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Fabian Andres
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THanks Dougini Smile ,
I have other question, How's the MLS gimmick? (the spp is a pen, for example)
Sorry if it's a dumb question, but I'm new to the levitation jaja
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The MLS is a system. Steve recommends Vectra or Virtuoso. You can read about those on his website. Smile

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After buying Vectra thread for my spider pen it worked really great as the thread was strong,but I found it a bit tedious wrapping it around the spoil.I decided to invest in another two spoils of spider thread,I must say these two spoils work like a dream and they are strong threads.I think when you buy the spider pen and supplied with the one spoil of thread,that the thread is designed to be cheap and nasty so it breaks easily so you buy spoils of the proper spider thread ,as the thread supplied with the pen is a completely different thread altogether.
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Gassaox -

I had no problem with the IT that came supplied with the device.

I'm curious about something...can you say where/what store you purchased your SPP from?
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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Magicshop co,uk is where I purchased it from,i get all my magic from these
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The SPP is a device designed for one thing: animation. It does what it does, really well. The Fearson Master Levitation System is designed to be flexible and multi-phasic. Meaning more than one "trick" can be done. It can be adapted, and completely changed, depending on your needs.

I would call the SPP the Poor Man's Sean Bogunia device! LOL! The SPP is one of those hundred dollar devices that, when used, really can make the show. I have the Kennedy Power Reel. That little gem pulls a silk around table and chair legs, umbrella poles, etc. About 75 or 80 feet. I rarely use it. But, it's ready to use!

Look at Fearson's new Cobra reel! Another alternative.

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On Jul 14, 2015, gassaox wrote:
Magicshop co,uk is where I purchased it from,i get all my magic from these


Ah, ok. I wondered if you had received a knock-off SPP, which would mean knock-off IT, too.
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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PSA: For some unfathomable reason, Amazon is currently selling the Spider Pen Pro (normally $99+) for a rather stunning $19.99. Not sure if that's the result of some kind of clerical error or they're just trying to offload stock or what, but the discount is so insane I just ordered two... Toyed with just cleaning out the stock & putting the spares on ebay, but figured in the spirit of comity I'd let others snag one.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NHP......_o01_s00
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On Sep 8, 2015, normative wrote:
PSA: For some unfathomable reason, Amazon is currently selling the Spider Pen Pro (normally $99+) for a rather stunning $19.99. Not sure if that's the result of some kind of clerical error or they're just trying to offload stock or what, but the discount is so insane I just ordered two... Toyed with just cleaning out the stock & putting the spares on ebay, but figured in the spirit of comity I'd let others snag one.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NHP......_o01_s00



Mine arrived today and glad it is the real deal and not a cheap Chinese knock off.

Anyone advise the best way to re spool the pen with Vectra?

Thanks
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Just remove the IT that's on the spool, attache Vectra to the spool, and activate the pen to add Vectra onto the spool. Obviously, you'll have to strip out a strand of Vectra that's between 20' and 40'. Perhaps it is available in an already stripped condition.

I found the IT on the SPP to be just fine. I didn't have any problems with breakage or visibility, so you may wish to test it out before switching to Vectra. YMMV.
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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On Sep 18, 2015, Chessmann wrote:
Just remove the IT that's on the spool, attache Vectra to the spool, and activate the pen to add Vectra onto the spool. Obviously, you'll have to strip out a strand of Vectra that's between 20' and 40'. Perhaps it is available in an already stripped condition.

I found the IT on the SPP to be just fine. I didn't have any problems with breakage or visibility, so you may wish to test it out before switching to Vectra. YMMV.


The thread on the SPP is actually decent as well.
Thanks Chessmann
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Yigal Mesika's Spider Pen Pro is amazing for bill levitation and much improved to 1-st Spider pen
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Hi you guys, just new, fresh and promising, like the spider pen! Smile
Now seriously, I will try to make a short thing with a long one...

- The new fibers offer new possibilities in the magic, but often they require some additional accessory: Itr, Sp or just a reel. The last one is well experimented, does the work instantly, then disappears. The use is also quite different but by close up performance the big problem are the noises. Anyway, we are talking now about Itr / sp.
- The Itr suffers of increasing tension by pulling out the filament. Wen the tension riches a limit given by the diameter and material of the filaments, the filament breaks. If I remember exactly, the English name for this kind of tension is torque. Smaller Itrs have a much higher torque as the long ones and you can see your filament breaking after pulling out some 1,5 meters or less. So I used always Itrs with 17 cm length.
- In the Sp the electric motor offers a constant and low tension: that is the decisive advantage. Now the Sp disadvantages:
a) The ratio price quality is catastrophic. Wail the production involves only few exemplars the relative costs are very high. The price by cases of Motorola smart phones are infinitely lower because shared between millions of sold exemplars. The electronic components have a low realability (= probability not to break during some time.). As magician you can't "survive" a debacle, even if performing for your own friends.
b) The necessity of a check up like a plane before an intercontinental fly: keep the battery in a sealed box avoiding the contact with the ions in the air, they discharge your battery. Measure the battery level.
c) You are talking about prices but I know where to buy Spp originally packed with DVD for $28. That makes me think, I checked and the purchased object is really the same.

- The problem with the thread, but on the moment I am not very found and I need longer because the issue is complex: the best material to use should be kevlar, made in your country by Du Pont. There are problems with the color, the sawing monofilament seems to be available only in original color, aka yellow. Of course with 0,1 mm diameter. Such a thread breaks first by 1.8 Kg. So, I am looking what are doing the magic stuff providers wen they do not sell us nylon.
On the moment the only solution would be ask the supercharming Mary Mouder to visit Du Pont and convence them to produce kevlar 0.1mm monofilament black anti-reflex. That in name of the Arts Smile

- I hope it wasn't too pedant, I wrote all that only by remarking that somebody was asking about such subjects.
Thanks for understanding.
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Im curious. Can we make a list about which objects we can levitate w. Spider Pen. That can be useful.
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The spider pen pro is very nice, but there are a few things about it I don't like. I have had my pen for 2 years or so, the plastic insert to the lower part that threads on has come apart. Also the lowest part of the pen that you twist to extend the writer no longer stays on or works. Also I think it should have had the same power as the tarantula.

Just a thought, why not combine pen thru bill with this pen.
Also If you take away the pen part and add a safty pen, he would have really nice small electronic traditional itr that you could place in more locations.
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I pulled it back out and fixed it with some glue, works as good as knew. Turns out my battery spring was making poor contact. I adjusted that and the motor is performing much better.
It is working just as good as any non-electric reel I have have ever used. Now if it had a electric locking mode and normal Itr mode it would be simple and perfect. Just have the top push button press down to switch modes. Smile
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Anyone got a better way to re thread (find the end of the threas after it breaks)
Really is frustrating.
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To rethread, I have been stripping Vectra thread and then attaching one end of the stripped filament to the wall. Then I use the X grooves used for locking. Place a piece of wax on the end not attached to the wall. Then place the thread down on top of the locking X so that the filament goes through one of the slits that make up the X. I usually leave about a 1/2 inch between the wax at the end of the thread and the area I place in the X slit.

Then wrap it around the spool several times. Now take it back through one of the slits again. Repeat this process at least once. Now place the spool back on the motor and wind it counter clockwise several times - this is the same direction the motor retracts. Now pull very lightly on the thread to engage the motor and let it pull the thread back in. Once you see it starts pulling the thread back in, place the cap back on to help prevent tangling. Then let it reel the rest of the thread in. I like to guide it with my fingers just to be sure it doesn't tangle on this first retraction.

To find the end of a broken line, follow the video Yigal supplied. With a little practice you'll get more comfortable finding the end. The first 5 or so times I did so it took me minutes to find it. Now that I have practiced it takes me less than 30 seconds to find the end of the thread and get a new piece of wax placed on it.

Hope this helps. The SPP is a really great tool and has a lot of possibilities.
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Waited on this one for too long...then I noticed it was $65 at Hocus Pocus. Just got it today and so glad I did. It is fantastic!

Though I was worried about some of the negative QC issues I read about on these threads, mine seems to be working just perfect right out of the box. Great build quality overall and the DVD instruction is top notch.

As for finding the thread when it breaks, I was worried about this too. So wouldn't you know it, on my first practice session with the pen, I broke the thread almost immediately (slipped out of the wax)! That said, it was super easy to find. Same went for the other few times I broke it. It was just dangling outside of the spool so no real problem really. I can see if it gets wound too deep in the spool, though, that this could present a new challenge. But haven't experienced this..yet.

Anyway, after a bit of initial practice, while out to dinner, I was floating dollar bills to the surprise of many around me...not to mention the waitress who was pretty much speechless when she approached my table.

After day one...very much pleased with this purchase.

I love the practicality of it. And how self contained it all is. Sure other ITRs are self contained too but you cant just brazenly pop those in your shirt pocket for all to see. With this I can.

I have a feeling Im going to be carrying this with me now at all times.
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