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Topic: Sizing Up - With a Thumb Tip
Message: Posted by: DerekMerdinyan (Jan 1, 2006 08:23PM)
I have bought 3 thumb tips, none of them fit (oh poo, there goes $9) :)

Any tips for picking the "right one?"

Derek Merdinyan
Message: Posted by: Sammy the Kid (Jan 1, 2006 08:38PM)
If they are of the rigid variety, soak 'em in HOT water for a couple minutes, then fit em to your thumb and spray it with cold water. That's how I size the $1.50 cheapies I use.

Sammy the Kid
Message: Posted by: Richard Evans (Jan 2, 2006 06:04AM)
I have big thumbs and have found this a problem too. The best solution is to buy them from a bricks and mortar magic store where you can actually try them on. Then get several so that you're all set for a long time.

Richard
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 2, 2006 06:22AM)
Place a broomstick or any other object that fits your thumb inside of the thumb tip. Next, heat it with a hair dryer to slowly expand it.

Dynamike
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 4, 2006 11:48PM)
I have never been able to get a broomstick to fit my thumb.

I have found a few that were the same size, though.
Message: Posted by: Sam Tabar (Jan 5, 2006 03:42AM)
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On 2006-01-05 00:48, Bill Palmer wrote:

I have found a few that were the same size, though.

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A broomstick the same size as your thumb? :)
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jan 5, 2006 04:03AM)
There are several sized thumbs and broomsticks. It all depends on the right fit for the magician. If can't find the right broomstick, try another similiar object with the same method.
Message: Posted by: MagiUlysses (Jan 5, 2006 08:10AM)
Greetings and Salutations,

I've had this problem myself -- the large Vernet was not big enough for my thumbs.

I solved the problem by dropping the TT into a cup of water, nuking it for a couple of minutes and then, carefully, taking the TT out and working a screwdriver handle of the appropriate size into the TT to expand it.

A couple of provisos -- be careful when fishing out the TT -- the water will have just stopped boiling, and don't use too large a screwdriver, broomstick, etc. to resize the TT or you could end up with one that's too large -- experience talking here.

After this 10 minute experiment I couldn't believe I'd struggled for so long with TTs that didn't fit.

As always, that's my $.02 (USD) worth. YMMV.

Joe in KC
Message: Posted by: Skarn (Jan 5, 2006 08:11AM)
Question, have you ever owned a thumbtip before?

I'm only asking this because when you say none of them fit....they aren't supposed to go past your knuckle. They will look longer than your natural thumb, but as long as it's not falling off, it will work fine.

Skarn
Message: Posted by: Paolo Venturini (Jan 5, 2006 08:40AM)
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On 2006-01-01 21:38, Sammy the Kid wrote:
If they are of the rigid variety, soak 'em in HOT water for a couple minutes, then fit em to your thumb and spray it with cold water. That's how I size the $1.50 cheapies I use.

Sammy the Kid
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Hey Sammy,

when you are soak'em in hot water, do you keep your thumb in?

Paolo Venturini
Message: Posted by: Face (Jan 5, 2006 04:50PM)
Try to find a place where you could try them on, I know it`s kinda hard when buying online, but if there is magic shop near you, this is the best advice I can give you...good luck!
Message: Posted by: DerekMerdinyan (Jan 8, 2006 06:37PM)
I will try the hot water method and see what it produces.

Overall, I guess the problem is that I can get the TT to fit on properly but I never have enough "load space." I will just have to go TT shopping and have someone who works there watch me try them on and see how they look ;)

Derek Merdinyan
Message: Posted by: Sammy the Kid (Jan 9, 2006 12:59AM)
Paolo,... no. I have small thumbs so I FIRST soak them in hot, near boiling water, THEN I squeeze them to fit my thumb better and I put it under cold water so it will stay the right size.

Sammy the Kid
Message: Posted by: sanman (Jan 14, 2006 09:46AM)
Skarn is right. The TT only needs to fit the 'tip' of your thumb, about 1/2" down. It is not a thumb 'shell'. It will be longer than your thumb... but, done correctly, no one will notice.

One I got this through my head I stopped worrying and my TT magic got better!