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Topic: Topits
Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 7, 2004 09:31AM)
Don't know if this is the right place to post this but has anyone install a topit in a vest before?I am wondering if one wears a vest instead of a coat and it's left unbutton will it work?
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Oct 7, 2004 09:40AM)
Iíve never put one in a vest but I donít see why a modified Topit would not work in one.

I have built Topitís (two, one on each side) of a Hawaiian shirt and it worked fine. Please note that I didnít build an Ammar type of Topit, i.e., the kind that can be unloaded from the outside pocket. There was no outside pocket on my shirt!

Give it a try and let us know how it worked for you.
Message: Posted by: Allan (Oct 7, 2004 09:47AM)
The only problem I see is both the size restriction & the fact that the vest only comes to the waist which will mean that you must toss it at a higher level than a topit in a jacket. It will also restrict the size & weight of the object to be vanished.

Good luck.
Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 7, 2004 10:14AM)
Does the material of the shirt hinder the toss?I mean it's a pretty thin cotton material.Will it have any telltale sign when objects hit the inside of the shirt?
I think Slyvester the Jester has a shirt with a suspender type "topit" ? Anyone used that before in the real world?
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Oct 7, 2004 02:10PM)
The shirt is really fairly heavy cotton. Not the flimsy rayon often seen. However, movement can be discerned when a heavy object (like a deck of cards) is tossed. Body positioning (a slight turn toward the side) and the misdirection of the moment of vanish will cover most angles. I vanish fairly light objects into it. Egg from egg bag for example, a ball from the cups and balls, and the like. No bottles or bricks!

I also have a Topit sewn into a waistcoat (Bolero) style tuxedo jacket. Allen is right about the angle of toss being different. But then I always aim for the armpit! Imagine my surprise when I actually make it and hit the armpit opening! It leads to another trick (a production).

Depending on what you plan to vanish a Topit does not have to be huge. I have used a man's pocket-handkerchief pinned in and even used a womanís hairnet pinned in (a Pat Page idea).

Make your self a mock-up and play with it a while. Find out if it works (or can be made to work) for you. You donít need patterns or special gizmos, just a bit of cloth and a bunch of safety pins.
Message: Posted by: maps (Oct 7, 2004 11:56PM)
Thanks Harry for the input.I'll definitely try it out.
Message: Posted by: music (Nov 11, 2004 09:23PM)
I have a topit in both of my vest. I had the vest made a little longer than the usual length and had my wife install an Ammar type topit. of course it is not as deep as a coat topit but it is deep enough to vanish and conceal cards, big coins, etc.. It really works very well, try it!
Message: Posted by: junkdz (Jan 1, 2005 10:46AM)
Not sure if this is the appropriate forum to ask, but what is a topit. Seen it discussed and for sale, but have no idea what it is or what its used for. Although I can guess, not 100% sure...
Message: Posted by: Eric Falconer (Jan 1, 2005 08:13PM)
Try searching in the secret sessions. I see you have 50 posts you can go there now. Get Michael Ammar's Topit Tapes. They were both just released on DVD. The topit is a great utility device. Very useful and deceptive.

Eric Falconer
Houston TX