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I have an interest in studying the Gypsy Thread and have seen Paul Romhany do it live but with an everyday use object - Dental Floss. I have also seen videos of Shawn Farquhar doing hia routine. And I have a DVD of Dan Sperry teaching his routine.

Who in your opinion has some of the best routines around? Would like to hear your thoughts on this.
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In my opinion, Nic Niberco had the best Gypsy Thread routine.
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There is actually only one Gypsy Thread Routine. By routine, I mean the mechanics of the trick. The routine can very by many different magician, but most all do the trick the same way. Billy McComb for years would tell stories while performing the standard thread trick handling.

Recently, there is a new Mark Mason Yo Yo Version that is different in handling and a Tony Clark helium Balloon version.

The original Basting Thread made in the U.K. is no longer made or available, so many people have been using different kinds of thread, string, and even Floss.

I have not seen really anything different when it come to the Gypsy Thread, except the person doing it.

There is at least 50 or more published versions of this trick out in magic for over 60 years. It is hard to recommend one that you might like.

Be like me and others who really want to perform a certain trick, buy them all, learn them all and then make your choice.

I suggest you buy this book, as it has a lot of the classics in magic you can learn, with variations by other performers. Check out Ali Bongo's Gypsy Thread routine.

http://www.llpub.com/zenshop/index.php?m......_id=2691

P.S. Nick Niberco is deceased for many years now, his Double Gypsy Thread was very good. If interested in obtaining the instructions PM me to purchase the instructions.
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THANK YOU, Kabbalah and Bill for both your reply.
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What makes Gypsy Thread is the story you wrap around it. Check out Shawn Farquhar's as an example.

There are different techniques for setting up the string.

Here's a list I put together that may be of help to you:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&start=0
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Sure, different ways to set up the thread, there is the right way, and then there is the wrong way. Everyone one I have uses the figure 8.
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Nick Lewin just posted this on his Facebook. Looks like he is releasing a new Gypsy Routine soon?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=......7&type=1
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On May 29, 2015, Zlwin Chew wrote:
Nick Lewin just posted this on his Facebook. Looks like he is releasing a new Gypsy Routine soon?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=......7&type=1



I am sure it will be very good. Nick's magic offerings are from his acts he performed for many years on Cruise Ships.
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I just saw the one by Mark Mason. YoYo Gypsy!

Looks like tis' the season to be jolly full of Gypsies! Smile
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Personally, I love Gypsy Floss. I learned it from Tom Jones years ago when he was lecturing with Rachael Wild. For me, the floss container and built in cutter just seem perfect for this close up effect.

The best way I've found to present it is to tell a story about my daughter running up to me and telling me how she learned to floss her teeth (as I'm saying this I start breaking off small pieces). I ask her why she has so many pieces of floss and I say that she tells me there is one for each tooth. I tell her that it's really done using one big long piece. Then I make a sad face after that (like my daughter would have) and tell the spectators that she says, well you're magic Daddy, you can fix it, blah blah blah... restore thread. Your mileage may vary...
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Kallix,

Wow! Your patter is brilliant. I could see it going well with an emotional song. Then see the audience welling in tears and smiling Smile

I first saw the Gypsy Floss from Paul Romhany in a lecture in Singapore about 5 years ago. I don't know if he said he created it or learnt it from someone else.

Great piece!
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Helpful information, I have been considering adding the Gypsy Thread to my routine.
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Helpful information, I have been considering adding the Gypsy Thread to my routine.


Good luck and have fun with it Smile
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One of my favorite effects of all time. Pure magic. I have several versions but I always use floss. So easy and makes the set up quick and the handling super clean.

I recently purchased Nick Lewin's version. I love Nick and he has killer material. His Lemon Aid routine is five minutes of killer comedy. His Gypsy Thread is good but nothing new. He does provide a complete package including music all necessary gimmicks and two spools of the easiest to break thread I've ever seen. The routine is ok but no one will use it because it won't fit most people. He teaches his personal set up and includes a tool to help with the set up. Doesn't use a figure 8. He also includes his custom thread holder that is gimmicked slightly to make the unwinding easy.

For my money, the floss is still the hands down winner, even on stage, but Nick's routine is solid. If you already do the effect, you won't really get anything new out of Nick's routine, but if you are new to the plot, this is worth your consideration.
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Tony Clark's Gypsy Balloon is a nice effect. Easy to create a nice story with it. Very clean. Nice give-away.

Just got Mark Mason's Gypsy YoYo. Easy effect to add into any show
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Check out Lonnie Chevrie's "String 'Em Up" Torn and restored Dental floss routine. It is on his Outlaw Magic DVD #1. See it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bJtxIN-tZA

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Hi, I have the worlds greatest Gypsy thread dvd, But just looking for any others out there for a close up routine, Has anyone got info for Nick Nerbercos, I don't think there is a comedy Gypsy thread ???? magicwalsh@gmail.com
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Hi, I have the worlds greatest Gypsy thread dvd, But just looking for any others out there for a close up routine, Has anyone got info for Nick Nerbercos, I don't think there is a comedy Gypsy thread ???? magicwalsh@gmail.com
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When I first saw Gypsy Thread done with Floss....something like 20 years ago...the patter was that you always get to the end of the container with a little piece left too short to use. You then demonstrate how, because you are cheap (let's call it "thrifty",) you save those little end pieces up and make them into one, long usable piece.

Common object, Identifiable premise, easy to carry, self-contained...Floss is hard to beat for GT
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On May 28, 2015, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Sure, different ways to set up the thread, there is the right way, and then there is the wrong way. Everyone one I have uses the figure 8.
While many Gypsy Thread routines use the traditional figure 8 method, there are some that don't that work just as well.
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