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Profile of limkris
Hi. I want to use the old gag where you light a cigarette with a flame on your thumb. Which product should I use and where can I get? it?
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Profile of Harrismatic
You are searching for the thumb tip - flame .This gimmick is available at most magic stores,and it has some small differences but the basic idea is the same.I own the vernet and it works well.The only problem is that you need to be careful with it and not let the fire for a long time because the thumb tip will melt.It does not cost a lot but you will have to buy a new one.
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Profile of limkris
No I was looking for a no TT system. Meanwhile I found a specific liquid in Germany.
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Profile of slyhand
If you put any flammable liquid on your skin you are going to eventually get burned and it will probably be the first time you try it.
Fire is hot no matter what the catalyst is.

But I am pretty sure you will probably do it anyway.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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Profile of gsidhe
I used to do a lot of strictly fire shows and would light my hand on fire to light a cigarette. Very doable WITH PROPER TRAINING.
Rarely got burned...But again I had a lot of training and worked with fire as the core of my act.
This specific liquid from Germany...It will either visibly goop up your skin or won't work to protect you in any way. The only fluid that will actually protect skin is a heavy gel that is heavily cooled before use.
I would recommend that you find a decent fire performer and ask him to teach you how to light your thumb on fire. Then pay him for the training. It is not that difficult when done properly and it is completely gimmick free.
And shave your knuckles and the back of your hand if you have anything there. It smells horrible and hair on your skin can burn you worse than the fuel.
If it is too much bother for you to find someone to train you, you are not ready to do the act. Use the thumbtip.
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