Virtual Cups and Balls
In the next phase, all three balls penetrate the cups at the same time and land on a card (there are now three balls printed on a single card). In the final phase, three large loads - three different kinds of fruits - appear on the cards from “underneath” the cup cards. If you like, the trick comes with an alternate ending that features pictures of bunnies. The cards are gimmicked so spectators may not examine them. The trick quickly resets so it’s ready to be performed again.
The kit comes with the cups and balls cards, extra cards for the alternative ending and written instructions. The cards are good quality. The instructions, on the other hand, were only adequate, as the pictures could convey more information. For example, when magicians are told to turn over the cards, it’s nice to know in which direction. A simple arrow in the pictures would have helped immensely.
Furthermore, I’m not sure that spectators who are unfamiliar with a cups and balls routine would understand what is going on when the ball cards appear underneath the cup cards. The different pictures of the final loads at the end will be surprise. But since there’s no issue of there being no way that such a load could barely fit into the cup, the conclusion of “Poor Man’s” pales in comparison to a real cups and balls routine. Magicians would “get it,” but I don’t know if this is an effect to perform for the lay public.
One last consideration. As a packet trick, “Poor Man's Cups & Balls” is a complicated routine with lots of turnovers, placement of cards, and other segments that will have to be memorized. Of course, if an effect is worth it and I want it in my sets, I’ll memorize and endlessly rehearse just about any magic routine. But given all of the considerations, I just don’t find “Poor Man's Cups & Balls” to be worth the effort. Instead, I’ll stick to my real cups and balls routine.