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Wonderful Magic for Sale – The Chop Cup Era

We are like Magic Archaeologists.

We noticed several phases or times in our career, marked by the tools we used (or hoped to use) in our various acts across the decades.  We have unearthed and will soon be selling wonderful pieces found during our excavation of what scientists have termed the Chop Cup age.

The Chop Cup Age lasted over several years and is found just before our Gimmicked Coin eon and just after our Card College era.  All of these time periods are decades from one of our first temporal settings, The Cane Years.  The Cane Years had canes that vanished, appeared, changed color, lit on fire and danced.  They led to the subsequent period in which canes gave way to candles that also appeared, vanished, changed color but never danced.

We will have links to the eBay sale of some Rings and Things cups, a fine brass Benson Bowl (not technically a Chop Cup but still within the realm) and a wonderful China (as in Chinaware, not the country) Chop Cup using a wooden ball that makes a wonderful “ting” sound when the ball appears under the cup.

They are all beautiful pieces and, sadly, not extensively used.  We even have a load ball for the Chop Cup that fits like a wonderful knitted surprise.

Also, although not technically (or in any way, really) a Chop Cup, we have a set of Brass Three Shells and a set of Perfect Peas that will be offered for sale at the same time.  The set is from The School for Scoundrels and comes with a nice velvet bag and perfectly fitting chop cup.

Thank you in advance for sharing in our bountiful excavation of our magical past.

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School for Scoundrels Class this Weekend

This weekend, we will be at the feet of the masters, Pop Haydn, Bob Sheets and Chef Anton together teaching the ways of the Scoundrel at The Magic Castle here in Hollywood.  It is a two-day class in the essentials of scoundreling with special attention paid to Three-Card Monte, The Shell Game and Fast and Loose.

The esteemed professors note that the course is “perfect for the historian, steampunker, gambler, lawyer or police officer as well as the magician, this course gives you the inside information.”  We are at least two or three of those types of people so the course should be a perfect fit.

We understand there were only 20 seats available and they may have already been sold out by the time this article posts.

We will report back on what we have learned both in the classroom and in any wayward attempts to scoundrel on the mean streets of Hollywood or Beverly Hills.

We are thinking of getting a specially made cardboard box on which to perform our soon to be acquired Three-Card Monte skills just outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset.

We could make it look like it was a shipping container for Louis Vuitton handbags or Christian Louboutin shoes so it would not arouse suspicion amongst the throngs we expect will encircle us with cash money in their hands and dreams of big winnings in their hearts.

Check out the School for Scoundrels site for more information and peruse their great offerings here.