It's not often that I come across something this good, but "Chop" offers a fantastic idea and a great routine, and the opening and closing supporting segments stand on their own as routines in their own right. It's all from the brilliant mind of Craig Petty, and "Chop" is a routine that he says has been his closer for a couple of years.
Classic Chop With a Twist
As the name implies, “Chop” offers Petty’s version of classic “chop cup
.” The difference is that the method is incorporated into a Sharpie marker that is included in the kit. It’s not in the cup as is traditional. The advantage is that you can work the routine with standard, almost any, paper cup, and even borrow it if you wish. The handling with the pen is well thought through and seamlessly coordinated into the routine.
The method offers advantages over standard “chop cup.” For one, you can rely on the method to secretly hide the ball in the cup, as one would with traditional “chop cup,” but if you wish, you can secretly bring it out. And if a spectator wants to examine the cup, there is absolutely nothing to find. Petty offers a great routine and the pen is not difficult to handle. Of course, the effect will take lots of study and practice to work up.
Petty opens the routine with a Sharpie marker that is somewhat reminiscent of Gregory Wilson’s “Recap” routine. This portion of the routine offers a great way to interact with spectators as the Sharpie repeatedly vanishes and reappears, and then the cap and the pen vanish and reappear in a couple of phases. This routine stands on its own and can also provide an intro to a card routine where you are having a spectator sign a card.
You then borrow a bill and have it signed. The bill is then crumpled and becomes the “ball” in the “chop cup” routine. After several bewildering phases where the ball vanishes and reappears, the cup produces its final load, a lemon, which contains the borrowed bill within. Like the opening segment with the Sharpie marker, the lemon portion also stands on its own. The method, which is by David Penn (shared with his permission) was new to me, and there are no switches involved. The actual borrowed bill is found in the center of the lemon.
You can choose to perform all three routines or just the “chop cup.” In any event, this routine is one that is at home in walk around and restaurant magic - anywhere that you have a table.
I already have a chop cup routine that I regularly perform - Dan Tong’s version from his “FINALLY! - 50 Years Of Magic Vol. 2" (click here
to read my review). I’m not inclined to give up a routine that has long served me well. But I think that Petty’s routine with the Sharpie, as well as the method with the lemon is worth the price of this kit. I’m working up the Sharpie portion for my sets. In all, “Chop” is a worthwhile kit to consider buying. It’s another great product from Craig Petty.