I hesitated a very long term before shelling out for Tarantula 2, but I am now very glad that I did. I only recently ventured into work with IT. I began by experimenting with split strands of Kevlar, trying out various effects. But I soon realised the advantage of an IT reel. I watched and read all the reviews I could find for the earlier Mesika Tarantula, for the newer Tarantula 2 as well as reviews for other types of IT reel. I even considered buying one of the Tarantula knock-offs from China on eBay just to 'have a go' with such a device. In the end, there were at least three things that persuaded me to buy Mesika's Tarantula 2. First, the great balance between strength and invisibility with Mesika's thread. When I first tried the floating ring effect in broad daylight, I couldn't believe my own eyes! Second, the silence of the reel motor. This is very impressive. I would not hesitate to use Tarantula 2 close-up in a small room. Third, the 'Soul Technology.' Until I tried the Tarantula 2 out, I wasn't sure whether this was an advantage or not, especially for an effect such as the haunted deck. However, in the explanation video, Yigal Mesika explains and demonstrates very clearly how to do this. I've seen his earlier video for Tarantula 1 and I think the Tarantula 2 is much easier to use for the haunted deck, though I haven't tried to stand at a great distance from the pack (which seemed to be one concern expressed by those discussing the pros and cons of Tarantula 1 v Tarantula 2.) The new instruction video is better filmed and well miked. The effects taught are the same as previously but I believe that the design of the new Tarantula is an improvement. I am so pleased with this that I won't be bothering with a £3.81 knock-off from China! I think the best way to use this utility device is to work one of the effects taught in the video into a longer routine, e.g. At a wedding, borrow a ring each from the married couple, vanish one and make it appear later in an impossible location (e.g. ice block), and in the mean time take the other ring, float it and move straight on to a linking ring effect (e.g. using Ninja + rings and/or Steve Thompson's Flite. The same principle applies to use of paper money, cards, polo mints or pencils. I wouldn't do an effect with the Tarantula in isolation and I probably would not use it more than once in a set (though one of the beauties of the device is that, unless you have had to break the thread in the way that Yigal teaches with the polo mint in the mouth effect or ring onto spectators ring effect, the real automatically resets, can easily be pocketed or dropped into a topit or servante and is ready to go again almost as soon as you steal it back into your hand. I am an amateur, hobby magician. I perform mainly for my grandchildren's birthday parties or in church for children's talks, but I have taken to the Tarantula 2 like a duck to water (or spider to web?) Highly recommended, though I the spare Spider Thread spools seem expensive, especially compared with the price of the main Tarantula device (the price you pay for that of course includes the excellent teaching video.) However, I have found the thread quality and the reel mechanism to be excellent in operation.