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forrest225
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Hi guys its been a while since I have dined at the Café and I have been looking for some invisible thread. I plan to perform floating dollar bill and hummer card affects and variations. What thread and wax is the best value for the money and I would also like to know where I can find it. thanks for all the help you can give me! Smile
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Best value? Wooly Nylon from your local fabric shop. Wax toilet bowl ring from your local hardware store. Total cost? A couple of bucks. You can't beat that for value.
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Yep...ditto.

Go to your local fabric shop and get a spool of "wooly nylon." You''ll need to strip out the individual strands from the thread. Make sure it says "black" on the package because brown will look black under certain lighting conditions. Then, head over to the hardware store and get yourself a wax ring used to seat toilets during installation.

As Dave mentions, for only a couple of dollars, you'll be set for life!

Mark. Smile

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Thanks! We have a ton of fabric stores around here! After all I do live in Quilt City USA! Oh I am not new to the Café I just never posted a lot and quit coming here for a little while. But as you can see I'm back Smile
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Okay, I admit: I'm IT-phobic. How's the woolly stuff work in the Real World? Is it a contender, or is its only selling point its low-cost?
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I personally think the wooly nylon works great. I have not had any problems with it. I have never thought about using a toilet bowl ring to get wax but it sounds like a great ideal.
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I've wondered about the woolly nylon as well. Leland, how difficult is the "extraction" process? I have bad memories of being a broke youngster and performing surgery on old nylons to extract IT. That was an incredible pain in the rear...
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The extraction process is actually quite easy because the thread is loosely held together.
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Is the wooly nylon the exact same stuff you get at the magic shop ???
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I got a spool of wooly years ago. It will last you a lifetime. There are different kids of IT, but this is one of them. I think it is the best for most lighting. This is NOT elastic. That is different stuff. Stripping is very easy with wooly with a piece of scotch tape, one strand stuck to the wall, you can strip a strand in 15 seconds or less.

The wax ring is brilliant. Thanks for that tip Dave V and Mark!
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In addition to "wooly nylon" you can go to sewing stores and ask for overlocking thread. It is a multistrand thread you can also split and you can get it in a number of colors...
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I'm confused. is the wax ring a substitute for Magician's Wax?
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Everything I've read about 'Wooly nylon' on this post, I totally agree with having used it myself, I find it's even better than some of the shop bought IT.
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On 2008-06-15 00:59, martin king wrote:
Everything I've read about 'Wooly nylon' on this post, I totally agree with having used it myself, I find it's even better than some of the shop bought IT.

Has anyone actually done research on the exact materials used for IT sold
in magic shops.....is it possible some are exactly ¨wolly nylon¨. Just want to make sure since I cant tell apart from strings or threads, not to mention ïnvisible threads¨. I heard once that the IT is actually imported fine thread fro India, from a magic shop seller, of course.
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Well, I don't suspect any shop is going to tell you what thread they use exactly, because rest assured (and I surmise only here) that they buy the thread, strip it and they make a tidy profit on it, so why tell you?

My suggestion is look for a thread you like, and when you find it, don't worry about what everyone else is using. If it works for you, great. And if you find it has limitations as you grow or come up with different uses, find another. The Internet is a wonderful thing in that regard.
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I'm going to go out on a bit of a limb here and recommend a different type of thread...

I prefer to use the Kevlar thread, as it's more like a mono filament than standard thread. Not exactly as thin, but the texture and the added tensil strength are a worthwhile trade-off. I have empty soda cans floating in my room using this stuff, and you can't see it... even in this terrible lighting.

Think about it...
Kevlar thread...
Kevlar bulletproof vests..
yep, one and the same.
Kinda.

My $0.02
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I second the Kevlar I had someone walk into my hook up last year and it didn't break.
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Kevlar is the best if you ask me. Especially if you want to perform the hummer. It prevents the card from spinning away as most ITs snap too easily. you could perform it in daylight but I'm sure you know the prerequisites when using thread...
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Where can you get Kevlar? I'm sure I can't find that at the local fabric shop Smile
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It's a special order kinda thing, as far as I'm aware. Check out your local magic shop... if they don't have it, they can find it for you. Smile
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