Omar Ferret’s cup is the same as many others I have seen but it is unclear when these were introduced, certainly the 1980’s but could have been much earlier. Possibly derived from the Chop Cup, with the important distinction that for most of these Coin Cups when they are loaded you can still look inside the cup. This is a big difference and useful when creating routines. The other key detail about this type of cup (just like the Chop Cup) is they can be thoroughly examined because it is only when they are combined with a suitably gimmicked coin that they become effective. There is no adding or stealing of other cups and most effects can be done without any real sleight of hand. Of course the beauty of a utility item like this is when you blend it with just a small amount of sleight of hand you can look like a real master.
Omar’s is a really solid and thick aluminum cup and coin gimmick from Cuban Magician Omar Ferret. This one comes with no routine, but it is much better quality than the Johnny Wong Cup. It can be used for penetrations, transformations, vanishes, and appearances.
From the mid 1980s to early 2000s I used this in nearly 2,000 shows until my car got rear ended and this was in the trunk and got crushed beyond repair. Fortunately, I got another in mint condition.
This sets up in 45 seconds if you are new at it, but 15 seconds once used to it. I carry my props in a large suitcase and put the table top with nested shelves in the inside top of the suitcase and carry it in one hand and the table, which folds (nearly) flat in the other. The three shelves are great (you can’t easily adjust the width). This table is lightweight but sturdy. I love it!
Martin’s Magic Collection is a rare treat. Informative and well thought out. I learn something new about magic and props every time I visit. Also, Andy’s suggestions on present prices for collector items are a terrific resource tool; especially for those buying or selling. I understand Andy does this as a hobby yet when I had a serious question about magic from the ’60s, Andy took the time to respond with well-thought-out answers.
This item was originally created by Rich Bloch and released in limited quantities by Rich himself c. 2009. It is now being made perfectly by George Robinson. This is the later version built by George and they are currently unavailable.
Apart from being a very clever idea and a beautifully made prop what I really like about this effect is that Rich has blended all the moves into a very smooth sequence. If you follow the directions it will allow you to perform a miracle without any real heat on you. The action is done at the least expected moments and you are left looking clean and magical.
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