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Topic: Need a new TT looking for a really nice one
Message: Posted by: omagico (Aug 25, 2019 01:42PM)
I say an ad years ago in Genii magazine for one that at the time was $150. I'm read to move on from my Vernet $10 TT. Any pointers??
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Aug 25, 2019 03:09PM)
Stick with the Vernet. Use the rest of the $150 elsewhere.
I can't imagine a TT costing that amount unless it is made of pure gold.
Message: Posted by: tbaer (Aug 25, 2019 05:56PM)
I remember that TT you were talking about. I forget the name but they were supposedly custom made to your thumb and also your color. I agree with Wravyn. Don't waste a lot of money for an expensive TT. If you use a TT correctly, the audience won't ever notice anything suspicious anyway, even if you are using a cheap one.
Message: Posted by: Mb217 (Aug 25, 2019 08:41PM)
Good words given here... A $150 TT is like a $100 pair of socks or a $50 hotdog, totally unnecessary. It won't make you do the effect any better. So yeah, your $10 TT is still more than good enough...In general, as already said, "Stick with Vernet." ;)

I've also seen on eBay where you can get some TTs that are pretty good, definitely good enough for the old classic effect, and really cheap!. Not only that, but you get "5 sets" for less than $2 bucks, the TT and even the little red hankies included. I bought some a while back to give away as teaching aids to kids with a real interest in magic when I happened to mentor them, and they love it!. :D They have a good-enough fit, feel and look to them, and were worth every bit of that $2. :D And it's still a great trick after all these years. :)
Message: Posted by: omagico (Aug 27, 2019 08:04AM)
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll change my TT routine a little bit to fix some viewing angle issues.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 27, 2019 09:24AM)
About 1975, J.B.Bobo and I were talking, at the SAM convention in Chicago, and J.B. asked me, "Have you seen this?" He did the now "classic" TT and small silk van. I had been on the road all that spring, and, had not even heard of it,

It looked great, I used it for several seasons as a quick opener, for the school show.

A couple of months, after I had started using it, I entered, and greeted the audience, and the TT fell off my T! --and, hit the floor. I didn't stop talking, I just bent down, picked up the TT and did the bit, No one had "noticed!
Message: Posted by: dalo (Sep 14, 2019 06:04PM)
Was it not a legendary magician who used to have one in silver or something very shiny?

No one ever saw it :-)
Message: Posted by: Julie (Sep 15, 2019 01:21AM)
'Way back when (when a plastic tt hadn't been developed), it wasn't unusual for someone using a tt regularly to wear the paint off the tt down to the "silver" colored metal. Dealers used to sell flesh colored paint specifically for repainting your tt and touching up other gimmicks.

I seem to recall Duke Stern lectured using a red tt for emphasis on how to handle and conceal one in actual performance.

Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 15, 2019 09:42AM)
Yeah! Duke was one of a bunch who did that~

My first TT cost $.25 from Abbott's, and Percy paid the postage!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 16, 2019 11:06AM)
[quote]On Sep 14, 2019, dalo wrote:
Was it not a legendary magician who used to have one in silver or something very shiny?

No one ever saw it :-) [/quote]

IIRC, it was the "inventor" of the TT He had a jeweler make it.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Sep 18, 2019 05:00PM)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. DON'T buy TT's online. Go to a magic convention or magic meet, some event where magicians get together and swap/sell goods. Take your time and find one that fits and is close to your skin color. Then buy it for $5.