cups & Balls & Cups & Balls routine, and a section with no cards. $40

Riggs, John: The Magic Of John Riggs. Close-up magic with Cups and Balls, business cards, wand from purse and the Mr. Jimmy. Three coin effects including Coins to Pocket. Card magic including Ambitious Card with a blank deck. Mental magic. Three stage effects including Torn & Restored newspaper. 89 pages. $20.00

Rings 'N Things II: Milt Kort's Miniature Cups & Balls Routine. Manuscript normally comes with RNT II Miniature Cups, The Foxy Ones. $10.

Rings 'N Things II: John Mendoza's Routine and Milt Kort's Miniature Cups. Manuscript normally comes with RNT II Miniature Cups "Black Beauty" $10

Rings 'N Things II: VM (Vernon-Mendoza) Routine and Cups & Balls Routine. Manuscript normally comes with the RNT II Foxy Two Cups. $10

Rose, Colin M.I.M.C., Five of Hearts Magic Productions (U.K.): The Trafalgar Collection presents The Nelson Cups; The Horatia Cups; The Emma Hamilton Cups; The Francis Nisbit Cups; The Cadiz Cups; The Agamemnon Cups; The Burnham Thorpe Cups; The Hardy Cups; and The Nile Cups. All of these cup sets are made from wood and each feature a unique shape or other feature. Some come in wooden presentation boxes, others in bags. Most of the sets are limited editions and once sold will not be available anymore. These beautiful sets run about £300 each. Five of Hearts Magic Productions.

Sachs, Edwin: Sleight of Hand. 408pp. Cards, coins, cups and balls, handkerchiefs etc.

Scot, Reginald: The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Written in 1584. Section on magic covers the Cups & Balls, Lapping, Coin Vanishes, Changing Coin, Glide, Card Magic, and more. $40 Stevens Magic

Shane, R. The Sting, A Deadly Routine for the Cups and Balls. e-Book, 2006, 18 pages. Simple cups and balls routine combined with a "two in the hand, one in the pocket" routine. Storyline revolves around assassination and death. Available from

Shute, Merlyn T.: Nine Modern Classics. 80 pages. Using the standards: Indian Cups & Balls, Card Tripod, Cake in Hat Pan, Vanishing Bowl of Water, Dove Egg, Foo Can and Lota Bowl. $9

Shute, Merlyn T.: Cups Cups Cups. 44 pages paper. Thorough coverage of Cups & Balls magic. Explains one ahead principle, openings, moves, flourishes, and full routines. Inlcudes routines for the Combo Cups & balls Set (includes a chop cup). This book is mandatory for anyone owning the Morrisey Combo Cups, and is recommended for anyone else. $7 Morrissey Magic Ltd

Stanyon, Ellis. Stanyon's Magic, 1900-1914, 1919-1920. Contains a series of articles on the Cups and Balls in the Feb 1912 - July 1912 issues. Includes ideas, sequences, and moves for the cups and balls. Also, some information on Thimble Rigging and the Walnut Shells and Pea. Reprinted by L&L Publishing and also available in electronic format by Martin Breese

Starke, George (editor): Stars of Magic. Features Dai Vernon's Triumph Card Miracle, Cutting the Aces, Spellbound, Kangaroo Coins, Cups and Balls, Ambitious Cards, Ring on Wand, Slow Motion Four Aces, Vernon on Three Malini effects and four Leipzig effects, Royal Monte. Scarne's Classic Ball Routine, Copper and Silver, Triple Coincidence. Slydini's Miracle Torn and Restored Cigarette, Flight of the Paper Balls, Flyaway Coin Routine, Art of Lapping. Dr. Daley's Cards Up Sleeve, Itinerant Pasteboard, Cavorting Aces. Ross Bertram on coins. Carlyle's Decapitation Match, Homing Card, Wrist Watch Steal and Coin Routine, among others. $25

Tarbell, Harlan: Tarbell's Course in Magic Volume 1. Inlcudes: Coins, Cigarette, Passe - Passe Salt, Metal Ring On A String, The Patriotic Rings and String, Kellar's Cut And Restored Cord, The Cups And Balls using paper coffee cups and rubber balls, The Three Wandering Sponge Balls, Card effects, Silks and more. About $25.00

Tarbell, Harlan: Tarbell's Course in Magic, Volume 6. Among other, includes: Billiard Ball thru hanky (shell), Balls from the Air, Cup and Balls, Jump Up Card, Quick card in sealed envelope, Ghost Cards, 3 card monte, No gimmick 6 card repeat, 6 card repeat one handed, Miser's dream with dollars, Fu Manchu Ball Vanish bag, Bank Night, Bob Ellis Cut & Restored rope, and much more.

Tarr, Bill: Now You See It, Now You Don't. Well done graphical lessons in slieght of hand. Tricks include card fanning, cigarettes, cups and balls, three shell game, three card monte, Cut and restored rope, miser's dream, card tricks, coins, and more. 224 pg $20

Thompson, J.G. Jr: Magic to Delight. 124pg. Tricks, ideas, and notes ranging from a short one paragraph idea for curing dry hands to full four page effects. 24 card effects, 7 coin effects, 10 Mental effects, a mini spirit slate presentation, and four ring & string effects. Part II contains ideas for "current" and older tricks, such as: Hypnotic, Marla, Super-Strip Deck (how to make one), Simon's Effective Card Magic, Phantastic, Dai's Penetration of Thought, On the Spot, Good idea for locking Dime & Penny, rubber dam & Mystery Paddle, Coin Thru, Traffic-Lite, Quintupaddle, Jumping Gems, Glorpy Improvement w/Imp Bottle, 2 Cups & Balls using different colored cups, Wand-a-blok, Professor's Nightmare, and more.

Thompson, J.G. Jr.: Top Secrets of Magic. 125 pages. Card effects, magic with sponges. Linking pins, ring-on-wand, the shell game, tarot cards, three paddle effects, a first-class cup and ball routine and coins through the table, among others. $5

Tong, Dan: Close Up Magic of Dan Tong. 30pp. Coinst to Glass, Copper Silver Brass, Net Ball, Cups & Balls, and more.

Trost, Nick: Nick's Routine With the Cups And Balls. 1971

Turcotte, Dan: In Your Hands Cups and Balls Monte Routine. An e-book and Quicktime video product. 46 image PDF e-book, video filmed at Golden Nugget Steakhouse. An in the hands routine for street or restaurant performance. I've read a couple good reviews on this routine. Comes with 14 page PDF e-book, and additional e-book on building a magic table, and two 2-minute Quicktime videos of the performance (one in restaurant, one on street). $9

Vernon, Dai: Expanded Lecture Notes. Dai Vernon Cup and Ball Routine, The Changing Cards,Name a Number, Thought Card From Pocket, Hints on Side Steal, Migratory Cards, Bluff Card to Pocket, G.W. Hunter False Shuffle, Snap Crimp, Mental Discover, Two Cards to Pocket, Follow the Leader, Two Cards Through Magazine, Minde Reading Expansion of Texture, Ball Cone & Handkerchief, Chinese Classic, Gemini Cards, Paul Rosini's Thumb Tie, Coins & Cylinder, Telekinetic Cards, The Forgotten Trick, plus comments and odd notes. $8.00 Magic Inc.

Williams, Dick: Cups & Balls for the New Millennium. $7.50 Cuckoo's Nest

Willane: Complete Methods for Miracles (edited by Rae Hammond). Magnificently illustrated manual of manipulation and general magic from greats including Edward Victor, N'Gai, Gus Southall, Edward G. Brown, Peter Warlock, Fabian and Willane. Includes rope effects, card manipulations, coin moves and effects, mentalist effects, sponge ball routines, cups and balls, false counting of cards, eleven card effect, thimble manipulation, diminishing cards, and so much more. Original manuscripts have been meticulously edited by Rae Hammond, and additional notes have been added to bring everything up to date. 246 pages, softback. £13:50

Williamson, David: Williamson's Wonders. 23 routines, step by step. 9 coins, three coins & cards, eight cards, and cups & balls. $35

Wilson, Mark: Complete Course in Magic. Covers card sleights, self working card tricks, ropes, billiard balls, cups and balls, impromptu magic and much more. $20

Wonder, Tommy: Tommy Wonder Entertains. Canned Craziness chop cup routine with a soup can and a meatball. Cough Cough routine. Jos Bema Cups & Balls routine. 50pg. $12.50

Wonder, Tommy & Stephen Minch: Books Of Wonder - Volume 1 & 2. Includes The Updated Two-Cup Routine; Watch In Nest of Boxes 3 Methods; Wild Card Tamed; The Watch, The Ring & The Wallet; The Well-tempered Birdcage; and 50 other tricks, routines and sleights. 350pg $45.00 ea, $85 set

York, Scotty: Scotty York on Cups & Balls. "X-Rated" (not adult!) cups and balls because you could do it in the nude. $8.50. Denny & Lee's Magic Studio.


Alan, Don: Don Alan's Magic Ranch Series. Four videos of 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 routine, among much more. $98 Stevens Magic

Amazing Magic: 25 Tricks and Tips with Cups and Balls. Low priced introduction to the Cups & Balls. $10

Ammar, Michael: Michael Ammar's Complete Cups & Balls video set. Videos to accompany the book. Volume 1 contains the fundamentals and an impromptu routine. Volume 2 includes more instruction and the Dai Vernon Cups & Balls routine. $30 each. L&L Publishing.

Ammar, Michael: Greater Magic V6. Includes: Fireball, Two Card Trick, Card Well Hung, Silk to Egg, Cups and Balls Stevens Magic

Ammar, Michael: Live at the Magic Castle!: The Trade Show Pencil Thru Quarter, The Linking Headbands, Coins Thru Silk, Card on the Ceiling, Hofzinzer Spread Control, The Deck Vanish, Broken and Restored Rubber Band, The Bottle Production, Coin in Bottle, The Bottle Vanish, The Topit, Vernon Wand Spin, The Floating Bill, Cups & Balls (Performance Only) $60 Tannen's Magic

Andrews, Carl: Table Hopping Cups & Balls Video/DVD. Two cup routine for the cups & balls. Quick & direct, ending with the production of sponge balls. Goes into the Ain't No Mo Sponge Ball routine (also taught). $20 MagicSmith

Baker, Carroll: Xposed - Cups & Balls Secrets Revealed. Make a ball penetrate a solid cup, move three balls from one cup to another, learn the Click Vanish, Galloping Post, Tip Off Vanish

Benatar, Rafael: Elegant Cups and Balls on DVD. Teaches timing, misdirection and handling that you can readily apply to all of your magic. Includes his new eCups presentation that features a captivating e-mail premise. Also, how to customize the Cups & Balls for tradeshows and to integrate a company's message. 70 min. $27

Benatar, Rafael: The Elegant Magic Of Rafael Benatar-Volume 3 Video, The Cups & Balls, Execution, Theory & Practice. In depth instruction on the Cups & Balls.

Bertram, Ross: Legendary Magic Volume 2 DVD. Includes broken & restored cigarette, coins, cards while blindfolded, demos of the Three Card Monte, Thimble Rig, Three Shell Game (and more), tribute to Tenkai, and the Egyptian Cups & Balls. $35 L&L Publishing

Breese, Martin: Percy Press Interviewed by Martin Breese - A Traveller's Tale. This is actually an audio file on CD. Percy Press was an English Street Conjuror. Provides details of Cups & Balls, the Cap and Pence, Ropes and Rings, and more. $18

Cape Cod Conclave, The Video 1991 (Hank Lee's): 2 hours. Learn Cups & Balls from Aldo Colombini; Bev Bergeron's Ring on Stick, and more from Eric DeCamps, Mike Rogers, Scotty York, and so forth. $25.00 Hank Lee's Magic Factory

Colombini, Aldo: Classics of Magic (Video). Previously released as Classical Magic the Colombini Way by Supreme Magic Co. of England. Re-edited version by L&L Publishing. Includes: Ring on Rope, 3 Ring Routine (different from Colombini's Comedy Three Ring Routine video), Knotty Knot (sliding knots), Transpo-Card Surprise, Face Up/Down Card Trick, Kings and Pips Transpo, Chink-A-Chink, Okito Box Routine, and Aldo's Award Winning Cups & Balls. $30 (original Supreme Magic version avaiable at Stevens Magic $12.50 or until gone)

Colombini, Aldo: The Essential Aldo Columbini Volume 2 DVD. Includes Pocket Repeat 6 card repeat, 4'Wave, Oil & Water, sliding knot routine, leprechaun cards, Balls & Cups two cup and ball routine with the production of a third cup, and more. $35

Colombini, Aldo: Lasting Impressions - Commercial Magic with Aldo Colombini Volume 4. Knock for a Loop, K-Not a Loop, Rope Through Neck Two Times, Tubulous, Missing, Nice Salad, In the Hand Triumph, Four Cast, Mamma Mia Cups & Balls (uses 3 different colored balls). $30 L&L Publishing 

Colombini, Aldo: Mamma Mia Magic Vol 1. Includes Aldo's world famous Cups & Balls routine. $40

Colombini, Aldo: True Magic Volume 2. Includes: Trident - Three spectators select the only cards with three different colored backs; North By Northwest - selected card travels from packet to packet; A Book Is Better - selected card is found inside a book; Take a Punch - prediction matches even to the punched holes; Super Link - linking rubber band; Face Off - three-phase card routine; The Peak Cup - chop cup routine (easy to do, and easy to follow); Mini Maxi - normal card to jumbo card; Kowloon Oil & Water; Desperado - Jokers capture selection and change to four of a kind; Cheating Jacks; The Birthday Card; Reverse Revelation. 113 min

Daryl: Dary's Fooler Doolers Vol 1 DVD. Includes Dary's Color Changing Knives, Mystery of the Traveling Marbles, Sponge Ball Routine, Cup and Ball, and more. $35

de Cova, Alexander: Treasures Video Volume 2. Torn & Restored card, Cups & Balls, Professional Card to Wallet, Ball to Silk, ropes. $25

Ellis, Tim: Runaround Sue. FISM Award-Winning Cups & Balls Routine. Over one and a half hours of teaching with live performances and detailed teaching of the entire act. $30

Elmsley, Alex: The Tahoe Sessions Vol 4 (video). Includes: Fate's Datebook, Diamon Cut Diamon, Interview, Pack of Lies, half-pack vanish, torn & restored newspaper, between your palms, multiple mind reading, the four blanks, interview, and the cups & balls. $29.95 L&L Publishing

Fayne, Chuck: Instant Miracles package (110) by Collector's Workshop. Routines, Props, Video. $249.95 See listing under books

Fedko, John: School of Magic Volume 3. Includes: Topsy Turvy Smiling Face, hopping Half, Mind Blank, Cone/Coins & Cube, Monsieur Cassette, Tri PentroCoins, Slop Shuffle Triumph, Twist & Turn, Cups & Balls $15 Stevens Magic

Fleshman, Dan: The Commercial Magic of Dan Fleshman Volume 1. Sonata for Ring and String. Uses ring and shoelace. Also Cups & Balls elevator move. $40

Fleshman, Dan: Restaurant Magic of Dan Fleshman, Volume 3 - Desserts DVD. Close Up Linking Rings (5" rings); Rollover Production (coins produced under cards); Matrix (three phase); Coins to Glass; Crayon Thru .25 (crayon through quarter); Cups and Balls (featuring the Fleshman Flash final load sequence); With bonus video of Dan's Chinese Linking Rings Close Up Version (formally on video only with the rings; now you can use Ninja Rings). $35

Frye, Charlie: Eccentricks Video. Offbeat stunts, gags, and routines. Includes comedy Multiplying Billiard Balls featuring the ball from balloon, Spoon Bending with sight gags, Midair Card Grab, Dice Stacking Dice Matrix, Cups and Balls, Assorted Juggling Gags, Coin Sleights and Flourishes, etc. $30

Fun, Incorporated: 25 Amazing Tricks with Cups and Balls DVD (with Troy Hooser). Video studio production includes a full routine plus Traveling Balls, Appearing Balls, Bagless Purse, Solid Through Solid, French Drop Vanish, Thumb Vanish, Curl Palm Vanish, Drop Vanish, 2-Cup Travel, Traveling Balls #2, Color Change Balls, and Wand Vanish. $12

Galloway, Andrew: The Magic of John Ramsay Volume 1 DVD. Presented by Andrew Galloway. Included on this tape is a wonderful lecture by Andrew on the art and science of misdirection. There is also rare footage of John Ramsay himself. Routines on Vol.1 include: The Triple Restoration, The Ramsay Cups and Balls, Cylinder and Coins, The Ramsay Colour Change, The Cards to Pocket, Puzzling Thimble, Cut and Restored Rope, Slow Motion Coin Vanish, Five Thimble Production, Six Card Repeat & The real secrets of misdirection. 

Garcia, Frank: Stars of Magic Video Tape Eight, Frank Garcia #2: Clever variations on the Cups & Balls. Galloping Post, The Crash Move, Solid thru Solid, and more. Coin Vanishes, production of five cigarettes, cards, and the 3 shell game. $30

Garcia, Frank: Stars of Magic Video Tape One: 55 mins, Triumph Outdone, Eyemazing, Elevator Cups and Balls Routine, and the Master's Vanish. $30

Gazzo on the Cups and Balls Video by the School for Scoundrels. Legendary street routine detailed with all the subtleties. Includes holding and controlling a street crowd. $35

Gazzo Gazzo on Video. 25 minutes. Gazzo's street performance of the cups & balls. Also includes his Card in Mouth routine. This is a performance only tape. Cups & Balls routine can be found in Gazzo's book. $30.00

Gazzo: Street Cups DVD. Three Hours. Gazzo demonstrates and teaches his famous tried and true Street Cups routine. Includes an overview of equipment; presentation of the routine; teach-in with Guy Collins.

Gazzo Video Uncensored by the School for Scoundrels. A raw show performed at the Magic Castle, including his famous cups and balls routine. $30

Gentle, Jonnie: The Famous Cups and Balls (Poor Man's Version) CD Rom. As performed by Patrick Page, uses normal cups or mugs and paper balls. The balls reappear under the cups, jump from cup to cup, and ends in large loads. Includes video demonstration. $27

Gertner, Paul: Steel And Silver Video - Volume Two (video): Ring On Hourglass (Opening); That's Ridiculous;Cups and Balls; Steel Balls; Ring on Hourglass (Finish); Reversed Assembly; Blackjack Surprise; Snap/Bounce Assembly; Spellbound Roll and Reverse; Card in the Candy Box. VHS. $30

Lancaster, Lou: Lou Lancaster teaches Classic Routines, International Magician's Society (IMS) Volume 10. Teaches the Miser's Dream, Billiard Ball Manipulation, Larry Jennings Chop Cup Routine, Coins Through A Table and more. I. M. S. (International Magicians Society) (516) 333-2377 fax (516) 333-6328

Mendoza, John: John Mendoza Live V2. Final Four Aces, Five Star Prediction, Coins Thru Table, 3 Pound DrillBit Production, Chop Cup, Coins Across, Cups & Balls, Torn & Restored Card $31 Stevens Magic

Mendoza, John: My Best Volume 1 DVD Dice Stacking - routine with shrinking & growing dice and a drink approved at the end. Also includes Ambitious 1-2-3-4-5; Ace Production; Simple Collectors; Red/Black Shuffle Routine; Chop Cup (short, sweet, and to the point); Female (card); Routined Poker Mental; Mendoza Cups and Balls. 1hr 50 minutes. $35

Mendoza, John: My Best Volume 2 DVD Bowl Routine (Roy Benson routine with an in the spectator's hands portion); Bendix Bombshell (2 signed cards to wallet; no palm routine good for strolling); Have You Ever Heard Of (three & four card Monte moving toward production of four Aces); Coins Thru the Table; Vernon Cups and Balls (Vernon's used as a starting point); Multiplying Bunnies (sponges); Automatic Deck (Ace production); Three Card Monte (ungimmicked cards); Translocation (four coins hand to hand); Barry Nelson's Flash Cups (a 20 second Cups and Balls routine). 1hr 58mins.

Menoza, John: Routined Close Up. International Video Magic Series Vol. 1. 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 & Balls $50 Tannen's Magic

Miller, Charlie and Johnny Thompson: Geater Magic V29. Charlie Miller Cups & Balls: Hindu Cups, Chinese Cups Egg Bag Segment w/Charlie Miller Routine, Johnny Thompson routine, Cards: Audley Walsh Dream Deck, Up the Ladder, Pull Out Shuffle, Vernon's One Helluva Card Trick Stevens Magic

Muerte, Manuel: Done by Misdirection DVD. 21 routines in over 2 hours. Includes: The Vanishing Candle; About (Mis)Direction; Cards Under Glass; Bill In Lemon; Bill In Cigarette; Impromptu $100 Bill Change; Ring On Wand; Card In Shoe; Credit Card To Wallet; The Cups and Balls and more. Manuel also performs his award-winning FISM act. $45. In English and German. $45

Novak, John: 2 Cups One Ball (by Backyard Video). 2 Cup routine uses one regular and one chop cup from your combo cups and balls. Also includes how to make your own set of cups. Routine is a 2½ minute professional cabaret routine. $16 Stevens Magic

Novak, John: Basic Cups & Balls Video (by Backyard Video). Beginner’s first professional routine. John Novak teaches one easy-to-learn sleight for all basic necessities. Includes how to load and produce large climax balls. Includes a surprise version for the pocket-size cups as well as the “EZ-Magic” type aluminum cups and balls. $32.50 Stevens Magic

Novak, John: "Khufu's Knoptics" Cup & Ball Routine Video (by Backyard Video). Entertaining and easily learned commercial routine. Warning: contains adult patter $16 Stevens Magic

Page, Patrick: Close Up Video. Professional spongeball routine, Impromptu Cups & Balls, Tambourine Routine $40ppd Stevens Magic

Palmer, Johnny Ace: Johnny Ace Palmer Video 2: Vanishing Bobby Pin; Hokus Pokus Pocket; Mysterious Key; The Grippo Revelation; The Walk Around Formula (tips on walkaround magic); Memory Tips; Superfast Intertwisted rubberband trick; Sleight of Hand Scotch and Soda (uses half and a dime); Traveling Match burns, vanishes, reappears inside matchbook and reverse!; Coin, Ring and Card table hopping routine (coins, change to ring, ring and rope, 2 card transposition); Close-Up Cups and Balls for table hopping. $30

Paul, Johhny: Greater Magic V15. Bunnies, Card Stab, Transposition, Spirit, Torn & Restored Card, Cups & Balls Stevens Magic

Raffles, Mark: The Legacy. DVD. Mark Raffles the pickpocket reveals his act. Includes archive footage, watch steals, practice techniques, and the Cups and Balls with Chicks including types of cups, tables, loading methods, and hints & tips. $45.

Ray, Eddy: Complete Course In Magic With Cups & Balls. 2 DVD set with Plastic "chrome" Cup set. Features over 75 moves, sleights, and manipulations for the cups and balls.

Regal, David: Volume 2 - More Tricks. Video/DVD. Includes 12 effects including The Origami Bill and Cups & Balls & Cups & Balls. $35

RSVP: Best of RSVP Magic. 2 DVD Set $36. A selection of routines from their first seven titles. Includes: Corporate Close Up With Martin Sanderson - Ambitious Four Phase (top of deck, in your mouth, then in a sealed  envelope in your wallet, then changes into a block of plastic in the spectator's hand); Bill in Kiwi. Unclamped With Wayne Dobson - The Tossed Deck; Real World Magic with Dave Jones - Notes (notes appear on cards); Linking Finger Rings. The Legacy with Mark Raffles (pick pocketing act); Thirteen With Andrew Murray - Clock Miracle; Hummer's 20 Card Miracle. Magic's Biggest Secret with Russ Stevens - Looking at the Ships (cruise ships); The Victory Carton Illusion. Crowdpuller with Peter Wardell - Cups and Balls. Disc 1 1hr46min; Disc 2 1hr35min. Loomis Magic

Shufton, Steve: Wrinkles on the Table. DVD. 2 DVD set. Includes: Cups and Balls; Cards and Coins routine (matrix); Okito Box Routines (ungimmicked Okito box; 4 Out and In, and Okito Copper Silver); Intimate Coins Across; Baker/Roth Coins Through Table; Spellbound Move; Thought of Card to Impossible Location; and more. $60. 

Shryock, John: Live at Ceasar's Magical Empire. Video. John's performance in the close up room of the Caesar's Magical Empire in 2002. Eight routines, 1.5 hours. Includes Winning Hand, Backward Matrix, One Coin Routine, Ambitious & Triumphant Color Changing Deck Routine, Copper Silver Brass Trio, Cards-R-Us, Mini Cups and Balls Routine, and Classic Cups and Balls Routine. $30

Skinner, Michael: The Legendary Repertoire of Michael Skinner Volume 2. Video. A performance only video inlcudes Gypsy Curse, Chink-A-Chink, Triumph, Flying Eagles, 3 Card Monte, Rub-a-Dub-Dub Cups & Balls, Skinner Cups & Balls, Jumping Gems, and more. $30

Stevens: Cups and Balls Teach-In Session. Michael Ammar, Charlie Miller, Mike Rogers, Johnny Paul. $20 Stevens Magic

Thompson, Johnny: Commercial Classics of Magic V4. Cups & Balls, Cutting the Aces, Color Changing Knife, Color Changing Deck, In Depth Interview with Michael Ammar $29.95. L&L Publishing

Vernon, Dai: Dai Vernon's Secrets of Magic. (video) 25 minutes of Dai Vernon (at age 76), 1 Hour of Bruce Cervon. Dai Vernon teaches match tricks, Sympathetic Coins, Overhand Poker Run Up, the Three Shell game, and the Cups & Balls. Bruce teaches nine Vernon card effects: Spellatron: A Card Reverse; Rendezvous Force; Clipped: A Straight Deal; Devil's Elevator; Seven Card Monte; If The Suit Fits and The Challenge.. $40

Vernon, Dai: Dai Vernon - An Interview. (1974) 2 video set, 1 hour each. Dai vernon interview with Tony DeLap. Dai relates early years, and performs cards, Cups & Balls and more. $75

Vernon, Dai: Videonics Program #49 Revelations Vol. 5. 1 hour. The Fred Kaps Coin and Silk routine; The Cups and Balls (Vernon tells of the various cups, the holds, the steals, the loads and the misdirection; presentation by Michael Ammar); Coins in Purse. $40.00. Now available with two volumes on one video (volumes 5 & 6, volume 6 is mostly cards). $30 L&L Publishing

Various: Encore Collection, Greater Magic V46. Juan Tamariz: Total Coincidence, Book Test; Brother John Hamman: Skipping Kerns, Jack's Come Back, Pinhchle, Invisible Card, Poker Palm Shift; Mike Rogers: Cups & Balls, Dice Stacking, Coins Across, Unconquered Card; Roger Klause: Billusion Stevens Magic

Wakeman, Randy: Randy Wakeman Video 3. 90 minutes of close up: cards, coins, cups & balls, sponge balls. $32.50 Stevens Magic

Wardell, Peter: Crowdpuller DVD. 2 DVD Set of Street Magic. Includes Behind the Scenes and how to get a crowd, Cut & Restored rope, Coins Thru the Table, Ambitious Card, Peter Wardell Coin Load, Knotted Silks, Pickpocketing Techniques, and Peter's Cups and Balls routine along with a One Cup variation. $70.

Wilson, Mark: Video Course in Magic V2: Cups & Balls, Professor's Nightmare, spoon to knife, spoon bending, salt shaker thru table, thumb fun, finger fun, spinning coin, coin thru hole, 4 coin assembly, coin thru handkercheif, french drop, pinch anish, toss vanish, elbow rub vanish, coin a go-go, triple rope restoration, cut & restored rope, 3 card prediction, prediction outdoe, ribbon spread, ribbon spread pick up, ribbon spread turnover, ribbon spread control, victory cartons. $29.95. L&L Publishing

Williams, Dick: Magic In Focus. Dick Williams presents family-oriented magic and comedy including Silk Appears on Rope, Silk Worm, Appearing Donuts, Cups & Balls, Santa-in-the-Box-and many more. $35 Stevens

Williamson, David: Sleight of Dave 1. Video. Covers: Spectator cuts to kings, torn and restored transposition (a great card trick), kooky coins, cups and balls routine using only 2 cups, three card trick, Rocky Racoon. $50

Xiao, Qin Ming: Oriental Mysteries. Video $40ppd. Easy Come Easy Go production, Wonder Peaches cups & balls precursor, Water from Heaven, and more. Stevens Magic


Adams, S.S.: Plastic Cups & Balls set. This is the set that comes with many beginner's magic sets. The cups nest, and use pom-pom balls. Usually the cups are all different colors, which isn't ideal if you want to do a "monte" style routine. I suppose for the "penetrating ball" effects described in the basic instructions, the different colors help the audience keep track. Similar sets are made by Royal Magic, D. Robbins, and others. Available from Hank Lee's and others for about $2-5.

Ambitious Card, The (Frank Starsinic): Cups & Balls Accessories. Frank provides a variety of leather bags and pouches useful for the cup worker. Includes bags for carrying cup sets, pouches for street performing, and colorful felt ball sets for the Cups & Balls. Also carries several leather and wood Chop Cups and Dice Stacking Cups. Highly recommended. The Ambitious Card

Animal, Gary: Animal Cup. Designed by Gary Animal and produced by hand in Sheffield, England. Similar to the Gazzo cup, but smaller. Sold as-is with carry pouch and set of soccer balls. 79mm (3.1" inner diameter. Copper. $250 MagicPitch

Animal, Gary: Babe Cup. Produced by hand in Sheffield, England. Designed to hold baseball as final load. Sold as is, with carry pouch and set of soccer balls. 75mm (2.95" inner diameter). Copper. $230 MagicPitch

Arjan's Professional Copper Chop Cups & Ball Combination Set. Made from polished solid brass. German made. Supplied with hand knit balls, no instructions. $90. Arjan's Magic Shop, Netherlands

Bazar de Magia Cups and Balls. Bazar de Magia makes a good set of inexpensive cups from all the reports I've read. They make cups in spun Aluminum, Copper, or Brass, all available in a Combo set. All sets come with 4 balls (Combo sets with one chop ball), draw string carry bag, and instructions. Prices range from about $20 for an Aluminum regular set to $45 for a Brass Combo set.

Biro, Pete: Galli Galli Cups. Named after Egyptian magician Galli Galli, known for popularizing a routine using live baby chicks. Will take a large 3 1/2-inch load and easily hold three balls on the deep concave top. Nickel-plated cups. 4-inch height, 3 1/2-inch diameter, 11-inch circumference. $255

Biro, Pete: Indian Cups & Balls. Hand hammered silver plated engraved cups, hand crafted in Nepal. With crochet balls and illustrated booklet "Pete Biro Presents The Indian Cups & Balls; Thoughts, Ideas & Routines". Contains history and routines. $90ppd Stevens Magic.

Biro, Pete: Johhny Paul Reproduction Cups. These cups of spun brass are the traditional tall tapered design. They are designed for use with sponge balls. See also the Stevens video tape of Johnny Paul's routine using these cups. $180. Stevens Magic

Bertram, Ross/Charlie Miller Cups & Balls. Description from Magic, Inc. site, "Heavy, sturdy, and chunky with a fine grip to them. Spun with the 'Dai Vernon style' rounded shoulder. Heavy beading around the mouth. Gleaming with the red gold tints of burnished copper, absolutely beautiful. 3 inches tall, 3 1/8th mouth diameter." These were off the market for a while, and at their last listing were $125. Their main difficulty is that the nesting space is small. Nesting two or three balls makes it rock. Use the smaller 7/8' balls. Magic Inc.

Buma’s Monte Monkey Business. Three cups that look like a fez feature the chop cup gimmick. A small monkey that fits under the cups can't be tracked. A jumbo peanut comes at the climax. $40 Stevens Magic

Burger, Mark: English Pewter Cups and Balls with 14k Gold Accents, or .925 Sterling Silver Cups & Balls with 18 KT Gold Highlight. Cups are weighted for balance and heft. Height is 3", diameter 3", 6oz per cup (pewter). $250 Pewter. Silver: Miniature Sized not-engraved $295, engraved $395; Standard Size Not Engraved $495, Engraved $595

Cellini Cups. Solid brass cups. Durable and capable of withstanding endless amounts of punishment. Manufactured in Germany to Cellini's exacting standards. $295 Hocus-Pocus

Collector's Workshop Cups and Balls (432). Polished spun-brass cups with sample routine and 4 knit balls. These cups are also included in the Chuck Fayne Instant Miracles package, listed above under books. $190 Viking Magic

Daytona Magic Solid Brass Cups & Balls. Made from solid brass ingots. No bead. Comes with knit balls. $120 Daytona Magic

Duvivier Cups And Balls. As featured in Raucherbaumer's book Magie Duvivier - The Magic of Dominique Duvivier. This set includes 4 copper cups (one chop cup), 8 balls, drawstring bag, and Duvivier's routine. $120 Denny & Lee's

El Duco's Golden Cups. By El Duco. Brass cups. Ground, polished, and burn-lacquered. 80mm height, 40mm bottom, 70mm mouth. 130g. 3 cups, 4 red balls (solid rubber core), and cloth bag. $50.00 US. Mini size (6cm tall) $55. El Duco's Magic Supply

El Duco 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. $100 El Duco's Magic Supply

Electrofun Cups and Balls. Available in aluminum, brass, and copper. Each set comes with cups, 4 hand crocheted balls, wool carry bag, and tutor manual of the basics. Available in: small 3" diameter 3.5" high; standard 3" diameter 4" high; or large 3.5" diameter, 4.6" high. Made in India by Electrofun.

Electrofun Wooden Cups and Balls with Kicker. Yellow wooden cups with one solid cup for a kicker ending. Cups and balls in a drawstring bag. $40 Electrofun, Hocus Pocus

Encore Magic Ammar/Encore Cups. Set of "squarish" cups designed with Michael Ammar from the Fab fruit final loads out. Made from heavy copper and meant to be a worker's cup set. Cups will stack with 1" balls. Limited to 500 sets. $175 Encore Magic

Fantasma Cups And Balls. Plastic cups in silver. 2.5" tall, 2" diameter. Comes with three cups, balls, special magic wand, and instructions with 15 different ideas and tips. Murphy's Magic Supplies

Fohrman Cups. Bright Nickel or Gold Nickel flash plated with industrial gold as used on satellites. Designed with the working performer in mind. Each cup cut from a solid block of aluminum, polished, and electroless nickel plated to never tarnish, nick, or chip. Can take a tennis ball load. 6.75oz per cup. With four 1" red crotched balls, velvet drawstring bag. $330.00 Nickel, $495 Gold. Also available: Fohrman Jumbo Load Ball in Red or Green. 2.75 inch crotched tennis balls. $16 

Garcia Cups for the Classic Cups & Balls. Manufactured by Tony Spina. Solid heavy copper base, chrome plated, polished to a high luster. 2 3/4" mouth (will hold a tennis ball), 3" high, 2 1/4" indented top (will hold three balls). Eleven studs circle the cups for grip. No single or double lines circle the cups. Comes with drawstring bag, Osborne's Cups and Balls book. $250 Tannen's

Gazzo & Knight: Street Cups. Designed by Gazzo and Gary Knights (Gary Animal). Heavy gauge copper, hand spun by a master craftsman in England. Large enough for a baseball or an orange. Stack smoothly. Size: over 3.5" tall, 4 1/4" wide mouth. Weight over 6oz each. $350, Super Size $395, Silver $1,500. Denny & Lee's, Hocus Pocus

Gazzo Laced Pouch/Street Cups Combo. Handmade laced pouch and Gazzo's copper Street Cups designed by Gazzo and Gary Animal. $799

Great Scott Magic: Renaissance Leather Cups and Balls. Genuine leather cups and balls based on the original drawings from Hocus Pocus, Jr. (1634) and "The Conjuror" by Hironymous Bosch. No lip to prevent sticking. Comes with 3 hand-stitched genuine leather cups, 4 hand-stitched leather balls, and attractive velvet drawstring leather bag.

Hank Lee: Monti Style Cups. Fashioned after the legendary Monti Cups designed by Harry Monti and produced by Rings & Things. $21.50. Hank Lee's Magic Factory

Harries Magic Bosco Cups. Named after European performer Bartolomeo Bosco (1793-1863). Large Traditional Style cups in copper. I've heard good comments about these relatively inexpensive cups. Size: height 4 1/2", bottom diameter 2", opening diameter 3 1/2". Suitable for Stage or Close Up. Copper $88. Harries Magic

Harries Magic Classic Cups. Aluminum. Size: height 3", bottom diameter 1 3/4", opening diameter 3". $42 No photo at the Harries site. Harries Magic

Ickle Pickle Cups & Balls. Aluminum set, tall and narrow design. No bead. 3 hand knit balls, drawstring bag. $22.50 Daytona Magic, US Toy Magic

JESMagic Squatty Cups. These cups are reproductions of the Danny Dew Paul Fox style cups. They are hand spun from copper, and weigh approximately one pound. Also available in nickle chrome plated copper. They can be obtained direct from JESmagic (e-mail Cost is currently $250 for polished copper, and $325 for the nickle chrome plated sets.

Johnson Products Cups & Balls. Recently introduced (2000), these cups are designed after the Paul Fox cups. Triple bead in middle, sealed rim. These cups are not spun. Can hold 3 1" balls when nested. Highly recommended by many. $200. Available at Chazpro and others

Kaminskas, Michael: Limited Edition Cups. Limited to 100 sets. 100% brass turned cups with letter of authenticity. Each cup is 3.7oz and they are of the Ross Bertram short and stubby style: 2 3/4" high, 2 5/8" mouth, 1 5/8" top indent. Top holds 3 1" balls. $300 Denny & Lee's

KBmagic Cups and Balls. Classic thick brass and heavy plating in dumpy style with double ribs and good top (bottom) depression. Nest three 1" balls with no wobble. 3" diameter and just over 3" tall. £75 KB Magic

Lee, Michael: Millennium Cups and Balls. Large, Paul Fox type cups. Can take a 3.5" (huge!) load with plenty of room between the cups when nested. Hand spun by master machinist with over 50 years experience. Available in Heavy Guage Aluminum ($350), Copper ($500), Brass ($550), and a limited edition in Sterling Silver (call (212)229-75500 for pricing info & leave message). Highly rated. Each cup is marked with 'MLMC'. Denny & Lee's

Loftus International Empire Professional Cups & Balls. Inexpensive but fully functional plastic cups. They have the appearance of popular metal cups in chrome finish and "Thermos" bottle top style. A step above the tri-colored beginner's sets. 2 11/16" tall,l 2 13/16" mouth. Recently reviewed on Magic Show ( $10

Magical Imports LLC, Cambodia: Hand Spun Wood Cups. Note that since these cups are individually hand made, they won't be identical. 3" mouth, 4" high w/4 1" crocheted sponge balls. $70 Available at Meir Yedid Magic, Hocus Pocus Magic

Magical Imports LLC, Cambodia: Indian Cups and Balls. Hand turned from a single piece of cambodian wood. Balls are hand knit over Goshman sponges. 3" mouth, 4" high w/4 1" crocheted sponge balls. Includes the cups, balls, wand, and detailed instructions. $75 Available at Meir Yedid Magic, Hocus Pocus Magic

Magic Makers, Inc. Cups and Balls. Magic Makers, Inc. has produced an inexpensive set of "Paul Fox" style cups. I have read that the quality varies, so it is best if you can see the set you are purchasing beforehand or ensure that you can get a refund if not satisfied. Also available in a miniature size. $100, or $50 for the miniature size.

Magicmania Goblets - Cups & Balls. A set of dark wooden cups with 4 balls. $150 The Ambitious Card; Penguin Magic; 

Magicmania Professional Cups & Balls - Bussolotti. Three wide cups of  uncoated brass. Provided with custom leather case and includes video of 25 routines. Euro price 150,00.

MAK Magic: Cups & Balls 3 Colors. A set similar to the beginner's plastic sets by SS Adams and others but in spun Aluminum. Each cup is a different color, powder coated. Comes with red crocheted balls and instructions.

Mason, Mark: Masons Nesting Cups with DVD. Cups manufactured by Auke Van Dokkum. Each cup has been spun from a solid block of stainless steel and decrease in size by a minute fraction so that each cup fits and locks inside each other. Allows a unique approach to the cups & balls. All cups reverse stack so that any regular cups and balls routine can be performed. Cups can also vanish one cup at a time and still produce a final load from the one remaining cup. Comes complete with cups, balls and dvd. £399 JBTV

Morrissey Chop Cups & Balls Combo. Two normal cups and one chop cup. Morrissey cups are a good step up from the plastic sets and come in aluminum or copper. The tops (bottoms?) are indented, but not greatly. The copper is preferred for durability. Comes with four knit balls (one gimmicked) and drawstring bag. Use smaller 7/8" balls. Large Aluminum $32, Large Copper $50, Mini Aluminum $32 Mini Copper $50 Morrissey Magic

Morrissey Cups & Balls. Set of three cups and four balls with drawstring bag (check your retailer to be sure). The Morrissey design is not ideal, but is a step up from the cheap plastic sets. The indents on the bottoms are not great, so the balls can roll off easier, they don't give the illusion of small capacity, and you can't nest multiple 1" balls without the top cup rocking (use 7/8" balls). Size for Large cups is: 3 5/16" high, 1.5" bottom, 2 5/8" mouth, 1.5" to 2nd rim. Small cups have the same diameter but are only 3" high and 1 1/4" to the 2nd rim. Large Aluminum: $20, Large Copper $34, Mini Aluminum $20, Mini Copper $34. Morrissey Magic

Morrissey Magic Indian Cups and Balls. These are squat metal cups on a small pedestal base. Uses a variety of cork balls. Comes with routine by Charlie Miller. $35. Available from Magic Maker's Costumes, Hank Lee, Tannen's and Morrissey Magic

Mountebank Products (Eric Evans): Monkey Fist leather balls. These balls are hand made from a number of small leather strips wrapped and tucked around a core in the rope-worker's "Monkey's Fist" knot. They have a good grip and weight for the cups & balls. All balls are 7/8" diameter. Available in white, tan, or dark brown at $25 set of four, or in a two toned light and dark color (red/black or tan/black) for $40 set of four. Denny & Lee's

Mountebank Products (Eric Evans): Muscade Leather Balls for Cups and Balls. The "muscade" leather ball is one of the most difficult to make. Available in Solid Black (5/8"), Solid Red (7/8") and a red and yellow diagonal striped ball (7/8"). 4 balls to a set. $75 Denny & Lee's

Owen Magic Supreme No. 1834 Stainless Cups & Balls. Spun out of stainless steel in large diameter to fit a standard tennis ball. Can nest 3 1" balls. Has single bead in middle and closed rim. $365 or in aluminim for $75. Owen Magic Supreme; Denny & Lee's

Penguin Magic Penguin Cups. These seem to be the same as the Magic Maker Inc. cups.  4.45oz, 2.75" H, 2.65" Mouth, 2.9" Rim. Heavy solid copper and buffed for a fine finish. Comes with 4 Deluxe Knit Balls, Rugged Carrying Sack with drawstring. $99.95 Penguin Magic

Porper, Joe: The Porper Cups. Machined out of solid blocks of Copper, Stainless Steel, or Brass with high attention to detail. Interior coated with special black compound baked on for years of use. Exterior is coated to keep the cups looking new without polishing. Interior just under 3", 2 7/8" Height. Takes a large load, and easily nests three balls between. Comes with a 14.25" long, 9/16" diameter Cocabola two piece wand, balanced for spinning. The cups and wand come in a Alder wood box to hold everything. $695 Brass, $795 Stainless Steel, $895 Copper. Denny & Lee's, Bob Kohler's Magic

Rings 'N Things II: Bells of St. Mary. Each bell stands 3" tall with an outer diameter of just under 3" and an inner diameter of 2.5". Crafted in solid stainless steel then chromed and nickel plated. Ring lke church bells when struck with a wand. Comes with four 3/4" crocheted RNT2 balls, presentation bag and instruction booklet. $350.00 Rings 'N Things II

Rings 'N Things II: Black Beauty® Cups. Crafted out of acetal resin. 2" tall for strolling. Each contains the laser cut RNT II hallmark. Three 1/2" balls nest comfortably between two stacked cups.     Includes four ½” white, crocheted cork balls, plush bag, instruction booklet. Also available in White. $160 Rings 'N Things II

Rings 'N Things II: Foxy One™ Aluminum Cups. 2” high, exactly match our Black Beauty™ Cups in design. Hallmarked inside with "RNT II". Three ½” balls nest comfortably between two stacked cups. Includes 4 ½” white, crocheted cork balls, Plush bag, and Milt Kort's "Miniature cups and balls routine", excerpted from "Kort is now in session". Also available in Brass $180 Rings 'N Things II

Ring 'N Thinkgs II: Foxy Two™ Combo Cups Brass. A high quality combo set in a smaller package. Foxy Two™ Cups stand 2¼" high. Three 5/8” balls nest perfectly between two stacked cups. A Foxy Two™ will completely cover a Foxy One™ for a “cup load". Includes three 5/8” white, crocheted cork balls, one 5/8” white, crocheted chopped cork ball, presentation bag, and Ron Bauer Cups & Balls routine. Also available in Aluminum. $200 Rings 'N Things II

Rings 'N Things II: Mini Paul Fox-Style Cups Copper. Faithful reproduction of the original Paul Fox cups. 3 ounces each. Come with a instruction booklet, crocheted balls, crocheted load balls and an attractive double zippered bag that also serves as a close-up pad. Each cup stands just over 2" tall with a mouth diameter of 2". Also in Stainless Steel. $280 Rings 'N Things II

Rings 'N Things II: Monti Combo Cups Copper. Look and feel of the original Monti cups in copper and in a combo set! 3" high, just under 3" outer diameter, 2½" inner diameter. Includes four 3/4" crocheted RNT2 balls, presentation bag and instruction booklet. $280
Standard Monti Cups Aluminum $80, Steel $200, Copper $220, Brass $200 Rings 'N Things II

Riser, James: Riser Jumbo Cups. Large cups but shorter than most. Nest looser than Riser Mini-Cups for better handling. Hand spun from heavy copper for durability. Can nest three 1.25" balls, holds a baseball sized load. Larger than the Johnson cups. Very limited supply. Contact James Riser for price and availability. James Riser Magic

Riser, James: Riser Mini Cups. Designed for the serious close-up performer. The whole set can easily be carried in an outside jacket pocket - perfect for the table hopping magician. Designed to accommodate three 3/4" balls between the cups thus allowing all standard routines.These cups will be produced in very limited quantities and introduced in the fall of 2001. Cup height = 1 15/16", Stack height = 4", I.D. = tight 2", O.D. at rim = 2 3/8". $165 James Riser Magic

Riser, James: Traditional Cups. Spun from copper in the traditional style, more like a drinking cup with double beads. 3 1/2" high with a 2 7/8" mouth diameter. Three 1" balls will easily fit between nested cups. Three Cup Set is $285 James Riser Magic

Rogers, Mike: Miniature Baseballs. Mike Rogers produces a set of miniature baseballs to be used for the cups & balls or chop cup, as well as a larger, but still mini, load ball to be used for a final production. Highly recommended by many. Available in 7/8" or 1" size. $24 set of 4. $15 set of chop cup balls. Available from Stevens Magic

Sankey, Jay: Magus Capsule. A unique approach to the cups and balls using a spun aluminum pull apart "capsule" to create two "cups". Fits in a pocket for walk around performances. Includes a 75 minute DVD explaining the retention vanish, false transfer, pop-up move, spider vanish and more. Routines include "Shaken, Not Stirred", "Nesting Instinct", "Three Balls Across", "Time Capsule", and "Wild Fire", as well as three other effects. Includes 4 hand-crocheted balls. Penguin Magic

Sherwood, Brett: Brett Sherwood Cups. The "World's Most Beautiful Cups". Endorsed by the Dai Vernon Estate. In the Paul Fox, 3 bead design. Every review I have read has been positive.Will hold a tennis ball as a final load. In Sterling Silver $1095, Sterling Silver with Gold Plate $1235, or All Gold Plate over Sterling Silver $1275. Sherwood Magic

Sisti, Jim: Professional Worker's Cups & Balls. Paul Fox style cups. Can use 7/8 or 1" balls. Single bead in middle rather than double. Brass, copper, or chrome plated. Highly rated. 2 3/4" high, 3" diameter mouth, with carry bag and Mike Roger's baseballs. $200 copper or brass. Jim Sisti Magic

Star, Tim Style Combo Cups & Balls. Hank Lee's Magic Factory

Tannen Cups for Cups & ball. Similar to Vernon design. No balls, no routine:Large Aluminum Cups RR-100...$16.50, Large Copper Cups RR-104...$32.50 Tannen's Magic

Tayade's Hindu Cups & Balls. Wooden cups hand painted and heavily lacquered. With 4 knit balls, and complete instructions. $75 Hocus Pocus

Tayade's Indian Cups & Balls Set. Wooden cups hand painted and havily lacquered. With wand, 4 knit balls and a complete routine. $75.00 Hocus Pocus

T. Frank Mint: Phoenix Cups & Balls. Bertram/Miller style cups in copper-alloy. Size: 3" high, 3 3/8" mouth, 2 1/8" top. Also features open knit "Tayade-style" balls, an ironwood wand, and a presentation wooden case. $200 from T. Frank Mint

Trickery Shop Combo Cups & Balls. Brass combination cups & balls (two normal, one chop cup). Three balls rest comfortably on top. Includes four balls (one gimmicked), oak wand, and bag. $125. Also available in mini size (2.25" high) in copper for $75 (no wand). The Trickery

Van Dokkum Standard Cups. Turned from a single block of metal. Three bead style, stack steadily. Easily hold 3 1" balls between stacked cups. Available in Stainless Steel or Brass. $320. Jumbo Cups holds a standard size baseball load in Stainless Steel or Brass. Size 3 1/2 Inch W 14 Oz $640. Also available in Solid Silver and can hold a 2 1/2 inch load $725. Van Dokkum

Van Dokkum Economy Cups. Paul Fox style cups. Hand turned in Brass or Copper. Same dimensions as standard cups, can hold a 2 1/2 inch load. $140 Van Dokkum

Various Wooden Cups & Balls. Various sets of cups made from wood are available. Check out Daytona Magic and The Trickery for examples. About $25 and up a set.