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David Charvet
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Duval "smoked" his right thumb. He kept the "invisible tobacco" in his left pocket. The routine and handling is in my book, which was taken from the video of his performance.
Bill Hegbli
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This is exactly what leads me to believe he was left handed, as well as the clip someone posted of his silk production from his Phantom Tubes.
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Does anyone know of any gimmicks for this that don't involve tobacco because those of us who quit smoking don't want to endanger our quitting by getting a taste of tobacco again...?

I'm not sure if Pucks uses tobacco, but its beyond my price range.

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Bill Hegbli
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Not unless you can find a way to use the new fake cigarette on the market that uses water vapor and a battery.
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Has any working magician actually used and reviewed this product?
Bill Hegbli
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On 2012-03-05 10:17, Nick W wrote:
Has any working magician actually used and reviewed this product?


What product, there are several mentioned in this forum?
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My bad, I got confused with my post...I'm talking about "no smoking" from Puck.

Has anyone paid the cash for this and used it? Or is it sitting in a box somewhere waiting to be ebay'd?
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On 2012-03-05 13:47, Nick W wrote:
My bad, I got confused with my post......Im talking about "no smoking" from Puck.

has anyone paid the cash for this and used it? or is it sitting in a box some where waiting to be ebay'd?


Do a search in Latest and Greatest. I believe some say they have purchased it and use it, more as stop smoking trick than the classic Smoking a Thumb gag/trick.
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I am interested in smoking thumb routine. I have seen the video of the performer of Puck's smoking thumb . I like it but I need an important info: can I use it in the middle of my act, I'd say after 4 or 5 minutes from the beginning, or the routine must be performed at the beginning of the act, when I enter, because the gimmick must be used immediately after preparation ? Again, must I use that silk in the cig box or can I load the gimmick in a different way? Can anyone help me?
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If you check the Potter & Potter auction site, choose old auction catalogs and download the old auction catalog from the Mulica and Taylor auction, you will find some very interesting info on page 50 regarding the Fred Kaps smooking thumb.
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If you check the Potter & Potter auction site, choose old auction catalogs and download the old auction catalog from the Mulica and Taylor auction, you will find some very interesting info on page 50 regarding the Fred Kaps Smoking Thumb.


Thanks for your link, it is as I have always believed, Fred Kaps got his original gimmick from Owen's Magic. I would like to point out, that Owen's sold 2 gimmicks, that as pictured with Fred Kaps picture, and the bell shaped gimmick in the group photo. I have the Owen's set, that also comes with 2 gimmicks and a clip. The only time I saw Fred Kaps on television back in 1972 and 1973, it looked, due to his hand maneuvers, he was using the bell shaped gimmick at that time. Shortly after that television appearence, I ordered my set from Owen Magic.

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For those that want to do smoke from mouth without using a tobacco product. Looking to the old Chinese trick of smoking cotton. The magician takes wads of cotton places it in his mouth and smoke comes from his mouth. I have a copy of a Chines magician doing this on VHS tape. Abbott's Magic sold a version with ribbons and an umbrella production years ago for only a short time.

No tobacco, but burning cotton instead, don't know it that is any healthier or not.
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Why not just use an E-cigarette? The beauty to the Kaps routine as Pete says is the manipulation of the gimmick. If you use the the E-cig, you don't have to worry about when to use the trick in the act. If you watch really closely to the Kaps routine, it's all acting. Palming the E-cig won't be difficult. And if you put it on a real or holdout like the Invisible Hand, you can get rid of as well.

I don't want to go too much into the Kaps technique because this is not secret session. By watching Kaps do this again and again, you can appreciate what a great mime he was. He was just a *** genius. We all can learn a lot by watching his methods. Not to copy this trick, but how to create detail to make our magic better.
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You can use it at any time in your act.
It is based on an electronic cigarette but the gimmick is smaller than a normal e-cig.
The glass is super tough and comes in two parts and there is no external visible hook ups on the stem. It is clean.
You do not have to use the cig box if you don't want to.

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