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MacGyver
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http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/pro......tem=4725


So basically this is a kit that takes a mold of your finger, pictures of your fingers, and a self selected skintone that matches your fingers, and he crafts a thumbtip specifically that has all your wrinkles and even a nail that is not only nail material, but shaped like your nail!!!!

all for only 75 bucks.


Thoughts???
oagwood
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Seems like a lot of money for something that shouldn't be seen anyway. Some people like the extra security though, so I won't knock it, and of course it does sound really cool.

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In the past I remember performed in a magician's club with a green thumb tip just to show them that you do not have to worry if you use it correct...What to say...If you want to use the perfect realistic stuff you will have to pay more!
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Larry Davidson
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It sounds like a solution in search of a problem.
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Here is another thread on this subject.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......09&8
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Look, I'm all for realistic TTs and all that . I've never tried to be a macho man and perform with a bright red one or bright chrome one ......... (personally, I think that is a Magic "urban legend" ) .
I've used Vernet's and also the vinyl version from Japan favored by Jay Scott Berry. Never been caught .

So, c'mon : $75.00 for a TT ? ! ?

Here's a shocker : I saw Vernet TT's at the local Sam Flax art store for $1.00 each today . Great price. Shows you how large the mark-up is on these things . Most magic shops sell them for somewhere between $2.25 to $3.50 . Obviously, it is possible to make money on them for $1.00 each since I know the Sam Flax art store is not selling them for a "charity price " . Probably actual cost of Vernet TT's is .45 cents .
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Larry Davidson said, "It sounds like a solution in search of a problem."

What a GREAT line, Larry! And very much the case for this item. Makes me want to think of other accessories to which this line coulr be applied.
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Actual cost of a Vernet is: $.70
We always give magicians a fair price at White Rabbit $2.00-$3.00 depending on the style. Regular people get charged more. Don't want everyone running around with a TT now do we. *s*
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I feel that these are ment for the proffesional who can go out and spend a couple hundred dollars for an effect that they will use.

When you think about it, a TT bill switch routine, the only cost is the TT, which is about 1-4 dollars.

For a mere 75 dollars you get a CUSTOM tt that has an actual nail, your wrinkles, your skin color, and the ends are narrower to blend in better(i've always wished vernet would taper more than they currently do).


I think that if you are a pro, and perform any TT routine, WHY NOT get one? In the rare case that you flash, or have someone that knows about TT's looking for one, you will have the confidence that you are using an exact copy of your thumb, and that it blends in perfectly with your hand.

To me, 75 bucks is cheap for a solid gimick that will work for so many routines....
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I am a pro, but I see no need to throw out money.

75 bucks is not "...cheap for a solid gimmick that will work for so many routines..." compared to a few dollars for the same thing.

I'm not adverse to spending money (who else do you know that spent $6000 for a coin routine?) but am adverse to "wasting it."

I think the target market for this is the same people who would buy an electric dog polisher or a fur-lined sink (thank you Steve Martin).

Larry
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Hey
I'm not much for thumb tricks but it does sound worth the money
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Having been one that has ordered 3 (THREE), I believe they are worth every penny. I use a TT all the time, and have NEVER had a problem with the ones I use (hard Vernet).

Think of it as driving a Neon vs a Jag: It not only feels better, looks better and has more room, but you also have a sense of security and confidence. In the end they both will get you where you are going.

Again this is my personal opinion...
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Well you can always use it to fool your buddies at the club , hey look I'm gonna vanish the hanky , you know I'm using a tt but hey you still cant manage to see it for its so camaflauged
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With all this talk of being able to use a green or red TT, I wonder if anyone has tried with a camaflauged one (you know the shades or green and brown).

Hmmm...this gives me an idea!
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The cheapest TT with realistic detais is probably the one made by hotrix.
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I personally think this custom tip is for those who:

1. Have money burning a whole in the pocket.
2. Don't have enough confidence to use a regular tip.
3. Don't have the experience to use a regular tip.

Just my two cents, but I'll continue to use the cheap Fun Inc. tips.
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Or perhaps a fourth category:

4. Appreciate superb workmanship and top-notch quality.

I don't own one, but that's a reflection on my tightness, not on Keith's thumb-tip.
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Quote:
I personally think this custom tip is for those who:

1. Have money burning a whole in the pocket.
2. Don't have enough confidence to use a regular tip.
3. Don't have the experience to use a regular tip.


I see that Whit Haydn ordered one. It's hard to imagine exactly which category he fits into? I know that he has the skill and confidence to use a TT, but he might also see the chance to improve his performances by using better equipment. (Just a guess.)

It seems it's an individual choice to buy it or not and shouldn't really impact those who choose not to. Hopefully I'm not ruffling any feathers, if so I apologize.

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Alan you've obviously never performed a bill switch in a well lit room surrounded. I don't care how well you perform, or how much confidence you have, if you do a billswitch in a well lit room and spectators are stood all around you they WILL see the tip stuck on your thumb. I know you should select effects for the circumstances but if using any available gimmick makes the effect usable under more circumstances then DO IT. I've had one of Tom Lautens (www.nimbacreations.com) "Elite TT" made. It has given me the confidence to do the Bill Switch SURROUNDED AND CLOSE UP in walkaround situations, I don't have to worry about someone coming up on the bad angle and "catching a glimpse"

It's just another tool that improoves the working magicians lot.

Just my 2 pence worth.

Al.
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Well, I can see the value a little. Some people have very large thumbs. It's not a problem for me, the size used by D'Lite is perfect or me.

Then again I would really like one that is large enough to fit completely over the thumb without a space at the top. I could use that for a swami gimmick.
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