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GreenKnight33

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you are all well.

A friend of mine's daughter starting watching Penn and Teller Fool Us, and she's interested in Magic.

She's 11 years old.  

Her dad mentioned wanting to get cups and balls for her.  I started magic very very late in life, so I don't have a good feel for this, but to me...that seems too young to do something like that.  

Would appreciate your feedback.  If you do think Cups and Balls is workable at her age, is just the cheap plastic set the best option?  Or would a Chop Cup make more sense?  I don't do either (99% cards), so would appreciate feedback.

For books, I was thinking Harry Lorayne's Magic Book, or Joshua Jays, and maybe a Martin Gardner more self working card tricks...so she can focus on presentation and not too hard of sleights.

Thanks everyone in advance!
Eric
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Cups and balls are in beginner sets, I think for a good reason. You can start with a basic routine with no final loads and work your way up. A chop cup, while eliminating two of the cups is harder to pull off. I'd stick with cups and balls.

A plastic set is fine. You can also get a nice set of smaller cups in aluminum if you want to start a little higher up the ladder.
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11 yrs old for cups and balls is not too young.  Start with the basic routine, easy as anything.  Then as the knowledge increases so will the routine. 
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You might want to look at this recent thread: http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/magic-kit-for-kids-9915964
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GreenKnight33

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Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions!

For an 11 year learning cups and balls, is there one DVD and one Book you would recommend?

Thank you!
Eric
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Dorian Rhodell

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11 is fine. My daughter is 7 and does the cups and balls with the plastic set. My friend David Nelson's daughter is 11 as well. She does Ron Bauer's routine.
So I think you're fine.
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GreenKnight33

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Thank you Dorian!

Thanks all for your feedback and Advice.  I'll let him know!

Eric
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