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magicman03
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Does anyone use any finger type effects? In particular david harkeys goldfinger principle. Or how about the old pull the thumb off trick?
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I use finger fantasies by Meir Yedid. My presentation is slightly surrealistic and frequently gets gasps or people having a difficult time looking (they want to see what I am doing...but they don't want to see). So, for me, this one ranks high.
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This is great and is an awsome addition to an act. Practice makes perfect.
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Is there a video?
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I still haven't made up my mind about finger fantasies yet. Sometimes I think it's more of a gag than a real trick (at least presented in Yedid's way). However with a little flourish it could turn into someting very interesting.
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It is from Mier Yedid's video titled Finger Fantasies. I know there is a demo video somewhere on the internet but I can't recall where it is located. Someone else may have a better memory.

The one thing about Finger Fantasies is that the angles are critical. The advantage is...you remove all fingers with the palm facing the audience. I also use a 6th finger, filled with silly putty. Whereas Meir's routine is a disappearing finger routine...mine is a take-off-each-finger routine. I flash the 6th finger along the way to give the impression that I am holding the removed finger in my other hand.

If I can find the demo video, I will post it.

Nicholas

Oh - Oh...by the way...since this topic has been revived, there is Andrew Mayne's Pocket Finger Chopper. In this effect, "a borrowed bill passes through your finger." Definately for close-up...can be done impromptu using a borrowed bill and borrowed playing card. On Steve Fearson's site, there is another close-up card-thru-thumb trick but I forget the name. Just search Download Magic.com.
There is also the old trick where you take a piece of cord and intertwine it, back and forth, between all your fingers...slip the loop over your thumb, and pull the cord through all your fingers. Another close-up impromptu penetration using all your fingers. Finally, there is the sausage finger trick that, I believe can be found at Hank Lee's if you do a search for "sausage finger." It's like the old optical illusion where you have your two pointing fingers almost touch and as you gaze at them, a sausage finger appears to float between your two finger tips. But, in this case, your audience can see the sausage finger as well. I don't have this item, but it is oddball enough that the idea appeals to me. I hope there are more finger magic ideas out there!
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If you like the pulling the thumb off effect, Paul Gertner has the best method for doing it. Looks awesome.
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Alain Nu has a fun routine in Hit The Road dvd. He is one of the featured guests .
"If you can't teach an old dog new tricks, trick the old dog to learn."

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On 2005-02-22 03:19, Wells34 wrote:
If you like the pulling the thumb off effect, Paul Gertner has the best method for doing it. Looks awesome.


I agree it's a great effect. If anyone is interested you can get Paul's book online at http://www.paulgertner.com

MM
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I am a teacher and will pull my thumb off for the younger kids. If someone says that I'm just hiding my thumb behind my hand, I palm a TT with a red scarf in it, pull off my thumb, throw the TT in the air, catch it, hold it really close to the kid's face for a second, palm it, put my real thumb back on and ditch the TT. It freaks them out pretty good.
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Sounds interesting, but Gertner's routine is more practical and much more realistic in its effect. Furthermore it doesn't requre all the additional props to get its point across, its simple and straight foward.

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Gertner's takes something a lot of people think is 'kinda cheesy' and makes'em say 'what the...how'd he do that?'
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