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Topic: Yes on the baby powder
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Nov 12, 2009 01:40PM)
Seth told me a few times to use baby powder when working with IT. It seems to help tremendously. The IT really is a delicate instrument and my hands are like glue if they aren't powdered. The IT handling is the last thing I really need to get comfortable with before this weekend. The powder seems to be helping.
Message: Posted by: sethb (Nov 13, 2009 06:35PM)
Glad it's helping! I use it mostly in the summer for outdoor shows, when it's hot and humid. But it's helpful to cut down on friction (and the resulting IT breakage) almost any time.

Just be sure to get the cornstarch-based baby powder, not the talc-based stuff (it's supposedly not good for your lungs if you inhale some of it).

Good luck with the show, let us know how it works out. I'm doing two back-to-back Xmas Bazaars this weekend, so by Sunday night I probably won't be able to talk or walk! SETH
Message: Posted by: sethb (Nov 15, 2009 06:45PM)
It occurred to me that even if you are familiar with IT, most people have used it for levitations, but not for animations, which is a whole different ball game.

Anchors for levitations are usually done with magician's wax and no tying is needed. As Jeff discovered, tying IT (especially Kevlar IT) is a little tougher than using magician's wax!

And levis use a whole different skill set, to prevent the floating object from appearing to simply "hang" in the air, which is inartful and a dead giveaway. For animations, you need instead to learn how to guide the IT with your hands and run it through the hands, something that rarely happens with levis. Having done both, in my experience making something MOVE with IT is a different skill than making something FLOAT with IT.

Also, when something floats, most people assume (correctly!) that there is some sort of support, even if they can't actually see it. When the worm moves and it's done properly, a lot of people don't think of string or thread right off the bat. And even if they do, when they can't see a line, they dismiss that possibility and move on to magnets, static electricity, body heat, voice activation, cosmic radiation, etc.

This weekend, one lady even asked me if there was a gyroscope inside the worm. I told her I didn't think so, but that it was a good guess(!). She bought three worms for her grandchildren. SETH