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Rudy Tinoco

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As I was going through my bin of "things that I never use", I came across my "Tarantula" along with several packs of batteries and spools of thread. I had purchased quite a bit of the stuff, anticipating that I'd be using it.

I never really felt comfortable with it. Do any of you actually use this regularly?

If you don't know what I'm referring to, I'm talking about Yigal Mesika's, "Tarantula".

http://www.yigalmesika.com/tarantula/

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I only use it for the haunted deck that's taught on the video.  The deck is on the floor so the thread blends better with it's background and it's an easy clean up that allows you to reset and hand the deck out if you wish.  Though with the set up I'm not comfortable using white bordered cards because the thread may be noticed.  I like it though because setting the deck on the floor gives it that hands off touch that makes that kind of trick more impactful on the spectators.
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I'm still reluctant to use thread. Getting burned with thread would be devastating. Magi: "Look this is floating!"  Spec: "What is that? A hair?" BUSTED!! Ouch!!

Scary.

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The Tarantula is quite delicate and unforgiving. I've put a fair amount of time into the levitation of a borrowed ring. The effect is stunning, but the handling--though ingenious--is fraught with nervous-making moments. I remain reluctant to perform the effect but still aspire to incorporate a levitation into my borrowed ring routine.

Mike Powers is right. When a small, feather-light object begins to float, spectators will naturally begin looking for a thread or a wire. Some will claim to see a thread even if the conditions are perfect for invisibility. The risk is considerable and seemingly outweighs the potential for astonishment.

The "lasso technique" with a Tarantula and ring serves to blur the method. Another convincing move eliminates the suspicion at the forefront of the spectator's mind. While the performance conditions must be ideal... and disaster is close at hand... it is a beautiful and astonishing moment. 




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The Tarantula II has been teased lately.  I've yet to hear what the improvements are.
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I was considering buying the tarantula of the spider pen prop (SPP) some months ago but decided against it to see what the next device Yigal would release would be.

In relation to what Mike Powers said, I was at a Halloween party, the room was just lit with candles scattered about the room, the floor was black and yet still they seen the thread (loop) when I did haunted deck when I couldn't see it. One of the girls actually pulled one of her hairs out thinking that's what someone said they say and tried to move something with it.
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Sorry to bring back a somewhat older topic.  I own and like the Tarantula that I have.  You've got to really know where you can and cannot use it - lighting, and direction of the lighting are crucial, but the payoff can be worth it.  There are also lots of more subtle uses to be had that doesn't leave the thread so exposed.  I once used it to make a tortilla chip come to me across the table - it worked great...that time...but I wouldn't try it again, as the connection with the wax was iffy at best!

I'm also very interested to see what changes are in store for the II model.
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Sorry to bring back a somewhat older topic.  I own and like the Tarantula that I have.  You've got to really know where you can and cannot use it - lighting, and direction of the lighting are crucial, but the payoff can be worth it.  There are also lots of more subtle uses to be had that doesn't leave the thread so exposed.  I once used it to make a tortilla chip come to me across the table - it worked great...that time...but I wouldn't try it again, as the connection with the wax was iffy at best!

I'm also very interested to see what changes are in store for the II model.


Hi Chessman, I'm glad that you chimed in. This isn't the kind of forum where you'll catch heat for raising a topic from the dead [smile]

I'd love to hear a little bit more about the best lighting for this thing.

Thanks!

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Hi, Rudy,

Generally speaking, it is best when lighting comes from behind the spectators as they face the performer. Some brands of IT are said to do better in certain lighting - for example, James George's reels use mostly Kevlar, which is said to be especially good in flourescent light (which I have personally found to be true).

Steve Dusheck preferred dark blue (supplied with Wunderbar!), others like purple. Black has always ruled the roost, though. Different colors for different situations...

Shirts with patterns are considered better than dark shirts of a single color.

If you are outside performing, find shade, wear patterned shirt, and find a 'busy looking' background as your backdrop, if possible. Use your body to create shade, if needed.

If anyone finds a copy of Jon LeBlanc's excellent "Who's Afraid of Invisible Thread," he recommends using Danskin dance tights to harvest thread from. Be warned that those tights are made differently now, and will not work - I know, I tried awhile back [smile]

Some may have heard of the Lo Tension ITR (a good ITR!). If anyone would like one, move fast. The creator used a certain sock to harvest his IT that he can no longer find. That was about 3 years ago, so I hope he has found an alternative.

Sorry, I kept thinking of stuff to say [smile]
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EDIT:  Woops, I saw a "Generation II" reference as far back as 2007!  Nevermind.  On the plus side, Penguin is OOS but expecting more in March.

It seems that the "Lo Tension ITR" - actually called the Theard Manager Lo Tension ITR, has a Generation II designation now.  It appears that a suitable IT has been found by the creator, which is very good news!
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I used Tarantula very successfully for summer daycares.  At every center I booked two back-to-back programs.  The first show was for the 3 - 5 year olds, and the second show was for the after-school kids, who ranged in age from 6 - 12.  

 Tarantula was my opener for those second shows.  I displayed a dollar bill, and did the old “George Turns Upside Down” folding bit.  I’d explain to the kids that that was just a gag.  But then I offered to show them a “real” magic illusion.  Placed the bill flat on the floor, raised one arm up high, and after an appropriate build-up, “floated” the bill up into my hand.  Got gasps of astonishment from my audience, which was an excellent set-up for the rest of my program.

 Unfortunately, one day my Tarantula needed a new spool.  Bought a set, but try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to load it.  Called Penguin Magic, from whom I had purchased the item, but they were no help at all.  So I retired the effect.  Tarantula, plus one extra spool of thread, has been sitting on a shelf ever since.


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