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Topic: Tensegrity
Message: Posted by: niva (Nov 28, 2017 01:18AM)
Hi guys!

I was wondering what type of t***** do you guys use for Tensegrity. The type I am using does not seem strong enough to support an extra card or object on the second card. Any help or tips please?
Message: Posted by: John Long (Dec 1, 2017 09:14PM)
I've not done this, but thought about it.
I have 2 pictures/video of this, but the quality is too low to know what is used

- do some trial runs with sewing thread, even stripping it a bit
- use lighter props - seems like the pencil would be the place to start, even just making it shorter,
- counter weight the cards
- double up on your IT

Let us know what works!

Message: Posted by: niva (Dec 2, 2017 05:02AM)
Thanks for your tips.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 2, 2017 03:19PM)
Another thing to try is separating some unwaxed dental floss. Those strands are pretty sturdy. Also with it being unwaxed, it is easy enough to color with a sharpie.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Dec 3, 2017 08:25AM)
I think you'll find what you need here:


Vectra is the standard, but I have used X2 with good results with other effects with a bit of distance. Vectra is pretty strong though.

Message: Posted by: Kyle Elder (Sep 4, 2018 12:59AM)
Hello Niva,
I know this thread is several months old, I haven't been frequenting the Café much lately. I stumbled upon this and figured I would share a little bit that could help. Patrick Snowden is a good friend of mine and we get together often and brainstorm together. We have played with his tensegrity concept a lot and have come with up with interesting touches and new ideas. Patrick is keen on using IT that has absolutely zero stretch to it at all for both tensegrity and his floating pen. Some threads that most consider to be static IT still has a minute amount of stretch to it. As far as the pencil goes, Patrick is also a wonderful wood craftsman. The reason his pencil balances in an impossible way is because he has made his own custom pencil out of balsa wood. It looks like a completely normal pencil but is feather light and weighted on the lead side, which allows him to balance it with the eraser side sticking off the card, it looks so impossible. He claims to make the pencil is a pain.
Another thing I will share is Patrick intended Trensegrity as concept in of itself. We have had lots of fun playing with the concept. I have since come up with a way to do tensegrity type things Without gimmicked cards that we have played with. It is a fun concept and I know he enjoys seeing other playing the idea.