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“Anytime Anywhere Cups and Balls”…this is more than the STANDARD cups and balls routine… this is outstanding!!!… If true Workers don’t grab this DVD set before they are gone… well… then they just will continue to be the proverbial “Drug Store Magician.”….. “When something becomes a standard, a strong performer avoids it, using it as a pivot point or a directional marker to take another route. A ‘drugstore’ magician adds it to their repertoire” Jim Steinmeyer Spike Nostrum April 2015
“Congratulations on a fine book. When I get my books unpacked, it will go on the shelf with the best of the books on cups and balls, because that is where it belongs!” Bill Palmer – Curator of the Cups & Balls Museum (See book at bottom of page – DVD contains same material in video format).
“I was sold by the opening sequence alone. Thank goodness someone is breathing new life back into the cups and balls. The system itself is brilliant: no pockets, no set up and no body loads!” – Tom Pilling
Brian Watson is a consummate pro! Yes he loves magic, but he “really” loves the cups and balls. In addition Brian has incredible skill in putting together exceptionally high quality commercial magic – and those type of people are few and far between, and the one’s we are always looking for – as we take our responsibility to bring you the best – seriously. NOTE: Optional Complimentary Book available too – See Bottom of this page for more INFO!
After 15 years of honing, refinement and development, this is Brian’s “go to routine,” as it takes up no pocket space, has no clothing restrictions and is ready to go instantly. For me, the cups & balls is now as convenient as the chop cup!
In terms of cups and balls this is a game changer! I know that sounds like a bold claim Mark but it really is. After 2000 years it’s finally been made a practical routine! Last November I ran a workshop teaching this routine, I’ll post the video review links below for you to take a look at….
Cups and Balls – Brian Watson
Anytime Anywhere Cups & Balls is a double DVD featuring Brian’s cups and balls routine that he has been working on and honed for 15 years.
It has many benefits over every other cups and balls routine previously published that make it a worker. There’s no complicated set up, all you need to do is pick up the bag and go. you’re ready to perform the whole routine in an instant. Obviously, previously to this you had pockets full of final loads, working balls, a wand, cups etc. and it also meant clothing restrictions.
The DVD teaches the routine, the psychology, blocking, how to create and manipulate memory for greater impact, a new cups and balls sleight, a new 3 ball production with no palming and the worlds cleanest 0 3 0 sequence.
- Anytime, Anywhere Cups & Balls
- The Most Practical Cups & Balls Routine In The World
- No Set Up
- No Body Loads
- No Pockets Used
- No Clothing Restrictions
- Packs Small, Plays Huge!
- Self Contained
- Ready To Go Instantly
- 15 Years Of Refinement
- New 3 Ball Production
- New Universal Sleight
- The World’s Cleanest 0 3 0 Sequence]
Anytime, Anywhere Cups and Balls quotes:
“Your cups and balls are incredible, feeling a lot of man love! I hate cups and ball but I love yours, Man it fried me!” – Kieron Lefever
“With delicacy and his easy charm, Brian will really fry you with this self contained miracle….you think you have seen it all before…Look again…this is barehanded astonishment! I love the practicality of this routine and a set up that requires..um…no set up! ” – AntonVan Helden
“As a working magician I am always looking out for practical hard hitting routines. I didn’t learn a cups and balls routine because of the pocket management problems. Brian’s routine has totally solved that problem BUT without lessening the impact. A well thought out, structured and COMMERCIAL routine that I would recommend to anyone.” – Chris Congreave
“Brian Watson’s Anytime, Anywhere Cups & Balls is just that. A solid, practical and innovative method that is perfect for the working performer. The time has come to forget big, bulky conspicuous Gibeciere’s and Buskers Pouches and streamline your act for maximum impact. This is the next step forward for the professional performer. A great investment!’ – Roy Bond.
Anytime Anywhere Cups & Balls – Review by Tom Pilling:
Ask any magician, what is the oldest trick in the world, and they’ll probably name the cups and balls. For many magicians, the cups and balls are the alpha and the omega of magic. The same simple props can entertain a large theatre full of people, and most practitioners will know the sheer joy of producing four large final loads in a close up environment. Much has been written on the subject, careers have been made from it, and yet so many magicians still slavishly follow Dai Vernon’s routine. It’s a pity, since the Professor’s version, while fine in itself, is just that: it’s his version. And so, it was with some considerable pleasure that I watched Brian Watson’s meticulous offering on this classical piece of magic.
This is very much Watson’s version, and for that alone he has my admiration. From the spoken preamble, which is a piece of art in itself, to the fourth final load, it is clear that this routine has been constructed from the bottom up; it is architecturally sound, if you will. The DVD’s and book do not just deal with the mechanics of the routine, but go into exceptional detail regarding both the psychology and choreography of the trick.
This is a package for grown ups, or rather, for ‘grown up thinkers’, which could well include more mature youngsters, and may exclude certain adult magicians. Watson’s background is in psychotherapy and hypnosis, and his thinking draws on the work of the late Milton Erickson. Much of the ‘work’ here is actually getting the audience into an appropriate state before the trick even begins. This process of ‘indirect hypnotic induction’ is a technique that could feed into all of one’s performances, and the discourse on moods and states is highly significant for the thinking performer. This might have some people scratching their heads, but for me, Watson’s teaching on this subject is one of the high points of the DVD’s. Along with his opening sequence…
Ah yes, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. The opening sequence is delightful; the balls appear one by one, without the magician seeming to do anything at all. As magicians, we are usually best at fooling ourselves, and we so often mistake something that looks clever for something that looks magical. In this case, Watson’s opening sequence is actually what magic looks like: effortless. The routine continues in the same vein; it is a concise piece of art, pared down to the essential elements. There is no wand used, no faux explanations à la Vernon, no juggling or gymnastics. This is a carefully considered piece of theatre, and the owner of this book and DVD set will be treated to an in depth analysis of not only the ‘how’, but more importantly the ‘why’.
But as to the ‘how’. Watson treats us to a new sleight. It’s a very deceptive move, which is thoroughly explained. The only thing lacking is a name; I suggest the ‘Watson Roll’, although I daresay he will be too modest to take me up on it. Another distinctive feature of this routine is the pouch that is used. When I first watched the performance I was completely deceived by it, which is all you can ask for. Put simply, gone are the days when you either have pockets bulging with citrus fruits, or you are carrying some leather accessory that makes you look like an extra from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. Watson has delivered an elegant solution to a perennial problem, and it is this solution which gives the routine its Martini like moniker.
Another bonus here is a brief explanation of centre line theory, familiar to martial artists and in particular to exponents of Wing Chun. Not what you might expect from your average magic DVD, but this isn’t your average magic DVD. Like the sections on psychology, this is theoretical material which ideally should feed into your wider thinking and inform your performances. And anything, anything that gets magicians to use their feet is worth its weight in gold.
So, what we have is a beautiful routine, precisely explained, with some invaluable teaching on psychology and performance. There are also some great bits on those classic mistakes and flashes that one sees all too often. If you get caught caught flashing your load, (which sounds terribly rude), then buy these DVD’s!
It takes guts to publish new work on the cups and balls, which is perhaps why so many magicians just blithely copy Vernon, Gazzo or Ammar. As I said earlier, it’s a pity. And while I don’t intend to steal Watson’s routine, which would defeat his stated objective in any case, like a magpie I have already taken several jewels for my own nest. When presented with such quality, this much is inevitable. — Tom Pilling March 2015