Effect: The Johnny Paul Cups in Bright Chrome! When Johnny Paul performed the Cups and Balls, he used techniques that fooled everyone, even magicians. The magician Al Wheatley studied Johnny’s performances of cups and balls, trying to discover his technique. Wheatley eventually invented the Chop Cup so he could do what Johnny did. You could fairly say that it was Johnny Paul’s cups and balls technique that led to the invention of the first Chop Cup. Johnny’s routine used sponge balls and a particular cup design to accomplish the magic. The trick couldn’t be done with just any set of cups. Johnny states that he only made 50 sets of his cups, so today those original cups are collectors items.
The cups we manufacture today were designed by Pete Biro. Through an agreement with Pete, Rings-N-Things is proud to be able to make the Johnny Paul Cups. The cups have been long out of production and were last made about a decade ago. The Pete Biro design is not identical to the cups Johnny made, Pete’s design is an improvement and these cups actually stack PROPERLY. Pete took the working principal for the trick and made certain that the unique cup properties were made correctly, but also made certain that the cups themselves were made with standards you expect from any set of cups and balls. They hold a lacrosse ball size load (2 3/8″), they have a dish shaped dimple in the saddle, and you can use 7/8″ balls for a classic routine.
Johnny started out entertaining people from behind the bar as a juggler. His cups and balls routine begins with a cup juggling flourish and he stated that his basic sleight for the routine comes from his juggling experience. As you practice cup juggling, you will appreciate the fact that we made these cups out of steel. Steel is a harder metal than copper, brass or aluminum so it is more resistant to denting. The cups also have a brighter, crisper sound when they come in contact with each other, or are tapped with a wand.
Each cup is hand spun by Rings-N-Things from the original Pete Biro tooling in .050 steel and plated with a Bright Chrome finish on it’s exterior and a Bright Nickel finish in it’s interior.
Made in USA
- 3 x Johnny Paul Cups
- 4 x Super Soft Sponge Balls – 2″ Red
- 4 x 7/8″ RNT Red balls
- Velvet Bag
Johnny Paul Cups | Steel | Bright Chrome are made in USA.
(Notice: Includes: Printed Instructions, DVD (or similar) Instructions.)