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Craig Krisulevicz
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Hi everyone,

Online I have found many soft thumb tips, and I am wondering this...Which is the best one out there for card shooting? Has anyone had experience with card shooting with a soft thumb tip? I know this topic has been brought up before, but I have a horrible time with this search engine.

Thanks,

Craig
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I think everyone is fighting a losing battle with the search engine.

As for the TT, Hottrix' Thumbs Up has got good reviews for card shooting. Their site is http://www.hottrix.com

Happy shooting.
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The best place to get this gimmick is at your local stationary store, like Office Depot.

In the old days, tellers and counters of money and paper used a finger gripper.

Just go to the local store.

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Craig Krisulevicz
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Thanks guys
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I have never even needed the use for a soft thumb tip for card scaling. I have always found it just gets in the way of the performance. I have learned several techniques that do not rely on having to use anything but my own 2 hands. If anyone wants help on these techniques, just PM me. I would be happy to help you.

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I agree that any card shooting is very possible without the use of the soft TT. One example is on Rick Smith Jr's card throwing DVD. He uses one for a thumb flick (the one where you hold the cards horizontally in your hand and shoot the cards up across your finger. If you have the DVD you know what I am talking about). After practicing, you can do it just as easily without one.

It may help also to put a little more pressure down on the card as you flick it. If you push harder down, then you seem to get a little better grip on it. Just a little tip.

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Evan:
That is true. I have just come up with a technique for card scaling where you really do not need much friction from the thumb at all.

It really relies more on a pivot point of the first index finger and the motion of your arm to give it the proper spin.

It is hard to describe, but works great for me and I have never had to need for the soft TT.

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I guess you guys are right about not needing a TT. I suppose it is just practice, practice , practice. But I have been practicing scaling since this past summer and I still can't get much more than about six feet either vertically or horizontally. Perhaps I am doing something wrong?
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Two places that discribe the correct way to hold and perform the moves is "John Fedko's Stage Card Production/Card Fanning Act" and Jeff Sheridan Genius at Work" Vol. 2. Cut your thumb nail short if your thumb nail sticks out. You have to build a lot of strength in your index and little fingers to hold the deck properly. You do not make any arm movement just a very slight flick of your wrist. The thumb cover is a aid. If you don't want to use it, is up to you. It will just take you longer to aquire the knack. It is several motions at once. The cover can just let you concentrate on other steps. But if spending a $1 is to much for you then, just keep at it. It will come with months of practice.

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The method described above is a method used by McBride and others and it does work quite well. I just never liked it because the cards are in full view at all times.

My method allows for the scaling of cards with the cards out of site and in a palming position in the hand. It does not cause as much pressure on the index and little finger to hold the cards. The hand is actually much more relaxed and you're sending the card flying with the use of the arm movement and the pivoting of the card.

I am sure I am not the first to figure this move out, but I came across it on my own one day. It can really cause the card to soar long distances of well over 10-20 feet or more with ease.

I wish I had seen this written down as I would love to share the move with anyone wanting to know it. If I come across it, I will certainly share it with you.

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Try putting the 'Hottrix' thumbtip over a normal thumbtip and it works great ... not only for card shooting.
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