Saturday, June 02, 2007

Cups du jour

Cups & Balls, originally uploaded by stuartjudah.

Snagged this pic and description off of ebay

Vintage Magic - Zina Bennett Cups & Balls

Perhaps best recognized for his marriage to Suzy Wandas, Zina Bennett was an accomplished performer in his own right. A skilled surgeon, Bennett had large and dexterous hands which allowed him to manipulate and even back palm jumbo cards(!) He was active in the Detroit magic clubs and was a regular at Abbott's Magic Get Together.

This set of cups was Doc Bennett’s personal set. They measure a bit more than 3 1/2 " tall and 2 3/4" at the mouth. Although they are unmarked, they are likely P&L. Curiously, it’s a mismatched but identical set of 2 copper cups and one brass (or so it appears). I've cleaned them up but they're still oxidized in certain places, probably from years sitting on the shelf in the small theater that Suzy and Zina had in their basement in Detroit.

Sold for $586

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