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Street Cups Starring Gazzo (DVD + Book) Cups and balls isn't about the cups. It's about entertaining people. If you want to entertain with a set of cups this is the best training package money can buy!
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Warning: Contains adult language and humor. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Gazzo is one of the world's legendary street performers. In this ENORMOUS three hour DVD, Gazzo demonstrates and teaches his famous Street Cups routine. This is THE money-making routine Gazzo uses to close all of his street shows. You'll learn everything from placement of the wand to where to stand. You'll learn the moves, the misdirection, the subtleties, and all the presentation tips.

Gazzo teaches you how to do it, and then he teaches you why to do it that way. This is a tried and tested routine. It's being brought to you by way of the streets after over 20 years of live performance experience. Every action in the routine has a purpose. Nothing is left to chance.

First, Gazzo takes you on a tour of his equipment -- The Table Top, The Stand, The Poacher's Pouch, The Gazzo Cups, The Balls, The Hat, etc. Gazzo says, "Professionals can't afford cheap props."

Next, he walks you through the entire routine -- The Beginning Phase, The Middle Phase, and The Final Loads. He even walks you through the wand spin!

Finally, Gazzo invites you to sit in on a teach-in with fellow street pro Guy Collins. Guy is a juggler who is just starting to learning Gazzo's routine. You'll see Gazzo teaching Guy and walking him through the entire routine, correcting any mistakes and explaining why each move is done a certain way.

But, without question, the highlight of the DVD is the MASSIVE one hour performance section. This is one of the best live street performance sequences ever captured. You'll see how Gazzo interacts with his spectators, how he builds the routine toward the finale, and how he encourages a massive hat.

The passionate student of the cups and balls will find this an invaluable resource.

On the Menu

  • Over one hour of live performance footage!
  • Full in-depth explanation of the routine!
  • Performance by Gazzo's student, Billy Kidd
  • Angles Section featuring head-on and ceiling cam. Use the angle button on your remote to switch angles.
  • Teach-in with street performer Guy Collins.
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Shot in High Definition on location in Key West, Fl.

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
I won my school talent show! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2012
I first saw this on Penn and Teller fool us and I was amazed. I bought this not really knowing what to expect and I must say this is probably the strongest magic routine I do now. The dvd is funny and easy to follow. Gazzo does a great job teaching you this and you can tell he is really proud of this trick. I preformed this at my high school talent show and I received a standing ovation from the crowd, and I received a $100 prize so the trick paid for it self.Not only did I win that but I also won a magic competition on (utube) and from that I won 24 tricks. This trick has really helped me take my magic to the next level so if you are willing to practice this trust me it is worth getting!
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Should be titled "How to Work a Crowd and Make Money" Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2007
There are tons of DVDs that teach you how to do tricks, but there are very few that teach or show you how to entertain people. This DVD is worth getting just for the one hour live, on the streets, performance section (3 live performances of the same section of his show).

A lot of you probably know how to do the Cups & Balls, But do you know how to make it really entertaining? Gazzo's C&B routine could probably be done in about 2 minutes, but with a little comedy, audience participation and interaction, he stretches a 2 minute routine in to about 20 minutes. And when it's all over and done, the audience fills his hat with money.

Some of his humor may seem a little crude at times, but the audience laughs it up. If you have a sense of humor, you could easily adapt it to your own personal style.

I would love to see more DVDs like this one. Entertaining and working crowds with real live audiences. Can't wait to see more live performances by Gazzo (in the coming soon section - The Egg Bag, The Tossed Out Deck, and How to Perform Stand up Comedy Magic).
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Incredible routine Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2013
Why are you reading this - you should be buying this book and DVD!

Unlike many other reviewers, I actually write reviews that are realistic. If I don't like a product, I state that I don't like it and give my reasons why. The same holds true if I believe a product is mediocre. Simply put, I really like Gazzo's street cups and balls. Both the book and DVD are well thought out and cover in detail Gazzo's cups and balls street routines.

In the DVD, Gazzo first performs three of his routines. He is so good that I missed the palming of the balls and fruit during his first routine. I then saw his sleight of hand during the following two performances (okay, it helped to use the computer to review the routines to see the sleight of hand actions.). The recording of his performance by itself was worth the price I paid. In fact, he states in the DVD that his goal is to fool the crowds - not the magicians. However, the best part of the book and DVD was when he went into great detail and described his equipment, his routine, crowd control, and getting paid.

In addition to describing how to perform the cups and balls routine, he also discussed his equipment, why he selected the equipment he used, methods used by street magicians to attract a crowd, crowd control, dealing with hecklers (he stated that one heckler threw his cup into the ocean - he discussed how he had to pay the piper to get it back) and best of all, getting PAID!

I also own Michael Ammar's "The Complete Cups and Balls, volume 1. Gazzo's routine will show you how to use comedy to extend a 2 minute cup and ball routine into a 15 to 20 minute routine in order to get you paid. On the other hand, I find that Ammar's DVD covers much more detail and more routines for cups and balls routines for beginners to experienced magicians. To reiterate: Ammar's DVD will help you learn Cups and Balls and win magic contests; Gazzo's DVD and book will help you get noticed and paid. They are both very good products.

I really learned a lot from Gazzo's tips in both his book and DVD. Gazzo is a terrific performer and an excellent magician.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Good buy Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2012
I think most magicians are corny and a lot of them are convinced that the way the perform a trick is the best. Gazzo is the opposite of that. I love that he encourages you to do things your own way.
I enjoyed the DVD and the book. The only reason I didnt give it 5 stars is because I was left with a very strong desire to buy the cups, balls and bag but I cannot afford them. However, I still feel that the information Gazzo shares is so valuable. He practically hands you his act and all his secrets. He is and will always be an icon.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
gazzo st cups DVD Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2011
Gazzo ...What a little S--T !!

The man hates children ! and mother's w/ children, is mean to his audiance .
and his cups really s--k !

But seriously...Gazzo What can you say about the Man ..Deep down a good guy, a MASTER teacher after 30 yrs in the trenches and makes the Best poachers pouch for todays modern busker Anywhere to be found. ! and a friend !
If you at all interested in Busking then without a doubt GET THIS DVD ..NOW !!

Michael Lee
Master Magician &
Creator of the Millennium Cups
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Legendary Performer. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 6th, 2009
Gazzo knows his stuff for sure. His teaching method is awesome and his instructions are good. Rewind and watch the phases over and over again to get his timing and method down.

However... 4 stars because there are some bold moves in this routine that requires awesome misdirection and the proper equipment to pull everything off. His poachers pouch, table, cups and balls, etc etc are pretty much needed to do this routine faithfully, obviously. I attempted to do this with a usual set of cups and balls, but I do not have a pouch, so everything for me was different. Learn the techniques, perhaps make your own props and go out to the streets and try it there, but put in the hours of practice and patter to get it seamless.

His jokes/insults are for show; use them as you see fit, but just kinda watch your mouth sometimes. Haha... Good ol' Gazzo.

Anyways, awesome DVD, learn it, use it, perfect it.

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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Very Entertaining Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 20th, 2007
This is the most comprehensive educational dvd, but is worth the price for Gazzo's humor and overall presentation. Buy it - you'll love it!
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1 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
GAZZO and BILLY RULE! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 22nd, 2011
There's nothing to really say about this DVD & Book Combo aside from they're charging WAY TOO LITTLE!
Gazzo is a GREAT performer. Although he belittles his technique by naming off who created the original routine he uses, it's his personal EVERYTHING he's done with it that makes this stand above all others.
Billy Kid is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and being a female working where men seem to have a foot-hold, she will OWN the art of Illusion! I do not say that to belittle female performers; I actually believe there should be more. It's wrong for men to be the only ones performing Illusions and becoming known.
This DVD is a must have (plus you get the book!). Gazzo gives you an outlook on performance and management you can't "figure out". Billy, being his student, is not as confident as she should be. Her Talent is only limited by her obvious need to do everything precise. Gazzo's precision and finess flows through her, that's something you can't imitate!
Even if you think this is "just Gazzo's Routine" you're sadly mistaken. He focuses on many points of performance, sleight of hand, psychology behind every move and, especially, why "back dooring" the art should never be done. There's a description (very in depth) of his gear, why he uses what he uses, where you can find and or have made the props that are the building blocks to his particular routine as well as why it's all important.
Gazzo, you are supreme! Billy, you will take the world by STORM!
BUY THIS SET while supplies last... I have mine!
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A Routine for a lifetime! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 20th, 2014
This dvd and book combo is priceless when it comes to performing and learning this incredible routine. What you are getting is a mans life work, a routine that Gazzo has done for over 30 years. On the dvd itself you get 2-3 full performances of the entire routine from start to finish and each performance is 15-20 minutes each, with different crowds each time, at different parts of the day.

His patter during the performances is not my cup of tea because that's Gazzo's style, not my own, but it works for him. The props and management section of the dvd is also great. The only thing Gazzo doesn't get into is where to get the hat he uses. That is a problem considering you need this type of hat in order to do the final melon load. I found out what it was called and where to get it on my own, but it would've been a lot more helpful if Gazzo would've explained where to get it on the dvd.

Other then that, the Cups, the pouch, the balls, the wand, the table, the table base, ect. are all explained really well and how everything goes together. The explanations are VERY in depth, from the opening sequences to the final loads. Nothing is left out and everything is explained in great detail. Having Billy "the kid" perform the routine who is not a beginner but far from the expert Gazzo is, was also very helpful. You get to see this routine performed from a different perspective which will help your own performance of it even more.

Gazzo points out her mistakes and flaws which is not a critique but more of advice. When I first started performing this I too made a few of the mistakes that Billy made, so this was very helpful in order to achieve the perfection I wanted. Regarding the props that Gazzo uses, if you want the Gazzo cups, the hat, and the appropriate pouch (doesn't have to be a Gazzo pouch), then you're probably going to have to spend almost a grand on this one routine if you want to get the right props.

Gazzo even mentions this on the dvd that professional magicians can't afford cheap props, but even with the high price in mind, these are props that you only have to buy once. If you buy the Gazzo cups, they will last you forever. Same with the hat, and a good street pouch made of real quality leather will last you decades as well. But this all pales in comparison with the money you will be making from this one routine alone.

Gazzo himself has performed this all over the world, and even on live TV on Penn and Tellers "fool us" show. You are getting a routine for a lifetime. I perform this routine at every show I do, even at kid shows. The appearance of the final loads always gets an applause, and the final hat melon load makes the crowds erupt. People come up and examine the props (which are ordinary) and just can't believe I did all of that right in front of them without them seeing it.

When I'm finished performing the routine, I usually leave the final display on the table for everyone to look at for awhile long after my show is over. If you're doing a street show, the reset takes about 30 seconds and Gazzo explains where everything goes from first to last and in what order he likes it, to where you're ready for the next crowd right away. In closing, this routine is invaluable to have and perform in your act. You have to get this and learn this, it is a must for any magician.

After getting this, you might not have all the props right away to perform it, but that's ok because buying this dvd/book combo is just the start anyway. Save up, invest, and when you get everything you need, the rewards will show every time you perform it. It is worth every penny you invest, and all your precious time you put into mastering it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 9th, 2012
the street shows on the DVD are worth the money of the disc. only Gazzo can pull of the insulting comedy magic like he does. the instruction section and teach in, i thought was a little weak. the routines aren't very complicated, and a lot of it can be worked out just watching the performance sections. the real magic of Gazzo is HIS's not the tricks.
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