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Topic: Antique Abbott's thumb penetration gimmick help
Message: Posted by: London (Mar 20, 2014 08:34PM)
I need help remembering the name of a gimmick I have. It is an Abbott's version. It is basically just a thumb tip made of wire screen. The kind used in window screens. Cover your thumb with a hank and the apparently push pins thru it. I know the gimmick has a specific name but I am drawing a blank. Anyone here know?
Message: Posted by: scenic effects (Mar 23, 2014 03:54PM)
I think I read about doing it with a carrot in Spooky Magic Tricks; It was my first magic book as a kid!
Message: Posted by: J M Talbot (Mar 23, 2014 06:20PM)
Thst method was also printed in one of the Penn and Teller books.

Sorry London not sure of the name but sounds like a neat twist on the method.
Message: Posted by: London (Mar 23, 2014 11:49PM)
Yeah I remember the carrot bit not that it is mentioned. This gimmick is essentially the same idea. I think I found it in an old catalog. I believe it was called impalement. It is a neat old gimmick. I should take a pic and show it here.
Message: Posted by: Moxahalla (Mar 25, 2014 12:23PM)

I had to reach waaaaay back on my book shelf to get my Abbott Catalog # 9 (1947).

What you have is Abbott's "IMPALEMENT", which retailed for $1.00.

(4 steel miniature daggers (steel needles with knobs) penetrate the thumb).

PM me your e-mail address, and I can send you a JPG of the ad, and if you wish, then post it here.

Message: Posted by: London (Mar 25, 2014 01:23PM)
PM'd you Moxhalla