“Small, bright, colorful and easy to handle! That’s what make thimbles so ideal for close-up magic and manipulation. Although they have never really reached the status of cards or coins, there are a great many magicians who specialize in their use…”
– Now You See It, Now You Don’t! on Thimbles
This drawing beautifully illustrates the sly sleight-of-hand technique to seemingly make a thimble teleport from the index finger of one hand, to the index finger of the other. The trick is done to a 1,2,3,4…1,2,3,4 rhythm, helping the magician pull of this charming illusion in style.
“A cute little flourish for use in a thimble routine”
– Now You See It, Now You Don’t! on ThimblesView product >
“Although more akin to juggling than magic, card flourishes have always been the special province of the magician. They are fascinating to watch, fun to do, look like they require great skill (and they frequently do), but are often not as terribly difficult as they seem at first trial. Like everything else in magic, however, if you don’t do them well, best not to do them at all.”
– Now You See It, Now You Don’t! on Flourishes
“Because they are commonplace–and hence innocent–objects, coins are the ideal medium for sleight of hand.
They are small, varied, immediately available, and they lend themselves to a wide variety of interesting effect, from simple vanishes and transpositions to the incredibly difficult back and front palming routines of the great King of Coins, the late T. Nelson Downs.
As long as he–or somebody close by–has a few pennies in his pockets, the good sleight-of-hand man will always have the props he needs to entertain and mystify.”
– Now You See It, Now You Don’t! on Coins