Cups and Balls Masterclass

By Jamy Ian Swiss
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Cups and Balls Masterclass

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DVD or download by Jamy Ian Swiss (DVD $15.00 or download for $15.00)

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In the rarest of moments, we’re able to be part of a project that isn’t just interesting or visual or exciting as a magic trick, but feels categorically important. This download -- an hour-long masterclass by one of the finest teachers in magic, all on the Cups and Balls -- is important.

Very, very few people get the opportunity to study with Jamy Ian Swiss. This download lets us peer into the studio and spend an hour with him on a topic of which he is an undisputed master: the Cups and Balls. The download features his routine (which is based on Dai Vernon’s classic), but also highlights moments and ideas from other influential past masters and routines.

Jamy’s final load sequence (which includes a terrific, detailed discussion of liquid loads) is invaluable to the serious student, as is his discussion of timing, misdirection, and routine construction. The theoretical is demonstrated and shown through the material, and this download works on two levels: you learn the Cups and Balls along with Mr. Swiss, and on a more fundamental level, you get a chance to observe a master at work, discussing the decisions he made in this routine, and how he came to them.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an hour with one of the living greats, as he entertains, instructs and informs you with his distinctive and expert handling of the Cups and Balls. He teaches you his full routine, start to finish. (However please note that permission to use Jamy's scripting is not provided; that is for your entertainment only).

“The Cups and Balls has been a passion of mine since childhood. My routine, the result of more than 20 years of study and development, and more than another 30 years of refining and performance, is truly near and dear to my heart. Over those many years I have shared the details and my personal innovations with the tiniest handful of colleagues, like Johnny Thompson, Bob White, and Roberto Giobbi. Now in this video I explore each phase of the routine in detail, explaining where, why and how I have diverged from the original Dai Vernon routine from which I began. My routine begins with three empty cups and a single ball, which then penetrates each cup, whereupon two more balls are immediately magically produced in full view—accomplished with a series of original ideas and additions. And the routine concludes, after the production of four jumbo loads, with the appearance of an ordinary shot glass filled with liquid. From start to finish, this is an advanced course in the Cups & Balls, and no matter how little or how much you elect to utilize in your own routine, I sincerely believe it will provide you with a rich banquet of ideas and instruction with which to expand and enrich your own routine. I hope you will treat it with the same love and respect I have invested in it, and then discover in that effort the same satisfactions and rewards that this routine has so long provided to me.” Jamy Ian Swiss

A message from Jamy:

It would be unfair to students for me to teach the routine without providing a complete example of the script I actually perform. However, what is being published here is instruction and explanation of the routine in its technical entirety. What is not being offered for your use is the script, or any of the particular lines and jokes (which in a few cases are not my own but are used with permission, notably the “bumper sticker and zen quotation” line courtesy of my friend Peter Samelson). In short: my presentation is not offered as a smorgasbord intended for you to select your favorite elements to consume. Rather, the presentation is here for the record and as a complete and authentic depiction of an actual performance, but the script is not here for your use. Please make the routine your own by selecting as little or as much from the technical elements, while leaving my scripting entirely to me, and creating your own for yourself—this is how you make magic your own, this is where you add your own personal expression. Absolutely no permission is being granted, implied or assumed, explicitly or implicitly, for any of the spoken word material accompanying the routine. ZERO. Please respect the creative rights of your fellow artists. Creating an original script isn’t easy. It took me many years to create mine. Do the work for yourself and you will eventually achieve a result that will be satisfying and actually your own. There is much here to learn from and to potentially put to use. The script is certainly instructive—but it is not provided with any permission for use.

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Customer reviews for Cups and Balls Masterclass

Adam Elbaum

I have to start off by saying, while I've been studying magic for 30 years, I have not worked on the cups and balls for a variety of reasons. I had heard from some friends though that this download was not to be missed so I decided to purchase despite my previous lack of interest in the subject matter. I have to say, for the first time in 30 years I'm interested in pursuing the cups and balls. Let's be clear though, this is not designed for the beginner. Jamy does give some very good advice on where to start with the cups and balls if you're not experienced, but he does not spend a lot of time explaining the mechanics of each move. Instead you see his very well thought out version of the Vernon routine, with some really smart touches and revisions that for my taste are a significant improvement over the original. Even if you're not interested in the effect per se, seeing a master of our art talk about an effect he's obsessed over throughout his career and the thinking behind the choices he's made is worth much more than the asking price; not to mention the whole video is incredibly entertaining and engaging. There are some really good ideas in here for any cup and ball practitioner, and for anyone interested in performing any kind of magic at the highest level. I've watched the performance 4 times since downloading a few days ago and watched the whole "explanation" twice as well; there's so much here it requires serious study. This is not to be missed if you take your magic seriously.


Yukishige Kadoya

The Cups and Balls – Some among the younger generations will perhaps think, “That’s so outdated,” or “Too Magicky.”

But Jean Hugard once commented, “It has been said that no one should consider himself a magician if he cannot work the cups and balls, which is not strictly true; the converse, however, does hold good – anyone who can perform the cups and balls skillfully is a good magician.” I still believe this is timeless wisdom from the old school.

?You can learn all the important aspects of magic from studying the Cups and Balls: construction/routining, technique, handling, timing, misdirection, and effective performance. If you perform this properly, you will never reveal the slightest hint of the methodology, and ultimately deliver a powerful punch to your spectators.

??Jamy Ian Swiss teaches his own routine, which is based on Dai Vernon’s phenomenal routine. Professor Vernon’s routine itself remains the popular standard, and is truly a beautifully constructed routine. Jamy has carefully added his solid thinking to this classic with his more than 30 years experience as a professional performer.??

If you are beginner, I highly encouraged you to look up Vernon’s original routine that appeared in “The Dai Vernon Book of Magic” by Lewis Ganson, and seek out video clips of Vernon’s performances on YouTube. Then go back to Jamy’s routine. You can learn so many valuable tips from him, accompanied by solid analysis – a personally guided shortcut toward mastering this classic.??

But you are already familiar with The Cups and Balls, you will also learn a lot from Jamy’s ideas. For example, I really like his handling for phase two of the original Vernon routine. And his final, streamlined load sequence is just amazing. You can load large balls very quickly without Vernon’s “pseudo-exposure.”
And Jamy’s liquid load kicker sequence also great – his special “gizmo” (based on late Eugene Burger’s idea) for the liquid load itself is worth making it. I strongly believe these two ideas are worth more than the asking price of a mere $15.??

I highly recommended this DVD for any serious students of magic.


Shaun Rowe

This is great. Jamy goes into precise detail about a routine we all know and love. He speaks with passion and I learned a lot that I can apply to my routine. Another release that you'd only get with Vanishing Inc. Thank you for not just releasing single trick downloads - this is important magic teaching!


Jorge Betancourt

This is a great download! Jamy shows his expertise in every single word that he pronounces, he teaches a lot of details, and his final load of a full shot glass is amazing. You can’t miss this download. If you are new to the cups and balls I recommend you to learn the basic moves first, because Jamy doesn’t explain in full detail the basic techniques.

Get this download and improve you C&B routine.


Tyler Carroll

I would like to start this off by saying that I've been preforming magic for 10 years and have never preformed any cups and balls routine. when I purchased this download I was more then happy with the quality I got out of it! He was so good about teaching the effects! I went back and watched the performance and the explanation more then once just to get all of the fine tips and the slight of hand correct! This is worth way more then what he is asking for I highly suggest it