Mendoza, John F.: The Mendoza Cups and Balls Routine
1971 John F. Mendoza
2nd Printing 1972 Herb Morrissey Products
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 5.5x8.5", 15 pages
Mendoza Cups and Balls Routine
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Comments: Manuscript for a Cups & Balls routine using the Combination Cups/Chop Cup set. Good routine that effectively shows how the Chop cup can be used to advantage. Recommended.


2 Introduction: No hand to hand vanishes, loads not all at the end, uses Combination cups/chop cup set, not difficult.
2 Requirements: three cup combination set (2 regular and one chop cup)
2 Sleights
2 - The Loading of the Cup
3 - The Fake Load
3 - The Slide Load
3 The Routine:
4 Phase I: three balls appear under the cups. Chop cup is loaded
5 Phase II: Ball travels from middle cup to left cup. Ball from left cup travels to right cup
5 Phase III: all balls leave cups and join middle cup. One cup is loaded
6 Phase IV: Two cups and two balls used (third loaded). Series of ball penetrations is performed, taking advantage of Chop Cup principles.2nd Cup is loaded.
7 Phase V: Use just one cup and ball. Last ball penetrates single cup, final load made. All loads are revealed.
8 The Big Load: the proper way to perform a load using phsycological and natural misdirection
9 Additional Notes: routine originally developed in 1969
10 Photo Illustrations: B&W photos of the various moves, referenced throughout the text. Cups look like "Monte" style. Through page 15.