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Poor Man's Cups Review

Official Review

January 2nd, 2013 6:42am
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
As a product The Poor Man's Cups and Balls should never have been released but as an exercise in creativity, it works. However you shouldn't pay $12.50 for someone else’s creativity exercise.

The Poor Man's Cups and Balls is an excellent example of the application of Edward De Bono’s Lateral Thinking. I can imagine creator, Stephen So, asking the question, “Can I perform cups and balls in a different manner?” Combining cards and cups and balls would be one of the potential solutions. This is why I feel it works. However not all potential solutions should be executed and if they are, they need to be well executed.

The supplied cards are poorly made and stick together making the handling darn close to impossible. I thought about trying fanning powder but it wouldn't be worth it. The handling would need to be streamlined before it could be performed for anyone.

The instruction booklet is well produced. It assumes that one is familiar with basic sleights. The illustrations of the cups and final loads are nice but the balls resemble fuzz balls.

The Poor Man's Cups and Balls should have stayed as an idea on a brainstorm list - not as a product.

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Product info for Poor Man's Cups

Author: So, Stephen
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $12.50
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Manufacturer's Description:


An all time classic that fits in your pocket.

A packet of cards with 3 cups and 3 balls: a poor man's version of the classic "Cups & Balls" effect.

The 3 balls penetrate the cups one after another.

All 3 balls penetrate the cups at the same time and land on one single card.

As a surprise ending, all 3 balls transforms into 3 different kinds of fruits (or rabbits as an alternate ending).

Reset right away for your next performance.

Comes with:

- the cups and balls cards
- extra gimmick cards for an alternative ending

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