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.
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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
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!
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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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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.
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To be honest these cups are a little less than the hype that has been created. They are not the
worst cups I have used, but for the price they leave a bit to be desired. I have handled copper cups
much smaller that felt more substantial. You could find better cups for less and still have enough
money to buy a dozen thumbtips.
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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!
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
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
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Now I love the cups and balls, its a classic and no magician should be without a set.
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.
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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.
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This is a great set.I use them all the time.The are nice and heavy,their strong,they will last
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A characteristic of copper is that they tarnish. Out of the package it comes in a leather like
drawstring bag and each cup wrapped in paper. A small bag of I believe 7/8 inch balls is inside one
of the cups. The cups come tarnished with black spots inside and some marks outside.
Turtle Wax all-Metal polish and got rid of all the tarnish outside. I used Tarn-X with a
dishwashing sponge for the marks inside the cup. After polishing and cleaning these I applied an
automotive glossy finish wax. These cups looked superb after all that was done.
said the quality of the cups are great. They look and feel right. The balls are too small and light
for my liking so I do use different set of balls. Copper tarnishes quickly as a characteristic so
knowing that either know you’ll have to polish them more often for the shiny look (Unless you apply
wax) or after polishing them never polish them again to try to form a patina around the cups. These
cups won’t disappoint for the price.
If you don’t have another set of balls I advise
getting a different set.
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