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Ooh...I never thought about drilling a hole in the tip. Does anyone else do this? I imagine it would help tremendously with pulling mine off, as it sometimes gets a bit stuck sometimes.
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LOL...I don't recomment the hard ones(Plastic)I had one and it came with it a bit scratched at the top and looked very fake.I reccomend the ones that are soft and comform to your skin but make it easy to pull off while stuffing something inside...Smile
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Another idea is after the tt has been softened, shove a cork into the tt. It will help open it up a bit.
As a matter of fact this is how I store my tips. Works best on the softer or pliable tips.
Never heard of drilling a hole. May try it on one.
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I put a hole in the tip using a large size sewing needle. The softer tips can also be "stretched" a bit after soaking in boiling water for a few seconds.
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I use the Hottrix TT. It is very comfortable & looks so realistic. I don't understand people being happy with older style unrealistic TTs. Sure you can hide it with fancy moves but having such a realistic looking TT give you extra freedom. My TT actually has pores that will help make makeup stay on the tip. If you have dark skin just visit your drug store & select some eye shadow powder that matches your skin tone. You can apply the make up with the little brush that comes with the eye shadow. The make up is easily washed off with soapy water.
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A good fit is the most important in a TT.

It should fit over your FINGER NAIL, not your knuckle!!!!

A VERNET is the only one I've found that you can make fit.

The process is simple.

PUT about 1/2" of water in a coffee cup.

MICROWAVE the water on high for about 1 minute.

CAREFULLY HOLDING the TT by it's "nail" end,
IMMERSE the open end in the boiling water.

WAIT until the plastic starts to pucker.

Place the TT on your thumb (as far as the cuticle) gently forcing it to the right size.

It will feel hot, but doesn't do any real damage.

The Vernet is the ONLY TT I've found that works this way, apparently because of the type of plastic it is made from.

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I use the "Thumbs Up" from Hottrix that Andy said. I must say that is REALLY realistic, very very good. I sleep better with a realistic TT Smile
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Magicsmith sells the Japanese thumbtips for $3.00 each. They're great and realistic enough. Hottrix tips have fingerprints and all, but if your audience is looking that close you're already busted!
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The only thing I could add to this excellent treatise on the TT is to ask one question, when is the last time you remember looking at a persons thumb?
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The first and best trick I learned was with a TT. I use VERNET. I have tried the soft but prefer the hard for most tricks that I do with it. I have been looking for a metal one mostly for Antiquitie's sake; does anyone know where to get one? I also (believe it or not ) have never thought of boring a hole in the TT; I will try it and tell you how it goes. Smile
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Profile of Giuseppe
I use one from D'Lite. Yes it didn't have the light, and if you have D'Lite and like the feel of it go to Penguin Magic; they have it.
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I have been using a Vernet for years, namely for the $100 Bill Switch. Recently, it cracked.

So I jumped over to Penguin Magic and ordered another Vernet and, just for kicks, ordered Thumbs-Up (hard, of course).

I must say, the Thumbs-Up looks really nice, better packaging, more realistic ... but the color is horrid. I am Caucasian, and rather Tan seeing as it is summer, and the Thumbs-Up tip is still darker then my skin tone. It looks like a dead persons hand.

The Vernet, however, fit my skin tone very closely, which I was very happy about. But unfortunately, there is a flaw in the plastic on one side of it. Its a rough white spot in the plastic ... but I don't think it will give it away, as I handle the Tip in a way that they shouldn't see that part of it.

So, lesson learned. I payed $18.94 for one usable Thumb Tip, a $3.99 Vernet Smile

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