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Hi guys - what is the best thread without having to pay a ridiculous amount of money that I can purchase in the UK to perform the hindu/gypsy/dragon thread trick. People always say - something obscure from an obscure shop, that you can hardly see or break with your hands when you perform, or is as wanky as wool. Please HELP!!!
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You can buy that trick? Hmmm.. I know that one. Just to let you know that if they sell it that it is the routine and not a gimmick thread. But if there is nothing illegal I could send you some lecture notes I have of a trick called gypsy flawse which is the same thing. If that's legal and all.

Oh my **** all that work getting the routine ready for you and I misunderstood the question! Anyone else want it? Its called gypsy floss, which is based on the same principle as gypsy thread. But I'm only giving it to someone worthy so leave a short message/description why you think you should get it. Doestn't have to be long and first come first served.
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You could go to a Sewing supply store, or over here they are called fabric stores/shops, and look around for something that meets your needs.

If you have the effects/or have seen it up close, (for example I have Gypsy thread) and having seen the thread, and knowing the mehcanics of the effect, could probably fnd something that serves as a replacement when I run out. Then you have a good idea of what to look for. But if you dont have the effect, then you will have to search around and use trial and error - the way that the folks who created the effects probably did.

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If using sewing thread, get 100% cotton thread. Plyester is MUCH harder to break. For the Dragon Thread type of roiutine (which is a variation of Max Londono's "Eternal String") you need embroidery floss.

Any store that sells sewing supplies would have both of these.
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All I want to know is what thread to use, and where I can purchase it - rather than having to repurchase the whole effect or just the thread for $7.50. The reason being - I know the mechanics of the effect, I have just run out of the thread!!!
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Scot put his finger on it. If you want to do Dragon Thread, go to Hobby Craft and get embroidery floss. It comes in a small bundle made by DMC or Anchor and there are hundreds of colors to choose from.

If you are doing a spool based version of hindu thread, then consider using dental floss (but make sure it's waxed). Scot recommended cotton thread, but there is something to be said for waxed floss.

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Your making this way harder than it has to be. There is no "right" thread, per se.

Go to any store that sells thread, preferably a sewing or fabric store. The thread you buy needs to break easily, needs to roll up easily and needs to be seen easily.

Any good store has tons of rolls of thread. You can usually walk right up, unroll a foot, break it off and see if it rolls easily into a ball. As long as the thread can be seen, your in business.

I would recommend asking an employee for thread that easily breaks and start there. Thread is so cheap, even if you make a mistake, it won't cost you much.

Check out a Gypsy Floss routine. It is the same thing except that you get thread that everyone knows about, comes in a handy little carrying container, has a built in cutter and because it's waxed, rolls up like a dream.
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