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KenTheriot

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Is there anything written up about 2 magicians doing cups and balls? I know Penn & Teller do this. I was wondering if anyone here has maybe done it and/or if anyone has any tips? I think it wold be fun.
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Two guys whose names are eluding me (Michael Talon and ??) did such an act for the IBM close up contest at the national a while back. There are also two young Asian guys who developed that concept into an act as well. They performed it at 4F not long ago.

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Michael Tallon and Doug Gorman - they also performed this routine at 4F 2003.  Here's what I wrote about it in my convention report for Inside Magic:

"Michael Tallon and Doug Gorman performed an excellent cups and balls routine - in stereo.Seated side by side, with matching cups and balls, they performed the routine in perfect synchronisation.They were rewarded with a standing ovation from the assembled multitude."

The two Asian guys that Mike mentions perform as "The Magic Brothers" - they are from Korea.  Here's a link to the videos they have posted on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/KoreaMagicBrothers/videos/
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Really? Wow. Michael and Doug live here! I haven't seen them in awhile since I have not made it to any club meetings in a long time. But good to know. Thanks! For the kind of thing I'm looking for though, it would be one table and one set of cups and balls. It feels like there is lots of room for this to be a thing.
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I can see the potential for some humor! 

For example, while one performer is looking away or distracted, the other mischievously steals a ball from them or places it under a cup ... you get the idea.

Or one of the performers deliberately tries to sabotage the other (which the audience knows about), only for the expected result to be quite the opposite!

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Really good idea there! I like that. I think I'll play with it. Oo, just got a great idea. Say I'm doing a standard secret load so that there should be no ball under, but you life the cup and there is one. So after you do the load you patter and the sidekick steals the ball out from under when I'm not looking and shows it to the audience. Ha ha, he's gonna lift it for the big reveal and it won't be there. BUT THEN IT IS THERE! I could load 2 (somehow) and the side-kick can steal only one. Or maybe HE can pretend to steal it, doing a false take. Thanks for the ideas!!


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Ken, there is no reason to stop there.  If you are considering doing an act with another magician there are other things that you can do.  How about you attempt to show the other magician how to do cut-and-restored rope.  You hand them a pair of scissors and of course they don't work, but they do when you use them.  I think they still sell those?  Then when you pretend to teach them, their ropes never seem to go back together.  If you have them or can get ahold of a set of the "screw-type" Tarbell rope gimmicks, you could then take their ropes, clearly two pieces, and restore them.  I can see some funny comedy bits.  Like when they tie the knot and try to slide it off and can't, etc.

If you sit and think about it, there are a number of tricks that you could work out a duet with.  I'll bet you could come up with some funny linking ring stuff.  Maybe the two of you get twisted up with all of the linking chains?

Just a thought.  
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Thanks Ray. Some great suggestions!
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Hey Ken, as your two-person act progresses, you might try this (haha):




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That was hysterical! And those guys are both obviously very talented. One thing I can tell you about my friend and me - nobody wants to see us with our shirts off, much less....:-P
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LOL!  That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen!
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Hilarious video!  Thanks for posting.

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What almost gets lost in the performance is what great dancers they are.  Obviously well trained.  I almost couldn't bare to watch it until the end.  Then I saw the end, but it wasn't the end.  So time to say "it's a wrap".
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Hello, Alexandra and Dominique Duvivier perform a two person cups and balls routine. I first saw them at the German national Convention in 1999.
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I looked that up on YouTube. Great idea to swap in and out at the table. Hadn't thought of that.
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