I have been getting into thread work bit by bit over the past couple years, but have found it much harder than other categories of magic. The main problems, of course, are breakage and detection.
I own a few volumes on thread work, including the Le Clair book and video, the Steve Fearson video, and the Michael Ammar videos, but still can't do what I want to do, I must confess.
One of the reasons, I suspect, is that I'm over 40, and can't see the thread as easily as magicians with better eyesight. Also, there are lots of little details with thread that aren't always explained in the literature.
I work with loops all the time. Seems like loops are the idiot's invisible thread. You can do a couple things with it, but not much, it seems. I move a fork with my mind (Yigal Mesika method) and make a chosen card jump out of the deck (the Steve Valentine method). I'd like to do more, though.
Lately, I've been working at my Friday-night restaurant gig (Stick 'n' Stein in El Segundo, Calif.) every week to get it right, making little changes, trying to figure it out.
Hey, wait a minute. Just this spring, I landed a new Saturday-night restaurant gig in a dark restaurant. Truth be told, a dark restaurant is a gift from The Great Beyond. I should look into the new Kevlar ITRs, shouldn't I?
Any suggestions or helpful words of discouragement?