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magicHart
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Yea, the metal thump tips from the late 50's and 60's were not long, tight fits too!
My first came from Jack Chanin at his studio on Chestnut or Walnut street in downtown Philadelphia

The world famous vanishing cigarette trick. That was a big thing back then.
rogerpierre
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I always loved Francis Carlyle's idea of tearing off the smokers end of the cigarette, handing it to them and saying "Your receipt!"
MartiniMagic
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I would guess that cigarette tricks are not as popular due to all the laws. Would you ever imagine that smoking would be prohibited in so many places.
Mercurio
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In Washington state, it's a different kind of cigarette (the herbal variety) that is popular now.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Initiative_502

Bring on your metal thumbtips. They probably don't even need special coloring since the audiences won't be watching that closely. Smile
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One of the first tricks I ever bought came with a metal TT. Think it was Tenyo's Silk from Hanky. The TT was a weird colour that I doubt would match anyone's skin type, worked a treat though because it was so smooth and didn't get sticky.

Nick
Dick Oslund
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Ha! My first TT came from Percy Abbott, about 1947. Percy was having a "sale", and I paid $.25 for it!

I'll do an archaelogical dig and pass along the name of the "inventor" or the TT. Jon Racherbaumer passed along his name,and I filed it away too well.

Someone above mentioned the GOBLIN TT. I sold my P&L GOBLIN TUBE to a collector eons ago. It came with a LONG TT and of course, was metal.

Hey...I think the TT "INVENTOR" was Robert Nickle, but don't quote me, until I check.

Robert SANDERS:::I have a complete set of the late KEN ALLEN'S "Pyromaine" act TTs.

I also have a handful of metal TTs LARGE AND SMALL. One of these days, I'll dig them up and sell 'em.
james prince
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I remember working with the late Pat Page and the talk moved to thumb tips (I think he had just written a small book on them)

To illustrate a point he fished out his thumb tip, which was made of brass.
The paint has long since gone and the constant movement in his pocket over the years had shone the brass up. He claimed this gave him no problems whatever

Who am I to argue with a Master?
Dick Oslund
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On Jul 7, 2014, james prince wrote:
I remember working with the late Pat Page and the talk moved to thumb tips (I think he had just written a small book on them)

To illustrate a point he fished out his thumb tip, which was made of brass.
The paint has long since gone and the constant movement in his pocket over the years had shone the brass up. He claimed this gave him no problems whatever

Who am I to argue with a Master?


Yes! Pat was a friend, and he KNEW TT's!

My first one (in the '40s) cost me $.25 from Percy Abbott, and the paint wore off quickly. There are plenty of "stories" of various old timers using TTs painted RED. I think Al Baker was the first to mention it.

I still have a small handful of the old metal TTs, and occasionally they prove quite useful!
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If anyone is interested here is where you can still buy a metal thumb tip.
http://www.etrickshop.com/thumbtips-and-......cessory/
The one I got is copper and painted flesh color.
John
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