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Alright...topit adjustment question:

What happens if we remove the "tongue" of the topit and exchange it for a magnet? Ie, a magnet hidden in your waistband, connected to a magnet sewn into the outer edge of the topit to hold it open. I understand that it might compromise the functionality of the topit...but how much??

My reason for this is that I'd like to be able to remove my coat during my show and then replace it WITHOUT having to fiddle with the topit.

In my mind, I simply put the coat on and magnet hits magnet - BOOM - topit is on.

Your thoughts?
Be well,

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If I may say so, not magnets will not work. The strength you would need, will erase all the audiences credit cards as well as pull out all the medical implants.

Bad showmanship, never remove your coat on stage, step off stage or practice it perfectly and have a chair or hanger right their next to you.

I stated many times in my posts on the Topit, do not use it, if you are not going to be dedicated to the requirement of the Topit.

Leave out the effect you are thinking of using without a coat.
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I'm dedicated to the requirement of the topit and have used one for many years...but I'm also dedicated to what will appear a casual removal of my coat as I switch from a standing, parlour, portion of my show to a seated close-up portion and then back again.

My intention is to begin the show formally (coat on) - later inviting a spectator to join me at a table (which the audience will see via large tv screens), "just like we're relaxing in the kitchen," for some close-up card magic - during which I want to casually (key word) remove my coat and toss it over the back of the chair. After the close-up set, I'm getting back to my feet and the parlour show proper, replacing my jacket and "reattaching" the topit.

I disagree with the "strength of the magnets" required. I'm certain that the often used neodymium magnets would have the strenght necessary. I'm more concerned with the structure of the topit itself. Would I need a one-to-one connection or perhaps three, etc? Ie, one magnet in the pants attached to one in the outter rim of the topit VS three magnets in the pants attached to three in the outer rim of the topit??
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You'll be fine with the magnets.

I use this technique myself (shimmed belt) and to the best of my knowledge...
I've never erased someone's credit card or pulled out fillings.


And not to put too fine a point on it, but why the h*ll would you be toppiting a spectators credit card in the first place?

As far as 'the requirements of the topit'... would that not depend on which topit?
Ammar's, Vertex, Page's... that's like saying "you must drive a Fiat exactly the same way as a Volvo or you're just not dedicated enough."
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Jim Cellini did this when he moved from using the gibeciere to loading and ditching from pants and jacket.

His set up is a little more involved than you are looking for, I think.

Described and demonstrated in his Art of Street Performing DVD. [Possibly in lecture notes also]
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Your wishes became a reality!

Check Thom Peterson "Topit-A-Go-Go" >

Alexander Wells
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Yep, I second what Bodgit said. Check out Cellini's work on this. It's been done and it works.
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Hi MagicMike67: Not to toot my own horn, but you're definitely on the right track. Magnets make up a good portion of the gimmick in my Topit-A-Go-Go. And no, I've never erased anyones credit cards or ruined their wristwatches. I will say that I went through a stack of topit prototypes before getting to my final design So it may take you a bit of fiddling before you get it to the right pattern and strength.
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Hay I tried the link and it did not work! Smile
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Love the idea
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On Nov 7, 2016, David Neighbors wrote:
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