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GG
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Hi, What size rubber bands are recomended for general use, and do the size codes differ in the UK to US.
Thanks GG
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For most tricks the #19 are best. Sizes are the same everywhere.
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I find the #16 to be the size for me. Started with the #19 per everybody's suggestion but found them too large for my use.
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OK
The #16, #18, and #19 are the ones most people use depending on the size of their hands, and the tricks that they do. I'm not sure what tricks Jerrine does, but most people prefer #19.
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PS- Jerrine are you a female magician?
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What Al is saying is correct. Keep in mind that we're all built differently. If you're hands are smaller, or if you're more comfortable with them, then use the smaller #16's. The principle applies with the #18's and #19's. Generally speaking, if you're doing and effect where it would be advantageous for the band to stretch more, then the larger bands would be better.

Al - I never got back to you about the clip you sent me, sorry. I enjoyed it and I'm happy to see you're using my move to "achieve penetration" - let's not take that last bit out of context. I'm planning to be at Metro2 so maybe I'll see you.
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Al,
No, I'm very male, like a person could be partially so. I'm performing CMH & Vinny's Liquid Band. The #19's in CMH are a bit to big for the stretch between the thumb & fore finger. I find the tighter band helpful in Liquid Band so when the penetration is made it's quicker and doesn't hang.
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Jerrine
Sorry, use what works.

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It happens all the time Al. A male named Jerrine is harder to find than an honest crook.

Use what works is often given as advise here, and not to give you the business, but doing the opposite is head against the wall time.

"What do you use for _____________?"

"Well I've been going with what doesn't work. Gonna give it a few more months and see how it works out."


Seriously, use what works is what many need to hear. To think that there is THE one best way to do ________ in Magic for everyone is so restrictive to what the Art should be IMHO. To think one could work something out for themselves and get a bit that is Magical, natural for them, and original. I shudder at the thought!
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Personally I use #19's, but they really are too small for me (I like to carry 20 or so on my wrist when I carry any) All my other choices are either too small or too thick and big....

We all gotta use what works.
Magic is doing improbable things with odd items that, under normal circumstances, would be unnessecary and quite often undesirable.
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I will say, it depends on the effect as well as the size of hands etc.
I would love to see someone perform the boomerang rubber band effect with anything other than a #16.
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I noticed on Michael Ammar's site he's selling #16's as his standard size
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I do the boomerang rubber band with the #32, and #33 rubber bands. Go to http://www.juggleral.com and click rubber band video in the upper right hand corner. I did the boomerang in that video with #33 purple "Brites" rubber bands.
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GG
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Thanks for all the advice, I have now got my size 19 bands,and am now learning some routines from Joes extreme rubberband magic,and GregMorelands dvd also.
It's a bit different from coins and cards,but again what I like it's a practice any where thing,and no expensive props,and I don't have to worry about dropping shells etc. So any more advice or what to learn first,or anything much appreciated.
GG
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I'm sorry I but I have never heard of Greg Morland. I got all my chops from the 4 Dan Harland rubber band DVD's, Russ Niedzwiecki, Daniel Garcia, Joe Reindfleisch, Michael Ammar, Peter Roberts, and the best two of all are "the godfather" Vinnie Marini, and Vince Mendoza.

I was recently asked by a friend to show her 13 year old daughter some magic, so I asked her for some rubber bands, she handed me an ash tray with thumb tacks, paper clips, and rubber bands in it, so I did CMH, broken restore, found link, and breakaway bracelet. The kid is still talking about me, because I used house rubber bands to blow her mind.
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That's exactly why I'm anxious to learn more rubber band tricks...they're so easy to come by and you can really blow people's minds when they see you doing magic with just a plain old everyday object you picked up out of a dish or something.
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I have been shoping for Alliance #19 gold crepe rubber bands, and boy was I shocked that magic shops sell a bag of 100 rubber bands for $3, and if you do a froogle search you can get a pound for $4. The shipping for either is around $7, but I now have a refrigerator drawer full for of rubber bands for about the same price as the magic shops would sell me a pocket full of rubber bands for. The markup at the magic shop is about the same as the street corner drug dealers markup.
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Are #19 rubber bands available in different colors? At my local Office Depot, Staples, etc. they have bags of #19 which are all "tan" and they have an assortment bag of different colors, but all of the colors I want are either tiny or huge bands. None seem to be even close to #16 or #19.
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To the best of my knowledge there are three basic #19 rubber bands availible in the United States. There are those grey ones from Staples, there's the gold crepe made by Alliance, and there is yellow in the "Brites" assortment pack also made by Alliance. The gold crepe is availible at froogle, but you must buy 1/4, or 1 lb there. I have been told that #19 come in many colors in Japanese stationary stores, but I don't know any Japanese rubber band magicians.
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THE RUBBERBAND MAN AL ANGELLO has more info on bands than any one I know so please take his advice......
Al thank you for the plug
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