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Lou Is
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Does anyone do a thimble routine? While I think it is cool, and definitely part of the history of magic, I don't really see where they would fit in - except closeup. There have been a lot of very good thimble routines (mainly from the 30's and 40's), but have you ever seen anyone use them on stage, and how did it go over?
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Her is an example of Modern day thimble technique.



Another example.



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Lou has fallen into that trap of "If I didn't get this from the kitchen drawer then it can't be magic"
But wait... Thimbles are sometines found in the kitchen drawer.
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Who besides Mr. McBride carries thimbles everyday? I have several, some with rhinestones some that are solid silver. Remember.. some people like variety and not a dozen 4 ace tricks.

To me, thimbles would work well in a restaurant because people at the far end can see them and you don't necessarily need to talk or be in great lighting. ALSO you're doing them at chest level and people at the far end can see your performance over top of the flower arrangement, if one is present.

Another fact is a LOT of women collect thimbles today in the same manor that people collect pens or coin tricks, so, the gents watching will appreciate your routine for the dexterity and "foolzem" quality whereas many non-gents may like the action and glitz, especially if you have a set that allows for color changes. Kids are a no brainer.

If you do a few thimble moves at a kids party, you can A. incorporate them into a warm-up B. something to do for a late-comer who didn't see the show or C. while you're standing there in the kitchen waiting for the host to decide to finally get your check..... ten minutes after you said you were packed and ready to go.... So if you have those extra tricks to do, this is a good time to hand-out business cards and you did a trick especially for the adults. They feel special and will keep your card longer then if they found it on the table.

My routine consists of moves and slights as opposed to a proper multiplying. I like the Pop Up Through The center of the silk move best because people snap their eyes wide open.
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A thimble can be used as a normal prop in many ways. One way I was thinking of using the next time I perform manipulation is by having a sewing box on stage. Open it up and take out a thimble. Then go into your standard routine.

Then afterwards, take out a ball with needles on it which is a standard item in a sewing box. Then go into a needle swallowing.

Or you can use the thimbles that are used for office supplies and do a routine with them.
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On Jun 14, 2015, Lou Is wrote:
Does anyone do a thimble routine? While I think it is cool, and definitely part of the history of magic, I don't really see where they would fit in - except closeup. There have been a lot of very good thimble routines (mainly from the 30's and 40's), but have you ever seen anyone use them on stage, and how did it go over?


Mike Caveney did a thimble act on stage...He done good!
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Thimbles may not be for everyone...but they worked out pretty well for Cardini, Mike Skinner, and Paul Rosini, and John Carney.

If you have a context in which they make sense...a well done routine will play well.
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I have to agree with JNeal. I bought several sets and started to work with them. I liked the moves and some of the routines I saw. One night I was practicing with them and my daughter ask me why I was trying to do magic with "those caps". I told her they were not caps but thimbles. She looked at me with the most innocent face I'd ever seen on her and ask "dad what is a thimble?" I put them up and never did anything else with them.

That's my two cents and that is just about what it's worth.

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Here is a recent performance by Jason Alexander.
http://features.aol.com/video/jason-alex......ng-trick
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I use them in my childrens show and it kills. kids don't care what they are, some know,they are having fun. even if you have not a perfect sense presentation it is still good magic. people like good magic. I am working on a short routine for close up because you put a couple in your pockets and have fun with them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xruqMADB0s JEFF HOBSON

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m06vyxMGU-g TENYOU THIMBLE MAGIC I like the color changes up to 4 thimbles. that would be enough.
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This is the only stage routine that I have seen in which the thimble is presented as what it is- a device to protect the fingers while sewing. This routine is also aptly named "The Tailor". Smile

https://youtu.be/mgOYRuM_VsM
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You seriously want to do thimbles? Here is a complete stage act, ready to go:

http://jeffscanlan.com/store.php

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Thimbles are fun to watch and prove you've worked your butt off at something, I guess, if it's a visual and dynamic routine.
I wouldn't pick them to do on stage. They don't fit my style, but if I was a kids magician for a living, I'd definitely want to do that.

Kudos to you, Robert Blake for going the extra mile for kids. Where most are happy with PB&J and a changebag, you're busting your ass to take it to the next level!

I have lots of thimbles at home and have tinkered with them but never got something I was happy with enough to perform.
Maybe one day.
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Many thimble sleights can be used for other things. the study and practice can pay dividends even if you never perform with them publicly

Finger rings, PVC pipe fittings, metal nuts (with those threads inside even grandma can do sleights), bottle/tube caps, finger puppets just to name a few.

Every kid runs around with olives on their fingers -- why not you?

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One of my favorite routines to perform when I was entertaining children was my Three Little Pigs routine. I had made 3 pig finger puppets and wore a wolf nose mask. The children really got into it.

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This routine by Jeff Hobson is very simple and straightforward . Nice visual magic. No great mystery to fool other magicians , but good for a real audience .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xruqMADB0s



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