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paulalpha
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Many in the in the strolling, closeup and street magic forums say that one of their favorite utilities is a TT.

What tricks do you actually perform with it?

The only time I've seen it used in street magic was to make a silk appear and disappear, and it failed badly. The performer (who was mainly a stage magician) got caught at the end of the trick with the thumbtip. I think he was showing off for me, trying to demonstrate how to do street magic, and it seemed to me that he was OVER proving that his hands (with the TT) were empty at the end.

I've only used a TT once in a parlor setting to make a silk appear and disappear. I've been afraid to use it in a close-up scenario.
Dick Oslund
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QUI NIMIS PROBAT, NIHIL PROBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paulalpha! You say that "...he was OVER proving that his hands (with the TT} were empty...". You very likely "nailed it"!

I have "worn out" a lot of TTs since I started using them in 1947.

I have NEVER had anyone even SUSPECT that I had used one. Although I have vanished a lot of silks, using both the "basic" method, so popular, and with the Burling Hull "Elusive" method, I have used that simple, BUT, marvelous "gimmick/feke" (Old timers like me, will argue whether it's a feke, of a gimmick.) for many more purposes than most magicians can imagine. That 25 cents that I spent for my first one, was an INVESTMENT!

There are times to be subtle, and, times to be bold, but, never times to be foolish. IMO, the performer that you saw was foolish. He didn't know the meaning of that Latin proverb that I began with. (Egad! I finished that sentence with a preposition!)

The Latin translates to: "HE WHO PROVES TOO MUCH, PROVES NOTHING! I suggest that you write that, in your notebook!
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Dick Oslund
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Oh! You asked for a "list"! Almost anything that will fit in one. Salt, or sugar vanish and repro lit match vanish. Bank Night, burned/restored handkerchief, etc.
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MichaelJae
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While visiting my wife's aunt in California, I performed 4 consecutive routines using a m*****i* tt and also 1 spongeball.
A silverware routine
Vanishing salt routine
Lit cig vanish routine
Spongeball routine
15min of entertainment
warren
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I only really use it for a bill switch and I haven't even done that for a while due to dry hands.
Dick Oslund
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I learned the HUNDRED DOLLAR SWITCH from Mike Koslowski, WITHOUT a TT. in Chicago, when he first wrote his booklet. --Now,I can't do it WITH a TT!
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I hand out my business card using a TT as a "Secret Weapon", balancing the card face forward, long-side up and down, on the back of my hand with this line.."I bet you've never seen a Magic Business card.....so.here...watch this!"

Here's "The Move".... With the TT on my right thumb, I grasp my card held in my left hand, leave the TT behind it, revolve it, grasping the card and hidden TT in my now clean right hand, and placing the card on the back of my left hand, balanced against the TT sitting behind the card on the back of your hand. Let it sit there for a while while you enjoy the look of shock on the spectator's face, then reverse the moves to clean up and hand out your card.

Try it....simple, effective, and a GREAT way to hand out your Magic Business Card!
paulalpha
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Gentlemen:

Thank you for your responses. I note that none of you seem to like vanishing and appearing a small silk. I will start working on these other uses of a TT.
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Ha! I inadvertently left out the silk vanish w/TT!! I use an 18" half silk, and a large Vernet. I used it for several seasons, back in the '70s, as a quick opener. I have used it since for walk around gigs, and other casual situations.

In the school program, the 20th C Silks is next to closing, and, I use the "ELUSIVE" silk vanish (Burling Hull's routine( with the "decoy" silk scrap.) It even blows away the young magicians, who have not learned the hasics!!!
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I've never done much with a TT. But doesn't McBride do his rainbow wishing streamer a lot in ad hoc situations? It seems to work for him. Smile
Tony Iacoviello
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The small silk effect is fantastic and blows minds.

I also use it for vanish and reappearance of salt (or sugar)

Liquid from hand to hand

Cut and restored rope

Holding/hiding a magnet

I have used it in coin work, it can hold a lot of dimes

I'm sure there is a lot that isn't coming to mind right now.
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I only use it for a bill switch.

But after watching McBride's At the Edge DVDs I did go out and purchase a couple of rainbow streamers... however, it really didn't suit me, so I dropped it. Although, it does elicit bemused appreciation and laughter from people when you a pull a rainbow out of nowhere.

I am presently working on something involving needles that may use this device...

Oscar
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I like Richard Osterlind - Sweet and Low.
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On May 1, 2018, Terrible Wizard wrote:
I've never done much with a TT. But doesn't McBride do his rainbow wishing streamer a lot in ad hoc situations? It seems to work for him. Smile



Yep.

It's a great casual carry piece. Totally overlooked
mrsmiles
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If you want to see a vast range of applications with a TT, I recommend the following...
> Gary Darwin tripple dvd
> Jay Sankey $100 bill switch dvd (it has many more routines than just the bill swithch)

You will see the full range including most of the things reommended by others above so far and a great deal more.
Good luck...
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I mainly use mine for a silk varnish for the kids. However I always carry a second loaded with a two dollar bill. That way when I get done with two dollars window I'm ready if they ask can you do it with my two dollar Bill's. Also for the person that knows how two dollar window is done. Then I ask to two ones and boom
Sharktale
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Long time ago I saw some on perform something similar on TED.
It is good for parlor seting. Bill switch to higher denomination with a story - "Difference between magic trick and real magic". Borrow a bill. I use M. Ammar technic for switch. "What you see is trick, only a slight of hand, it a good trick, but only a trick..." "It's not real magic..."" Finish the switch. "The true magic will be when I would give the money away, and you know what? I can do it!!!" Then I give the higher denomination bill away. People can check it out, make sure it really is real money. Than I say "have you read the Cinderella story?" Point to watch- "until 12 a clock" this creates a load of lights.
SKILL
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I use it for a bill switch only
In order to arrive at perfeccion
you must go through the failure
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When I do Snowstorm I use a TT to steal a white silk before producing the snow. Works great and there is no water involved.
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Mark Williams
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Here's what I do...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnKzDDslJBc


Best Magical Regards,

Mark Williams
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