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JackSpade
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Hey everyone, I'm new to the Café so I hope this the appropriate forum for this question. I frequently go to a lot of bars and clubs and I like to perform the occasional floating bill or cigarette. My problem is that I can't seem to find a way to carry thread so that it doesn't break while I'm moving through crowds or getting down on the dance floor. Does anyone know of a way that I can store some thread on my body for easy access without getting it snagged on something everytime I want to get close to a lady?

I've tried with wax on my buttons, inside of my jacket, down my pants. I hate using reels because I feel the best clean up for any levitation is to just break the thread. Suggestions?
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Why not try loops, you can wear them on ur wrist, access them easy and do such levitations with them easily.
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I do actually use loops and never have problems with them. But I don't like them for levitations. You can't get that "this isn't hanging from my hand" effect in my opinion. I mainly use them for haunted deck and making drinks move on the bar. Thanks for the tip though, I love loops.
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Check out Ron Jaxon's Infinity loop. Perfect for the situation you are referring to. PM him. He's a member here (goes by the name "Jaxon").

Best of luck!
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"I hate using reels because I feel the best clean up for any levitation is to just break the thread."

I'm not doubting that this is what you feel works best for you. We all have our ways of doing things so don't take this as a "You're right or wrong" statement. But I don't feel this is the best way to clean up. For one thing you'll end up with thread left behind for someone to find. Secondly, there are many techniques for rigging objects on and removing them from the thread. Both are equally important to master because the can give the method away just as easily as if they actually saw the thread. If you ball a bill up then make it float. It's perfectly natural to open it before handing it back and the opening action instantly removes it from the thread (When done correctly that is).

I perform in bars a lot too and I always do some kind of thread work. In bars my two best weapons for thread work are an ITR and the Infinity Loop. Both have their strengths and weaknesses but they are the two best ways to do thread work in impromptu situations. Also add the wrist loop and you're ready for just about anything.

Another option for you would be some kind of a Spool that holds only one single strand. There's a product called "Z-web" from John Kennedy that's good for this.

Email me and let me know what effects you really plan to do and I might have some tips for you.

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I completely agree with you jaxon that its best to remove the objects from the thread before finishing a floating bill out and handing it out for inspection. Sometimes I just don't like leaving my thread esposed after the trick so I usually break it an leave it at its anchor point (usually a tables edge or bar, sometimes a spec shoulder) the threads never been found. Thanks for the good tips everyone. I'll definately be looking into the infinity loop and z-webs.
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Ron's Infinity loop is fantastic. I had a similar hook-up that served me well in bars, but Ron's takes it a step further. It's fantastic.

Z-webs are great. But you can also have thread set up inside a bic pen. I used to carry a couple of these around for reel type effects but wanted to have slack instead of constant tension.

P.S. Ron, your new site looks awesome!
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I do a lot of thread work. THe best way to deal with your problem is to get use to wearing it. When you are not performing still have it on. Do this and I assure you that your issue will not be an issue.
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Why break the thread. Thread work is a pin in the butt to start. If you are table hopping the last thing you want is to break the tread and then reset. If you are using ITR, then anchor it to a deck of cards......float your object.....take the object of the the thread and then put the deck of cards in your pocket. Good Luck
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Try a search about ITS from Bruno Copin.
It seems to be the good way to carry your IT in your case ...
PM me for more info about it if you want..
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I use the moterized end of the spider pen and attach a safety pin to it and then attach it to the right side shirt collar just behind the neck line inside the shirt unseen. When I need to set up for the floating bill exc. I just run it over my ear and attach it to my middle finger nail . Just like the Joh laclair method. And just press the pen end and you are ready to go. Hope this helps. PS You can set up rather easy by just pretending to scratch the back of your neck and while by passing your ear on the way down you just loop it over and ready to go. Cheers
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I put the thread, with putty at each end, on a playing card, in my shirt pocket (this is not by any means an original idea with me). I put another playing card on top of it. (I generally put the putty at the origin end of the thread on the pip, wind the thread around the long end of the card and put the anchor end putty elsewhere on the card. When the time comes, it is easy enough to remove the anchor end of the putty unwind and place the anchor putty wherever your anchor point is (for me, under the end of my belt).
I usually put two or three such card assemblies in my shirt pocket as back ups.
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Is it good to put one end in you glass and other end for some button?
You can make many simple kind of system indifferent place in you body
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I don't discuss IT much on the forum; however, I have been using it since 1975. There are several basic things you need. I will be reviewing ITS from Bruno Copin. It's an excellent IT management system. His Friends I DVD is also excellent. I can't say the same thing about his Friends II DVD, as it duplicates so much of the material from Friends I, and the whole history section is almost useless. Too much is left out of it. Credit is not given where credit is due.

You can read more about it in MUM in a couple of issues.
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I've wanted to get into thread for while...but with my Mr Magoo eyesight, I can't even see the durn stuff in the first place! Even with my strongest reading glasses, I STILL have trouble seeing it.

Anybody else here with poor eyesight that has found a way to overcome this problem and could share the secret?
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I have Mark Allen's Thread Manager and I use it a LOT. I hardly ever leave home without it. I have several ITR's but this is the one I find myself using the most, mainly because the thread is *** near invisible even under a bright lite.

To comment on your question Daffydoug, my eyesight is pretty bad as well and I have a fair amount of trouble seeing the thread while fixing my ITR too. My solution is I put a white paper on the table with a VERY bright reading lite shining on it. The thread used on Mark Allen's TM is the most "invisible" that I have ever used but I can actually see it when its on a white paper with a bright lite shining on it. Don't know if this helps but it seems to work for me, at least until my eyesight gets even worse then it already is.
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Ok. Thanks! I am not familiar with Mark Allen's thread manager, though.
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