by Jim Rose
These apparatus are widely used
when you pretend to write
The writing is actually done
with these devices while
the choice is made. There are different varieties to
suit everyone’s finger and/or need depending on the
Tip: Made of plastic, rubber or aluminum,
it is shaped to fit
over the thumb and is painted
flesh colored. It is used to conceal or
lit cigarettes, rolled dollar bills, etc.
Tip Writer: It is a thumb tip that has a
small pencil lead
attached to the end of the thumb
for writing. There are different types
the position of the lead. It can be placed on the tip
or underneath the thumb. It has to fit well enough
so that it is easy to put on and take off. Choose
the one that will give you the most comfort and
control when writing. Make sure the lead is not
too long or it will break. I suggest to secure it by
gluing it; this will prevent it from
the tip when you write.
You can find other varieties of “nail writers” at
your local magic shop. Some in the shape of a half
ring will fit under the nail, others slip under the
index or thumb with the help of adhesive, etc.
When handling one of these
devices, act naturally,
since you’re the only one aware of it, don’t draw attention
to it. If you’re not wearing it
already for the
trick, make sure that you have easy access during the
performance. To be safe, always carry two of them
on you in case one is lost or
the lead breaks.
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