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Topic: Tail pocket question
Message: Posted by: freefallillusion1 (Sep 10, 2010 03:05AM)
Hey all,

Years ago, I used to do a manipulation act which called for frequent use of my tail pockets. As for attaching the edge of the pocket to my pant leg, I always just safety-pinned it in place (very simple, yet very effective). Does anyone here have a better solution? There are several ways, such as a simple loop and button, but after the manipulation act, I want to remove the jacket and not be left with anything visible on the back of my pant leg. Thanks!

Message: Posted by: John T. Sheets (Sep 10, 2010 03:15AM)
You may consider a very small loop of fabric or ribbon on the pants and a "lobster claw" clasp on the pocket. I hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: dahih beik (Sep 10, 2010 06:54AM)
The best is Velcro, or you could use a clips very small in size, like the ones used to temporarily close the sleeve.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Sep 10, 2010 10:26AM)
A ladies dress hook in black, sewn on the pant leg, would be okay and not be noticed much. They call them hooks and eyes at the fabric store. They come very small. Ladies use them to hold the zipper flap of material closed, to conceal the zipper.
Message: Posted by: Mr.Dennis (Sep 10, 2010 02:43PM)
There's no need to attach your tails to your pants. If you have your tail pocket made the right way, it will always be opened up just a little bit. If you practice enough, you will hit it every time. I vanish two yo yo's, 1 metal van. cane, and 1 dove during my act. Of course, the dove is last.
Message: Posted by: greatscott (Sep 10, 2010 10:18PM)
I, also, do not attach my tail pockets to my pants. I find no problem with them not being attached.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Sep 11, 2010 12:21AM)
I first thought of Velcro, and then small magnets for a silent release. However, if I were to do it, I think I'd go with snap fasteners (colored to match your pants and jacket).
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Sep 11, 2010 08:04AM)
Use a hook and eye. Very small and works very well.

Message: Posted by: John T. Sheets (Sep 12, 2010 05:04PM)
On 2010-09-11 09:04, hugmagic wrote:
Use a hook and eye. Very small and works very well.


Yes, I forgot about this, as I no longer use an attachment. The hook and eye does work extremely well, and is very invisible.
Message: Posted by: magicofrowhan (Sep 21, 2010 12:50AM)
I have a magnet sewn in to the pocket and have one in the back pocket of my pants btw I just bought another tail coat and I want to buy a couple more does any one know the prices that general grant sells them at.
Message: Posted by: freefallillusion1 (Sep 22, 2010 11:12PM)
Hey all,

Thanks for the great advice- here's what I ended up going with. What I wanted was something that was rock solid and would not let go, yet could be released quickly and would leave no visible "anything" on my pantleg. That rules out snaps (not 100% secure), as well as velcro (visible afterwards) and I wasn't sure about the magnet because it would need to be really strong and I don't want to stick to an illusion later in the show. So, I tried the hook and eye using the smallest black ones I could find. The tiny black eye part is virtually invisible on my pants. However... just barely moving was all it took for these things to come undone and it happened every time. So- I got two small alligator clips and sewed one to each tail pocket (where the hooks had just been). I simply allow the clip to bite the small eye that's sewn to my pants and viola! It WILL NOT come loose but is easy and quick to remove. Hopefully someone else can use this! Thanks again everyone!