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This is one of the coolest items I have seen in a long time. Remember when FISM Flash came out? Well, most of you probably don't, because the majority of the people on this forum haven't been doing magic all that long. FISM Flash was John Cornelius' secret flash unit. It underwent many incarnations. I have one of the first ones. It is big and cumbersome, but it does put out a flash!!!

Well, Marc Antoine of France has just released his Thumb Tip Flash unit. It's basically a FISM Flash built into a flexible thumb tip. It's bright, rechargeable, and easy to use.

Imagine that you are doing a coin trick. You place a coin into your left hand, wave your right hand over it, and when you open your left hand, there is a flash of light and the hand is empty. Not bad, eh?!

The unit recharges fairly quickly. A charge is good for about 100 flashes, without a 15 second wait time between flashes. It comes complete with a charging cord, which plugs into a USB port on your computer. If you don't have a USB port on your computer, you can purchase a standard AC-USB charging module from your local electronics shop for about $10.

It works just like a D-Lite only it's a real BURST of light!

It's not cheap. It will set you back $165. But then you don't want the kid down the street to pick these up at a magic kiosk, do you?

Available from Stevens Magic Emporium.
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I have the original Cornelius Fism Flash and it is a bit cumbersome; I should probably list it in the For Sale or Trade column and put the money toward one of thes thumb tip flashes! Thanks for the post Bill.
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Bill, I couldn't agree with you more. Indeed, I bought a second TTF about two months after I purchased my first one just to be sure I had a backup if/when they're no longer available.

I'm very much hoping the realtively stiff price tag will keep it out of the hands of people who would ruin it for the rest of us through overuse and/or misuse.

BTW, each of mine came with an adapter allowing you to charge the device using an electrical outlet and not a USB port on your computer.
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The ones that Joe Stevens is selling now comes with the USB adapter.
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I love mine.
It is a really bright flash.
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I'm sure some effective routining could be used in getting this in and out of play, but watching that demo video at the Stevens site made me think, "Great, now BOTH hands are dirty at the end of the vanish."
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I love flashing.
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Well, last year I helped a friend of mine to get three of these TT. So I used my credit card, and he transfer the cash as he doesn't have a plastic. As for Steven's Magic, their service was extraordinary excellent.

Even though I didn't open nor try the thumb tip, but my friend was extremely happy and satisfied with them. He even said the battery is very long-lasting. I wish that I could try one of them so I could a review in here. However, Bill's review is a good one and he is a well-respected member of this forum.

I just can't find a good routine for this and I never use any TT before Smile
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This is a modern age miracle, a small miracle, but one non the less.
You say "wow look at that high price!"
Well well thought out methodology and excellent technology/construction are invaluable.

The flash is strong, there is a half-second delay which is marvelous, it is tiny and deceptive, and recharges with ease.
It's very strong misdirection, and very unexpected, easy to access and easy to ditch.

Okay, what more could you want? Especially when open flames are banned more and more in venues.
I love my investment as do my two colleagues who now own a unit.

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This is why I love the Café. I would probably never have stumbled across this myself. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Bill for bringing this to my attention!
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I bought mine from Stevens while I was at the World Magic Seminar in Vegas. Does your TTF also have a darker spot on the outside where the glue attaches the electronics with the outer TT?

Also I would love to have a longer delay, let´s say 2 seconds after pressing the button.
But all in all I love it, even if I now have to find a few ideas where to use it.
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On 2011-03-06 22:16, Randwill wrote:
I'm sure some effective routining could be used in getting this in and out of play, but watching that demo video at the Stevens site made me think, "Great, now BOTH hands are dirty at the end of the vanish."

There is a very simple way to do a coin vanish cleanly, without ending up with two dirty hands. Think "Coin Go" or use Nick Niberco's method -- a simple utility R**L. If you do Ring Flight, you can do some work on a coin so that the Ring Flight gaffus works double duty.

I don't think a coin vanish is necessarily the most efficient use for this item, though.

Posted: Mar 8, 2011 7:16pm
There are a couple of darkish spots on the TT. The TT is not opaque, because there must be light transmission.
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On 2011-03-08 19:14, Bill Palmer wrote:
I don't think a coin vanish is necessarily the most efficient use for this item, though.


I concur. I utilize it to add some punch to a bare-handed silk production that's part of my opener. When I then tuck the silk into my breast pocket, I ditch the gimmick.
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Cheers to modern technology. I love this. It adds a great and unexpected magical moment. Really amps up the "magic-ness" of what ever you're doing.

BTW, I still have my original FISM Flash. Works like a charm, though cumbersome.
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Is this just for indoors, or is the flash bright enough for a sunny day?

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On 2011-03-07 03:38, Failed Magician wrote:
I just can't find a good routine for this and I never use any TT before Smile


There's a great older effect called Tin Can Telefax (by Professor Putter, I believe) whereby you use a blank deck as fax paper and a few tin cans and stringed gimmicks, a la the old kids teleophone with tin cans and a string. You patter about how times have changed and you now use the cans as a fax. You F***E a card and then go through the routine of sending the fax through the tin cans. At the moment you have the spec hit the "send button", the Professor recommended using a fism flash to create a visual effect...and voila, the faxed card ends up on the other end in the blank deck.....this thumb tip will make that effect so much more effective! I'm buying one today! If anyone wants to know how to make the gimmicks, PM me. best, bob
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P.S. as per my earlier post, I sold my Fism Flash in For Sale or Trade today!
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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Real cool for a sunny day; works like hell. Cool, COOL, cool!!! JP
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Thanks, John!
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