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Thimble magic was quite popular in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Some of the best manipulation acts had a thimble sequence. The first little trick I learned was with a thimble. Today it is the rare occasion to see a thimble act, which makes thimbles the more attractive. If you want to build a unique act, thimbles might be the right thing for you. On top of that, the manipulation of thimbles is much easier to learn than to manipulate cards, coins or balls.

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Sam Dalal
Magic with Thimbles: Nested Thimble Outfit by Sam Dalal

This ebook explains some routines, that will teach you the standard moves with ordinary thimbles, and also the handling of the nested pair.

No thimbles are included with this PDF. Regular thimbles can be bought in any sewing shop. For the nested thimbles check any well-stocked magic shop.

  • Nested Thimble Magic Outfit
  • Magic with Ordinary thimbles
    • Thimble vanish and production
    • See through vanish
    • Finger Switch Color Change
  • Routines Using the Nested Thimbles
    • Thimble Penetration
    • The Roll Over Finger palm
    • Multiplying Thimbles
    • Nested Color Changing Thimble

1st edition 2004;...

★★★★★ $3
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Camille Gaultier
Magic Without Apparatus by Camille Gaultier

A sleight-of-hand reference work for cards, coins, billiard balls, and thimbles.

Magic without Apparatus is the first English translation of La Prestidigitation sans Appareils, which has been recognized by authorities on magic as the world's greatest treatise on legerdemain with cards, coins, billiard balls, and thimbles. The French edition elicited such comments as these:

Leo Rullman (Connoisseur of magical literature): "The greatest work on pure sleight-of-hand in any language."

Professor Hoffmann (Author of Modern Magic, More Magic, Later Magic): "A contribution of the first rank to the literature...

★★★★★ $39.50
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Edward Bagshawe
Proudlock's Routine with Thimbles by Edward Bagshawe

From the foreword by Will Goldston:

I admire a magician whose zeal for his art is always at fever heat. I admire a magician who sets out to discover some of the hidden treasures of magic and does not count the cost, in time and labour, that he spends on the task. Lastly, I admire the magician who, when he has found some of those hidden treasures, is willing and anxious to share them with his fellow magicians.

The reader will now understand why I have a profound admiration for the magician whose originations appear in this book. One glance at it will convince anyone who understands magic that it is...

★★★★★ $10
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Garnet Specialty Sales
Garnet's Nimble Thimble by Garnet Specialty Sales

A fascinating sleight-of-hand trick anyone can perform.

Here is a clever routine of real sleight-of-hand which can be performed "right under their noses" without years of tedious practice, without special equipment, and without mechanical aids. No trick thimbles are necessary and you can perform at any time and anywhere — before a large group or across the dinner table. Whether you’re seven or seventy, you’ll enjoy fooling people with this real "magic".

42 actual photographs of a professional magician's hands in action and full written descriptions show and tell you everything...

★★★★★ $6
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Arthur Leroy
At Your Fingertips by Arthur Leroy

Available again at long last is this comprehensive work explaining the brilliant thimble artistry of Jimmy Shannon. Jimmy Shannon was the talk of the magic world in the 1930s and 40s, with his beautifully orchestrated thimble manipulation act. His moves were accepted by experts as the most original, most unusual and altogether fascinating of his day. When the time came for Shannon's moves to be recorded for posterity, the task was given to a young writer who was already making a name for himself: Arthur Leroy. In fact, it was felt that Jimmy Shannon's moves were so entirely different from average...

★★★★ $15
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Chester Dobski
Thimble Thimon by Chester Dobski

If you've ever thought of presenting magic with thimbles, this is the ebook for you. Chock full of sleights, flourishes, manipulations, routines and ideas you'll want to add to your act. Magic with thimbles is something that many of today's audiences haven't had the pleasure of seeing, which makes it new and different to them. As thimbles are small and portable, they can easily be carried in a pocket or purse, always ready to amuse and amaze, wherever you might be.

Partial contents:

  • Introduction
  • Foreword
  • The Multiplying Thimbles
  • Miracle Penetration
  • One Hand Visible Penetration
  • Instantaneous...
★★★ $6
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John Alborough
Mainly Manipulative Magic by John Alborough

From the introduction by Lewis Ganson:

Seeing the late Edward Victor on stage at the now defunct Metropolitan Theatre in Edgware Road, London, when John was a small boy, started his interest in magic. Later he became enamoured with the manipulative magic of Geoffrey Buckingham, so it is not surprising that Victor's expert thimble magic and Buckingham’s excellent manipulation of billiard balls, should have had a marked influence on the type of magic John performs. Having met and enjoyed the confidence of these two magicians and studied their books, he built his own act. Certainly the Victor / Buckingham influence is there but John...

★★★★ $15
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Chuck Smith
Nite Club Thimble Magic by Chuck Smith

Here is an amazing and entertaining magic act that runs a full five minutes, yet it leaves the audience wanting more. An ebook every magician should have. Chuck Smith's routine includes beautiful vanishes, appearances and color change transformations. It looks so incredible to the audience, yet the entire act relies on only two, easy-to-master sleights. Everything can be examined (should the performer wish) before and after ... the thimbles really are ungimmicked.

If you're an enterprising conjuror, use the corporate colors of your sponsor for the color changes for even more applause. Also...

★★★★ $6
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Geoffrey Buckingham
It's Easier Than You Think Volume 2 by Geoffrey Buckingham

This famous book, now republished in three easy to handle ebook volumes. Illustrated with dozens of line drawings by Eric Lewis. The finest coverage of billiard ball work in print, excellent material on coins, and a large number of variety tricks in the Buckingham style and tradition.

  • About Geoffrey Buckingham
  • Chapter Nine
    • Loading And Stealing
    • Direct Loads From The Body
    • Pick-Up Loads From The Body
    • Substitution Loads
  • Chapter Ten
    • Holders For The Manipulator
    • Coin Holders For A Single Coin
    • For A Number Of Single Coins
    • For A Stack Of Coins
    • The Elastic Belt
    • Billiard Ball Holders
    • The...
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Gordon Miller
Tops Treasury of Thimble Magic by Gordon Miller

A collection of thimble magic routines, moves and tips from TOPS magazine.

  • Latest Thimble Magic
    • Preface
    • The Thumb Palm
    • The Finger Palm
    • Roll Over Palm
    • Front And Back Palm
    • Move and Vanish With One Thimble
    • Now You See It - Now You Don't
    • Finger Exchange
    • Penetration Through The Hand
    • Invisible Penetration Through A Handkerchief
    • Visible Penetration Through A Handkerchief
    • Two Handed Color Change
    • One Handed Color Change
    • Red And Green
    • Patriotic Thimble Routine
    • Simplified One To Eight" Routine
  • Trick Thimbles
    • Thimble To Silk
    • Thimble To Cigarette
    • Miracle Thimble
    • The Hook Thimble ...
★★★★ $8
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Stephen Ablett
Thimble Stars by Stephen Ablett

Thimble Stars is a 4 minute thimble manipulation routine, as Stephen performs in his children's show, adult parlour, and in close-up situations.

He performs it over 250 times a year in his children's show to comedy patter, which ends in a spring rabbit production. His close-up version ends with the vanish of all four thimbles.

The routine has been devised to work around all bad angles, eliminate steals and awkward moves and make the routine as 'fool proof' as he could make it. He doesn't wear a jacket or use sleeves. The only clothing requirements are that you have trouser pockets. ...

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Warren W. Wiersbe
Tantalizing Thimbles by Warren W. Wiersbe

Accenting simplicity in thimble magic, without clips or holders, gimmicked tables or devices or trick thimbles. 51 illustrations, great sleight of hand.

1st edition 1948; 1st digital edition 2013, 39 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface

    The Thimbles Themselves

  2. Materials
  3. Sleights


  4. The Toss Palm
  5. "Cig" Vanish
  6. Slow-Motion Vanish
  7. Rub-A-Dub Vanish

    Color Changes

  8. The Rub Change
  9. The Triple Color Change
  10. Twister Color Change
  11. Slow-Motion Color Change

    Thimble Tricks

  12. Double Penetration
  13. Transposed Thimbles
  14. The Educated Thimbles
  15. Multi-Thimble Vanish
  16. The Penetrating Thimble ...
★★★★ $7.95
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Al Leech
Al Leech's Legacy by Al Leech

The best parts in this publications are the work on thimbles and billiard balls. Also included are card and coin routines.

1st edition 1980, 1st digital edition 2013, 90 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Alfred B. Leech: Magician—Of—The Month
  3. Major Surgery
  4. A Typographical Error
  5. Platform Wild Card
  6. A Bicycle Built For Profit
  7. Too Small
  8. Snap Change
  9. Crooked Card
  10. Three Cards Across
  11. The 1971-72 M-U-M Award
  12. A Card Trilogy
  13. Coins And Cards
  14. The Coin Star
  15. Ball Manipulation
  16. Chicago Balls: The Chicago Ball Trick And A Routine
  17. Substitution For Chicago Balls
  18. Color Changes
  19. - A Color...
★★★★★ $12.95
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Andrew Galloway
The Ramsay Legend by Andrew Galloway

John Ramsay was known for his clever use of misdirection. Probably his most famous quote is

"I work alone, but I have an invisible assistant—Miss Direction."—John Ramsay

His use of misdirection was so good that he often badly fooled his fellow magicians. Ramsay was a sleight-of-hand master with coins and thimbles, but worked essentially with all objects including cards, ropes and cups and balls. Lots of clear line drawings by Ralph O. Evans.

1st edition 1969 Goodliffe Publications; 2nd printing 1975 by Magic, Inc., comb-bound, 63 pages; 1st digital edition 2013, 93 pages. ...

★★★★ $14.95
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Rupert Howard
Rupert Howard Magic Course: Lesson 12: Thimble Magic and Watch Tricks by Rupert Howard

Table of Contents

  1. Content
  2. Rehearsal

    Thimble Manipulation

  3. The Thumb Palm
  4. Vanish No. 1
  5. Vanish No. 2
  6. The Change-Over Palm
  7. Vanish No. 3
  8. The Back and Front Palm

    Watch and Clock Tricks

  9. The Flight of Time
  10. The Flying Alarm Clock

    Borrowed Watch Tricks

  11. With an Assistant
  12. Without an Assistant
  13. The Watch in the Loaf
  14. The Watch Boxes

    The History of Magic (part 7)

  15. Conjurers of the Eighteenth Century

1st edition 1931; 22 pages.

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Edward Loyd Enochs
Loyd's Master Manipulation of Thimbles by Edward Loyd Enochs

This is considered one of the best, if not THE best publication for manipulating thimbles. Includes many new and original concepts.

It comes with 84 gorgeous line drawings. The original booklet had these drawings in very small size. For this ebook we have completely reformatted it and enlarged the drawings to allow easier studying.

1st edition 1931, 1st digital edition 2009, PDF 49 pages.

★★★★★ $10
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Lewis Ganson & Geissler-Werry
Werry's Fantastic Thimbles Teach-In by Lewis Ganson & Geissler-Werry

A Fantasy in Thimbles

Werry was an extremely innovative and creative magician, developing many new effects and founding the famous magazine Magische Welt in Germany (which continues to be published by Wittus Witt). You will also learn about Dean Metcalfe's thimble routine.

This was part of the famous Ganson Teach-In series originally published by Supreme Magic Inc. Rights are now owned by Martin Breese whom we thank for the kind permission to reproduce this booklet.

[Get the full collection of all 17 Teach-Ins at a huge discount.

1st edition 1979, original 35 pages, PDF 33 pages.

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. The Basic Moves ...
★★★★ $9.50
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Jean Hugard
Thimble Magic by Jean Hugard

For a long time I had the perception that magic with thimbles is at best something for kids. Then I saw a performance by a Japanese magician. And it blew my mind. It was a fast paced, very visual and beautiful manipulation performance.

In this booklet Hugard teaches all the moves and quite a few routines to build your own thimble act. One of the big advantages of thimbles is that they are easier to manipulate than other objects such as balls and coins.

1st edition, 1936 Max Holden, New York; 46 pages

  1. Chapter 1: The Thimbles
  2. Chapter 2: Advanced Sleights
  3. Chapter 3: The First Thimble ...
★★★★ $5
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