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r1ch-oxford
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Hi Guys

I have tried using the search facility but can't find what I’m specifically looking for, apologies if I have missed it somewhere. I had an illusion built last year which is an escape from spikes. It's a Paul Daniels idea, which he very kindly gave me permission to revisit.

It utilises the thumb tie principle. I have read and tried lots of different methods, including clever knots and glue. However last week in Vegas I saw Mac King use a brilliant method that would be perfect for my illusion using twist ties. Does anyone know where I can find the handling for this particular method? or if it's available in print anywhere? or even if it's Mac's property so to speak?

I loved Mac's show, I saw it twice in fact. I can't possibly say strongly enough how fantastic his show is.

Thank you in advance for your help guys.

Rich
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There is a small book written by Jay Marshall called "The Jaspernese Thumb-tie" that uses pipe cleaners, but I imagine it would work just as well with twist ties. The book is still available through magic dealers like Elmwood Magic and Hank Lees. I don't know if it is the same method used by Mac King, but it may be worth a try.

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I was never really sure of Mac's method. I never looked for it as the routine is better not knowing. LOL

"Don't sit down!" ... "there's only one place it can be, and I'm all tied up!"

Brilliant:)
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Mac, indeed, uses the Jaspernese Thumb tie.
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Yes, it is Jay's handling.

You might also look at Irv Weiner's Red Tape tie.

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r1ch-oxford
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Thank you so much for your help guys. I just ordered the book.
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Does anyone have the link?
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I don't know Mac's handling, but in the past I have used a t**** **p to recreate something similar. Not sure if that can help you out, I just wanted to throw that out there.
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Plenty of them in stock at Magic Inc!
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"Here, just wrap the twist-tie tightly around my unusually colored plastic thumb please."
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I used Irv Weiner's Red Tape for YEARS in my show.. and actually fooled Paul Osborne with it when I did it in my amusment park show on and off for a season.

The only drawback to the routine.. is that you end with tape around each thumb.. not that it's bad.. but it's inconvenient to try to cover the interim while finding the ends and unwrapping your thumbs..

However... it's an AMAZING effect.. and in the YEARS that I've done it.. it's blown people away consistantly!!!
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Is the Jaspernese Thumb Tie the same as Ten Ichi Thumb Tie found in Tarbell volume 4 on page 264?
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Probably the best thumb tie is written up in the Dai Vernon Book of Magic. I learned it from Shigeo Takagi and have seen him and Maki Kitami do it and it is a bafffler. Jay Marshall and I saw Mr. Tenyo do this version and we both were on stage right next to him and saw nothing. We both thought maybe had had an amputation of a thumb. The "work" is all in the timing and body language.

You hands move like a bird (with wings extended). Hard to describe but believe me, when you GET IT... it becomes MAGIC.

Unfortunately I have not kept up with doing it and probably wouldn't fool a fool with it these days.
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Shigeo Takagi`s routine is in his book "The Amazing Miracles of Shigeo Takagi" page 88-94. Really a nice routine. I think that Maki Kitami had a video lecture on his thumb tie routine produced by AIVIDEO. Maybe it is available again in Nagisha Magic shop. As Pete has already said there is a great routine in Vernon`s Book of Magic. Vernon also explains how you can easily make stiff ropes using a regular masking tape.
I always liked performance of thumb tie routine by Howord DeCourcy.
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Diana Zimmerman also did a nice elegant routine (saw it live at an SAM convention), and Lee Grabel's which is in his book and on the DVD set, it is also very good.

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Howord DeCourcy performing his thumb tie routine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzR0rizUG_c
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THANKS ... I always wanted to see him work.

Posted: Jul 17, 2010 2:34pm
Oh, just remembered, Joe Monti is marketing a great routine with police style plastic tie wraps.
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Thanks for the Plug Pete.
I have spent the last month getting all the proper footage together for this DVD to be the best teaching of a Thumb Tie. It really is a part of my life that I want to share at this point. 25 years of work. http://www.thumbtie.com has a video clip.
Much appreciation,
Joe Monti
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