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Mr. Ree
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I’ve read a ton of threads over the last 4 days on:
Reels, pulls, and various type of thread to use
I now understand locking, non-locking. Up sleeve, in
jacket, etc.

During the process after reading a dozen responses
or so and thinking that I am learning the “correct method”
for the use of one of these devices. Someone with years of
experience will chime in with a response that corrects some basic
misunderstanding of when and where to use a reel over a pull,
or a pull over a reel.

Type of item, size of items, type of routine close-up,
parlor or stage, all seem to come into play in determining what
type of device is used, type of thread to use etc.

When I go thought the recommended basic material I run across one
very specific uses of a reel or a pull at a time.

Is there a book or two, or video or two that will really go into
depth about the correct use of these tools or do I have to
sort through it all one trick at a time to gain this knowledge?

In particular I don't want to learn something incorrectly just
to later find out I've a wasted a bunch of time and money.
Or even worse expose an effect.

Thanks in advance
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Father Photius
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I think what you have been experiencing is largely a series of personal preferences. Choice of reel or pull, in some cases is just preference, as is how to attach and use. Most of these devices are quite inexpensive and having several of them of various sizes will not be uncommon for a magician. From that point on it is largely your own personal preference. Tarbell's certainly covers use of pulls and reels, but a specific book specializing in them would be new to me.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
Jaz
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A Google search for "reel magic" will get you a couple of hits.
One older booklet I have is "Reel Magic" by Albenice. It's not about ITRs.
Mr. Ree
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Photius: Thanks for comment. I had hoped to speed up the process.
After reading your response yesterday I order various low cost devices
to start experimenting with various pulls and reels. Nothing like hands on
for me.

I am reading through the Tarbell series. Actually I started reading and almost
finishing all of book #1, and than could not resist using index in volume #7
to start looking up effects. (Reading Tarbell is really much more enjoyable and
entertaining could I would have guessed).


Jaz Thanks for info on "reel magic".

Interesting after spending more time than I care to
admit to searching and reading threads at the "Café" I forget to leave
this world of magic and go "google" something.
"The Café" is just so enticing.

I did find two booklets so far. "The book or reel magic",
with no author or date mentioned and "Reel magic" by Albenice.

Interestingly enough that both have 83 pages. They might be
one in the same.

In any case thanks to you both For the first time I will have
to keep my mouth closed when ask if I have anything up my sleeve.
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
---- William Bernbach (1911 - 1982) ----

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Quote:
On 2007-07-16 01:02, Mr. Ree wrote:
For the first time I will have
to keep my mouth closed when ask if I have anything up my sleeve.




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Mr. Ree
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Over the past 6 days I have done various “things” with one type of pull
and one type of reel. For now I seem to have a preference for a pull.

As a new guy to reels and pulls, the pull somehow feels “more reliable”.
(Maybe I’m suffering from a form of “illusion-delusion ”.)
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
---- William Bernbach (1911 - 1982) ----

(After 25 years of PCs, everything switched to Macs, June 2008)
jimhlou
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Mr. Ree:

In my routine, I vanish a handkerchief with a pull. Comfortable for me. I also have a "cigarette up the nose" that uses a pull, but I have a friend who does this trick, and he replaced the pull with a reel. I guess it's just what works for you.

Jim
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