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Tarantula by Yigal Mesika (DVD + Gimmick) Tarantula is being called: The most incredible levitation device of ALL TIME.
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Check this out: Youre in a normal setting maybe a coffee shop, a classroom, even a party. You borrow a friends ring and hold it very fairly nothing to hide. Suddenly, you give it a gentle horizontal spin and slowly move your hands away the ring is now floating. Imagine that it continues to spin without you touching it! The ring hovers up and down above your hand, from one hand to another, and slowly lands on your own finger! Now get this: You instantly repeat it, and end up with the ring floating onto the spectators own finger! Sounds impossible? Believe it or not, its easy to master! This levitation has it all. Its fun, mysterious, edgy, and leaves a strong emotional impact.
The Tarantula is a unique gimmick that has shattered the conventional wisdom of what reels look like and accomplish. This stealth utility allows you to easily master levitation and animation for any situation. You can fearlessly perform completely surrounded with the Tarantula, and the preparation only takes a second. Literally, you have the power at your fingertips, and can show your hands empty at any time. The Tarantula allows you to perform countless effects that have never been seen or done before. The Tarantula comes with an explanation DVD, and everything you need to get started right away.
Every detail of the Tarantula Motorized Reel will be taught step-by-step. You will learn new, incredible effects, including:
See live performances of the Tarantula in action.
Subtleties that will teach you how to perform with the Tarantula FLAWLESSLY!
You will receive in-depth detail on exactly how your Tarantula works and how it can work for you.
By seeing first-hand exactly how Yigal Mesika works with the amazing Tarantula, you will feel as though you are receiving a live, personal lesson.
Listen in as Maxwell Murphy interviews Yigal Mesika about Tarantula!
Q: Do I need to wear any special clothing (like a sport coat) to perform Tarantula?
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 201)32 of 34 magicians found the following review helpful:
Best gimmick ever! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 17th, 2010
I purchased this product skepticle of the hovering.
It is practical and easy to perform. The Threads do last awhile if you are careful but I would suggest you buy a few packets of spider thread reels and a tin of Mesika wax.
Landing the ring on the finger is VERY risky. I dont actually use the ring at all. Put your own spin on it. I do the hovering effect with light coins, bottle caps and I have even used a stick of gum. It looks amazing. Even in broad day light no one will pick up how its done. This is a finishing move that will get amazing reactions.
The gimmick is delicate so make sure you store it in a safe manner. I personally use a little mints tin that a lot of people would carry around. Little do they know that in this tiny tin is something that can perform miracles.
One last thing. I have read a couple of people have had issues with the gimmick not working. All I can say is to contact Mesika magic. They are very good as I had an issue with the Electric Touch and they gave me a brand new one. They will look after you.
Plain amazing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 21st, 2010
I've read a lot of reviews and have never worked with ITRs before. If you don't have the discipline to practice, it will disappoint. I received mine last week and although I haven't done the hover ring yet, the other effects that Yigal Mesika teaches can be hard hitters when mastered (subtleties are important).
Yigal's teaching is amazing, every aspect of the gimmick (adjustments, problems, tips, subtleties) are well taught. The thread is surprisingly strong and managed to not break even when my sister decided to grab the "air" and pull just to make sure I wasn't using string (I was practicing of course).
The Tarantula has been my purchase of the year so far and if you take care of your props, it will last for as long as you need it.
The Ultimate Levitation device! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 7th, 2010
Yigal Mesika's Tarantula is without doubt the best levitation device up to date. A design so ingenious, it almost never fails, it's reliable and blows away people! Performed it at home for my parents and eyes popped! This comes with a DVD with the teaching by the creator of the Tarantula himself, Yigal Mesika. He shows in details a couple effects you can perform with his device. One important thing you have to know about this device is that if you want to perform often or on a daily basis you will need to acquire a couple of things sold here by Penguin. But nothing expensive don't worry. It a trick that will need some practice and dedication to work but you will probably experience a little frustration with it like I did but after I rewatched the DVD it explained what to do to fix my problem so now I perform the effect almost flawlessly and enjoy it! So if you want to animate or levitate all kinds of small object, Tarantula is for you! ADD TO CART!
Know what you're getting into Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 8th, 2010
-The 'spinning ring' effect doesn't even utilize the motor of the Tarantula. Neither does the 'Haunted Deck'.
-Performing (or practicing) the spinning ring will use a bit of the thread every time you perform. Plus, it's very easy to break the thread with that effect.
-Batteries run out quickly- and for $3 a battery, it quickly adds up.
-The gimmick is very fragile.
"Okay," you say to yourself, "I won't buy this." But wait! The cons aren't as bad as they seem.
-The tarantula allows you to 'get rid' of the thread after performing the Hove-ring or Haunted Deck.
-You can find the batteries very cheaply online if you know where to look.
In addition, the gimmick allows you to levitate dollar bills, and pull lightweight objects to you.
It's a motorized invisible thread reel-no fumbling with setting up thread before going out. Just slip this baby into a (large and spacey) pocket and you're ready to go.
So buy it. That's what I did. :D
Tarantula Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
What can I say about the Tarantula? Well, let me precede my review by first telling you that I'm not the biggest fan of ITR's in general, and so this review may come with some bias.
That said, I really didn't like this too much. I've been on a quest for several years now to find the ITR to end all ITR's, and I thought when I saw this that Tarantula might be it! However, upon receiving it I found it to be like many other ITR's, complicated and inconvenient.
The idea behind this particular ITR is genius, but in reality it is cumbersome and sometimes outright frustrating. In the very first day I spent a great deal of time just untangling the ITR and setting it up over and over again due to easy breakage. Also, you'll need to invest in replacement spools right away. In fact, if you are going to buy this now, I would recommend getting a replacement spool with your order.
The biggest thing about this effect is that the method really isn't anything new. It's just a new way of concealing the ITR (which I do like). But the really amazing parts of the demo video isn't anything you can't do with any other ITR or just regular IT. It uses a hook-up method that's been around for ages.
If you really like this effect and feel its a must-have, then by all means get it. Just be prepared for a lot of busy-work in the maintenance and prep of this device. It wasn't worth the hassle for me. It just wasn't practical.
Most Versatile Piece of magic ever Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 18th, 2010
I love my Tarantula and have been exploring different things with it that I didn't even imagine doing when I first got it.
Lets be honest, by far the most innovative, unsuspecting, versatile piece of magic of its kind.
As an electrical contractor I'm always looking for things that pack small and play big.
I cant walk into a clients establishment or home looking like I came to play games with a deck of cards or a magic bag.
My tool bag is heavy enough!
...and to be honest I prefer to carry even less stuff with me when I journey the streets on my off time.
I find the less you carry, the more disarming and normal you become. When exploring magic and especially that which may be perceived as supernatural, one must appear to be as natural as possible or else its too contrived.
In shorts, flipflops and a T-shirt, the tarantuala allows for just that!
I find that having one thing with me that allows me to do SOOOO many things, makes more sense than carrying a bunch of things.
Quick and easy, in and out at your very whim... So clean!
I have floored people, melted faces, earned clients, earned gigs, get discounts on things, get free drinks at places and have met more people and hot woman using the Tarantula than any other magic in my arsenal!
(I own 2 just in case they ever run out or something)
Thank you Yigal for always pushing the limits and possibilities within this very specific sect of the magic industry in which you are a master! Your a genius and a true lover and explorer of the craft!
It may not be everyone's style of magic but if you do this type of work or have wanted to explore this type of magic, this is gonna be the safest, easiest and most profound way... get a Tarantula, practice, get good at it, and dare to tell me that this isn't the most impressive trick in your repertoire!!
I give it 5 stars for ingenuity, versatility, price, ease of use and IMPACT!!! What else is there?
watch the dvd first !!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 14th, 2010
Buy this!!! This is worth the money. Watch all of the dvd
first. You will learn what to do if it breaks, it fixes its
self. Now that's some real magic. This is great for close-up because people will never think twice about the method.
It looks like real magic!!
THIS IS SO INCREDIBLE. THANK YOU Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2011
WOW ALL I CAN SAY IS AMAZING. THIS IS TRUE MAGIC. THIS LEAVES THE SPECTATORS SPEECHLESS. WOW I STILL HAVENT DONE THE RING TRICK BUT WHAT I DO WITH THIS. IS I BORROW A COIN AND DO AN AMAZING SPINNING FLOATING ILLUSION WITH THE COIN IT LOOKS FANTASTIC . WOW AND THE TARANTULA IS LITERALLY INVISIBLE WOW. I HAVE DONE THIS WITH SPECTATORS SURROUNDING ME.AS LONG AS YOU PRACTICE AND REALLY MAKE THE TARANTULA A PART OF YOU JUST LIKE YIGAL MESIKA SAYS THE TARANTULA IS INVISIBLE. WOW AND THE HAUNTED DECK.WORKS EVERYTIME. I LOVE THIS TRICK SO MUCH. I RECOMMEND THIS ALOT. AND ITS EASY TO FIX IF THE THREAD BREAKS. ITS WORTH THE MONEY. GET THIS YOU WONT REGRET.THIS IS THE ONLY DEVICE YOU WILL NEED TO DO ANY FLOATING TRICK LIKE THE FLOATING DOLLAR BILL.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR GET THIS YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!!
Clever Utility Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 18th, 2010
I have strayed away from thread work for many moons. It became wildly impractical for me and eventually fell away for more reliable magic.
This device has brought me back around. The complaints about thread breakage are a little silly, in my opinion. It's thread...ultra-mega-ridiculously fine thread so of COURSE it will break if you are over-zealous with the routine! Practice and get very comfortable with the device, and you will swiftly learn the limitations of the thread itself.
That being said, I'm really enjoying it thus far. I have not taken it into the world yet, but I'm loving the "Hovering" effect, and think that this will be my primary use of the device. The ease and cleanliness of this approach to a floating ring really shames the acrobatics I used to put myself through with my old ITR. :)
Grab it while the price is still right. It was steep and I shied away at $80, but $50 is quite worth it for this utility. Good luck!
Reliability Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 26th, 2010
This gimmick is a must for any magician. I recently had a problem with my unit. The tab broke off. I emailed them & explained my problem. They Immediately got back to me telling me they stand behind their product & will mail me a replacement tab.
This was my response to them:
I really appreciate your rapid respose to my problem. I use the Tarantula on almost a daily basis. It really baffles my audience. I am lost without it. It is a fantastic gimic.
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