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WhiteAngel
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My TT is a little too dark, and I know that this shouldn't matter, so spare me that. My question is can I leave it in the sun to fade it a little bit? Is there another way to fade them?
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Was it always too dark? Or has it gotten dirty? If it was always that color, then there's probably not much you can do as it's the color of the plastic. If it has darkened from use, you might be able to clean it (possibly with a bleached based cleaner)

Have you seen the back seats of old cars? They darken due to "sun rot." I'm not sure your TT will be any different.
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It was always too dark. I just bought it to try one out, as I've never used one, and I always wanted one. So, I'm thinking of trying the sun fade. Has anyone else done this?
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You can try to sun fade it. But it may get darker instead of lighter. What brand is it. I have a Darwin soft TT that I love, And it is darker that me but I don't care because your audience should never see the TT.
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Not sure how "off color" yours is but for all they cost why not buy one from a different source and see if that resolves your concerns. I'm partial to the Vernet TT's myself and the color match (not that it matters) is as close as you can expect.
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Buy a new one. They are cheap.

If you have a Vernet TT, paint the inside of it with white acrylic paint. This will make it look lighter on the outside. Be sure you don't use it for cigarette tricks after you do this.

But the color should not matter, the main thing is that it should not be shiny.
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Boiling it is for some TT a way of softening them to increase their size on a wooden dowel and letting them cool to reharden. A way of custom fitting some but not all brands.

Bill Palmer is that a part of the setup for the old flaming thumb routine or is it for the old thumb smoking gag.
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Actually, placing a Vernet tip momentarily in boiing water will allow you to roll the edge of the opening like a dye tube. This makes the item sit higher on the proper location and increases the size of the storage section. I'm couching this in deliberately "coded" terms, because this is an open forum.
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I doubt if the sun would fade it. At least not within any reasonable time frame. The UV rays may even make it brittle. The material holds the color and is the same throughout the TT. Best bet is to go to a well stocked brick & mortar magic shop and look through their box of them.

You can always try painting it with acrylic paint you have custom blended to your skin tone but it will come off over time.

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On 2005-08-09 13:41, Bill Palmer wrote:
Actually, placing a Vernet tip momentarily in boiling water will allow you to roll the edge of the opening like a dye tube. This makes the item sit higher on the proper location and increases the size of the storage section. I'm couching this in deliberately "coded" terms, because this is an open forum.



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Your command of the language must greatly exceed mine. About twenty-five years ago I explained this to a fellow professor and magician friend of mine. He returned with a burned thumb from having placed his thumb with it in a boiling cup of water! The pain subsided after a few beers. (But he’s still a professor!)

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For some, it ISN'T an act.
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I wouldn't worry about it unless it is bothering you when you perform, to the point that you are handling it badly. The colour isn't really important - you can improvise a TT with a twist of newspaper or a post-it in a rush and get away with it.

If you're bothered about the colour, you could try this exercise that a mentor gave me when I was a kiddy - put your TT on and stand in front of a mirror, hold you hands out in front of you, pointing your fingertips directly in front of you as if holding two apples - I'll bet you even you can't tell!

When you then factor in that you are using something that the audience (hopefully) doesn't suspect and moving your hands around in a natural manner - not to mention the fact that the TT is usually at the back of the other fingers, there really isn't a problem.
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