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Paul Jester
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Having read the thread 'Thimble routines', and watching an amazing routine, I too am interested in learning this new form of manipulation. I'm OK for material, but I'm having a hard time with the thimbles I bought. I got the Vernet set because of the coloured, and plain thimbles. I find they creak, or pinch my skin when nesting; don't grip my fingers very well; and the rim around the bottom gets in the way for some moves. Are there other thimbles I should be learning with? Or is it just going to be more practise?
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You could try the mogar thimbles. I don't have then personally but I have heard they are very good and are much smaller than the Vernet thimbles. However they do not nest.

Hope this helps,

Steven.
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Several choices - I got my celluloid thimbles (like the Mogar book) directly from Steve Beam who wrote Mogar's book and they stack just fine and anyone can palm 4 or 5 reasily for MOgar's explosion move. I also have some wooden thimbles which look good but are not the easiest to manipulate. Fakini thimbles do not stack very small, but for single moves and color changes, cannot be beat. I recently bought some of Porper's nesting brass thimbles (he personally lowered the price) and love them. The brass does not unnest as quietly as the plastic nesting Werry thimbles, but grip much better. Usng the brass thimbles without the nesting works incredibly great and the noise of unesting is not great, just a little too loud ofr every close up, but owuld be fine for even a close caberret act.
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You could be interested in the thimbles sold at hottrix.com although I really haven't seen someone do it other than the demo video of it in the site I gave you.
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I have a set of 'automatic thimbles' which I think are the ones from hottrix. I use them a lot .. they're large and nest very well (in fact there's a secret in how they nest). I also use the vernet set, and love them esp for color changes. as for thimbles in general, try everything you can get your fingers on, including finger puppets!!!
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Hi,
I'm really old school. Got the first set of thimbles with a Sam Berland manuscript back in the late 70's! They were wooden with ridges and a nice red paint job. I learned the moves with them and so the wooden traditional thimbles get my vote. The set made by Jeff Scanlon and sold by http://www.mcbridemagic.com have now replaced my old Berland thimbles. The Fakini ones are good for having "grip" but I must say I didn't care for the automatic thimbles from Hottrix at all.

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Lynnef,
How are the "automatic thimbles" are they easy to perform? Are they gimmicked or just ordinary ones?
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"Automatic Thimbles" are nesting plastic thimbles similar to the Vernet. I like the "Automatic Thimbles" video....it has Steve Sheridan performing and teaching a very good silent thimble routine...IMHO, it is one of the best I have ever seen.

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Thanks for the info Glenn. By the way are you describing the "automatic thimbles from hottrix.com?
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On 2005-05-27 04:41, brianclementsvatua wrote:
Thanks for the info Glenn. By the way are you describing the "automatic thimbles from hottrix.com?

Yes. I just went back and watched this video which I haven't seen for a couple of years and it renewed my enthusiam for Automatic Thimbles and the video. The video and the product are from Switzerland and the magician is Steve Sheraton (not Sheridan as I said earlier). I am an old fan of Thimble manipulation and I have virtually all of the books and routines. I have done a lot of the moves and routines for decades. I am of the opinion that these thimbles and this routine are unbeatable. Strangely enough, many have passed it by thinking that it is "slum magic" because of the way it was promoted, so hardly anyone performs it. The only problem I see with it is some clicking noise associated with the "locking nesting". I overcome this by performing it to some vintage jazz music that has some woodblock rhythm that covers the noise. Watch the video and I think you will see the potential.

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I've seen the demo video and I found it kinda cool. I got interested in it coz I also do a thimble routine. That's why I was asking out about any reviews regarding the thimbles.
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I just purchased a set of Fakini Thimbles. They are wonderful. I also love
the Fakini billiard balls. The best I have ever used in 18 years.
Funny Magic Dude,
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Paul,
Even though davidmagic is correct the Fakini thimbles do not stack, they are wonderful to use. They have brilliant florescent colors and show up well on the big stages. Since the early eighties I have been using these and the Fakini billiard balls. Many of the cruise ships on which I've worked had different colored back drops, so I have two sets of thimbles and choose the ones with the greatest contrast to the current back drop. Make sure you consider the venues in which you plan to perform. Thimbles are small enough you must be sure they can be seen in the back row otherwise your hard work is in vain.
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I saw Mogar last month at the local IBM meeting and he showed me his new colors in thimbles. They are very bright colors and looked very nice. Try checking his website out. http://joemogar.tripod.com/id7.html email him and ask him about his new colors.

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