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Alex DLF
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Product description : Invisible thread is something everybody has heard of, but not many have experienced it, mainly because the setups were too complicated. This little baby will revolutionize the whole concept of thread I think. Basically, it's an ITR built in a watch which gives the hour ! It looks and feels like a James Bond item, it works as a dream. So you can have on you at all time, your thread ready to go, to do some amazing coin levitation or haunted packs ! Is it good ? Let's find out !

Price and where to buy it : This is sold at 160€ ($175) and you can find it bigmagie.com, a French Magic shop.

What you get : You get a actually 2 things, one is the DVD, which is well shot, in French and in English. They teach you how to use your watch, how to set it up, change batteries etc.. They also have included some routines you can do with it, even if most of the thread workers will come up with their own routines. The DVD is well shot with 2 angles, which allows you to see in depth what's happening. The second thing you get is the watch in itself, along with 10 batteries (2 are needed in order to make the ITR works) and a little screwdrive. The watch looks like a regular watch to me, it works as a regular watch. The mechanism is well hidden inside and access to the thread is easy. The strap is made out of leather so the whole product feels quality, you won't be disappointed by it !

Teaser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVf0tehhLEQ

The pros and the cons : Here is the core of my review, let's begin with the cons, as I will usually be doing, I prefer to keep the good things for the end.

THE CONS :
– The watch may feel a little too big for some people. I do believe the size is correct and won't surprise your audience, they won't suspect anything.
– The batteries die out quite quickly, half an hour playing with it and I already need to change them. So be careful not letting this badboy on for too long.
– It's maybe a little bit expensive but now having seen the gimmick, I can tell you it's worth it !

THE PROS :
– Finally you can have your thread on you at all time ! I know they were other options available like Spider Pen Pro or Tarantula but I've never feel confortable with them. The watch here stays on my wrist and I can use it or not but I have it with my at all time.
– The watch is elegant and looks quite nice in my opinion, I wouldn't have any problem wearing it all day long.
– The little screwdriver provided is here so you can adjust the speed of the rewinding of the thread. This is a very interesting feature which allows you to completely customize your own watch.
– The watch does actually tell the time which is great, I can wear it all day, now the time whenever I want and be ready to perform amazing levitation or animation.
– You must use Mesika Spider Thread which you can place inside the mechanism, it works great.
– The on and off switch is a thing of beauty, they really thought about it, you feel like James Bond when you're activating it !

Overall rating : I love this watch, it does what it says on the tin, however, I don't do much thread work, I mainly use loops which I find more convenient. But this watch would be perfect in any thread worker routine, 3.5/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, you get the same difficulty than with any other thread product, it can break so you have to break it a few time to discover the maximum tension, 3/5 stars.

Similar products : Spider Pen Pro, Tarantula, Centrifugal, Invisible, all those products can achieve pretty much the same thing. I do find the Watch It V2 Pro to be more convenient and easy to use.


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tomstian88
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Great review
Seem really good but for that price I think the battery should last longer.

I think this looks really interesting, but dosent seem like many people have bought this.
Makes me wondering why.

Cant find much review about the watch either.
nbuzza
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Just ordered one and looking forward to posting a review shortly!
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Thanks for this review. About the batteries; There are huge differences between the makes. Cheap Chinese can be really weak and old batteries too. It could be a good idea to buy few different make batteries and test them. You can also measure the batteries before the show to be sure that you have good ones. There are many kind of meters and the only way to be sure about the battery, is to load them during the measuring process. If you have a meter, you could take a bad battery which still shows sometyhing, and keep it connected to the meter. If the measure drops, it probably loads the battery. If you have a multimeter, you can load the batteries by using the 10 Amps range but when measuring small button batteries, you should do it very quickly. One second or something. It is almost the same as short cirquit, so it can cause even good battery to drain. Before and after the loading, measure the voltage and if it doesn't drop too much, the battery looks fine.

The best way to measure using multimeter, is to use a load resistor of something like 10 ohms which loads of approx 150 mA. Keeping this for 30 seconds to one minute or so and look the voltage, if it drops. You can learn to read the dropping speed and use that to measure the batteries before the show.

I don't know, what batteries does this watch have but if it is LR44 (the most common button cell) it has approx. 150 mAh capacity. It means that it can be loaded one hour using 150 mA current.

The batteries last longer if you use as small force as possible. The more speed you turn, the more it takes current. When you keep the thread tightened, the load is the largest and the motor draws the largest current.
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I just bought mine ill let you guys know as soon I get it
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Aloha Gentlemen! I missed your thread here and started another. Here's the reference: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......72296#10

Thank you ALEX DLF for your detailed review! Does this use the MESIKA SPOOLS? For the Spider pen? Or is it just bulk IT?
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On Aug 24, 2018, StarManager wrote:
Aloha Gentlemen! I missed your thread here and started another. Here's the reference: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......72296#10

Thank you ALEX DLF for your detailed review! Does this use the MESIKA SPOOLS? For the Spider pen? Or is it just bulk IT?


Yep, this uses the mesika spools Smile
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On Aug 23, 2018, Alex DLF wrote:
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On Aug 24, 2018, StarManager wrote:
Aloha Gentlemen! I missed your thread here and started another. Here's the reference: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......72296#10

Thank you ALEX DLF for your detailed review! Does this use the MESIKA SPOOLS? For the Spider pen? Or is it just bulk IT?


Yep, this uses the mesika spools Smile


Thank you! That makes this a winner for me! The spools have an "X" cut in the top. Using the X you can measure out an amount of IT, lock the thread in the X cut on the spool, and then spool it back in. Once that is done when you pull out the IT it "STOPS at the hold part. That giovbes you a LOCKING IT reel when you want it. Seems great. Love the Café! Someone always knows!!!
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Hey StarManager,

It figures I’d find you here. We are always looking to buy a new watch. I haven’t bought this yet. Please give us a review when you get it. I’m still on the fence.
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Is it easy to refill? Haven’t played with thread much since the double ended spool nightmares es of the 80’s...
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On Aug 24, 2018, funnyclown wrote:
Hey StarManager,

It figures I’d find you here. We are always looking to buy a new watch. I haven’t bought this yet. Please give us a review when you get it. I’m still on the fence.

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LOL Funnyclown! Well - I like it but decided not to get it. I have an Apple Watch 3 and a lot of mentalism that goes with it. I also live with that watch. It kills me to put on the smoke watch and do it rarely because it is gaudy and looks like irt produces smoke or hides a deck of cards - and I'm 6'2 - 250 lb. Finally - while I lust for the gadget here I love my spider pen and it is actually more functional as is Tarantula 2. So I'm out!
"I'm a professional magician and once in a while I even work." Jonathan Todd Excelsior (StarManager)
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