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stuartp

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REVIEW: Cups & Balls Vol. 1 by Murphy's Magic & Daryl - Essentials In Magic
RATING: 10 OUT OF 10!
FULL REVIEW: Cups & Balls, Vol. 1 is another perfect installment in the Essentials In Magic series by Murphy’s Magic. The hour and forty five minute DVD is taught by the legendary Daryl and it receives a perfect score from this reviewer. 10 out of 10!
 
Cups & Balls Vol. 1 is an essential one-stop-shop for any magician that wants to start with the basics and end up being able to put together a routine using the numerous moves and sleights taught. Daryl starts off the lecture at the very beginning and I mean very, very beginning. He starts off with a display of the different types of cups available and the different types and sizes of balls. While this part of the lecture will no doubt seem unnecessary to anyone with basic understanding of the age old routine, this is an introduction for the novice. As the DVD progresses, Daryl teaches basic moves and components of larger routines. He slowly and methodically moves through more complex sleights and he does it as good as anyone can. At the end, Daryl teaches a few short routines and even an impromptu routine using a crumpled up piece of paper and regular opaque glass.
 
Daryl has always been a wonderful and great teacher and this DVD is no exception. The production value is excellent and the chapters are logically broken down into sensible parts in an order that makes learning easy. The camera work uses different alternate angles so you can see what is happening from both the spectator’s point of view and that of the performer. There are even aerial shots of the table which make the process crystal clear.
 
At the time of the writing of this review, this DVD sells for $14.95, which is a great deal. Daryl teaches so much and does so perfectly. This DVD should be in every magician’s video library. Take a sneak peak at the promotional video on the Murphy’s Magic website and you will get a glimpse at what you will receive when you buy this project. If you don’t own this one you are really missing out on something fantastic!
 
This perfect product is available at any Murphy’s Magic dealer!
 

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I have never had cups and balls and want to learn! Seems perfect. Where can I buy the actual cups and balls though? 
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As always... an excellent review. Thanks stuartp!
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Tom G

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Harrisgagnon, C&B is a great trick to learn.  Vernon said it encompassed every kind of magic possible with an object. IE, transpositions, vanishes, etc.  As for what many go with the Vernon routine as a great starting point.  Bob White has told me on a number of occasions that Charlie Miller said the Vernon routine was perfect the way it was. Pretty high praise indeed.  Where to learn it?  There's the Vernon Book of Magic, a booklet on the Vernon routine, Revelations DVD set.  I think Mike Ammar teaches it in the C&B book and DVD set.  Bob White has a DVD on the cups as does Daryl, mentioned above.  Both don't use the wand spin which is a great addition and according to Giobbi is needed at that point in the routine.  When you become familiar with the Vernon routine (if that's the route you take), getting the Roberto Giobbi book on Dai Vernon is a great investment.  He goes over the psychology of the moves and what he believes Vernon was accomplishing, plus there's a lot of other Vernon magic in that book. 
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Harrisgagnon

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Thanks for the info TomG! I watched Vernon's performance and it is awesome! The Vernon book is not continued anymore (here is the link.  http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S5142)  The Vernon booklet is only 3 dollars so I will get that. To learn Vernon's routine what is necessary? If I only got the booklet would that be enough to be able to learn all of it in depth? Also, what is the revelations dvd set? Where can I find it? Is it necessary to learn?

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Revelations: certainly not inexpensive, but worth the price considering what is on the set.  http://www.llpub.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1808
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Tom G

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Harrisgagnon, no you can get it from the booklet and tons of practice.  
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