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Topic: TT what tricks do you perform with it
Message: Posted by: paulalpha (Apr 22, 2018 06:21PM)
Many in the in the strolling, closeup and street magic forums say that one of their favorite utilities is a TT.

What tricks do you actually perform with it?

The only time I've seen it used in street magic was to make a silk appear and disappear, and it failed badly. The performer (who was mainly a stage magician) got caught at the end of the trick with the thumbtip. I think he was showing off for me, trying to demonstrate how to do street magic, and it seemed to me that he was OVER proving that his hands (with the TT) were empty at the end.

I've only used a TT once in a parlor setting to make a silk appear and disappear. I've been afraid to use it in a close-up scenario.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 22, 2018 07:42PM)
QUI NIMIS PROBAT, NIHIL PROBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paulalpha! You say that "...he was OVER proving that his hands (with the TT} were empty...". You very likely "nailed it"!

I have "worn out" a lot of TTs since I started using them in 1947.

I have NEVER had anyone even SUSPECT that I had used one. Although I have vanished a lot of silks, using both the "basic" method, so popular, and with the Burling Hull "Elusive" method, I have used that simple, BUT, marvelous "gimmick/feke" (Old timers like me, will argue whether it's a feke, of a gimmick.) for many more purposes than most magicians can imagine. That 25 cents that I spent for my first one, was an INVESTMENT!

There are times to be subtle, and, times to be bold, but, never times to be foolish. IMO, the performer that you saw was foolish. He didn't know the meaning of that Latin proverb that I began with. (Egad! I finished that sentence with a preposition!)

The Latin translates to: "HE WHO PROVES TOO MUCH, PROVES NOTHING! I suggest that you write that, in your notebook!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 23, 2018 07:06AM)
Oh! You asked for a "list"! Almost anything that will fit in one. Salt, or sugar vanish and repro lit match vanish. Bank Night, burned/restored handkerchief, etc.
Message: Posted by: MichaelJae (Apr 24, 2018 08:05PM)
While visiting my wife's aunt in California, I performed 4 consecutive routines using a m*****i* tt and also 1 spongeball.
A silverware routine
Vanishing salt routine
Lit cig vanish routine
Spongeball routine
15min of entertainment
Message: Posted by: warren (Apr 25, 2018 02:09AM)
I only really use it for a bill switch and I haven't even done that for a while due to dry hands.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 25, 2018 05:28AM)
I learned the HUNDRED DOLLAR SWITCH from Mike Koslowski, WITHOUT a TT. in Chicago, when he first wrote his booklet. --Now,I can't do it WITH a TT!
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Apr 29, 2018 08:52PM)
I hand out my business card using a TT as a "Secret Weapon", balancing the card face forward, long-side up and down, on the back of my hand with this line.."I bet you've never seen a Magic Business card.....so.here...watch this!"

Here's "The Move".... With the TT on my right thumb, I grasp my card held in my left hand, leave the TT behind it, revolve it, grasping the card and hidden TT in my now clean right hand, and placing the card on the back of my left hand, balanced against the TT sitting behind the card on the back of your hand. Let it sit there for a while while you enjoy the look of shock on the spectator's face, then reverse the moves to clean up and hand out your card.

Try it....simple, effective, and a GREAT way to hand out your Magic Business Card!
Message: Posted by: paulalpha (May 1, 2018 02:08AM)
Gentlemen:

Thank you for your responses. I note that none of you seem to like vanishing and appearing a small silk. I will start working on these other uses of a TT.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (May 1, 2018 11:21AM)
Ha! I inadvertently left out the silk vanish w/TT!! I use an 18" half silk, and a large Vernet. I used it for several seasons, back in the '70s, as a quick opener. I have used it since for walk around gigs, and other casual situations.

In the school program, the 20th C Silks is next to closing, and, I use the "ELUSIVE" silk vanish (Burling Hull's routine( with the "decoy" silk scrap.) It even blows away the young magicians, who have not learned the hasics!!!
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (May 1, 2018 01:53PM)
I've never done much with a TT. But doesn't McBride do his rainbow wishing streamer a lot in ad hoc situations? It seems to work for him. :)
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (May 7, 2018 12:46PM)
The small silk effect is fantastic and blows minds.

I also use it for vanish and reappearance of salt (or sugar)

Liquid from hand to hand

Cut and restored rope

Holding/hiding a magnet

I have used it in coin work, it can hold a lot of dimes

I'm sure there is a lot that isn't coming to mind right now.
Message: Posted by: Oscar999 (May 10, 2018 03:49PM)
I only use it for a bill switch.

But after watching McBride's At the Edge DVDs I did go out and purchase a couple of rainbow streamers... however, it really didn't suit me, so I dropped it. Although, it does elicit bemused appreciation and laughter from people when you a pull a rainbow out of nowhere.

I am presently working on something involving needles that may use this device...

Oscar
Message: Posted by: Carta Mundi (May 11, 2018 09:15PM)
I like Richard Osterlind - Sweet and Low.
Message: Posted by: Chris.Z (Sep 4, 2018 09:13PM)
[quote]On May 1, 2018, Terrible Wizard wrote:
I've never done much with a TT. But doesn't McBride do his rainbow wishing streamer a lot in ad hoc situations? It seems to work for him. :) [/quote]


Yep.

It's a great casual carry piece. Totally overlooked
Message: Posted by: mrsmiles (Sep 8, 2018 01:06AM)
If you want to see a vast range of applications with a TT, I recommend the following...
> Gary Darwin tripple dvd
> Jay Sankey $100 bill switch dvd (it has many more routines than just the bill swithch)

You will see the full range including most of the things reommended by others above so far and a great deal more.
Good luck...
Message: Posted by: Kyoki_Sanitys_Eclipse (Sep 8, 2018 10:29PM)
I mainly use mine for a silk varnish for the kids. However I always carry a second loaded with a two dollar bill. That way when I get done with two dollars window I'm ready if they ask can you do it with my two dollar Bill's. Also for the person that knows how two dollar window is done. Then I ask to two ones and boom
Message: Posted by: Sharktale (Dec 8, 2018 08:07PM)
Long time ago I saw some on perform something similar on TED.
It is good for parlor seting. Bill switch to higher denomination with a story - "Difference between magic trick and real magic". Borrow a bill. I use M. Ammar technic for switch. "What you see is trick, only a slight of hand, it a good trick, but only a trick..." "It's not real magic..."" Finish the switch. "The true magic will be when I would give the money away, and you know what? I can do it!!!" Then I give the higher denomination bill away. People can check it out, make sure it really is real money. Than I say "have you read the Cinderella story?" Point to watch- "until 12 a clock" this creates a load of lights.
Message: Posted by: SKILL (Dec 10, 2018 12:27PM)
I use it for a bill switch only
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Dec 12, 2018 11:27AM)
When I do Snowstorm I use a TT to steal a white silk before producing the snow. Works great and there is no water involved.
Message: Posted by: Mark Williams (Dec 12, 2018 01:02PM)
Here's what I do...

[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnKzDDslJBc[/url]


Best Magical Regards,

Mark Williams
Message: Posted by: jnork (Dec 12, 2018 05:55PM)
Hey all! Bill switch and T&R sugar packet.
Jason
Message: Posted by: imgic (Dec 19, 2018 11:44AM)
David Williamson, in his Penguin lecture, shows the salt pour routine he did while strolling, using a TT. It's a nice routine, and it resets itself for the next table by the time you're done...very clever stuff.
Message: Posted by: shooz (Dec 19, 2018 05:49PM)
David Williamson also used one on one of his videos to produce money from a pen cap, and then vanish it again.
Also, didn't Ammar use it with a story his grandfather told him, again using some coins?
Shooz
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Dec 25, 2018 03:09PM)
I use it in every gig, multiple times. Dan Harlan teaching TT Tarbell, specifically the cut and restored headset. TT Streamers and the4color silks that weld together.
Message: Posted by: Dollarbill (Dec 25, 2018 08:29PM)
[quote]On Dec 19, 2018, shooz wrote:
David Williamson also used one on one of his videos to produce money from a pen cap, and then vanish it again.
Also, didn't Ammar use it with a story his grandfather told him, again using some coins?
Shooz [/quote]

41 cent miracle is the trick Ammar does. The story line is excellent! So is the trick.

I have several and never use it anymore. In the beginning (early 90's for me) I would kill people w/ a silk and tt.
Message: Posted by: Charles Gaff (Jan 1, 2019 08:32PM)
Cool balancing act mark.
Message: Posted by: Wx4usa (Jan 11, 2019 07:33AM)
The cut and restored string, rubber band, headphones
Signed, opened, poured and restored sweetener packet
Silk vanish production
Bill change, bill print from blank piece of paper, mis made bill, holes in bill change position, sequential serial numbers in bill change, torn and restored bill.
Salt vanish
Salt from an empty salt shaker
Sneaky: Tear open a mini bag of M&Ms or Skittles, sneak a few - then fully restore the package.
Apple AirPod vanish.
Linked 2 pieces of chain provided by spectator.
Bent penny
Torn and restored napkin
EZ lotto, $100 bill in 4 small pay envelopes. $1 bill in each one.
Pay envelope silk switch... changes color.
TT blendo
Nuts and bolts. 2 washers, 2 nuts and 2 bolts magically screw themselves together.
Water from an empty mini solo cup held by a spectator.
Un Tie me. 4 different colored pieces of yarn tied together and placed in pay envelope given to spectator untie themselves.
5 dimes to half dollar
Counterfeit Strip: Streamer from a dollar bill. (Anti-Counterfeit strip) Then give the bill to the spectator --- then vanish the bill to avoid arrest for tampering with it.
CLOROX: Color change silk in spectators’ hand- Colored silk turns white!
Yukkie: Did this for kids once. Signed note is produced in sealed can of beanie weenies held by kid.

These are just some fun silly things I do with just a TT
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 12, 2019 03:36PM)
Card stab.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jan 13, 2019 05:29PM)
Taking a different tack - there are time in which the TT can be visible in place of your real thumb,

For 'example, a basket with a handle can be held with the fingers inside and the thumb behind the handle and sticking out.
During the effect a TT replaces the thumb and is visible sticking our behind the handle. This frees up your thumb for steals or other hidden action.

Other folks may have some ideas along this line
Message: Posted by: debjit (Mar 18, 2019 03:33PM)
My favorite is the Cigarette Vanish in the Spectator's Shirt
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Apr 22, 2019 03:20PM)
[quote]On Apr 25, 2018, Dick Oslund wrote:
I learned the HUNDRED DOLLAR SWITCH from Mike Koslowski, WITHOUT a TT. in Chicago, when he first wrote his booklet. --Now,I can't do it WITH a TT! [/quote]
Koslowski didn't use a TT either.
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (Apr 26, 2019 09:38PM)
I think my favorite TT effect was when Aldo Colombini, performing for SAM 252, made a grand production out of vanishing a TT... by using a bigger TT, of course. It was very Spinal Tap. :D
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Apr 29, 2019 08:57PM)
[quote]On Jan 13, 2019, funsway wrote:
Other folks may have some ideas along this line [/quote]

The balancing playing card/business card principle is another alternative use.
Message: Posted by: sebola (May 24, 2019 07:29AM)
[quote]On Apr 29, 2018, Rainboguy wrote:
I hand out my business card using a TT as a "Secret Weapon", balancing the card face forward, long-side up and down, on the back of my hand with this line.."I bet you've never seen a Magic Business card.....so.here...watch this!"

Here's "The Move".... With the TT on my right thumb, I grasp my card held in my left hand, leave the TT behind it, revolve it, grasping the card and hidden TT in my now clean right hand, and placing the card on the back of my left hand, balanced against the TT sitting behind the card on the back of your hand. Let it sit there for a while while you enjoy the look of shock on the spectator's face, then reverse the moves to clean up and hand out your card.

Try it....simple, effective, and a GREAT way to hand out your Magic Business Card! [/quote]

Wow, your idea sounds incredible. Would love to see a video of this moves :D
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (May 25, 2019 01:51PM)
Look at Mark Williams’ video linked on the previous page. He uses a playing card, but the moves with a business card should be the same.

Patrick