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David Todd

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Good utility items can be hard to find.   Not being able to go to a well-stocked brick and mortar magic shop to actually see and handle the item before I purchase it , but limited to buying on the internet isn't my favorite way to purchase this kind of prop , so I'm looking for recommendations.

I'm looking to purchase a new "Devil's Handkerchief" .   Of the currently available versions on the market now , does anyone have comments or recommendations regarding the ones listed below (or recommendations on one I have not listed) .  I'm looking for reviews/recommendations from people who actually own and use one of the listed handkerchiefs.   I'm definitely looking for one constructed properly with a No Sag feature and also nothing too garish looking in terms of the color or pattern . (not interested in a bandana type or one with "sparkly" fabric or with unicorns and rainbows design , etc. ) .  I would like it to be fairly large , at least 17" square , but prefer 22" - 24" inches square.  Also, I don't sew, therefore I'm looking to purchase a decent one, not make it myself.   I know about the Stewart James "Go-Go Vanish cloth" (I have one) so that's not what I'm looking for.  In this case I need a well-constructed ,no sag Devil's Hank for performing a specific routine that calls for the Devil's Hank , not the Go-Go Vanisher.


Tenyo Devil Handkerchief -

https://www.seomagic-usa.com/product_info.php/products_id/602




Devil's Handkerchief  by Bazar de Magia -

https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S5488




Devils Hank Pro Corner by Sumit Chhajer -
https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S21627

(I'm not totally sure what it means by "corner" ... maybe referring to how the secret area is accessed ... only through the upper corner instead of through the whole side like on a normal devil's hank ?  There is one review I read that alludes to that ... or "corner" means that the construction of the hank allows you to hold it by only one corner as it is released , instead of holding it by two corners ?)




Devil's Hank by TCC -
https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9571






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https://www.fabricmanipulation.com/index.html
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I have the Devil's Hank by TCC and its the only one I've ever had, so I can't compare it to any other Devil's Hank on the market. It's got a good feel to it and the stitching seems pretty good, I doubt it would rip easily. From watching the videos you linked, it seems that the main difference is that the secret compartment is in the corner of the Hank vs in the middle. One review said that because of that, the mouth of the compartment is smaller than others, so it might limit the load. Hope that helps!
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https://www.fabricmanipulation.com/index.html


Now that you mention it , I have seen the ones from Fabric Manipulation and they do look nice, but slightly on the small size for what I want.  (15" square ... looking for something more like 22" - 24" square for the size of the item I want to use).  Thanks for posting that link.  Those really are nicely made and good looking handkerchiefs.   On the higher end of the price range ($65.00)  , but they look great, so I'm sure they are worth it.
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Back in the days of the shop we stocked the Bazaar and TCC ones... I think I prefer TCC, it has spots 😉

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Back in the days of the shop we stocked the Bazaar and TCC ones... I think I prefer TCC, it has spots 😉



Any thoughts on the difference between how the secret area is accessed on Bazar de Magia vs. TCC ?
(re: what GregB posted  --- "seems that the main difference is that the secret compartment [on TCC] is in the corner of the Hank vs in the middle. One review said that because of that, the mouth of the compartment is smaller than others, so it might limit the load." )
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Now that you mention it , I have seen the ones from Fabric Manipulation and they do look nice, but slightly on the small size for what I want.  (15" square ... looking for something more like 22" - 24" square for the size of the item I want to use).  Thanks for posting that link.  Those really are nicely made and good looking handkerchiefs.   On the higher end of the price range ($65.00)  , but they look great, so I'm sure they are worth it.


Contact Fabric Manipulation and ask her to quote a bigger one. I'd be surprised if it would cost much more but you may have to wait.
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Im pretty sure both Bazar's and TCC's open in the corner. So basically the same. Unless I'm misremebering something, they all opened in the corner. Come to think of it we used to stock Devil's Hank Pro as well, by Sumit. They are all decent. Personally, I liked the TCC, like I said, because it has spots 😉 That sounds silly perhaps, but it made it feel like it was more some actual thing you could buy in a store, and not a magic prop.
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OR... getting a sewing machine and make one 😉 They aren't difficult to make. I remembered making a small one before, it looked like a pocket square. I used it for switching billets. It had two openings, so I could show it empty first, fold up the corners, collect billets into one compartment, and then empty them out on the table, and in that action switch them, as the billets falling out were the billets from the other compartment. Don't know where it went, I lost it somewhere, might need to make another one.
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