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 Post subject: Are thumb tips durable?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:26 pm 
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I saw something posted, and someone said "Ive gone through thousands of thumb tips, this ones my favorite"

Im really getting into close up magic, and I guess I need a TT
Do they last long?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:30 pm 
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I have a Vernet TT and yeah, it's pretty durable as long as you don't torch it or run it over with a steam-roller.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:49 pm 
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My Vernet Classic TT cracked. I don't know how it happened, but now there is a small crack running down the side of it. However, it still works fine, and I still believe they are very durable... especially the softer ones.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:10 pm 
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Mine is a hard TT.

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i have a vernet soft and it is very durable. You could probably hit it with a hammer and do no dammage.


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acebrawler73 wrote:
i have a vernet soft and it is very durable. You could probably hit it with a hammer and do no dammage.


Well yeah, because it's flexible right?

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They are pretty strong, i have 2 (a king size and a hard TT) and neither of them are damaged in any way. If they do break then what's the worst that will happen?? It will cost you less then $5 to replace.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:28 pm 
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brucelee2 wrote:
I have a Vernet TT and yeah, it's pretty durable as long as you don't torch it or run it over with a steam-roller.

Brucelee


Well in that case, maybe he should stay away from it... :roll:

Seriously, though, it is rather hard to damage a TT by accident. If it "breaks" somehow, it was most likely a very intense situation.
In short, TTs are VERY durable, and the only thing you will need to watch out for is discoloration / dirt, and that is very easy to steer clear of.


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I have a TT doesnt really match my skin its not as pale but it works , i havent tryed hittn it with a hammer or anything but so far its durable :D


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:33 pm 
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Most TTs are pretty durable. The classic/standard Vernet has a pretty well-defined molding seam going down its side and around the front of the TT. I've seen those split, starting at the opening, down that seam line. That usually doesn't occur until after many, many, MANY uses over several months or years and/or following the TT having been 'crushed' or somehow bent out of shape, (and, I might add, is a gradual process - I've never seen ANY TT just split or pop open). The Vernet Soft TT has a similar molding seam; but I've not noticed any such weakness and that is probably due, at least in part, to it being made from a more flexible material, (though still fairly "hard" by plastic/vinyl/rubber TT standards despite its name).

The metal, (Goblin), ones seem to be virtually indestructible during the course of normal usage.

The softer, rubber and/or vinyl models available from various makers, have also proven quite durable. They can be squeezed, flattened, sat upon or otherwise bent out of shape and they will resume their shape without ripping, tearing or losing any quality in usability. If the illusions you plan to perform are better suited by the rubber, vinyl or silicone TTs, then those would be the ones I would recommend for durability. They also tend to be more life-like for those wanting such a feature.

All-in-all, most TTs are pretty durable and most people replace them not because they are damaged or compromised in some manner; but because they become dirty beyond cleaning, (and they want a more realistic looking TT), or funky-smelling, (try doing some cigarette tricks, match tricks, vanishings of various liquids along with extended wearing while sweating with the same TT and you'll see how they hold onto the foulest part of most odors placed within them. You don't want to smell something icky on your finger or hand out a bill or sugar packet or whatever to a spectator when it's been all funkified. My replacement of TTs have mostly come due to undesirable, uncleanable dirt and grime that comes from excessive use rather than due to the TT being mechanically compromised.

Long story short, (too late!): Most TTs are pretty durable and resilient and have such a long life in most cases that they are well-worth the small cost to obtain one.


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