Very, very few people get the opportunity to study with Jamy Ian Swiss. This DVD 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 DVD 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 DVD 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, from 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