Cups and Balls Magic
The Andrew Zuber
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Photo (Left to Right)
combo cups and Phoenix Sunfire balls (RNT2), Sherwood Nickel-plated combo
cups and Sherwood balls (Brett Sherwood), Magic Makers brass cups (my
first set of heavy cups!) and Chopped olive set with final load (Magic
Wands (Top to Bottom)
Plastic wand used for kids shows (maker unknown), Mercury wand (Michael
Ammar), Magic Makers two-piece wooden wand (first heavy wand!) (Magic
Makers), Moonlight Magic Mayan Bloodwood wand with magnetic tip (Michael
Newcastle, UK via Los Angeles via Seattle, USA
of Cups: Magic Makers plastic cups (gotta start somewhere!)
I wasn't thoroughly bitten with the magic bug until my mid-20s when I visited the Magic Castle for the first
time and saw Denny Haney doing his card manipulations in the Palace of Mystery.
Sufficiently fooled, I knew I needed to learn magic. I visited
my local shop, The Magic Apple, in Studio City, California. There I purchased my first set of cups and a
wand; the guy who sold them to me (who is a good friend and excellent restaurant magician) handed me the bag
and said, "These are like spinach for magicians."
Gotta eat your spinach before you get dessert, gotta learn the
cups and balls before you move on to other things. Well as it turned out, I love spinach. Can't get enough of
it. I spent two days at a beach house, sitting in front of the TV as Michael Ammar talked me through the Mora
vanish while my friends played in the ocean.
I began taking lessons with Tony Clark in Los Angeles, and
together we assembled a parlor act, including some custom built props. With a background as a stand up
comedian, working magic into my act just made sense. Aside from Tony, I have had the pleasure of working with
names including Pete Biro, Dean Dill, Etienne Laurenceau in Paris and Michael Vincent in
I've had the opportunity to spend some time with Lance Burton on
several occasions, and I keep telling him that I'll be happy to take his place when he's ready to hang up his
hat for good. He insists he'll call me.
In the mean time, I'm finishing up my Master's dissertation in
international business so that I may return to the states to continue working in my other love, which is
I'm sure at least one set of cups will grace the shelves of my
office upon my return...and possibly a dove or two if they let me.
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