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So does anyone in here do any thimble work? Any recommendations for video or books that go into the details of doing it?

I have a set of thimbles and would like to learn to use them. They seem to be an under appreciated prop.
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Absolutely-Tops and Abbotts have some good beginner books. Ganson Close Up and Geoffrey Buckingham's Its Easier Than You Think series (OOP) are good sources. Steve Beam's Boook, The Magic of Joe Mogar is all thimbles and is the David Roth's CoinMagic of Thimbles. If you are a DVD learner-get Jeff McBride's World Class Manipulation series 9set of 3). By the time you learn all on that tape, you will be ready to construct a routine. What kind of thimbles do you have-that will have some impact on what kind of routine you want to do.
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John Carney's Secrets book has a routine.
His up close and far away video has a routine.

John Ramsay's got a routine too.
His books are expensive.
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How about preferences for the actual thimble? Regular thimbles from a craft store? Fakini thimbles? Others?

I love working with thimbles, although I don't do much professionally with them. Daniel Cros on his video (available from Steven's Magic) has a great presentation (presentation only). When I was a kid, I bought a set of the Burling Hull Thimble Act. Wooden thimbles (8 I think) two sets of thimble holders, a giant wooden thimble and a shot glass. This comes up on ebay every now and then and it's usually about $10 - $20.
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Dai Vernon has great a thimble routine. Using several thimbles. I use it all the time. But I can't remember what book I got it from right now.
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The Vernon routine is actually Paul Rosini's, and is described in the Dai Vernon Book of Magic, by Lewis Ganson. It is certainly as good a sequence as you could ask for. I have done it both stand-up and close-up for over 30 years. It begins with one thimble jumping from the forefinger of one hand to the forefinger of the other, then the production of a full hand of thimbles, then the transposition of the thimbles from one hand to the other, one at a time, visibly.

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I love the Rosini Routine. I first saw Mike Skinner perform it. I use colored band aids (the sticky part not the pad) to cover my thimbles. They are more visable. The stack also nests better, in your pocket. Also easier to handle.
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I've been playing with these off and on, but only beginning.

I've seen Shoot Ogawa do some great mindless thimble stuff but wouldn't know if it is someone else routine or his.

I got a great packet book for $1.00 from Hollywood Magic in their discount box and there were about 3 others when Iast was there.
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I really like thimbles but they seem to have fallen out of popularity...especially at the magic shop. But they're great because they utilize pure sleight of hand and some really neat moves. I have Fakini, wooden, and Vernet (plastic) thimble sets and of all the Fakini are my favourite. I was lucky enough to get four Fakini jumbo thimbles that were gathering dust at a local magic shop to go along with my set.

They are still very magical for laymen and fun to be creative with. Jeff McBride has lots of info on the subject. Cheers!

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I use wooden thimbles that I have had for years. They seem to be harder to find these days. The routine I use is Berland's. Anyone familiar with it? I like the shot glass production in the middle and the jumbo thimble.

BTW, any opinions on Mogar's book Digital Effects?
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There is a very nice thimble routine in the Dai Vernon Book Of Magic. The routine is Paul Rosini's and is very good.

There are also some great moves in the Dai Vernon Tribute to Nate Leipzig.

And the John Ramsey books also have some great thimble routines.

I hope this helps,

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When I studied magic at Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne, California with Dale Salwak, I learnt a pretty good thimble routine...but that's long and over with. I never really like using thimbles. The magic course Dale teaches, shows everything you need to know about manipulation.

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Mike Caveney used to do a complete thimble act.

I marketed a routine through Ken Brooke, called "Pete's Peeper" - try to find one. It is a simple stand up routine where you never turn sideways, you always face front toward the audience.

It is funny and has a great surprise finish.

As soon as I can find a suitable person to make some more we will be selling them again.
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Hi every body. Mike Caveney's routine was printed in his wonderful book, MagiComedy. If you are looking to construct a routine, this is a great example. By the way, Joe Porper makes THE best thimbles (and a few special somethings to go with them =) on the planet.
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I started with some plastic thimbles that had concentric ridges (for lack of a better term). I wish I could find more of them today. I used the original Berland thimbles (painted red) with great success during my teen years.
The Vernet nesting thimbles present some unique possibilities, but I have yet to use them in a performance. Mine tend to un-nest and talk at times.
Regarding the Fakini thimbles, the silicone material made them a little slick to use, and even with care they cracked and crumbled.
Shimada certainly elevated thimble magic to a fine art.
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There is a thimble routine in "Shoot in Hollywood" but it's a Bonus only effect.
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If you're really interested in learning the thimble routine by Shoot Ogawa, you can already! He has released it on DVD for quite sometime now but he's only selling them in his lectures. I bought one of the last copies of the DVD in this leg of the tour Smile

I'm so excited. *starts practicing*
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Joe Mogar sells good quality normal thimbles in a variety of colors. His dvd has some unique material on it.
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Viggo Jahn (1907-2004) from Denmark was a great/expert manipulator with thimbles.
He won FISM: GRAND PRIX: 1949 in Amsterdam.
He was very wellknown in the scandinavian countries.
Kenny Quinn is now doing the late Viggo´s famous act.

Viggo Jahn was an active magician until he was 80 years old.
Viggo is Danish but he lived in the U.S. for many years, long time ago. He was a real professional, with a long career that lasted over 50 years.
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Generally speaking, I think thimbles are easier to manipulate then cards or coins. so they are a good place to learn the fundamentals of manipulation - the acting, etc., that goes into a sucessful pass. So it's a shame they are fading in popularity, as they are a great way to learn the fundamentals of manipulatie magic.
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