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Topic: TT
Message: Posted by: Mugician (Nov 11, 2003 04:35AM)
Can someone tell me what is a TT? I've seen this in a few threads and don't know what it is. I'll probably slap myself in the forehead and say Duh!! when I find out what it is.
Message: Posted by: Jesper Amstrup (Nov 11, 2003 04:42AM)

Don't slap yourself too hard. :)

Message: Posted by: Johnnymysto (Nov 13, 2003 11:06AM)
Now you just have to learn about ID, ACR, DL, ITR, etc. :bg:
Message: Posted by: oldguy (Nov 13, 2003 02:02PM)
I'll give you a hint. It's most famous for being used with a lit cigarette or small silk. Tom
Message: Posted by: thief74 (Nov 13, 2003 03:38PM)
Lol, I never understood how you could get away with using a TT until someone showed me a trick using one.
Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Nov 13, 2003 06:51PM)
On 2003-11-13 12:06, Johnnymysto wrote:
Now you just have to learn about ID, ACR, DL, ITR, etc. :bg:
O.K. I know what the others are but what is a etc.? :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Magix (Nov 13, 2003 07:07PM)
Now, THAT'S funny!
Message: Posted by: DrDale (Nov 13, 2003 08:34PM)
It's also a great Car.
Message: Posted by: funnybusiness (Nov 25, 2003 02:16PM)
How can you vanish cigarette in a TT? I've mixed feelings about using a TT. I don't know whether I should use it in my routine. Before I got into magic, I remember one of my friends mentioned about using a TT to vanish an object, (he is a layperson.) Now I'm constantly thinking that a TT is a gimmick that is widely known to laypeople. So it wouldn't be a good idea to use it, as people might spot it. What do you think? :confused:
Message: Posted by: GaryW (Nov 26, 2003 05:37PM)
I'm pretty sure Mugicain is a 800+ penguin forum poster and probably already knows what at TT is... Building the post count for secret sessions... Looks like he made it.
Message: Posted by: jonesc2ii (Nov 27, 2003 06:43AM)
Funnybusiness, I've performed hundreds of tricks for my friends and family and had always steered clear of the TT. One day they were pestering me for a new trick they hadn't seen before so I vanished a silk. They loved it. They all thought it was the best trick they had seen me do. So never be put off performing a trick that you think might be a bit weak if there's a chance your audience will think it is strong. The TT is becoming slightly known in the lay community but as with any trick, those that know the secret won't be stunned by it, but most audiences will keep the secret to themselves. Most audience members realize that they're not going to impress anybody by shouting out your secrets.

A lot of people know about stripper decks but that shouldn't stop you using one if you can use it well.
Message: Posted by: Eirik (Dec 3, 2003 09:15AM)
True, as all magic gets more and more exposed,
magicians tend to get better and better at stealing, palming, ditching, misdirect and so on.
Magic does not need the exposure, but it needs the challenge in some way......

Message: Posted by: ALEXANDRE (Dec 3, 2003 09:54AM)
I've used the TT in front of people who know it and they didn't know I was using it.

Creativity is key here.

Sure the exposure keeps us away from the common TT routines, but there are many many ways to use this wonderful tool and going in front of a mirror or recording yourself performing various experiments will bring you to the discovery of them too.

I still use this tool today and will always, regardless of exposure. Think about it's varied uses and you'll soon agree.

Message: Posted by: cheesewrestler (Dec 3, 2003 03:18PM)
I think it was Al Baker who said you could use a chrome-plated one and people wouldn't notice, if you used it right.
Message: Posted by: espalding (Dec 3, 2003 03:53PM)
While I've vanished a silk for people and nobody has figured it out, I'm having trouble with how to work one into a routine. Just vanishing the silk seems kind of pointless in the middle of a routine, but I don't know any good way to dig into a pocket for the TT as part of a routine, and get it back there when I'm done, AND have the trick look like part of a longer routine.


Message: Posted by: pbg739 (Dec 3, 2003 05:04PM)

I pull an invisible silk out of the air, and make it vanish. I look around for it, and find it in my pocket. I grab the TT, pull the invisible silk out of the air again and put it in my fist where it becomes visible. I wave it, load back in the TT, make it vanish and say that it's back in my pocket. I reach in ditch the TT, and not finding it in that pocket, I look in my other pocket: nothing. The TT is gone, and I move on. Just an idea.

Message: Posted by: Vanished Zauberer (Dec 3, 2003 07:10PM)
I put on the TT and then say someting about how it can easily disappear, and stuff it into my hand. Then I say that there are little pieces floating around in the air and they can stick to my tounge. Then I pull it out of my mouth, and then stuff in into my shirt were it disappears. I pull it out of my pocket were the TT is ditched. Hope it helps :thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: JackDaniel (Dec 4, 2003 08:18AM)
Don't do TT work with silk if you don't feel that it fits your personality.
Vanish something else, or re-apear something you also use for another trick.
Imagination is the key..
Jack :smoke:
Message: Posted by: Magix (Dec 4, 2003 09:10AM)
I like the silk vanish a lot, but I agree with Jack. I like to vanish a dollar bill instead of a silk, because it fits better into my routines, which are mostly coin work.

I do a bill switch, switch back and then a complete vanish.
Message: Posted by: Scott Ocheltree (Dec 4, 2003 02:13PM)
I perform a routine about a "Magic Hole". I use an 18" silk which magically appears from a rolled up sheet of paper.

I tie the silk in a knot, and the knot disappears "through the magic hole".

Then I pass a coin "through the magic hole".

And finally (using a TT) I produce a silk streamer "out of the magic hole".

Sometimes, instead of a streamer, I will produce a long loop of string. I display the string so people can see it is large loop. Looking through the loop I ask the audience if they know what it is. They usually will say, "string" or something. I correct them with a wink and say it is The Magic Hole! I then use it perform several quick string figures (think Cat's Cradle).

I use a Vernet Jumbo or Giant TT in order to hold a larger load. After passing the coin through the silk, I put the coin in my pocket and slip on the loaded TT. after producing the streamer or string loop from the silk I leave the TT in the silk and put it away in my pocket or case.
Message: Posted by: TheMagical1 (Dec 4, 2003 02:40PM)
I remember going to a lecture about 7 or 8 years ago where Jay Scott Berry used one of his 'Eclipses' that was died neon yellow, to perform a silk blendo, and not a single magician there knew how he did it.
I also believe there is a company in Switzerland that can make you a custom one.
But on a personal note I keep one in every in every wastecoat, briefcase, jacket and backpack I own, as it is something I use often and I can even perform a haunted Hank with it, (I just wish I could remember who taught me how to do that)!

Michael A. :patty:
Message: Posted by: Mugician (Dec 5, 2003 11:31PM)
Hey GaryW,
You got the wrong Mugician. Someone does have that handle at Penguin but it isn't me. I was admitted to the secret sessions long ago my friend. I have even used a TT but seriously didn't know what this acronym meant.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Rice (Dec 6, 2003 07:14AM)
I love TTs. Great for swtching or vanising objects! :coffee:
Message: Posted by: cheesewrestler (Dec 6, 2003 06:07PM)
I also believe there is a company in Switzerland that can make you a custom one.

This might be hotTrix? Theirs are made there anyhow I think. The stock ones they do look pretty near custom already, as far as lifelikeness, & come in a couple different sizes.
Message: Posted by: Renegade (Dec 7, 2003 03:12PM)
This was my introduction to magic and my first lesson on the importance of patter and distraction and the secondary importance of "the gimmick". A lesson I need to relearn over and over. :fruity:
Message: Posted by: jbohn (Jan 23, 2004 02:00PM)
This is something I've been considering adding to my routine. I'll have to get one. Any recommendations?

Message: Posted by: Lagrange (Jan 23, 2004 03:11PM)
I'll never part with my TT. It's amazing how versatile such a small, cheap thing can be.

It's true that it's becoming more commonly known, but if your presentation is clean you can still mystify with it. I've swept mine within inches of spectators' eyes more times than I can count, and I've never been busted. It's actually sort of amusing sometimes. Even I can't believe I'm getting away with it.

But hey, if it works...
Message: Posted by: HeyLockwood (Jan 29, 2004 10:57AM)
The TT was my intro to magic also. I bought it at Al's Magic, in Washington, DC. Al's son, Stan Cohen, used a bright red TT to show me that when used right, it goes unnoticed... It's very common for us to simply rely on a prop, and forget about the all-important art of misdirection. If the focus is on the prop, rather than the effect, more practice is in order. That said, I'm gonna go dig up my TT and practice a bit.