Swami Gimmicks. It is a small circular disc which has the lead mounted in the centre. The disc is prepared with an everlasting adhesative which sticks to the thumb or finger. The principle of sticking lead to the finger has been used before, but at no time has a suitable holder been available until the researches of Mr. Mason. The Boon is practical both in size and working. It stays put when stuck on by virtue of continued pressure caused by writing or pressing the lead against paper. It does in fact become more firmly fixed as you progress. It is very easy to remove and there is no restriction as to the place of fixture. Generally speaking it is used on the tip of the ball of the thumb and preparation for getting it on simply involves a quick lick of that part of your anatomy. It is not messy as those unacquainted might suppose. For general use there is no need for this type to be flesh coloured and although the leads can be replaced, its cheapness makes it an unnecessary task.

Described as The Thumbtip Nailwriter.

As a magician you will be familiar with a thumbtip and probably with its use as a nailwriter. It is in fact an ordinary thumbtip with a lead mounted in the end for writing. It is obvious that a good fitting tip gives complete control over the lead and the only drawbacks of this method are, you do not have the same essential mobility as with others and you lose the 44 feel " gained when writing almost directly with the thumb—as with most other types. It is however a simple matter to get it on and off quickly. In truth, the Thumbtip Nailwriter is regarded more as a novelty than as a widely used Swami-type gimmick. Although mention of this style is made in Annemann's Practical Mental Effects.

Points to consider with AH Types

Make a very careful examination of the construction of any Swami you intend to use. Be quite sure that when a tube is used to hold the lead—it is very firmly affixed to the clip part. Be quite certain that the lead is not so long that it could easily break under pressure and see that it is well fixed in the tube. If need be. stick it into the tube with a good strong glue. See that your lead cannot be pushed right through the tube. If you press as though writing and it simply pushes the lead back into the tube, it is useless. You must stick the lead in and seal the end of the tube vyith strong glue.

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