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Topic: Thimble magic
Message: Posted by: Blackghost83 (Dec 20, 2008 04:03PM)
I have not seen many posts, if any, on thimble magic. I know it is an old style, but I am just wondering if anyone has anything to say on the subject. I try to incorporate all kinds of magic into my routines, and I am looking for tips.
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Dec 20, 2008 04:27PM)
Thimble magic can be fun and has a lot of possibilities.

Very good for close up and parlor type magics.
Rather than approaching someone and asking if they lost a knife, why not a thimble and then going into any of the above.

The can be produced, vanished, multiplied, change colors and be used like a mini cups and balls.

Sure, they're odd to lot's of folks but they're more than just a so, so trick (pun intended).

Unfortunately, often overlooked.
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Dec 20, 2008 05:12PM)
The funny thing is some audiences do not even know what a thimble is?
Message: Posted by: truesoldier (Dec 20, 2008 05:17PM)
As Jaz has mentioned you can do a lot with Thimbles.

If you are looking fo a good beginers reference that can still take you far in Thimble Routines, then try and get hold of a copy of the Thimble Magic Booklet by Jean Hugard

All The Best
Message: Posted by: thumbslinger (Dec 21, 2008 12:55AM)
I remember watching Shoot do some thimble work at the Castle in the close-up room. It wasn't your basic pop-off moves!
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 21, 2008 02:11AM)
I am soon going to be able to re-release my thimble routine... one which Jeff McBride is eager to get... stay tooned.
Message: Posted by: dcjames (Dec 21, 2008 08:50AM)
The Tarbell Course in Magic (Vol. 4 - Lesson 47 - Pages 73 - 101) contains numerous effects with thimbles including sleight of hand methods, gaffs, and a complete Thimble Act. There are also ideas for various holders designed to assist with steals and switches.

Perhaps the Tarbell lesson will give you a good starting point until Pete's routine is once again released.

Hope this helps,

Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Dec 21, 2008 09:47AM)
Shoot is very good with these...

Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Dec 21, 2008 10:50AM)
Steve Beam wrote a great book on the thimble magic of Joe Mogar ("Digital Effects"). Well worth checking out...

Looking forward to more info on Pete's routine, as well.
Message: Posted by: mstick85 (Dec 27, 2008 03:55PM)
Hello. Can anyone compare the Joe Mogar "Thimble Dexterity" dvd to the Shoot Ogawa thimble dvd that he has offered? I was just wondering what the pros/cons/differences might be between the two.

I saw Shoot's performance on YouTube, and it looked like he was using some larger thimbles. I currently have a set of Mogar thimbles, but do not have any instructional dvds and was looking to pick one up, and was wondering which one any of you guys might suggest.

Thanks and Happy New Year to everyone!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 28, 2008 01:06AM)
It's 2 different worlds.

Shoot teaches 1 routine.

Mogar's DVD is an encyclopedia.

You might want to check out Gary Darwin's thimble stuff and automatic thimbles for some different takes on the idea.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Dec 28, 2008 05:49AM)
You might check Sam Berland's Thimble Routines. He also sold complete sets of wooden thimbles--Thimble Jumbo is one that I recall--in addition to his regular printed routines.

His thimbles as supplied were red wooden pieces.

These pop-up on the big auction site every now and then.

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 28, 2008 12:42PM)
I started with Berland's thimbles. Then I played with Walsh's multiplying Golf Tees (much like thimbles but pointed) then I marketed my own routine through Ken Brooke, called "Pete's Peeper". Entire routine done facing forward, no silly moves and a kicker finish. Jeff McBride is waiting for me to get a set together for him. In the meantime I have come up with a new finish (same effect different prop) and will be trying to get some quantities so we can re-market. Stay tooned.
Message: Posted by: Eddie Torres (Dec 29, 2008 04:38AM)
I agree, get youself a Berland set and you'll be all ready to start, the little box comes with 8 wooden thimbles, a holder, a shot glass, a jumbo wooden thimble, dental dams and the routine booklet, all for like 15 bucks. It's an excellent way to begin. I still do a variation on his routine with my Fakini thimbles, I say they're toothpaste caps.

Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 29, 2008 05:40AM)
On 2008-12-21 10:47, lylemagic wrote:
Shoot is very good with these...
Wow, he sure is...Learn that and you won't need much else.. :) ...
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 29, 2008 10:58AM)
I love Shoot's work and he's a good friend... but what would you do with that routine as far as entertaining a lay audience?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 29, 2008 11:58AM)
On 2008-12-28 06:49, Julie wrote:
You might check Sam Berland's Thimble Routines. He also sold complete sets of wooden thimbles--Thimble Jumbo is one that I recall--in addition to his regular printed routines.
His thimbles as supplied were red wooden pieces.
These pop-up on the big auction site every now and then.

By the way, it looks like you can still get the Berland thimbles and routine [url=http://www.browsersden.com/catstart.htm]HERE[/url] , and the price is right...although I cannot access their home page at this time...
Message: Posted by: NurseRob (Jan 30, 2009 11:26PM)
Oh cool, another magical thing to do with my fingers...I am getting the gear from Mr. Mogar and gonna get to work..this looks really fun. I like the fact that big magic can come from such smallness.
Message: Posted by: NurseRob (Jan 30, 2009 11:30PM)

big magic can come from such smallness.

my wife has mentioned this a time or two..packing small and playing big is what close up is all about aint it?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 19, 2009 09:28PM)
In the last month I watched a great thimble routine and lecture. However, I don't think that the speaker ever knew that he was working with a mirror behind him!

It was still fabulous.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: MarkTirone (May 20, 2009 02:28PM)
Joe Mogar... nuff said ;)
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (May 20, 2009 07:05PM)
A friend of mine is great at thimble work. When he dose it people love at and it works. Something else to add he dose a routine with the large pen lid from white board markers as well. Just an idea you could substitute the thumb tips for something else.

For example,
-Foil rolled in to tips.
-Orgarmi cups in minuter.
-Hula Hop crisp ( A type of chip available in the UK)

There are some limitations to some moves by using these but hay just put it out there.
Message: Posted by: NathanManipulation (Aug 11, 2009 03:48AM)
Meh . . . thimbles . . . even though I do thimble magic, the only thimble (+ wand routine) that gets me mad because it is so amazing is by Yo Kato. Check him out.




Message: Posted by: lynnef (Aug 30, 2009 01:11PM)
I did some thimble routines for my wife's kindergarten class. The children and the teachers loved it! Many references out there. including Jeff McBride's 3 DVD set, which also has ball and coin manipulation. I got a set of 'automatic thimbles' along with a video... great presentation with multiplication and color changes etc
Message: Posted by: TXKEVIN (Oct 7, 2009 10:50PM)
;D - Thanks Yo Kato is amazing!
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 8, 2009 01:41AM)
My comedy thimble routine is now available. Go to http://www.petebiro.com and clik dthe link to "Pete's Peeper." (blatant plug).
Message: Posted by: noland (Oct 8, 2009 11:59AM)

I read the description of your thimble routine as marketed through Joe Stevens. The description provided is very sketchy--it simply says it's a "hide and seek" routine. Is there any more detail you could add to that?

Noland Montgomery
Message: Posted by: Mac_Stone (Oct 8, 2009 06:54PM)
Pete, do they come in red?
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Oct 8, 2009 08:33PM)
I will try to post a video. Hide and Seek, ie: the thimble jumps from finger to finger, then thumb and a funny bit that Ken Brooke said was worth the price. Then when they think you have two thimbles you actually have a stack of 10 (see photo on website)

We are working on various colors. Should know early next week.
Message: Posted by: absoulute (Oct 12, 2009 02:18AM)
I absolutely love thimble magic. It is just so easy to keep a few in your pocket. You are ready to perform just about anywhere after learning a handful of sleights.