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Martin Waring
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I've been playing with the Tarantula for a few days now. Nothing too complicated - just levitating a note - and I find it can be a bit tricky sometimes to control the operation in the way that Yigal describes on the DVD. I've tried a small mod as well to personalise it a bit better for me, again as shown on the DVD, but I am still finding that it doesn't always perform quite what is needed. With the thing the correct way up according to the DVD, there seems to be too much pressure on the business end that causes the operation to slow, if not grind to a halt completely!

The only solution I have found to prevent this problem so far is to turn the Tarantula upside down and then I seem to have much better control when I need it. Has anyone else experienced this?

I am really wanting to like this because it is a neat idea but it needs to be practical if I am going to persist with it.
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I have the Tarantula. It is a very good device. But to perform the ring effect, what does it bring more in comparaison with the fixed Fearsons hookup? AFTER the act, you can retreive the IT with the Tarantula. But for me, it is more important to be at ease BEFORE the act. How do you take care of the IT if you should do other magic BEFORE the ring effect?
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Attention!! I recommend to everyone who buys the Tarantula PLEASE watch the DVD first before playing around with the gimmick!!! The gimmick is not a toy. Get to know the gimmick before practicing/performing with it.

Andy Amyx
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Always make sure the thread runs down into the groove. If it is outside the groove it can get pinched and will run slow with a bill or napkin.

Also when you replace the cap, the spool must be seated properly or the motor will not run. I am sure this is a safety factor.
James
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[quote]On 2009-03-16 05:05, Xiqual wrote:
. . .

Anyway if you are happy with your setup, no need to change. Why fix it if it ain't broke, right?
James


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EXACTLY

That's all I was saying. I am happy with what I use. Sure, this is nice to play with, for me, and for others it may be something fun to use in actual work.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

I won't forget you Robert.
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Quote:
On 2009-03-16 17:50, Amyxdove wrote:
Attention!! I recommend to everyone who buys the Tarantula PLEASE watch the DVD first before playing around with the gimmick!!! The gimmick is not a toy. Get to know the gimmick before practicing/performing with it.

Andy Amyx


Exactly. Im not a kid or beginner in IT, but still, first thing that happened to me with the Tarantula was I broke the IT, haha. darned curiosity Smile Yet it's a beautiful thing of technology so there is far more to break than just an IT. So yeah, if you read this in time: try not to be to curious at first. The DVD gets to the point of the tarantula itself pretty quick, so don't worry. Smile

-------------------------------

Another thing I'd like to bring up:

Here's a tip
for all perfectionists who purchased the Tarantula and possibly found a spot on it where the sheen is slightly faded, so it looks kinda white there. This was something I found with my Tarantula and I was instantly worried about the camouflaging of the gimmick. Now don't, I repeat, DON'T ever start to peel on it. That would just make that spot grow. Just take a lighter and heat the spot, just slightly, very carefully, by waving the flame on it compendiously. Be very careful here, as heating the matter can damage it irrecoverably, just as it can happen by cutting it for better fitting. Speaking of cutting it: If you're cutting the sw***h into the right length (which you only do if you choose to adjust the whole tarantula) you might occur a similar problem: The breaking point might turn white due to the hard matter of this part. Now again, that's nothing really to worry about, but if you are a perfectionist you just might do the same here: wave the breaking point just slightly, compendiously near the flame (please again even more caution here, the hard matter is even likelier to melt). If everything is done right, this will cause the white breaking point to fade to it's original color while everything stays in shape.

I hope this will help somebody Smile
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Could someone tell me or PM me please do you just buy the Spider thread spool for replacement of the Tarantula spool?

Thanks
Best Regards,

Bob
PatrickGregoire
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Yes, the Tarantula uses the same spool as the Spider Pen, but buy the Tarantula refill because it's $11.95 (Tarantula refill) instead of $15.95 (Spider Pen refill pack, which contains a spool and some batteries, but the batteries are not the same for both devices).
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Thanks Patrick,

But where can I get the Tarantula refill from? I go to themagicwarehouse and they have spider spool on their own for $9, $6 for 6 batteries which like you said not the same.

Thanks

Bob
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Xiqual
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Bob,
You can just strip your own IT and then wind it onto the Tarantula.
you don't need to buy an extra spool.
James
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James,

What IT are you winding onto the Tarantula? Kevlar, Wooly Nylon?
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Whatever IT you like. 6 dollars is much cheaper than what the actual Tarantula refill costs. It costs $11.95. The cheapest solution is probably to buy your own IT and respool it yourself.
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I hate Kevlar thread. Too thick.
I just use whatever is around. I only had to wind it once so far. I accidentaly left my Tarantula in my pocket and put my shirt in the dryer.
James
BTW
Don't do that.


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On 2009-03-31 18:03, pwolverine wrote:
James,

What IT are you winding onto the Tarantula? Kevlar, Wooly Nylon?
Still with the Chinese circus Smile
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Here's a real secret..

The Dollar Store is the best source for Tarantula batteries. 8 of them for $1.
They're manufactured by Sunbeam and work great!

Best,

Doug Lippert
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I have always found that with the cheaper stores that sell batteries they aren't always fully charged and are from places like China. They seem to be reject ones that never seem to last as long. I've always gone for decent brand batteries from reliable places. This is the case in Australia anyways Smile
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Doug: HOLY SH17! 8 for $1??!! I'll have to check them out and see if they last long enough to be a better bargain than the far more expensive ones. Thanks for the info!
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On 2009-04-02 01:20, PatrickGregoire wrote:
Doug: HOLY SH17! 8 for $1??!! I'll have to check them out and see if they last long enough to be a better bargain than the far more expensive ones. Thanks for the info!


No problem. Glad you liked the tip! Smile

I have had no problems with the cheap-o batteries. They work just as well as the more expensive "watch" batteries you buy at Wal-Mart.

Doug
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Martello
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On 2009-04-01 17:19, Doug Lippert wrote:
Here's a real secret..

The Dollar Store is the best source for Tarantula batteries. 8 of them for $1.
They're manufactured by Sunbeam and work great!

Best,

Doug Lippert



What are they called? What size? Surely they are not sold in the dollar store as "Tarantula Batteries"...lol

Arthur
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On 2009-04-02 11:06, Martello wrote:
Quote:
On 2009-04-01 17:19, Doug Lippert wrote:
Here's a real secret..

The Dollar Store is the best source for Tarantula batteries. 8 of them for $1.
They're manufactured by Sunbeam and work great!

Best,

Doug Lippert



What are they called? What size? Surely they are not sold in the dollar store as "Tarantula Batteries"...lol

Arthur


Haha, no. Thankfully they are not advertised as "Tarantula batteries for your magic gimmick." Smile

Like I said, they are made by Sunbeam and they are AG10(LR1130) 1.5 v alkaline batteries. They last a long time and you get a package of 8 of them for $1. I found them with all the other batteries like AA, AAA, etc.

Please tell me if you had any luck! Smile

Best,

Doug
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Are these the right kind?
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2980
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15179

If so they're they're probably a good alternative to those who can't find them in dollar stores, especially since they have free world wide shipping.
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