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Topic: Match Pull
Message: Posted by: Brenton Keith (Aug 1, 2003 04:17AM)
Aloha! I am looking for the most reliable match pull in the market... Does anyone have any suggestions?? :die:
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Aug 1, 2003 07:13AM)
I understand that "Perfect Light" by Yigal Mesika is the best. I'm not speaking from personal experience as I don't use match pulls, but I've read very positive reviews of this version.
Message: Posted by: DJ Trix (Sep 16, 2003 06:55PM)
i have three of the match pulls Larry suggested. there great and are surefire. just make sure the paper is changed every 5 uses and buy replacements made for the gimmick. also, the self striking matches work best in my oppinion
Message: Posted by: Samuel Catoe (Sep 16, 2003 09:12PM)
What the heck is a self striking match?

Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Sep 30, 2003 01:10AM)
I believe DJ is referring to strike anywhere matches. As for the match pull a reliable one is simple to make. I was making them when I was 12 years old and never had any problems with the matches not lighting. You just need a folded square of cardboard with matchbook striker strips glued in. Insert your matches, wrap a rubberband around it for pressure, and pin it in your coat. When you need the lit match all you have to do is pull.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 9, 2003 12:45AM)
Have you contacted Dan Sperry? I think he is at:


Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Michael Sullivan (Apr 11, 2004 11:18AM)
I have played around with nearly all of the match pull and found them too unreliable at the best of times.
I tryed the rubberband around the striker board but it is unreliable also.
I have designed my own gimmick that I can honestly say is awesome and I have had a few magicians here in Australia test it for me and have sat down with friends and we have tryed it hundreds of time and it has never failed beleve it or not.
it can be made from basic supermarket purchased item and when seen you would see why it is so reliable.
I have put together a basic booklet witch I have sold 30 or so but have decided to create a more marketable version of the booklet.

If anyone is interested please contact me and we can work something out!

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 11, 2004 11:39AM)
Note, the strike anywhere match has stopped be produced in the U.S. I did a search on this and found the match manufactures stopped makeing them. I guess for child safety.

The match manufactures do not have web sites. You can only contact them by phone or mail.

I found a story on line of a guy who had to purchase several gross of strike anywhere matches from the manufacturer in order to get them. So as he said he has a lifetime supply.

So they have them but only with a lot of trouble and expense.
Message: Posted by: dgcuff (Apr 11, 2004 12:32PM)
On 2004-04-11 12:39, wmhegbli wrote:
Note, the strike anywhere match has stopped be produced in the U.S.

But in Canada, they're everywhere. Just a thought.
Message: Posted by: PyroJeffNic (Apr 12, 2004 12:29AM)
Lol yeah in Canada they're at Canadian Tire for like a dollar canadian (hehe 10cents american jk)
Message: Posted by: Leland Stone (Apr 13, 2004 10:04AM)
Hiya, Wmheg:

I bought several gross of the strike-anywhere matches when I was prototyping a new match pull a couple of years back (for some reason, my grandma called these "Lucifer" matches when I was a kid).

At any rate, I sealed them quite well in what I thought were air-tight containers. They were not. Now the remaining grosses of matches light either 'slow' or not at all when struck.

Okay, total losses were less than 10 bucks, but for those who find strike-anywhere matches, I'd keep 'em in a warm place with low humidity!

Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Apr 13, 2004 02:39PM)
I have an old match pull made out of metal. It has a hinged panel with a spring that pushes it against the top plate. You put a piece of striking paper in grooves on each plate and put the head of a match into the opening (by holding open the hinged plate). You then pin this in your coat. When you pull out the match it rubs against the strike paper and lights. It works pretty well. I have found that holding the match at an angle when pulling works best.

On 2004-04-11 12:18, MagicAussie wrote:
If anyone is interested please contact me and we can work something out!


Hi Michael,

I would like to see what you have. Why don't you make it into an ebook (e.g., a PDF) and sell it online?
Message: Posted by: PyroJeffNic (Apr 16, 2004 10:28PM)
I made some that I am starting to sell. so far its 100% success rate. pm me
Message: Posted by: TricksDaniel (May 1, 2004 01:41AM)
As far as the strike anywhere matches go, you can still find them if you look. I found a bunch at a local grocery store next to the charcoal section. For some reason when they sell out they keep getting more.
Message: Posted by: Kingry (May 12, 2004 08:44PM)
I have purchased three types of match pulls including the Tony Clark style. The most reliable I have found was on Ebay. Bought 3 for $5. The guys name was magic Ian. If you can't find them on there, PM me. They work 100%.
Message: Posted by: DmanO29 (Jun 7, 2004 01:47PM)
I thought that you guys were talking about pulls . . . like a vanishing match, lol. I made one of them and it you want instructions or anything pm me.
Message: Posted by: MagicbyCarlo (Jun 18, 2004 12:24AM)
Yigil Mesika's match pull is very good. Change the strike strip every performance and use 2 Kitchen sized safety matches taped together at the base and you'll have nearly a sure thing. However you still should sew in a back-up. Always have a back up and a lighter in case you need it.
Message: Posted by: Michael Sullivan (Dec 13, 2004 01:47AM)
I am in the process of creating some type of booklet or ebook which I will put online for sale very shortly so stay tuned

Message: Posted by: Michael Sullivan (Mar 22, 2005 07:42AM)

I have created a new match pull you can build yourself from material purchased from any supermarket, general store or Office supply Depot.

I works every time and you can make many pulls on a shoe sting budget.

Works every time.

I have put it into CD-Rom format and is called "D.I.Y. Match Pull"

Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster will have some at the upcoming US lecture tour, so if you catch 1 of those you can get your hand on this great new method.

$15.00 US

Else you can contact PM me on here and we can work something out for you!

Message: Posted by: Michael Sullivan (Apr 12, 2005 02:53AM)
My Match pull CD-Rom is now out and can only be purchased from me directly at the moment.

I have some info and screen shots on my web site and contact me from there if you become interested.


Message: Posted by: magicians (Jun 20, 2005 11:31PM)
Hey guys, I have been selling my match pulls since 1974, for the same price as in 74. Mine are the ones still used by Lance Burton, and Jeff McBride, and David Copperfield. These guys did National TV shows and Lance had six lights in a row on his live tonight show shot.
Dependelite match pulls are still selling, I list them on ebay now and then and on my web site http://www.tricks.ws
These little clips are made from extremely strong spring clips that hold the matchhead against the striker in a death grip. The routines I use also include flaming coins, match to flower holder and light. The trick sold 45,000 pieces from 1974 to 1979. (the original source for the clips dried up). I put them back on the market a few years later.
carried by distributors Tannens, magic City, robbins, Morris costume, [plus hundreds of retail shops. If I advertised them, you wouldn't be having this discussion.

Retial $3 each, 2/$5, 4/$10 and sometimes combo deals on ebay.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Jun 22, 2005 11:26AM)
I don't know what you guys are talking about. I went to safeway, purchased regular BBQ matches (NOT strike anywheres) and used the old rubberband and safety pin method (with a greed BRITES band) and they have worked 100% of the time, perfectly, and beautifully. (And each box has TWO strips one on each side).