Review: Cheppum Panthum Coconut Shell Cups and Wand set by Gary Kosnitzky

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Bernard Sim”][vc_column_text]I have always like cups and balls and I even collected a few sets. Having said that, I have never owned an Indian Cups and Balls set. The Cheppum Panthum cup set looks good but I somehow felt that it could be better.

The Cups

The cups are made of coconut and as stated in the sheet of paper that comes with it, it was made in such a way to show that they are low-tech and ancient looking. The cups does look ancient and as it uses coconut shell, it also does look low-tech. However, I felt that the workmanship could’ve been better. I can see the glue that joins the handle and the cup. It has this whitish silicon look around the join. The cups are uniform, some are round and some are more tapered, but I can understand that as they are made of real coconut shells. You also don’t need them to be uniform, so I guess the uniformity is not important. The design of the cups enables you to perform the moves required in the routine. I have taken a few pics of the cups with my mobile phone.




The Routine

If you look at the performance video, we can agree that the routine is very good. You can’t use a normal CNB but you will need these cups (or any Indian CNB) to perform that routine. Usually I am able to see where the ball is at all time. However, this routine baffled me a few times as I thought where the ball should be (viewing it as a magician rather than a laymen) was not there at all. I liked the routine but I think learning it can be a daunting task. Why daunting? Well, the routine is in PDF format which you can download online. It will take someone with great interest in the routine to start learning it because the instructions are 122 pages long. Most of the pages will have a photo so it’s not all covered in text. This is one of the few times I wish that there was a video for it. At $199.95, I feel that it should come with DVD instructions. Indian CNB routines are not mainstream routines and you probably can’t find many routines out there. So, unlike standard CNB routines, the instructions for Indian CNB are rather important.

Being a sucker for CNB, I love this set….just wish that the price could be cheaper and also hoped that one day the instructions will be in video format.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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