i got table hopping cups and balls for free as a part of a bonus, not a huge fan of it,
i seems to me he focuses more on the sponge balls than the cups and balls.t
Fair enough if you don't like the DVD, but I'm not sure where you're getting this impression from. I just watched the DVD again and while Carl does explain the sponge routine thoroughly, the cups and balls receive the majority of the attention. I actually bought this DVD (didn't receive it as a promo) and felt that I got my money's worth, although truthfully I wasn't all that familiar with cup and ball routines when I purchased it.
I will say this though: personally I don't like combining the cups and balls with the sponge ball routine. Carl's basic structure for the cup routine is solid and straightforward, but I think sponge balls make weak final loads. I know Carl addresses this on the DVD, arguing that it's the appearance of a different object under the cup that the audience reacts to and not the nature of the object itself, but if you compare the reactions Carl's loads get in the performance section to a performance with, say, fruits as the load, you'll see that the latter plays much stronger.
Also, I think the production of the sponges undercuts the magic of the sponge routine itself. You produce three at the end of the cup routine, then go into a routine using only two of the sponge balls. The climax is the appearance of a third ball in the spectator's hand, but since there were three balls on the table before you started the routine, it undercuts the sense of "Hey, where did that
one come from?" for the audience. Carl does the sponge routine by itself on his "No Jacket Required" DVD and I think it gets better reactions on its own. Besides, if you do the cups and balls well, shouldn't that be strong enough to close on anyway?
I admit that using sponge balls for final loads is more convenient for table hopping because of pocket space, and having the sponge balls there makes for a convenient segue into the sponge routine, but convenience isn't everything, especially when it undercuts the astonishment potential of what you're doing. As I've said I'm not a worker, but if I were, given the time and table space required I would not do cups and balls for every table. I would probably save it for special tables and do it as a bonus after the meal. That way you could keep the props in the back and go get them just before you need them. You won't need to have bulging pockets all night, and the special tables really do get to see something special. Everybody wins.
Just my opinions, though. You draw your own conclusions.