Gypsy Thread

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Postby Guest » 04/30/02 01:38 PM

Any good handlings on the gypsy thread out there?
I have read a few and to my disatisfaction have found none that I like! The best I ever saw was a version I saw Gaeton Bloom perform on a Hank Lee Conclave video! Is this in print or sold? Any good versions at all in print? Any refrences to books would be great!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 04/30/02 03:53 PM

What don't you like about Eugene Burger's handling?
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Postby Stefano » 05/01/02 04:27 AM

Great Classic in Magic,

Please look at the book "The Fine Art of Magic George G. Kaplan" from his wonderful version.

In my opinion the best preparation for the thread is Eugene Burger method. I tried hundreds of time with great success.

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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 05/01/02 06:30 AM

Where is Eugene Burger's method published? I have "The Experience of Magic" and his new video set, but they only give his presentations, not his handling.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/01/02 08:19 AM

It's in Spirit Theater.
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Postby Guest » 05/01/02 08:30 AM

I want to end Totally clean!
There is a version in The Art of Close up magic by L.Ganson but I dont want to put the pieces in my mouth. I have tried wax behind the thumb nail. So far most of the threads I have tried are all very nice just very hard on my hands kinda cut my pinky finger ! OUCH!!! :eek:
Well the search continues!
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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 05/01/02 08:38 AM

Richard -- thanks...I'll have to check it out.

Rick -- Eugene Burger has stated that he used to lap the extra pieces, but now just keeps them between his finger and thumb. After all, he says, who's going think 'Man, that was great, but he didn't open up his finger and thumb.'? I think more people will want to look at the thread, which will give you plenty of cover to ditch the little pieces.

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Postby Randy DiMarco » 05/01/02 08:44 AM

Check out Max Londono's version. It was published as part of the New Stars of Magic series.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/01/02 10:25 PM

I second Randy's recommendation for the Max Londono handling in The New Stars of Magic. This looked stupendous when I saw him do it up at Tannen's years ago. That said, if memory serves, this is one of those "wax on the back of the thumbnail" methods. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Postby Guest » 05/03/02 12:46 AM

If you could end totally clean, would you pay ten bucks a performance for the necessary gimmick?

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Postby Guest » 05/03/02 04:14 PM

I would a Gypsy Thread that is

a) reasonbly gimmick free
b) has an instant reset
c) looks great
d) doesn't require seven fingers on your left hand

I have seen a couple around but they are either to expensive to risk it or ust plain stupid.
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Postby Guest » 05/03/02 04:18 PM

Get Steven's Magic Emporium's video by Eugene. He teaches all the ins and outs of the routine. I've been using that handling for over 10 years, and not once has anyone ever said "what's between your fingers?". They sit in stunned silence, every once in a while I'll hear, "No Way!".
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Postby Guest » 05/03/02 04:51 PM

Hans Trixer has a great routine and use "Basting" thread eases the pain on fingers :cool:
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Postby Pete Biro » 05/03/02 06:49 PM

Basting thread is the hot tip... I found a few rolls in Italy last year... Fred Kaps' handling was using the Italian basting thread.

I think it is the same as Marconick published in one of his many books.

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Postby Craig Matsuoka » 05/03/02 07:24 PM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Basting thread is the hot tip...
Yes, basting thread is ideal. And you're right about Marconik recommending it. Sometime in the 80's I remember buying a manuscript called "Markonik's Ultimate Gypsy Thread" (or something like that) from Paul Diamond, but threw it away during an overzealous house-cleaning.

Does anyone know which book Markonik's write-up is in? Better yet, does anyone know where you can buy those spools of basting thread with the little cardboard tube in the middle? Can't seem to find them in the notion shops these days. I've looked all over town for them, but no one carries them anymore.
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Postby Guest » 05/04/02 03:53 AM

Originally posted by Rick Castro:
Any good handlings on the gypsy thread out there?
I have read a few and to my disatisfaction have found none that I like! The best I ever saw was a version I saw Gaeton Bloom perform on a Hank Lee Conclave video! Is this in print or sold? Any good versions at all in print? Any refrences to books would be great!

Thanks,
Rick Castro :D :D :D
Rick,

It's the Steven's Magic Emporium "Greater Magic Video Library Vol 4" along with another 6 great routines. I highly recommend it.

best,

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Postby Seth Kramer » 05/04/02 08:14 AM

I too saw Londono perform his version of the Gypsy thread and I used to do it years ago. His version is a bit different in that the thread breaks apart into little pieces (almost as if by magic) not deliberately ripped off a spool as in most other versions and then visually restores. To the best of my recollection, there was no wax on the thumb involved. The Dragon Thread is a similar routine it think, but I liked the Londono version better.
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Postby Guest » 05/04/02 09:00 AM

I remember a thread (no pun intended) a while ago about doing the gypsy thread using dental floss. This is helpful if breaking the thread hurts your fingers because, you can use the little metal thing meant for breaking the dental floss. It seemed that the main name they gave credit to was lonnie chevrie, check out the thread for more details its called "setting the record straight and crediting".

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Postby the1stmagician » 11/12/12 06:09 PM

I don't know if anyone is watching this post anymore but here is my 2 cents. I have most versions of the Gypsy Thread and "Max Londono's - Eternal String" is a great version if you want something you can carry with you at all times. This has an automatic reset so it can be immediately repeated or put away ready to be done again for repeat performances if your doing table to table work. This is from the "Stars of Magic" series and can still be purchased from the Magic Gadget Site for $15.95.
If you just want the standard but very excellent Gypsy Thread then Dan Sperry of Theory11 has a nice download. It has all you need to know to perform the "Gypsy Thread" on the Theory11 website. Very reasonably priced. WGM from L&L has a nice DVD that has several performers showing their version of the "Gypsy Thread". And for you "Street Performers" there is a nice version on there from Cellini. And I do mean "Street Performers" and not you guys who go up to people on the street like David Blaine and think that is "Street Magic". Also if your looking for thematically relevant patter for the "Gypsy Thread" Gary Oulette has an excellent book and DVD. It comes with UV Glo thread as well. Very good. Well that is my 2 cents worth. Hope somebody reads this and it helps. Ciao!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/12/12 08:44 PM

I saw Max Londono do his "Eternal String" and it was amazing. But the Stars of Magic description is lacking details (if I recall correctly).
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Postby Spellbinder » 11/14/12 10:18 PM

Cotton Basting Thread in bright colors is my favorite: http://www.thesewingplace.com/cotton-ha ... -4252.html

It's easy to see and easy to break. It's also easy to dye with flourescent dyes for using with black light (UV). Qua-Fiki and I included it as one of the ingredients in our Halloween Witches' Brew Book from The Wizards' Journal #23. Qua-Fiki suggested using baby booties as the ingredient, and have a pink, blue and white bootie for a spectator to choose from. Since you don't need the entire boot in the brew, you reach inside and pull out a thread of the appropriate color so it appears that you are unraveling the yarn from a baby bootie. Anyway, it's a nice touch to be able to allow the spectator to choose the color thread you will use.
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Postby the1stmagician » 11/22/12 11:55 PM

I did find a Eugene Burger explanation for his "Gypsy Thread". It is Volume 4 of the Greater Magic Video series. It has several of his signature effects and the only explanation I have come across other than his live lectures for the "Gypsy Thread".

Also I used to do the "Eternal String" by Max Londono from the Stars of Magic and as far as I could tell the instructions were complete. I had no problems doing the routine. This is in response to Richard Kaufman's post of 11/12/12. I thought the instructions were excellent. I just read through the instructions again, they seem complete. But Richard is no slouch in the magic department. So perhaps he is noticing something I am missing.

Anyway, I just thought I would let you know of the video with Eugene actually teaching his method for the "Gypsy Thread".

If your looking for a book, "The Art Of Close Up Magic - Volume 1 and Volume 2 both have a version of the "Gypsy Thread" in them. Volume One is done with thread and Volume 2 has a routine done with yarn. These are both books published by L&L Publishing. OK, that is all for now.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/23/12 11:50 AM

Eugene's version of "The Gypsy Thread" is also explained in one of his books that I published, either Performance of Close-Up Magic or Experience of Magic. I think.
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Postby Jim Maloney » 11/23/12 12:15 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:Eugene's version of "The Gypsy Thread" is also explained in one of his books that I published, either Performance of Close-Up Magic or Experience of Magic. I think.


It's in The Experience of Magic.
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Postby Ted M » 11/23/12 12:59 PM

The preparation and handling are most fully described in Spirit Theater.

The script is most fully described in The Experience of Magic.
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Postby Timothy Hyde » 11/23/12 06:56 PM

Craig Matsuoka wrote:
Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Basting thread is the hot tip...
Yes, basting thread is ideal. And you're right about Marconik recommending it. Sometime in the 80's I remember buying a manuscript called "Markonik's Ultimate Gypsy Thread" (or something like that) from Paul Diamond, but threw it away during an overzealous house-cleaning.

Does anyone know which book Markonik's write-up is in?


I realise the question is 10 years old, but as it wasn't answered and the thread : ) has been revived ... you can also find the Marconick routine in Unconventional Magic by Ganson. As you would expect, a great description by Ganson and delightful Ali Bongo line drawings.

I consider the effect one of the all time great effects, it ticks a lot of boxes. I never had a problem lapping the remains or dumping it somewhere in a standup situation. Played around with a small lump of Blue Tac attached inside the bottom rear of my jacket as a dump spot, but it never quite worked for me.
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Postby Ian Crawford » 11/23/12 11:28 PM

Burger lectured in Toronto recently and he said to wind the thread around a chopstick, "forget the figure eight". Works for me.
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Postby SteveP » 11/24/12 10:06 AM

I agree with forgetting about the figure eight. That always tangled on me. 30 years ago I spent some time with Alan Alan and he taught me the figure eight, but I was never consistent with a tangle-free restoration. I just wrap it around a Bic pen and it's never failed.
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Postby R.E.Byrnes » 11/24/12 05:19 PM

Rob Zabrecky does a flawless Gypsy Thread; emotionally resonant, too.
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