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Tom Wong
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Please excuse me if this thread is in the wrong place, if so please could a moderator move it to where it should be. Thanks.

In the past I have never really looked into buying a topit as I never previously wore a jacket while performing. As I am looking to begin table hopping and strolling I have become interested in topits. I was wondering if I could create my own, and if so how? All related ideas are welcome.

If this is classed as exposure, sorry you may remove this thread. It is probably best if you have ideas about a DIY topit to PM them to me rather than reply to this thread as I am sure a few of the other members may not be familiar with a topit and the workings of one.

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My dear friend, the late Pat Page (a "wearer of the kilt")was a master of the top it.

His family still sells his dvds, books, and props. They are inhabitants of a small island, called UK, located between the "English Channel" and the Atlantic Ocean. (hee hee)

It may be fun to experiment. However, unless you have a lot of time, and some money, to invest, it might be cheaper, and quicker to buy one "tailor made".
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Michael Ammar has a Good Book on the TOPIT
Check it out

Hope this helps

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Yeah! I perhaps should have mentioned by friend Michael, also, but, since you live on "UK" Island (hee) I thought I would mention Pat first.
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Check "The Clothes We Wear" threads in the Odds and Ends section. Quite a few discussions about topits there
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Buying the Topit would be the easiest and fastest.

But if you understand the basic idea of the Topit , then of course you could experiment and find something that worked for you.

A little empirical data collection never hurts a project and it doesn't preclude buying a Topit in the end.

By and large the field of Magic would be better off if we Magicians experimented and thought about our Magic a little more. We rely on "ready made" and "off the rack" too much.

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In his Dollar Store Magic "Tote Bag Change Bag" e-Book, Spellbinder gives some creative ideas for not only using a Tote Bag as a separate trick in itself, but also having it serve secret duty as a Topit before or after it is used as a separate trick.

Wiz Kid Eleazar also has some clever ideas for building in a Topit to a T-Shirt, for those who prefer not to perform in jackets, in his "T-Shirt Magic" e-Book in The Wizards' Journal #7.

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I agree with above. Buying it would be better and more reliable in the long run. I have the 21st century topit by David Penn. Comes with a DVD with handling, tips, tricks, etc. Recommend highly.
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"Inventing your own" works a lot better when you are thoroughly familiar with what has already been invented.
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I have Ammar's original topit book as well as his current work. Making a pattern from his instructions gave me a good starting point for designing my own version. I suspect looking at others works on the topic would provide additional ideas as well.

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Count me in as another "buying it would likely be more reliable and cost effective in the long term" vote.

That said, you didn't really specify: is there any particular reason you're looking at maybe creating your own instead of buying one? That information could probably help us to point you toward specific products that fit your needs (either in terms of buying or making).
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ScotteVest has a blazer with enough pockets to carry an entire magic collection

Two pockets are sufficiently large and well-placed to serve as Topits - you just need a safety pin or a bulldog clip
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SERIOUSLY!...I looked at the Blazer (here is the specific page with the dress blazer) and YES it looks like a Topit type pocket AND a Vertical opening pocket that you could do something like a TKO type spot too!
Has anyone really tried to modify one of these in real world use? $235 isn't too bad considering buying a good jacket, then having a tailor make the needed pockets in the lining.

Let us know if anyone has bought one of these before.

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