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Edsel Chiu
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http://www.hottrix.com/html/Automatic%20Thimbles.shtml

http://www.williamsmagic.com/index.php?m......id=14822

I did lots of research and most people recommand Steve Sheraton's routine. I am planning to get it, but which set should I get that is most suitable? White for one hand and colored for the other hand? Or white for both hands? Or colored for both hands?

What exactly do I need for Steve Sheraton's routine?

Thus, how long is the Steve Sheraton's routine and the Berland routine?

Thanks a bunch in advance!
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Hot trix are nesting thimbles and Berland's are not. Berland uses regular wooden thimbles for manipulation. I did not know these were still available, as I thought no one made good wooden thimbles any longer.
Berland's should come with all the gimmicks you need to do the routine. Go with Berland's.
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Here's a bunch of info on what's out there - http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/magthimb.htm


Here's an outline of the Berland routine, including pic - http://magicref.tripod.com/books/berlandsthimbles.htm


As I suggested to Edsel in a PM, if you're new to thimble magic, go with the Berland routine. It's very cheap for what you get, and includes a holder that most other routines use as well.
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I agree - the Berland routine is a great starting point.
Bill Hegbli
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The only question I have is, is the Berland Thimble Routine still available? I was informed back in the 1980s that D. Robbins or E-Z Magic no longer had any supplies of this trick. Berland died many years ago, and was the supplier to D. Robbins. So are they the same quality turned wooden thimbles that were originally supplied, or are they the usual junk copies from India?
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The Berland Thimble Routine is still available at a very reasonable price. I recently bought a dozen sets from my local brick & mortar store. The thimbles are still a nicely turned wood, and for the price ($8.95) you really can't go wrong.

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The reason that I like the automatic thimbles is because I want to perform them with dim lights or even dark, so that they glow, giving it a theater atmosphere with music.
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OK, what is a brick and mortar store? Does it actually sell bricks and mortar, and if it does then why are you buying magic from them? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I am just curious.
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On 2006-04-20 21:34, magic_man204 wrote:
Ok what is a brick and mortar store?


:)
This is a term that indicates a real "open-the-door-and-walk-inside-and-deal-with-live-people" store, versus an internet business.
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Ohhhhhhhh, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks a lot.
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Edsel,
for the glow in the dark effect, why not simply white thimbles with black lights?
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Then you could wear one of those blank-faced white masks and wear black clothes. That would look cool. Just having the thimbles and your face glowing. It might even look cool having on white shoes that glow in the light so you would have thimbles+face+shoes+(tie)glowing. That would look sweet.
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The problem with white thimbles and a black light is that you'll need several black lights for the thimbles to show up from any distance. You'll have to lug all that equipment around, and take the time to set it all up. The blacklights will have to be fairly close to you, also. So, unless you're just doing a "Blacklight Act," the lights will be cluttering your stage area for the rest of your show.
The Automatic Thimbles are made with a glow-in-the-dark chemical. Charge them under a light, and you're good to go. Who knows how bright they glow, how long they glow, or how long they need to charge -- that'll be a gamble.
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Please forgive this question in advance but...

Why thimbles? I have never understood thimble acts as they are hard to see from a distance and unless one is the "Magic Tailor" it doesn't make sense.

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Well, I just discovered that you can take the protective lid/cover off a hairspray can (non-aerosol type) and it fits your hand just like a thimble. You could devise a routine by taking the cap off, spraying??? They jump and multiply, etc.

You really don't need to use thimbles. I have the Russ Walsh mulitiplying golf tees, which are similar. Also, I worked out a routine where you have a bandage on one finger and use it a la thimble routine. Also I wrapped a folded dollar bill around a fingertip and the rest is history.

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Chapstick caps also work great instead of thimbles, but they don't tend to stack.

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On 2006-04-21 01:40, Magicmaven wrote:
Edsel,
for the glow in the dark effect, why not simply white thimbles with black lights?


Usually, day-glow paint is applied to items to make them glow with black light. Check out the same places you purchase the bulbs from.
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On 2006-04-14 15:18, gotmagic777 wrote:

I did lots of research and most people recommand Steve Sheraton's routine. I am planning to get it, but which set should I get that is most suitable? White for one hand and colored for the other hand? Or white for both hands? Or colored for both hands?




If you really have the interest, buy them all. The prices are not high. Perform and see which one gets you the most reactions.
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Buddy Farnan is probably the best.
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I have placed an order for the Berland thimbles (amongst other things) after visiting gotmagic777's link to Williams Magic.

I'm just posting to give my highest recommendation to Williams Magic. I didn't know of them before, but I will definitely be doing business with them long into the future.

There are some great items on their site but more important is their customer service. Sadly you don't find great customer service like their's much anymore. I was so impressed with it that I had to give it a mention here!

Cheers
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