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Topic: Best Waxed Dental Floss for Gypsy Thread
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie (Dec 13, 2019 09:35PM)
Hi!
Can anyone recommend excellent waxed dental floss for Gypsy Thread?
Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie (Dec 14, 2019 03:37PM)
By all accounts, itís Johnson & Johnson Reach, waxed floss. Nothing called TAPE, because that's flat.
Message: Posted by: atomic111 (Dec 15, 2019 10:34AM)
Reach is what is used in the Chevrie video. So I bought a multi pack. I can vouch for it working exactly as it should.
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Dec 16, 2019 10:17AM)
Honestly, Iíve used any number of cheap store brand (generic) waxed and untaxed dental floss and they all met my needs and worked fine. Iíd say experiment and find a brand that seems to work for you then buy a few dozen of them (lots change over time). I just use the cheapest on the shelf when I need a new box of floss.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Dec 18, 2019 12:02PM)
Please forgive my ignorance. How do you break the thread if you are using floss?

The only version Iím familiar with uses thread you can break with bare hands.

Patrick
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Dec 18, 2019 12:44PM)
The floss stays in the very recognizable container. It is pulled from the container in short lengths and cut by the little blade built into the container. It is not broken by hand.

It makes for a very natural and organic routine.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Dec 18, 2019 06:51PM)
That makes sense. So in this case, it is a matter of joining several pieces rather than showing one long piece, breaking it up, then restoring it.

And dental floss is much more obvious than thread, being thicker and all. It also occurs to me that regular sewing thread isnít as convincing when the ball of short bits is stuck on. But everyone who has used floss knows it is waxed, so that ball will not seem as odd when it adheres to the short bit.

Plus, except for (I assume) one short bit, you could have audience members do the work of cutting several pieces for you to work with. I donít know if that matters, but it at least hammers home that you are using real floss.

Thanks for the response! Got me thinking. Next time I go to the store, Iíll grab a package of floss.

Patrick
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 21, 2019 08:40AM)
Mr. Woolery, you are forgetting that normal thread is placed in the mouth and balled up, it has your spit on it. That is what makes it stick to the single thread.

Dental floss comes in different thicknesses for different peoples teeth spacing.

Your comment of handing the thread to a person to cut the thread, is just asking for being poisoned. How to do you know that person cleans his hands properly. You really want to take the change of getting very sick or even putting your life in danger.

I suggest you get the book by Dai Vernon on Lipzig, and learn the original effect.

Better to be on the safe side, then have stomach poisoning.
Message: Posted by: Kaliix (Dec 21, 2019 02:55PM)
I learned gypsy thread/floss from Tom Jones and Eugene Burger personally and from Chevrie's video. I've watched countless gypsy thread routines and never once have I seen anyone put it in their mouth. I'm guessing someone somewhere had to have done it that way, but it is NOT currently a common method by any stretch.

Johnson 'n Johnson Reach Mint Waxed Dental Floss has always been my standby. It's what Jones and Chevrie both recommend.

[quote]On Dec 21, 2019, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Mr. Woolery, you are forgetting that normal thread is placed in the mouth and balled up, it has your spit on it. That is what makes it stick to the single thread.

Dental floss comes in different thicknesses for different peoples teeth spacing.

Your comment of handing the thread to a person to cut the thread, is just asking for being poisoned. How to do you know that person cleans his hands properly. You really want to take the change of getting very sick or even putting your life in danger.

I suggest you get the book by Dai Vernon on Lipzig, and learn the original effect.

Better to be on the safe side, then have stomach poisoning. [/quote]
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Dec 21, 2019 08:01PM)
Iíve got Gary Ouelletís book/dvd on it. Nobody put the thread in the mouth. Though it certainly would make the restoration bundle make a little more sense. My beef with the performances on the disk seem a little unrealistic at the point where a bundle of thread is pressed against a short length of thread and appears to just cling to it.

I always liked the visual of snapping it by hand, but I like the idea of using the floss. I assume the special piece of floss comes off at the beginning, not the end. It seems practical with floss.

Patrick
Message: Posted by: GlennLawrence (Dec 27, 2019 03:21PM)
I also have never seen any performer put the thread in their mouth. Not sure what the point of that would be.
Message: Posted by: mtstic44 (Mar 29, 2020 10:12AM)
You could pretend to moisten the ball of thread with your tongue to put it on the single thread.
Allen
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Mar 29, 2020 11:59AM)
I have always taken the bundle and 'twisted' it onto the long strand. No need to moisten it to stay.