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Outerbridge
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To avoid tangling I use a very "high tech" preset gimmick which involves part of a paperclip.
v.kapoor
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I have been using James Dickson's Aberdeen Thread found on Theory11. Still practicing, but he has some good ideas.
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I'm with many others here: Waxed by Lonnie Chevrie. Been performing it for over 25 years and it never fails to get a great reaction. My wife is a dental hygienist so I have ample access to story patter and supplies Smile
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On Apr 23, 2018, Outerbridge wrote:
I am intrigued by the fact that the Gypsy Thread or Hindu Thread can be found in several books published in the 1500s including Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft (“To burne a thred, and to make it whole againe with the ashes thereof”) published in 1584. It has been around for a while and it has stood the test of time!


I saw Eugene Burger do this at Abracorndabra (May of 2017). Instead of tearing the thread, he would burn the thread into pieces, just as in Reginald Scot's work. This incidentally is a good solution to tearing the thread, which has always been problematic for me.

That is why I prefer the waxed dental floss versions, using the cutter on the wax dispenser. Also I like the floss because when you roll it up it stays rolled up.
countrymaven
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Thanks for sharing. Eugene Burger was a class act, to burn it into pieces, as in Scot's work.
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To resurrect an oldish thread (see what I did there)

the one thing with this trick that I had always hated. the figure 8 method. it has flaws. my method wont ever get tangled.

but more importantly I feel that gypsy thread is not a magic trick it is a piece of theater. yes in the right hands it could be a cool trick but over all I think it has more potential to be a powerful presentation with the right story.

I use it to close my full stage shows. you can see my routine here (recently performed at Magifest 2018). I refer to it as "thread of Life"
https://samsandler.com/exp_magic/

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I use a soft string and in the end, I hand out the restored item draped across my open hands. More often than not, I've found younger people will then break the string and try to restore it. (Also engineer-types)
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I've been processing the Gypsy Thread in my head for some time and
are NOW doing the Gypsy Thread with the (thicker) "Stage Thread" that Jeff Hobson uses . . and then . . . using the the FINAL RESTORED PIECE to
cut AGAIN, (LIKE a regular cut and restored rope).
Cut in HALF, with scissors this time, small knot tied in center, string wrapped around 2-3 fingers and GIVEN to audience member/ helper/ to hold in their hand/ (closed) while they say any magical word, or blow on it, or whisper sweet nothings, or chant their ex-wife's name, and they open their hand and slowly uncoil it and
Whoa-La . . . . . it's back together again !

I especially like if I can get the audience to CHANT in unison, to help the audience member restore his/her string.
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In Javi Benitez' El Hilo (The Thread) DVD he references Eugene Burger and Rob Zabrecky.

Is the performance of Rob Zabrecky's Gypsy Thread routine anywhere available (book, DVD, online performance)?
Nem
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On Feb 7, 2018, Kaliix wrote:
I've only ever done Gypsy Floss. When I wind the thread, it goes around my middle finger about 10 times. Loops come off and gets pinched flat. Long bundle gets folded in half, wrapped twice in the middle, folded in half again, wrapped three times around and then smushed into a little ball.

I don't know if that is a figure eight setup, but I've never had a tangle using the above described method.


My favorite method as well. Been doing it this way for years with no problem.Love the floss, just keep an eye on whats left in the box. Don't get caught short.
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On Dec 25, 2018, goochelen wrote:
In Javi Benitez' El Hilo (The Thread) DVD he references Eugene Burger and Rob Zabrecky.

Is the performance of Rob Zabrecky's Gypsy Thread routine anywhere available (book, DVD, online performance)?



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