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Topic: Range of effectiveness for thumb tips
Message: Posted by: Craig Peterson (Sep 9, 2005 11:28AM)
I am just beginning to work with a TT. I was wondering what range it can be effective in. Can it work close-up, or is a parlour setting as best as you can expect? I understand nobody should ever really see it, but then why would you bother getting it flesh colored then? Is there a good discussion on the application of the TT in some book that I am missing? Actually, I have search the Café and not found anything here either - but maybe I am missing something. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Sep 9, 2005 01:54PM)
I understand that the flesh color of the TT is a relatively recent "improvement". Originally, the TT was made of unpainted metal. Therefore, the original design was such that it could not be used in any manner where it could be seen by the spectator.

By making the TT flesh colored, you can now get away with quick flashes, with the TT being aimed directly at the spectator. Since the TT is pretty much in constant motion, there is some misdirection to allow it to be quickly flashed in a close up setting.

Now, just because something "can" be done, it doesn't mean it "should" be done. Whenever possible, I try to ensure that the TT is completely out of view of the spectator and I only provide the flash when absolutely necessary.

The real trick in effective use of the TT is a natural handling of the hands. Although many spectators don't even know that such a device exists, an unnatural handling can often telegraph that "something" is happening. By creating the suspicion that "something" just happened, you risk destroying the temporary suspension of disbelief.

Hope that helps.

Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Sep 10, 2005 06:26AM)
There are some really good books out there on TTs. I especially like the work of Gary Darwin. He has a lot of resources available to magicians on this subject.
Message: Posted by: ufo (Sep 10, 2005 09:13AM)
You may also want to find and study the TT video by Salvano. He handles the thing so that it is invisible to spectators but is used in many, many ways. Good luck.
Message: Posted by: Dusty the magic clown (Sep 12, 2005 01:02PM)
I use it frequently in my wlakaround and upclose 90% of people never see it occasionally you will find someone who saw an expose and knows how the trick works, but be careful do not leave it in front of them for more than a few seconds or they might see it I hope this helps
Message: Posted by: carbone1853 (Sep 17, 2005 08:49AM)
With skilful handling of the TT the audience should NEVER get a direct look at the TT. Think of the color as protection against accidental exposure. If you use a handling where the audience gets a direct look at the TT, you are rolling the dice and hoping the audience does not notice.
Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Sep 17, 2005 09:25AM)
Hi cjp24:

In addition to the advice above, I recommend you buy Patrick Page's DVD on Thumb tip Magic - it's VERY inexpensive. You can buy it directly from http://www.llpub.com for $12.50 with free shipping.

Here's a link to the DVD:

The DVD is about an hour long, and he really answers all your questions. He talks about how to use the thumb tip so it's natural and won't be detected. The DVD is excellent for someone just starting out with a thumb tip, but there are excellent routines too.

Pat Page is the UK's version of Dai Vernon - he is just about the best teacher I've ever seen. You won't regret getting this DVD.

Message: Posted by: kregg (Sep 17, 2005 02:15PM)
Wear it around for a day and see how many people notice it.