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Race Blakhart
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Where I live, you can drive for hours in any direction and never find a B&M shop. So, unless I feel like going on a road trip, I have to order online. I have found it to be a real hassle trying to match skin tone and get the proper textures needed. Anyone have any tips for this problem? (I hope this is the right place to post this.)
Tukaram
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I used to live in Dallas, TX and somehow we had only one magic shop and they closed years ago... so online was my only option too. I ended up buying 5 or 6 TT until I got one I liked. I do not remember what maker or shop it was from. They are all different materials, different colors - very frustrating ha ha

So... no real help... sorry...but at least I feel your pain Smile
Race Blakhart
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Well, your post is actually something I was just considering doing, myself.
I was thinking about just ordering a bunch of random TTs on the cheap (each from a different online store), that way I should be able to find ONE that I like (at the very least).

Someone could probably make a lot of money if they could just come up with a working way to locate your own perfect TT online.
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You might want to consider a Fujiwara gimmick, I love mine and can do so much more than a tt in my opinion.. find them ond seo magic
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I did exactly what Tukaram did and just had to keep buying them until I found the fit/color. Not fun but if you don't have a shop nearby there's not many other options. You could try to order from someone who has a good return policy, but TT aren't usually too pricey so I didn't worry about it. And once you find "the one" you'll be set and can reorder from who you found it from. Just be careful to actually know which came from where if you order a bunch all at once!
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To misquote George Orwell: "All TTs are equal!" (here comes the "but"): "But, some are more equal."

The online store from which you finally 'got' your 'heart's desire', may order mass produced items, like TTs, from many sources. Often manufacturers will sell in bulk. (Can save shipping costs).

I helped Tom Ladshaw "bag" 5 gross of TTs in his B&M in New Orleans, one morning. I now have a TT that's "one in a million" (a double ender!)

I've never counted them, but, there must be several dozen TTs in my spares box. --and, only one or two are duplicates in color, shape ,material, size, etc.

I suppose that you could, at your next performance, pass a dozen or two "out for examination", and ask the spectator to select (no force) the one he prefers that you use! (hee hee)
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Bill Hegbli
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Race, why do you want a TT that is an exact match to your skin, etc. It just won't happen, there have been guys that have tried to make them an it is impossible to match skin.

Now, what you are really saying is that your improperly using and handling the TT n the wrong way. The TT should never be seen by the spectators. If they do get a glance, it should not matter as it will blend in and not stick out like a silver TT or a red TT. The only time you show a TT is when you show the hand empty, otherwise, you keep the TT behind your fingers, and when you want to show hand empty, raise your hand to their eye level, then open the finger with the TT pointed directly into their eyes. They only see the every end/tip of the TT. Not a side view or any other angle. This is only causal one second showing of the empty hand, no longer. Then move on to whatever you do next, produce the silk or show the handkerchief empty and the cigarette gone. So all fingertips extended into the eye of the spectator(s), back of hand toward the ceiling, palm down toward the floor.

Fit: A TT only fits on the thumb up to about the end of the nail, not all the way on. If it does, the TT will fall off when you fill it with a silk, salt, or cigarette.

Believe me, I have been using a TT for over 50 years and am telling you the truth.
Race Blakhart
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Bill, I do believe you. But you tend to start off your posts to me by telling me how wrong I am. The last time you did this, and I asked you why, you never replied to my question.

Also, you then follow this up with "Now, what your[sic] really saying is that your[sic] improperly using and handling the TT n[sic] the wrong way."


I don't know how you get ANY of this from what I said. But this is the second time you've replied to a thread that I started by telling me how I don't know what I'm talking about, and you just seem to know everything that I don't.

I don't understand why you always have to have such a tone with people. It gets really old, really fast.



And second of all, I have found one that fits to my liking, and matches my skin tone so perfectly that you literally can't tell when it's on, even if you're looking for it.

While I DO appreciate your advice and take at least 90% of it to heart, 50+ years of experience doesn't give you the right to bring your high horse to every conversation.


This post wasn't about skills with the TT. But you ignored that right from the very start. Color and texture are a personal preference, and have NOTHING to do with skill level.
Tukaram
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On Nov 20, 2015, shomemagic wrote:
You might want to consider a Fujiwara gimmick, I love mine and can do so much more than a tt in my opinion.. find them ond seo magic


I have a 2 finger one (I suppose it is still called a fujiwara? Never heard that name before). I just never worked with it much. I may have to play with for a while and see.

My biggest problem with a TT is finding one that fits my thumb well, and has room for a decent load. I have a small multi-color silk I like to use. I carry the silk and TT in a small coin purse (good for almost 5 minute bit).
Race Blakhart
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I also have a two finger Fujiwara, but I have never actually done anything with it other than admire how well it can hide.

However, I have not yet seeked out any information on methods for the device. Mainly because I am still in my freshman year of actually learning the REAL workings of magic and theory, and already have too many things on my plate.

I tend to get so excited about learning stuff that I am usually/probably/most likely trying to learn too much at once, and I think that can have a backwards effect/learning bad habits. (like my over-punctuation to try and express hahaha)

I found a couple videos on Youtube of an old Asian man who only showed the prop beforehand and then did his routine. Even knowing he was using the Fujiwara, it didn't take away from his sponge ball routine at all. He did beautiful work. I still have no clue how it's used so smoothly though.
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