Originally posted by Pete Biro:
There were at least two Paul Fox salt pour gimmicks made. One the big one and a smaller on for close up I guess.
None are available except if a collector decides to sell his. You can check ebay every week.
Others, like James Riser make excellent one too. You could make your own with a plastic or tin hollow ball and drill it to put a kind of thimble with no end on and glue it together with high-quality epoxy two part glue. Or a piece of copper tubing that your finger will fit into for the steal.
The first Paul Fox salt gimmick was actually made for Ade Duval as a device for a silk vanish or production. The big one was made later, possibly at the request of Faucett Ross. It was HUGE -- bigger than the Riser Salt Pour Gimmick -- almost too big. The Long Pour can go on too long, if you know what I mean.
Dai Vernon had one of the smaller PF gimmicks when he did his $1000 lecture tour with Joe Cossari. Presley Guitar and Bob White took measurements from it and Pressley produced his all brass gimmick, which was a medium sized one -- about halfway between the two Paul Fox Gimmicks.
The Professor did not like the idea of sticking the finger into the neck of the gimmick in order to steal it. Instead, he preferred to tip it back out of his hand between the fingertips and steal it in the crotch of his thumb as he brushed the excess salt from the top of his fist with his other hand. This was a move he showed us on the lecture tour.
Due to this move, Pressley made the opening in his salt gimmicks too small to take your index finger tip.
There is a lot of history on the Long Pour gimmick in Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram
on page 161.