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Topic: Uses for flash wool?
Message: Posted by: Flec (Mar 18, 2004 12:57PM)
I just recieved sum free flash WOOL when I purchased my flash paper. I have never used it befor, and iw as wondering how you guys use the WOOL? I am a close up performer and have never seen it. I don't have a great deal of it (being a freebie) and havn't tried it out yet, it is still in the envolope.

the only thing I have seen is when david penn plugged a rolled up 20 note, lit it, and produced a goldfish from inside.
Message: Posted by: amshake (Mar 18, 2004 02:13PM)
Flash wool... haven't heard of it.. sure its not Flash Cotton?
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Mar 18, 2004 08:49PM)
My guess woould be (an it really is guess as I have never heard of Flash Wool) that like flash cotton, it can be used where a shorter duration/intensity starter source is used. In other words, it probably lights quicker/easier than paper.

It also just might be a marketing ploy, or someone's misinformed declaration, actually calling Flash Cotton, Flash wool.

Message: Posted by: magicmanx (Mar 19, 2004 09:14AM)
Yes I always use a small quantity of flash cotton (wool?) on top of flash paper in my finger flasher... much easier to catch on a spark... which leads to first time ignition success !
Message: Posted by: Sid Mayer (Mar 19, 2004 10:25PM)
There is no such thing as flash WOOL. Flash paper and flash COTTON are both primarily nitrocellulose (i.e., cellulose fiber that has been nitrated).

Common paper, made from wood pulp, and cotton are mostly cellulose which is a vegetable product. Wool ia an animal product containing no cellulose and is, thus, incapable of being converted to nitrocellulose.

However, wool does contain a significant amout of soothing lanolin and none of the rest of this post is at all important either.

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 20, 2004 03:15AM)

Thanks for the chemistry lesson, but we are talking about commercial product names. In the U.K. Cotton is called Wool. So both are correct names.

Most of the flint flashers and flash throwers use the cotton because of the shorter time to catch fire.

I use it with the Eddie Joseph's 'Shattering Coins and Silver Balls' trick sold by Repo Products.
Message: Posted by: Flec (Mar 22, 2004 03:49AM)
On 2004-03-19 23:25, Sid Mayer wrote:
There is no such thing as flash WOOL.


Flash Wool: this has many of the properties of Flash Paper, and uses top-grade chemicals to produce an instant flare. Supplied is a generous packet - 5 grams - (enough for many shows), and packed damp to comply with P.O. regulations. 11.00 - http://www.practical-magic.com/

must be a trans-atlantic thing...

but never mind this....does anybody have any uses for it instead of arguing over use of language??????
Message: Posted by: Joe (Mar 23, 2004 10:13AM)
Flash wool is just another name for flash cotton, it is the same stuff. I have bought it from various dealers but try Shaun Lee he is based in France I think and keeps good quality flash products, he would probably give you some basic ideas and uses.