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Topic: Need String
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Dec 27, 2007 12:18PM)
I do a string trick on stage and am having trouble finding very thick, coated string.
I can't use nylon or sissel types, because I end up with a bit in my mouth that needs to stay there for the rest of the show..

Does anyone have an online source, or a chainstore source? I bought a nice large ball last year, lasted most of my season and I can't remember where I got it. The usual hardware stores don't carry it, nor do restaurant supply houses, etc.

Thought I'd start looking early this year, so any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: marty.sasaki (Dec 27, 2007 02:13PM)
Have you tried a crafts store? Maybe you were using kitchen twine (the stuff used to tie up roasts and such)?
Message: Posted by: John Long (Dec 29, 2007 11:20AM)
I would also like to find cotton string with an even number of strands (for the Kellar string trick). I had one ball that had 6 strands, but now I can only fine 5 strand string - It's not the sort of thing you can ask a Wal-Mart employee about; they ask you why do you want that!

Message: Posted by: magicians (Jan 20, 2008 08:41AM)
I just bought some cotton "horse lead" rope from a rope wholesaler and the core of the rope consists of rope strands that might fill your bill.
If you can find 100% cotton magicians rope, the core of the rope is 3, 4, or as many as 12 strands of cotton which in turn is twisted cottn fibres.
Message: Posted by: John Long (Jan 20, 2008 03:08PM)
Thanks for the idea. I may need to see if any of my rope can provide the necessary size. Even if I do, that would represent a very expensive source of string!
Message: Posted by: magicians (Jan 21, 2008 05:15AM)
Generally, not. When you do a lot of rope effects, lots of magicians core their rope and throw out the core. How much of it do you need at any given time? I could send you some rope core to try, just pay for the postage, probably 1 or two stamps.
The other source you may want to try is bird toys which use all cotton so the birds don't get chemical problems from the rope. This is twisted:


If you take it apart, the twisted segment may contain the strands you need.

This one looks even better:


Or do you want thread?

The India brand of rope carried by some shops has 12 strands of thread in it.
Message: Posted by: John Long (Feb 9, 2008 01:44PM)

Thanks for the info and offer.

I have some string like that 1/4" cotton rope - it tends to be too thick. Something about 1/16" seems better for the Kellar string trick (which I do about weekly).

I haven't tried the rope core yet, but as my current ball of string grows smaller, I may need to look more aggressively.

Message: Posted by: John Long (Feb 17, 2008 02:33PM)
Well, I finally found string at my hardware store that has 16 strands!, yet the total thickness is still very thin (~1/16"). They called it twisted twine. It works well for the Kellar string trick