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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dreams, flying, a heavy run - War! what is it good for?

It's about 6:13 am here. Moments ago I was awakened by a terrible dream, but at the same time a heroic dream. I imagine that one day I'll read this and it will sound cheesy. Just like must dreams I have. They all seem cool, funny or scary, but shortly after waking up, having some coffee and thinking about my dream. It quickly becomes lame.

This dream however is sticking with me. So much that I couldn't even go back to sleep.  the dream, like must dreams doesn't make sense. The scenes of the dream change abruptly. I will be in one place and then suddenly in another place that is completely irrelevant from the place or thing I was just doing. It's like my brain as on super-drive ADHD. Has that ever happened to you?

 
My dream takes place somewhere in the middle-east. I'm not sure, but at the same time it feels very American because everyone speaks English. I don't remember how I got to this place, but suddenly I was with a bunch of military newbies. I was one of them. I was scared as hell as I was following a small group of men. We came to a huge marble pillar where we were getting a very quick crash coarse on how to operate our machine guns. During our survival crash course one man said "Wait! you mean when we have to reload this special battery clip, if, if we don't do  it right the gun could explode?"

This isn't a good start for me. I have ADD and I don't need the stress of how to operate a highly advanced gun. I have enough stress making sure my magic effects I create are all understandable with the directions and video. I can't be in  a war. I have magic to create. I have a wife, son and family. I can't bother with this. A dream however seems very real. Even though it's a dream it puts what's important into perspective.

Back to the dream!
After the crash course we were instructed to shoot to kill. The enemy should be getting here any time now so scatter about and keep your eye open. I was now alone and terrified. I was looking in every direction, looking for anyone with a different uniform besides mine. The scenery was confusing. I was surrounded my these massive pillars and I saw what looked like the huge chain link fences that construction companies use to keep people out. Abruptly the dream changed and it looked like I was in some huge combination of a mall and embassy. I'm not sure. I'm bent down and walking in a half ready half terrified concern. It's a terrifying feeling of knowing you may have to kill someone and that also someone wants to kill you.

The place I was at had a series of spiral marble looking staircases along with a elevator on each floor. I would say the staircases spiraled up a good 30 floors. As I was looking around I suddenly saw on the corner of my eye a man who was behind a pillar pointing a machine gun at me. I quickly shot at him. he fell to the floor, but then another came, and then another. I'm terrified and shaking but somehow I managed to get them as well. I start to panic and run up the spiral staircase to get away.


There are alarms going off and I find myself running into what looks like a fine clothing store. I run behind a rack of clothes. I hear a telephone ring. A man working at the store answers the phone. He had just been informed that there may be an enemy in the store. They just informed some military that I was in the store. I jumped up onto a round clothes rack and jumped over some people. I'm running fast, scared and breathless. I don't know how the hell I keep escaping death. I continue up the spiral staircase looking for an escape. I stop to get some rest.

I walk a little ways just past the staircase. I see a military woman at an elevator. Upon getting a closer look I see another elevator next to the woman with a man standing and guarding the elevator as well.
The one woman looks up as I'm watching her. She makes eye contact and then reaches for her gun. I react stealthy and shoot her along with the man at the elevator next to her. During me doing this I could only think. "What is going on? I don't want to do this, but it's either them or me.

The situation now intensifies as the surveillance cameras catch the whole thing. I now hear tons of talking, yelling and several footsteps charging in all directions. I start to run up another series of steps. I find my way through a door and then another door and another. I break my way through a door where the scene slightly changes. It looks like I'm in some kid area. I see a series of mazes that have those wrestling type mats on the floor. It's colorful, but at the same time a little run down. I start to run through the kids maze.

It's empty. I see a basketball hoop and some what looks like Christmas lights that are not working. As I'm going through this kids maze. I see a kid. He is the only one there, but he seems quite happy that I'm enjoying the maze. I get the impression that he is a loner and that he's really not confident in who he is, but my quite interaction with him causes a dramatic confidence spark and the boy discovers that he's a mechanical engineer at fixing things.


The dream abruptly changes again and I'm running in the same kids area except now it looks brand new. Apparently the boy cleaned it up a bit and added some lights to the kids area. It seemed a little odd too me that a little boy would be taking charge of doing something like this. I continued on with my running. I came upon another door which let to a hallway. When I opened the door it lead me into what look liked a oriental indoor pond. The odd thing was. It looked like the pond went up small ramps as if it was constructed to look like the water was going up stream.
I saw a man wearing what looked like safari clothes. He looked like he was studying the turtle that just swam by. He turned to me and said that some Asian piranhas had made their way into the pond and was eating all the other fish and turtles. The pond looked like it needed a little tlc as well. Just like the playground. The man taking care of the pond git into the pond and asked me to come with him. I don't know why, but I did. After all this was just a weird dream. We got into the creek looking pond and we started walking up what looked like a incline ramp. When we reached the top it turned out that it was where the waterfall of the pond stated, but it wasn't working.

I saw the boy again. he was at the top of the non-working waterfall. This time he had a friend with him. He started giving orders to his friend and I to bring those hoses and wire to him. He hocked some gadgets up. Something that looked like a very large generator. All of the sudden the waterfall was working. I heard loud sounds of nature as if the boy magically hooked up a humongous sound system. I saw subtle lighting that turned on and was running along the very large indoor creek pond.

The dream abruptly changed again and I found myself running for my life. It was that type of run where when you're running you fell weak and heavy and the more you try to run faster the more difficult it becomes. It's a feeling I often get in dreams except one time that terrified heavy running dream became reality. This is a true story. NOT A DREAM.  I was at my job cleaning. I cleaned restaurants at one point in my life. One early morning. I think it was about 2am in the morning. 4 masked men broke into the restaurant while I was working. They held weapons up at me, forced me on the floor and then tied me up using those riot cuffs. Again! no Bullshit. True story. They tied me to the footrest bar where people sit at a bar. Here I was crunched down with my hands cuffed to a bar.

Years ago, about the age of 10 I read a book that I got form the library. It was a book about  "HOUDINI'S ESCAPES and MAGIC"methods. I still have that book. For some reason I never returned it, not realizing that it would one day possibly save my life. After the 4 masked robbers cuffed me up they asked where the safe was. "I said in the back" they went toward the back of the kitchen to work on the safe. I decided to put my Houdini escape knowledge to the test. I used of of the methods I learned in the book. The next thing I know, I'm out of the cuffs, running out the exit door and running in that heavy, terrified, panicked run. Trying to get away. It was just like in the dreams, but real.


Back to the dream! so I'm running down a corridor that has several gated windows and doors.  I go to open a door only to see the marble staircase again where several military men are charging up the stairs as well as coming straight at me from the hallway. I turn around and head toward the gated window which happens to be open. I climb out and jump, but to my amazement I'm flying in a half controlled half UN-controlled manner. It's like the heavy run feel except now I"m flying. It's a awesome feeling but at the same time I'm terrified because every so often I start to loose control and start quickly falling down. I'm now whipping close to the sides of buildings. The only way I can explain the felling of how it feels is it's like the superman movies.

I finally land safe. Again the dream changes. I'm in a elevated outside parking garage. I panicking. Looking for my car. I'm lost. I can't find it. I wake up. My dream was a combination of disturbed, weird, frightful and happy. I get up. It's 6:13am. I start to write about my dream.


I imagine that one day I'll read this and it will sound cheesy. Just like must dreams I have. They all seem cool, funny or scary, but shortly after waking up, having some coffee and thinking about my dream. It quickly becomes lame. I finished with this dream, this story. I'm hesitant to click on the publish button. the dream doesn't seem as strong. yet here I am posting it.

maybe it's a lesson for all of us. Maybe the little boy that didn't have confidence, but then suddenly did was me. Maybe the people I was shooting at was the things that bother me in this world. Evil people who take the lives of innocent people. The terrifying feeling of trying to succeed, yet often falling. I get up. I try and try again. I want to give up at times, but I don't. I just focus like a uncontrollable fright train. Not stopping at any stops to let the negative people on. I'm UN-stoppable.
I'm focused and am trying to stay on the right track. Sometimes I feel high. I'm flying, but not in total control. Dreams are awesome! they can sometimes tell us a little about who we are, where we are going and where we have been. War on the other hand! what is it good for? absolutely NOTHING!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NO MAGIC TROPHY FOR YOU!

MAGIC CONTEST TROPHIES: I know some people don't like magic contest, but for the ones here that do I wanted to start a friendly debate. What do you think of magic clubs giving out trophies in a contest? About a year ago I attended a magic club where I competed. I felt really bad for the magicians that placed. The club had no trophies to give out.

http://www.janrouven.com/tl_files/janrouven_v2/images/awards/mandrake_dor_award_2006a.pngThis didn't bother me because I didn't get a trophy. I didn't even place, but I felt and saw the expressions on the winners faces who received no reward at all. Not even a piece of paper. Apparently  this club has been doing this for years. They just give you bragging rights and I suppose they put your name and photo on the website. I'm thinking, I could be terribly wrong, but my guess is that most magicians would love a trophy to show off their hard work. The trophy is the payoff for working your ass off and practicing.









What is the whole meaning of a contest! what do we actually get out of a contest. Does showing off a trophy actually help you get work and get you noticed? I have seen on several websites where it says
"Award Winning Magician" or "Award Winning Magic effect" I know because I have used that bragging rights on my websites as well, but so far it really hasn't done squat.
I wonder if when clients are searching on the internet and they see "Award Wining Magician" if they stop in their tracks and say.  "Hey honey! this is our guy. He/she is a "Award Winning" magician."
 
Now lets go the other route. I'm sure there are many magicians who had had success with winning a contest.They have moved on to do bigger shows or have been booked by other magic clubs to do a performance. Others have moved onto doing lectures and inventing their own magic products.
To me the award does matter. Imagine going to med school. You spend all that money one books, fees, supplies and not to mention sacrificing your social time to study.
finally the big day comes and your walking down the aisle. The person greeting you to give you our diploma says to you. "Oh! I'm sorry! we are not giving away diplomas. This was just for fun.
Am I reaching too far out there? I don't think so, but I guess it also depends on how you look at your magic. Is it a career for you? Does a piece of shiny material really matter? For many off us it does.
it matter to the ones that when they were in school they never got that trophy because maybe they weren't into sports or spelling or math team. Magic is what they knew and they sure wasn't going to get an award in school for that. Although I did win a first place award in my junior high talent show. So I guess sometimes you do get lucky. What a day that was. I did a linking ring effect, Zombie Ball and a mailbag escape. It was just a certificate, but it was something I'll never forget and I will cherish the memories.
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Does winning a trophy help build confidence and self esteem? does it do the opposite to the ones that received no trophy at all?

















What prompted me to write in this blog is that just under a hour ago I received a phone call from the very same club that didn't have any trophies to give out. The gentleman asked me if I would be interested in the contest. Even though I knew that if I won I wouldn't be getting a trophy. I agreed to participate anyway. Watch! this will be the year I win first place. LOL! well if I do I'll just order my own trophy and engraved plaque. It will sit next to my second and third place trophies.

Maybe I'll juts have a invisible trophy. If I win I'll make a youtube video for you and show it off.
I would love to hear some of your contest and trophy experiences.
Please feel free to comment below this blog.

Imaginator




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NerdGician finds his way back.

It's been about a year and a half that I was last performing my NerdGician character.
For the past several months I've been working hard on some new material involving thimbles. When I'm doing my thimble work, I'm not in the NerdGician character. I'm my own character and I realized that I had to get real live stage time so I could try out my nerw material. It's not always easy to get stage time when shows are slow. So I decided to get creative and incorporate my material into the "Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club" A few weeks ago I got a call from a producer of the "Laugh Out Loud" comedy chain. He saw my WGN TV segment when I did the NerdGician bit and so he tracked me down on youtube and contacted me.

I was pretty excited to be able to do some stand-up as the NerdGician. I put some material together and rehearsed it in nerd mode. Finally the big day came. The club was packed and I was ready to do my bit. I think comedy clubs have such an unusual and diverse audience. I noticed in the audience a young girl, about the age of 15 with her parents. I was thinking to myself "What kind of parent brings their kid to a comedy club? You know there is going to be raunchy, vulgar language." Yep and there was. And the comedians all night were ripping on the 15 year old. She seemed to be the theme of the comedy that night. The parents didn't seem to have a problem with it. Who knows. Maybe she's a inspiring comedian and her parents wanted to give her a real life education of what she may be in for.

There was another young person in the audience. He was about 15 or 16 as well, but he was a comedian. when he went up I was impressed about how he handled himself and how professional he was. He did a bit about how when he was 2 years old his dad would take him ice fishing. He went on about how they would get up at about 3 in the morning, pack up the car, drive 15 hours to a frozen lake, set up a tent, drill a hole into the ice, get a fishing pole and then sit on a bucket. That was some funny stuff he talked about. Very nice kid.

The other comedian that engraved a memorable implant in my brain was a man who has Cerebral Palsy. When the mc introduced him, he slowly made his way up to the stage using his two walking sticks to help him get around. After a long silent struggle onto the stage he said "You know you had a bad night when you go our with your friends and in the morning you wake up like this." the whole room was roaring on the floor.

Finally it was my turn and the mc announced me. I decided to open up with the "Bowling Pin Production. Michael Mode really did a FANTASTIC job on this effect as well as the packaging and dvd tutorial. Nice job Mike!

It was kind of odd. When I made the Pin appear I didn't get much of a reaction or laugh, then suddenly the whole place busted out into a loud laugh, hence the name, "Laugh Out Loud'
I kept going on with my routine and throughout my routine, I was getting these off beat laughs.
Finally my time was up and I packed up and went home. I was kind of up set because I had a few mishaps happen. Nothing big, just small minor things.

When I got to my studio to review my video footage, I was surprised to see and hear how much people were laughing. It made all the  mishaps seem very small. Overall I was very pleased with my performance. It made me notice a part of me that I didn't know I had. The part where I seem to have to off beat humor where people laugh way after the expected punch line joke.
I'm looking forward to making many more appearances at "Laugh Out Loud"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Magic Underground Modus Operandi - Does it exist?

Modus operandi (plural modi operandi) is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as "method of operation". The term is used to describe someone's habits of working, particularly in the context of business or criminal investigations. In English, it is often shortened to M.O.
The expression is often used in police work when discussing a crime and addressing the methods employed by the perpetrators. It is also used in criminal profiling, where it can help in finding clues to the offender's psychology. It largely consists of examining the actions used by the individual(s) to execute the crime, prevent its detection and/or facilitate escape. A suspect's modus operandi can assist in his identification, apprehension, or repression, and can also be used to determine links between crimes.
In business, modus operandi is used to describe a firm's preferred means of doing business and interacting with other firms.

What most people don't know is that there is a  magic underground  secrets are being shared by the elite. Why do they need a underground? Because they are  aware of the real magic that exists. Maybe they use the disguise of being a magician, because they truly do possess or have access to a power.

In order to keep the art alive they have to manipulate everything so that it will stay alive.
Did someone leak out some secrets? Is the circle closing in? If you write a letter to the president of a magic company and they don't respond does that mean they don't exist? Is there a connection?
In my research the  Modus Operandi is mostly know for crime. Maybe the underground didn't do their homework.

If someone addressed me with a letter I would answer the letter. If that someone took the time out for you. You should take the time out for them. Sometimes you have to be your own president and get it done right.

We could all be a MO. Or would you really want to? Sometimes you just have to get a little crazy.
Am I onto something? Does the MO really exist? Am I a Part of it? Do I know more then I want to tell? Maybe I do. Maybe I don't.
Our life is one big story. It's up to you, how interesting you want to make it.
You are the STAR! You are the HERO!
Sometimes you just have to get a little crazy.
-Imaginator-


Thursday, February 27, 2014

MAGIC and the Social Network. Are we revealing too much?

Hey everyone,
It's been a few weeks since I've been active here on my blog. Actually I really haven't been too active on the social network. For the past couple of years I decided that in the early months of the New Year I would take a mental break from the social network and free myself from social network stress and the constant need to upload a picture, video, post....It seems at times a competitive thing us humans think we have to do in order to be accepted by our peers and cliques. If you think about it there has been social networking way before our time. We just figured out a way to make it faster and stream across the world and into other countries instantaneously.

In the caveman eras they have been using tablets way before us. In fact writing on walls and slats was their main source of communication and socialization. I really don't have enough experience or education to go deeper into this, I'm just sharing with you the basics of what I learned from school.
One of the things I have thought about in my social network cleansing break is how the social media could perhaps be destroying our art of magic art. Just last week I was performing at Barnaby's restaurant. I've been there for about 20 years now. WOW! time flies. As I was working the tables one night I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with a "KNOW IT ALL" I'm sure you magicians know what I'm talking about. The "Know it all" that insists on knowing every magic effect you do. He/she will even narrate you moves and slights. They are excellent watchers. In FACT! they are excellent hand burners. Most of the time they are wrong with what we are doing, but many other times they are correct as well. This is when we have to be very careful of what effects we do so we don't have to run into the situation like I did.


One night at Barnaby's I was performing the cap through bottle effect. There was a small family of about five. 3 boys, 1 girl and the mother. Two of the boys were the "KNOW IT ALL" type. After I was done performing the effect the effect one of the boys said "I watch a lot of youtube video. Let me have you (P- ---G) I knew at this point that I was dealing with a "KNOW IT ALL!" and no matter what I do they will challenge it. These types are very dangerous to deal with and almost impossible to entertain. No matter how good you are in their mind they are looking at your magic as a challenge. They want you to feel like you can't fool them.

After a few attempts of performing various effects I decided to give the table a polite goodnight and move onto the next table. I decided to take a break and go to the back of the kitchen where I keep my magic gear.
I couldn't stop thinking of the kid who was rudely calling out my bottle effect. I think this is where ego gets the best of us magicians. As I was in the back of the kitchen going through my gear I couldn't help thinking about the "KNOW IT ALL!" kid. I felt that I had to prove my magic skills to him as well as everyone else at that table.

So I went into Macgyver combat mode. I actually have an emergency kit that I take along with me on my shows. In that kit I cary.
1. Cards
2. Coins
3. Rope
4. Fishing line
5. Duct Tape
6. Electrical tape
7. Elastic
8. Super clue
9. Clips
10. Sewing kit
11. Dry clean cloth
12. First aid kit

There is a few more, but you get the idea.  I started going through the emergency bag and I came up with a different method to make the cap penetrate the bottle without having a - - space ----
I tried it out a few times and it worked like a charm. I then went back towards the table and purposely went to pass it up when I was surprisingly stopped by the mom. I think she was picking up on how I was slightly irritated when I was at there table earlier. She apologized and asked me to do more magic. I was actually predicting this would happen as I was purposely passing the table up. I decided to do the bottle again. I said to "You know what? earlier you insisted that I used a  _ _ _ _. I'm not sure really what you were talking about. You see I took the _ _ _ _. off so now I don't have anything on." I'll do it again. I showed the bottle cap to everyone and then picked up the bottle. I clearly brought the bottle cap up toward the bottle and BAM! it went clear through. The two "KNOW IT ALL" boys jaws about dropped. It was a felling of prevailing. The sad thing was is that they still had the arrogant cockiness. So again I politely removed myself from the table.  

With some people you just can't win. Sometimes it's better to just eat up your ego and pride and move on.
One of the things that kept echoing in my mind was when the kid said "I saw that on youtube" It seems like this is going on a lot on youtube as well as other video websites where young kids are revealing magic effects and ripping into them. They will rip into them and talk about what a rip off it is and that they could of made that. My mind frame is? "Ya, but you didn't!" There are many effects that I bought that I could of made myself, but I don't think that. Instead I think about the cleverness and hard work that went into making that magic effect. Being a magic inventor myself. I have come to appreciate all the little things that make that effect. Everything to manufacturing, directions, video all the way to packaging.

One of the other things I'm concerned about in the magic industry is "Magic Product Video Trailers"
The other day I was showing one of the regular customers at Barnaby's my new magic effect called "Sew WHAT" the customer wanted to see the new effect that I came up with.
As I was showing the video I they asked what some of the words meant that was coming up on the video?
You know, the magic jargon that comes up on many magic videos that say such things as
1. No TT neede
2. No strings
3. No D_ _ space _ _ _ _

When this question was brought up by my regular customer it made me think how it could be very easy for laymen to come across some of the jargon we use and simply Google it and land on a website where the gimmick is being exposed and explained. 
The thing is, many magic videos use that jargon about certain gimmicks not being used. There is a reason for that and that is because the video is what sells the effect. It doesn't really matter if the video is low or high budget. The end result is. Is it good and is it a product I would want? Putting text in various portions of the video explaining that such and such gimmick isn't used adds to a potential sale. Especially if the viewer is unaware of how the magician is accomplishing the effect.  
Many of us inventors are posting our products not only on youtube, magic websites, but also on our own personal social media pages where we have a mix of family, friends and magic network. I'm considering starting a new profile just because of this.

I think it would be great if us magicians could all collaborate and do the same thing as well as come up with our own shorthanded index code for magic gimmick names.That would be unknown to the public.
What is your thoughts? Do you think that revealing names of gimmicks in videos is a problem?
Do you have a solution or idea? if so please comment here. I think in the social era it's going to be more and more difficult to protect our art.
It feels like our ART is becoming more and more challenging, but I guess all we can do is concentrate and reach out to the ones that do appreciate it and maybe perhaps try to educate them a little on our art.
Thanks for visiting and please leave your comments on any of the above in the comments area.

-Imaginator- 

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Turbo Tube- Making something new out of something old.


This is one of my magic effects that I created a few months ago 2012,
I was playing with the "- - - - - - Tube" (I put lines in the word to protect any non-magicians that may be surfing this blog) I always thought it a was a visual effect.
It's the effect where you put a silk handkerchief into a tube and it magically changes color. Simple effect and very visual.  One day while playing around with it I started to think of ways to make it different. I stated hooking up different mechanisms to it.

Finally after some time I found the right material to do the job. What did I change you ask? well I came up with a way to make the silk handkerchief fly out. So instead of just pulling out the handkerchief that just magically changed color, it now flies out of the tube. a INSTANT, VISUAL effect. You can even add confetti to the silk handkerchief so when it shoots confetti slowly falls with the handkerchief.
Their is other applications you can use. Such as making a snowstorm effect. You can take a paper napkin, make a snowflake out of it. Put the paper napkin into the tube. Next make a magic wave and the paper snowflake turns into snow falling down. It's a beautiful effect. You can also use the Turbo Tube to transform different colored handkerchiefs a birthday silk or Christmas silk. It's a great way to finish a show.The shy is the limit.

Why did I invent this effect?
I wanted to challenge my imagination and creativity and see if i could come up with a new, fresh version of the effect. I think it's a great way to take old effects and bring them to life. I'm sure their are all kinds of different effects that we can give a breath of fresh air to.
The other thing that I really like about the "Turbo Tube" is that you don't need any co2 cartridge to make the handkerchief or confetti shoot out. This is awesome because you don't have to worry about the extra added expense of having to replacing cartridges. 

You can purchase "Turbo Tube" at my website Imaginator Magic  or you can purchase at you favorite participating magic shop.

Here is a brief description of "Turbo Tube" 
"Use Turbo Tube to vanish, restore, reappear, color change,make confetti burst high into the air and more. The Imagination is up to you! The Turbo Tube is a great utility prop that you will use in every show!"

Features and Benefits
  1. No co2 cartridges required
  2. Just load the silk and release on your command.
  3. Can shoot up to 6 feet in the air.
  4. Use up to one 12' inch silk.
  5. Use in a snowstorm routine. Can be loaded with "Snowstorm of China" snowstorm.
  6. Make a silk burst into Confetti/Streamer
  7. Use as a color change or silk appearance.

Monday, January 27, 2014

MASTERING Thimble Magic - The LOST ART



I've been back to practicing my thimbles today. I would honestly say that today I put in about 12 hours of practice time. It's very cold here in Chicago, about 30 below. So instead of going out to my studio and jacking up the heating bill I decided to make my kitchen into a makeshift studio.

It was about 13 years ago when I discovered the love for thimbles. I wasn't good with cards or coins and somehow I came to know thimbles. I stated working on some manipulations with the help of Jeff McBride
World Class Manipulation DVD Library Volume 1,2 and 3
I have all volumes and I must say it's a great investment.

After studding Jeff's Manipulation dvd (Which by the way is now just thimbles, but also cards and coins) I wanted to explore more thimble experts and I had the privileged of finding Shoot Ogawa.
 on a google search for thimbles several years ago. I don't know where the hell I've been. Apperentley he's a master of all sorts of magic and had won ton's of magic awards, yet this was my first time seeing him on youtube. I was ecstatic when I found out that Shoot had a thimble dvd tutorial. How awesome is that?  I was in aww the entire time watching Shoot do his wonderful thimble act. I still don't know how he does some of those slights. In fact I got so frustrated trying to accomplish some of his palming that I had to develop some of my owns moves.



 Here is the first video that I discovered on youtube with Shoot and his thimble routine.


After studding Shoots thimble work I next moved onto Joe Mogar's thimble work. Joe sells a nice set of thimbles packaged with a dvd. Joe has some real nice moves and insight on thimbles.

Joe has his own custom thimbles that he had made. I remember talking to him on the phone a few years ago because I had some questions about his thimbles and dvd. Really nice guy.

After exploring and learning from the pros. I started cumming up with my own style of thimble work. Some many times as magicians we get caught up with trying to be like our idols in magic. I saw one magician at a resort. I could immediately tell who was his idol because the way he talked, carried himself as well as body language screamed out Copperield.

As artists I think we need to take a step back when we find ourselves being some one else. We have to put in the hard work and investment into ourselves so we can find ourselves. The only way to accomplish that is to do other things besides magic. What else do you like. Movies, music, bungee jumping, sports? Take the things you do besides magic and incorporate them into YOU!

Right now my number one choice in thimbles is Vernet. I've tried several brands, but these just work the best for me. As a thimble manipulator/worker you I suggest you try out different brands to see what works and fits best. What works for me may not work for you.

 Fakini also puts out a nice set of thimbles. If you want a nice bite and grip on you thimble work. Give these a whirl.
My goal is to one day be a recognized thimble manipulator. I one day would like to put out my own dvd of some of my original thimble work.

Here is a nice classic video I found with thimbles with Peter Pitchford


I'm not sure how far thimble manipulation magic goes back. If you know could you please make a comment below this post? I would love to know.

Here is a fun video I made a few years back when I was exploring and trying to find myself.





Here is another one at a Chicago nightclub


That's about it here magician friends. I'll add more material and video on thimble magic as I find them. 

Here is some interesting history on thimbles. 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


A thimble
Der Fingerhüter (Thimblemaker) from Das Ständebuch by Jost Amman, 1568
A thimble is a small hard pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing. Usually, thimbles with a closed top are used by dressmakers but special thimbles with an opening at the end are used by tailors as this allows them to manipulate the cloth more easily. Finger guards differ from tailors’ thimbles in that they often have a top but are open on one side. Some finger guards are little more that a finger shield attached to a ring to maintain the guard in place. The Old English word þȳmel, the ancestor of thimble, is derived from Old English þūma, the ancestor of our word thumb.[1]
A very early hand dimpled soldered cylinder thimble
A single steel needle from the time of the Han Dynasty ancient China (206BC - 202AD) was found in a tomb in Jiangling, and it could conceivably be assumed that thimbles were in use at this time also although no thimble seems to have been discovered with the needle. The earliest known thimble — in the form of a simple ring — dates back to the Han Dynasty ancient China also and was discovered during the Cultural Revolution of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in a lesser dignitary's tomb. Oddly, neither the Romans nor the Greeks before them appear to have used metal thimbles. It may be that leather or cloth finger guards proved sufficiently robust for their purposes. There are so-called Roman thimbles in museum collections, but the provenance of these metal thimbles is, in fact, not certain, and many have been removed from display. No well-documented archeological data link metal thimbles to any Roman site.[2] According to the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database,[3] thimbles dating to the 10th century have been found in England, and thimbles were in widespread use there by the 14th century.
Cast 14c thimble
Although there are isolated examples of thimbles made of precious metals—Elizabeth I is said to have given one of her ladies-in-waiting a thimble set with precious stones—the vast majority of metal thimbles were made of brass. Medieval thimbles were either cast brass or made from hammered sheet.
Deep drawn Nürnberg thimble. 16c.
Early centers of thimble production were those places known for brass-working, starting with Nuremberg in the 15th century, and moving to Holland by the 17th.
Lofting type brass thimble
In 1693, a Dutch thimble manufacturer named John Lofting established a thimble manufactory in Islington, in London, England, expanding British thimble production to new heights. He later moved his mill to Buckinghamshire to take advantage of water-powered production, resulting in a capacity to produce more than two million thimbles per year. By the end of the 18th century, thimble making had moved to Birmingham, and shifted to the "deep drawing" method of manufacture, which alternated hammering of sheet metals with annealing, and produced a thinner-skinned thimble with a taller shape. At the same time, cheaper sources of silver from the Americas made silver thimbles a popular item for the first time.[4]
Thimbles are usually made from metal, leather, rubber, and wood, and even glass or china. Early thimbles were sometimes made from whale bone, horn, or ivory. Natural sources were also utilized such as Connemara marble, bog oak, or mother of pearl. Rarer works from thimble makers utilized diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.
Advanced thimblemakers enhanced thimbles with semi-precious stones to adorn the apex or along the outer rim. Cabochon adornments are sometimes made of cinnabar, agate, moonstone, or amber. Thimble artists would also utilize enameling, or the Guilloché techniques advanced by Peter Carl Fabergé.[5]
Originally, thimbles were used simply solely for pushing a needle through fabric or leather as it was being sewn. Since then, however, they have gained many other uses. From the 16th century onwards[6] silver thimbles were regarded as an ideal gift for ladies.
Meissen 'keepsake' thimble. 18c
Early Meissen porcelain and elaborate, decorated gold thimbles were also given as 'keepsakes' and were usually quite unsuitable for sewing. This tradition has continued to the present day. In the 19th century thimbles were used to measure spirits, which brought rise to the phrase "just a thimbleful". Prostitutes used them in the practice of thimble-knocking where they would tap on a window to announce their presence.[7] Thimble-knocking also refers to the practice of Victorian schoolmistresses who would tap on the heads of unruly pupils with dames thimbles.[8]
Before the 18th century the small dimples on the outside of a thimble were made by hand punching, but in the middle of that century, a machine was invented to do the job. If one finds a thimble with an irregular pattern of dimples, it was likely made before the 1850s. Another consequence of the mechanization of thimble production is that the shape and the thickness of the metal changed. Early thimbles tend to be quite thick and to have a pronounced dome on the top. The metal on later ones is thinner and the top is flatter.
Silver thimble commemorating the 'Great Exhibition'
Collecting thimbles became popular in the UK when many companies made special thimbles to commemorate the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London. In the 19th century, many thimbles were made from silver; however, it was found that silver is too soft a metal and can be easily punctured by most needles.
Dorcas thimble
Charles Horner solved the problem by creating thimbles consisting of a steel core covered inside and out by silver, so that they retained their aesthetics but were now more practical and durable. He called his thimble the Dorcas, and these are now popular with collectors. There is a small display of his work in Bankfield Museum, Halifax, England.
Early American thimbles made of whale bone or tooth featuring miniature scrimshaw designs are considered valuable collectibles. Such rare thimbles are prominently featured in a number of New England Whaling Museums.[9]
During the First World War, silver thimbles were collected from "those who had nothing to give" by the British government and melted down to buy hospital equipment.[10] In the 1930s and 40s glass-topped thimbles were used for advertising. Leaving a sandalwood thimble in a fabric store was a common practice for keeping moths away.[11] Thimbles have also been used as love-tokens and to commemorate important events. People who collect thimbles are known as digitabulists. One superstition about thimbles says that if you have three thimbles given to you, you will never be married.[12]

Known thimble makers

A 9-foot high sculpture of a giant thimble resting on a stack of buttons, commemorating the garment district in Toronto
Most of these thimble makers are no longer in existence.
  • Avon Fashion Thimbles
  • Wicks (Inventor USA)
  • A Feaù and René Lorillon (French)
  • Charles Horner (UK) (1837–1896)
  • Charles Iles (UK)
  • Charles May
  • Anthony Stavrianoudakis (GR)
  • Gabler Bros (German)
  • Henry Fidkin (UK)
  • Henry Griffith (UK)
  • James Fenton (UK)
  • James Swann (UK)
  • Jean Levy (France)
  • Johan Caspar Rumpe (Germany)
  • Ketcham & McDougall (USA) (Out of Business 1988)
  • Meissen (German)
  • Roger Lenain (French)
  • Samuel |Foskett (UK)
  • Simons Bros Co (USA)[13]
  • Stern Bros & Co (USA)
  • Waite-Thresher (USA)
  • Webster (USA)
  • William Prym (Germany)

Thimblette

Turning pages using a thimblette.
Thimblettes (also known as rubber finger, rubber thimbles and finger cones) are soft thimbles, made predominately of rubber, used primarily for leafing through or counting documents, bank notes, tickets or forms. They also protect against paper cuts as a secondary function. Unlike thimbles, the softer thimblettes become worn over time. They are considered disposable and sold in boxes. The surface is dimpled with the dimples inverted to provide better grip. Thimblettes are sized from 00 through to 3.

Cultural references

In the Parker Brothers board game Monopoly, first created in 1904, the thimble is one of the eight traditional metal game pieces used to mark a player's position on the game board.
Thimbles are given as gifts in Peter Pan, who thinks thimbles are kisses.
In the 1992 movie Batman Returns, Catwoman, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, used thimbles to create the base of her claws.
The popular TV show and comic strip Popeye was originally called Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye.
The character Elizabeth in the video game BioShock Infinite uses a thimble to cover her severed little finger.
Video montages and series of clips are often called "thimble collections."

Auction records

On December 3, 1979, a London dealer bid the sum of $18,000 USD for a dentil shaped Meissen porcelain thimble, circa 1740, at Christie's auction in Geneva, Switzerland. The thimble, just over a half inch high, was painted in a rare lemon-yellow color about the band. It also had tiny harbor scene hand painted within gold-trimmed cartouches. The rim was scalloped with fired gold on its bottom edge. The thimble now belongs to a Meissen collector in Canada who wanted it for its lemon-yellow color.[14]
During November 1994, Sirthey's saleroom yielded a one of a kind Meissen thimble bearing an armorial coat of arms at the price of GBP 26,000.
On 13 June 1995, Sotheby's sold a Meissen thimble adorned with two pugs for GBP 10,350.

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