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Cups and Balls Magic Reviews
Guest Reviewer Tom Fenton
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Product: School for Scoundrels Antique Copper Shells
Maker: School for
The box contained the shells, a shot glass, a set of “perfect
peas” and a suede bag to hold everything.
Delivery Time /
After mailing Frank from the Ambitious Card, he told me that he
had these in stock and would send them out straight away and he gave me a tracking number so that I
could follow their progress. The shells arrived within nine days. On opening the package I found that
Frank had included some “extras”, more about these later.
These shells look wonderful, they
are made from pewter and plated with copper, the plating is then “antiqued” by a process that is unknown to
The weight of the shells make them a
joy to use, each shell weighs approx. 1 3/4ozs giving a total weight of 5
In use, the shells are easy to move around. The edges of the shells are
all very smooth so there is no catching on the close-up mat. They can even be used on a hard surface such as
glass, this is partly due to the “perfect peas” supplied.
The peas are a joy to work with, they vacate the shells with minimum effort and, due to the
built in “Chanin Dip”, there is no visible lifting of the shell as the pea comes
The set includes some solid peas to substitute for the soft ones.Overall:
I wanted a set of shells to replace the Vernet shells that I had
been practising with. After searching around for reviews of various shells, I found that the School for
Scoundrels shells were a favourite with many magicians. These shells, the “perfect peas” and the shot
glass are a quality product and they have my highest recommendation.
To finish, the help that I received from Frank in choosing these
shells, the extras that he put in the package and his customer service all amount to a first class buying
The “extras” I mentioned were, a red pea for colour changes etc
and a $100 poker chip.
Frank told me that the use of a chip tends to stop interested
watchers “joining in “ with the “mark”.
I think that this is a good idea, watchers tend to guess that
whatever shells the mark doesn’t pick contain the pea. They then think that they have won. Giving the mark a
chip to “bet” with stops this.
The red pea is a good idea. In a recent performance, I had one
spectator who was sure he knew how the con was done. He challenged me to place the pea in any shell, move them
around and he would know where it was.
I did this but I substituted the red pea. I let him guess the
correct shell but when I revealed that the pea had changed colour he was
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