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The Penguin Cups (Copper) A rugged cup for the serious performer -- A true worker's set. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. NOW SHIPPING. THIS WEEK ONLY: FREE CARL ANDREWS ROUTINE DVD INCLUDED.
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What You Get
3 solid, copper cups. Weighing 4.45 oz each. Height 2.75 in, Mouth 2.65 in, rim 2.9 in. 4 Deluxe Knit Balls (red 3/4" perfect size for stacking 3 on one cup), Rugged Carrying Sack with drawstring.
SPECIAL OFFER: Order today and receive Carl Andrews' professional walkaround cups and balls routine DVD "Table Hopping Cups and Balls" for free!
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 63)4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
Overpriced Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2005
To be completely honest I was expecting these cups to be much better than the ones that I recieved and I felt a little scammed. I have been doing cups and balls for a long time and I own the Johnson cups and wanted a new set of cups that I could throw around, but were still of good quality. These are nice cups, but I could have bought the same ones elsewhere (local magic shop or online) for about half the price I paid for these. I am just glad that I got a bunch of free stuff with them which helped make up for the high price tag. My suggestion: look around for some cheaper cups that are of the same quality...you can even find brass ones for much less than these.
FANTASTIC VALUE Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2013
The Penguin Copper Cups are a FANTASTIC value! They're not only beautiful, they're heavy, strong and VERY well balanced. I don't mean they're too heavy, I mean they're substantial enough to handle well, not like the cheap aluminum ones we often buy to get started.
The bonus DVD by Carl Andrews was an unexpected plus. He has a nice routine worth viewing, even if you don't adopt it as your own.
The furnished balls seemed too small at first, but, as a group, they fit so well on top I use them all the time now. Even if you prefer larger balls you'll love these for practice - using them is like swinging a weighted bat before going up to the plate.
The inside is unfinished but the dull apearance prevents "flashing. If you don't like the copper as it tarnishes, use Turtle wax to seal them. For a beautiful, even patina clean them well with lemon or ketchup or whatever to strip them, then bake them in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. Allow them to cool. Pick 'em up with CLEAN hands and wax them to seal finish. Wax again as needed (LIGHTLY!)
HAVE fun and paractice, practice, practice!
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 5th, 2011
This is a great set.I use them all the time.The are nice and heavy,their strong,they will last forever.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 20th, 2005
Now I love the cups and balls, its a classic and no magician should be without a set.
The reason for the three stars is simple: You can't fit much of a final load in them. Tangerines and small lemons if you're lucky.
The size I was after is large oranges and apples, but not these. I would recommend you look around before you buy a set of Penguin Cups. I can't help but feel that the Hype given to the cups in the video conned me a little bit.
Pretty good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 26th, 2011
I bought these for a first set of copper cups for busking, to see how I like them. After spending a day using them along with my new buskers' pouch from theambitiouscard, I was pleased with the way these cups handles lacrosse balls as a final load. They sound nice and are fun to use, but they were not quite touch enough for me. After a day and a couple drops on Hollywood's hard floor, I found a single dent. It doesn't affect performance, but considering I only used it a day, I hoped for a little more durability. Other than that, it's na excellent cup to start with.
Good value for the money! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2010
They are of heavy gauge and nest well.
Because they are unfinished on the inside, I got excellent results by using a 3M pad and and tarnish remover. (Just be careful of the outside because you don't want to scratch the nice finish.)
The balls supplied are a little too small for my liking so keep that in mind when ordering because Penguin sells larger sizes.
I also enjoyed the bonus DVD, Carl Andrews Table Hopping Cups & Balls.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 24th, 2009
These are truly wonderful cups, especially this 2nd generation of them. They are flawless!
I've always wanted some premium copper cups, but with prices at 300 dollars and above (sometimes WAY above!) I figured I'd never have any.
Thanks to Penguin Magic, we all can have beautiful cups at an incredible low price. I have seen some of those 300 dollar cups that are not any better than these.
These cups have a little secret too, they SING!
Set your Penguin cups on a close-up mat, mouth end up give them a tap with a metal tipped wand. What an amazing voice they have. That will add another one of the 5 senses to those witnessing a cups and balls performance.
3 cheers for Penguin Magic. Beautiful cups for the rest of us! I will no longer be envious of all those expensive cups I see.
PS: The balls I got with my cups are too dinky to use. That is my only complaint. They should come with 7/8 inch balls.
Good middle ground! A niche I'm glad to see filled! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 16th, 2007
As with every tool, its usefulness is diminished if you don't have the right tool for the job. Sure you can drive a screw with a hammer, but I won't vouch for the effect. Similarly, driving a nail with a screwdriver can be problematic.
So...enough philosophy...what about the cups?
Depends what you're looking for. These won't be the last set of cups I buy, aren't likely to be spotlighted on Jim Riser's webpage as examples of fine workmanship, but they are also the cups I'll be very glad use for practice, kid shows, and other places where I don't want to risk an expensive set.
These are *not* the most beautiful cups on the market...if you're looking for a gorgeous set which are a work of art, have a look at the Brett Sherwood cups. They are much prettier...and they also cost over ten times as much as these..
On the other hand, if you're a student on a budget, not sure you really like doing the cups and balls, or are a parent buying these for your 9 year old...these are probably not what you want either. If you are looking for the most inexpensive cups you can get, don't plan to use them much, and don't care at all about how they look, this also isn't it...you can get sets of cups much more inexpensively...for that matter, you can use the "Penn & Teller" cups (disposable plastic beverage cups with tinfoil balls).
The Penguin cups fall in the middle. They look quite good from "audience distances" and are strong enough that you don't need to worry about breaking them. The inside of the cups is unfinished, and I used some fine grit sandpaper to make them look a bit better. You can certainly find similar quality cups that look nicer...but again, prepare to about double what these cost. These are tough enough to take fairly rough use without showing it, and are inexpensive enough you don't need to cry if they get a bit beat up.
All told, a very nice set of cups for what they are...a working set of cups. Not perfect. Not collectors items, not works of art, but also not flimsy junk that you expect when you buy a set of cups in the double digit price range. They are cups that get the job done, look nice at audience distances, and won't break your budget.
Good cups......but. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 29th, 2005
These cups are great to use, I take them out of thier pouch and people tell me they look good. The two major problems I have with these cups are:
1. They are far too expensive, I got a free DVD with them but I still think that I didnt get much bang for my buck.
2. They are such a pain in the neck to keep shiny, I practiced for a couple of hours straight when I got them, I put them in the pouch and when i took them out the next day they were all tarnished and faded!
Other than those two reasons I like these cups, I think that if I ever need another set I'll do some shopping around before I spend nearly a hundred bucks on cups again.
Disappointing Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2009
While on the whole they're good quality cups, I find that two of my cups nest too tightly, meaning they have a tendency to "stick" together. For the most part this doesn't matter, but for the "ball passing through the cup" move (sorry - I don't know the correct title) it's a problem.
Perhaps I was unlucky with my set and most sets are fine.
Aside from this though, they're decent basic cups, though they do also tarnish like crazy (as has been said already).
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