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Topic: Thimbles
Message: Posted by: Garopr (Feb 1, 2004 11:24AM)
I just purchased the [i]World Class Manipulation[/i] DVD series by Jeff McBride. First let me tell you that they are really great.

Along with the DVDs I ordered the Jeff Scanlan's Universal Thimble set which are made out of wood. Even though the thimbles are beautiful and very well made, they don't "nest" into each other and, therefore, many moves and sleights that Jeff teaches in the series can not be performed with them.

Can anyone tell me which are the thimbles that Jeff uses in the video and where can I find them? Is there any other set that can work the same? In fact I was looking into the Vernet thimbles, but I am not sure that they will work either (I think they nest too deep).

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Feb 3, 2004 02:52AM)

I have some bad news for you, the reason McBride thimbles were made available is because the thimbles have not been available since the early 1980s.

The plastic thumbles that Jeff was using are from Europe and are rather inexpensive. The only source I know of the local magic store. I will PM you so you get first dibbs.

If you do not want any of these, you can buy metal thimbles from a fabric store. It is possible to manipulate these and they do stack.

Message: Posted by: Garopr (Feb 3, 2004 09:10PM)

Thanks for your reply. I just talked to a friend of mine in Spain and he says he can get me a nice set over there. I hope they work fine for what I want to do.

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Feb 4, 2004 12:43AM)
They are the only ones in the whole world so if they don't work it may be your expectations.

Are you in Spain?

Message: Posted by: Garopr (Feb 4, 2004 01:13PM)
No, actually I'm writing from Puerto Rico. In fact there are several thimble sets out there, at least four kinds that I know of. I was actually trying to see which ones are the ones Jeff uses.

Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Feb 4, 2004 04:47PM)
Get yourself some Fakini thimbles. They're the best around. Unless you'd like a set of BRIGHT day-glow orange wooden thimbles, I have a set to sell.

Steve Thomas
Message: Posted by: Dennis (Feb 9, 2004 01:10PM)
Has anyone tried the set available from Joe Mogar? How good are they?

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Feb 12, 2004 10:48PM)
The plastic tapered thimbles Jeff McBride was using in his videos are from Top's Magic from Denmark. They are only $6 for a set of 9 with a color change thimble. They even fit the little finger.

I do not have Mogar thimbles but they look just like the ones I picked up from the craft store for hobbyist to decorate. They are too thick for thumb palming and very large. I would not recommend this for manipulation.

Fakini thimbles I find too sticky. They are molded over a plastic thimble and the end move due to the molding above the plastic insert. I think they would want to stick to clothing and holders like his balls.
Message: Posted by: Shawn D (Feb 12, 2004 11:49PM)
Why don't you just buy the Nimble Thimbles? They are plastic and they nest together. I have been using them for about two years now.

Shawn D
Message: Posted by: Garopr (Feb 13, 2004 04:35PM)

Do you know how to order a set of Top's Magic Thimbles? I tried looking for them on the web, but could not find them.
Message: Posted by: jmagic (Feb 13, 2004 11:17PM)
When performing magic with thimbles, it is without a doubt best to use thimbles that are recognized as thimbles by everyone. It is foolish to use any other type of thimble that is especially made for magicians and is not like anything that anyone has ever seen anywhere else. The thimbles that nest inside each other are not good as it is easy to see that one is smaller than the other. And they are not real thimbles. It is always best to use a normal item, especially when doing close-up. Spectators are not stupid and when they see you using some special made item, they are not as interested as they would be with a standard item.

The best thimbles to use are plastic. They have a nice color and they look good on your fingers. Mogar thimbles are perfect for all types of thimble work and they have the great advantage of stacking together so that four thimbles can be handled as one. The moves, such as Mogar's Explosion and Implosion, allow you to perform miracles with thimbles that look like real magic.

The best book on thimble manipulation is [i]Digital Effects The Magic of Joe Mogar[/i]Śnew techniques never before described in print. This book is available at most good dealers or check out http://www.joemogar.com for the book and thimbles. Also, you should know that Jeff McBride uses Mogar thimbles for his close-up shows.
Message: Posted by: eddieloughran (Feb 17, 2004 10:33AM)
I've tried several different sets of thimbles but the set I use usually are some I bought from a fabric shop. They are metal and come in different sizes so that the one one my little finger fits as snugly as the one on my thumb. They don't look like magic props either.
Message: Posted by: Al Leach (Dec 23, 2010 12:50AM)
Does anyone have experience with the Fakini Thimbles and durability since Frank passed away?
Message: Posted by: jdmagic357 (Jan 12, 2011 05:40PM)
I'm not sure how this topic relates to impromptu magic but here's my two cents. I would never use anything other than regular thimbles to perform with. Neon, glow in the dark, black light type, all to me scream "magic prop". You want your magic to look real, so try shying away from the fake looking things. In fact why not use the tops of bottles or something similar. I've used, lip stick tops, rings, pen caps all to do thimble magic. If you were to just look around your environmen,t your bound to find something.

Hope that helps?

Message: Posted by: dennper (Jan 12, 2011 10:17PM)
I wonder how many younger people these days have ever even seen a 'real' thimble . . .
Message: Posted by: jmagic (Jan 26, 2011 02:23PM)
The same amount of younger people that have seen a real half dollar
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 26, 2011 03:05PM)
I am developing a routine using a travel size hair spray bottle lid.
Message: Posted by: Red Shadow (Feb 8, 2011 09:12AM)
I found Shoot Ogawa's thimbles were the best. They stack and have a sort of locking features that is great for a vanish at the end of all the thimbles together. They are ribbed so that they don't fly off your fingers when doing fast movements, long in size for visibility and very colourful for your colour changes. I open every one of my shows with my thimble routine and they are superb.

You will have to PM Shoot to order them if you want them.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Feb 13, 2011 02:00AM)
Just talked to Shoot and he still has 'em for sale. He's lecturing tomorrow at the Castle.