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splunge
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Hi all. Casual amateur here. Dabble for my own entertainment and as a pediatrician, to amuse/reward my patients.

I've fooled around a little bit with IT. I find tying my own loops time consuming. I have a tarantula but find it too loud for real close work.

Any suggestions of sources to learn from, tips for practice, reels etc?

Thanks!
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IT tricks haven't been in my wheel house at all, but just recently to experiment I bought a pack of loops. I've enjoyed playing with them and they make for pretty strong effects if done well. The key with the loops is just to make sure they are properly and carefully stretched out before using them or they will snap. (There's several good Youtube videos on this) The other nice thing about loops is you can take any object that clearly hasn't had IT attached to it and then manipulate it with "Telekinesis" or whatever other relevant effect you want to employ. If you go to penguin magic (Or any of the sites) you can get a pack pretty cheap. The "Single" packs come with 8 or so loops in them. (The loops are mounted on a card in the pack. a certain number fit on each card. A "Single" pack is a pack that comes with one card's worth). Anyway, like I said, I'm no expert. Just getting into this area myself, but definitely something to check out.
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Splunge:

Get an alpha reel - a small one if you can (in searches all I could find is the large one. The large one will work but you'll have to put it under your coat/smock or whatever and poke the thread through a button hole. I have the small one and have it taped to a piece of cardboard - it goes in my shirt pocket. You have a very manageable situation where you have a considerable amount of control. You could stick the wax ball on the wall, float a small object, and they walk back and remove an object (pen or whatever) and at the same time ditch the reel. You will have fun with it. Caution - buy an ALPHA reel, don't do what I did and spend hundreds on reels that you throw away. My alpha has been working 6-8 years. If the thread breaks, you just pinch the reel in the middle, push the thread through a little guide hole with a toothpick, and you're back in business. https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S11595
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Loops are something you go through a lot of until you get a hang of the tension needed, breaking points etc. Tying them definitely does get easier, but your technique for tying them matters too. The Million Dollar Knot from Penguin Magic is a good resource for tying them quickly and efficiently, and the rest is just practice. Years ago when I first got into loop and thread work, there was a project released that actually had a tool or machine to help tie the loops - the name escapes me but if you do some research into loop tying you should come across some good resources.

The tarantula would definitely be a little too loud for a quiet office space, I don't know if maybe having some music in the background would help, or the way I go about it is only reeling the thread back in after the effect is over and the spectator has relaxed, and I make big motions so that the natural sound of me moving and rustling around hides the sound of the device. Remember they're not expecting to hear the reel, whereas you are listening for it, so to you, the sound will be super obvious. We hear so many sounds throughout our day that simply fall into background noise because they don't have our awareness of their existence, so the sound of the reel should go unnoticed if you can mask it with your general movement. When I do ring flite, there's always a jingle as the reel with their ring hits my keys, but just the act of me shifting my body around as I release the reel, makes the sound of the keys jingling seem to be caused by my movement, and not necessarily because a reel is hitting them. I've used a tarantula in many quiet settings - making a loud noise, whether through movement or by saying something, or asking them a question to distract them, should all be enough to mask the noise effectively.
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I hope Splunge doesn't mind me adding a question to this but I have an IT Reel that I was able to get working but was lost when it came to managing the lighting to keep it invisible.

Would appreciate any guidance where to use and not use IT as well as ways of minimising the thread lines on your fingers when doing floating in the palm of the hand.

Thanks.
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What the heck are IT tricks?
So many sleights...so little time.
"Slow...deliberate...natural." Bill Tarr

Cheers,
Teddy
Daniel A. Day II
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Invisible Thread.
michaelpenkul
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IT refers to invisible thread.

SamuraiStag, generally you want the light to be shining on you from the front, never from behind. I always casually take a look at where the lights are in the room and try to position myself around that.
Dark backgrounds work best - wearing black, not doing it over a white tablecloth etc. Broken up designs are better for the background than solid colours.
A dimly lit room will work much better than a super bright one or in direct sunlight. It's all about knowing when is a good time to do thread work and when you should stick to other tricks.
Lastly, if you have shiny thread that catches the light, take a black sharpie and put some marks along the thread every inch or so, to break up that shininess.

Hope that helps.
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Two classic videos that are fantastic places to begin learning:

Easy to Master Thread Miracles by Michael Ammar

Who's Afraid of Invisible Thread by Jon LeClair
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