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Sven Rygh
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I have not used theese up to now, but I have descided to give it a shot.

Any reccomendations on which I should get??
The price doesn't really matter as long as I find something I can use.
I would be grateful for name of dealers, adresses etc

Regards Smile
Bob Sanders
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For years I used one I made for myself. I don't do cig tricks so I took an Adams' cig from finger tips gimmick and converted it to a nail writer. It's not pretty, but it works. And when you lose one it is certainly no money to replace it. It is already painted flesh color too and won't rust.

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Tony Venetico
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Anyone know how thick the boon tip grease marker tip is?
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I have used boon writers and find them easy to handle and store (on a pocket magnet, etc.) but making the writing look good takes some practice.

The Sam Dalal gimmicks (recommended by Richard Osterlind on his great DVDs) are surprisingly stable on your fingernail and produce the most controlled writing of any type I've tried (e.g., thumbtip gimmicks, bandwriters, boons). They're also cheap -- $8 for 4 at Ronjo, or $10 postpaid from Osterlind's website (http://www.osterlindmysteries.com/products.htm).

Steve Hook
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There are some advantages to this product (here's the ad copy):

RTW (Retractable T***b Writer) by Greg Edmonds

The venerable Swa*i Gimmick or na*l wr*ters, regarded by legions of performers as the "Mentalist's Best Friend," is updated and vastly improved in the RTW. Made from a high-quality stretched, plastic, TT (with plastic and metal internal parts), The RTW may be carried in any convenient pocket, and is "always ready" for use.

The RTW is unique in a couple of ways. First, as the name suggests, when the lead (0.7mm or Listo) is in use, it projects from the gimmick. When not in use, the lead is retracted back inside, keeping it safe from breakage. Second, the gimmick's special design causes it to automatically and comfortably adjust to the thu*b of the wearer, so writing with it "feels good" and is always stable.

There is also a book available on uses.

It's available I think only through Mark Strivings at


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In my experience, asking what is the best nail writer is like asking what is the best movie. There are lots of different opinions -- and all of them are correct.

They vary in how they feel on your thumb, how easy it is to write, how easy they are to get on and off. And these factors are different from person to person.

What works well for one person often does not work at all for someone else. I suppose that is why there are so many different versions. People kept coming up with new ones because they didn't like the others.

A friend makes the ones I use. They are similar to the ones from Banachek http://www.magicinspirations.net
Dan Monroe
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I think they are all about the same. You need to practice with all of them to get your writing skills down. They are all a little tricky at first. Smile
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I like the boon writter
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Richard osterlind shows one off in his dvds
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I'm looking at the Vernon's TT. I will probably only use it for writing single numbers.

Would this one be good for that?
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Have any of you ever heard of the George Kirkendall (of finger reel fame) nail writer? I've had one for years, but never used it. It's still in the paper envelope with Kirkendall's name on it. Tiny thing. Wonder if it's any good...?

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Take a look in the tricks section of reviews and look at the new Super Sharpie put out by MagicSmith. Looks to be that kind of working, but looks good. Video clip on http://www.magicsmith.com
Kevin Reylek
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I made my own out of a ve*net t*umb t*p. It works great and cost very little. What do you guys use in the way of patter and what do you do with nail writers? I would like some more ideas on what to use it for. I use it to predict a spectators number from 1 to 100, and I also do this thing where I take 4 quarters with different symbols on the front and give them to the spectator. I tell him/her to take them and shake them up and drop them. Whatever ones land face up shake again untill you are left with only one face up and that is the symbol I have predicted. If the last two or three all land face down then you have them shake them again
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Ted lesley forum gives details of how to make an ink writer
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We all now have to admit that the "Super Sharpie" is the best and the easiest to use bar none! I got mine at: http://www.magicwarehouse.com
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