The power of the thumb tip


The power of the thumb tip

Most people don’t suspect the thumb tip when it is handled properly. In fact, as you train to use your thumb tip, I would encourage you to wrap it with a piece of black electrical tape so that you can check your angles while handling and practicing with it in front of the mirror. When handled properly the thumb tip should not show. 


Too many beginners think that the thumb tip is an insignificant and irrelevant magic thingamabob and write it off.  However, the thumb tip is an incredibly powerful and magical device when handled correctly.


Because of lack of knowledge on proper use, most beginners want to have their thumb tip match their skin color or tone exactly so that it doesn’t show to the close-up spectator.  This is actually incorrect thinking because the tip should not show even if it were painted bright orange or yellow and utilized right under a spectator’s nose. 


I was with a customer in a home improvement warehouse and I fooled them with some impromptu magic when I secretly grabbed a piece of bright white PVC pipe. Actually, it was an end cap for PVC pipe. Imagine using a bright white piece of PVC pipe to vanish a small piece of paper towel. These folks were absolutely blown away by my magic trick. They immediately asked to see what was in my hands and I said, “Hang on, the magic continues. I will magically produce a piece of plumbing PVC pipe from that bin over there against the wall.” I said a few magic words and waved my hands and I produced a small PVC pipe end cap.  Amazed and astonished, they still had no idea that the very piece of pipe was what I actually used as a thumb tip for the original paper towel vanish. 


You see, when handled correctly the thumb tip should not be seen by your spectators. Don’t waste time on finding the perfect matching thumb tip rather use that time in practicing your techniques and skills.  

Hal McClamma