A thumb tip is a magic prop used for a wide variety magic tricks. It is a hollow, plastic, rubber or metal thumb that fits over the top of your thumb. It’s normally used for switches, vanishes and reproductions. Vanishing a small silk, salt or a cigarette. Performing the classic bill switch, Bill in Lemon, and all sorts of other miracles are possible with this versatile device.
Vernet is the best-selling brand of thumbtips for magicians. But what size should you get? They are so inexpensive that we recommend purchasing a couple of sizes so that you can find the best fit for your thumb and whatever it is you want to vanish.
Thumbtips aren't really designed to be seen by an audience and so often don't have a lot of detail on them (the old addage goes that the thumbtip could be bright green because nobody will ever see it!). However, some performers feel more comfortable using a thumbtip that has more detail on it so that they can flash their hand empty after a vanish.
If a thumbtip is for the thumb, what is a fingertip for?! While there are less uses for a magicians fingertip, many creative magicians have used them in surprisingly devious ways.
Sanada, Hands Up, and Other Thumb Gimmicks
Created by Toyosane Sanada, this gimmick is typically used to produce, vanish, or switch sponge balls, coins, small silks and so on. We also stock magnetic thumbtips, flaming thumbtip, a whole range of D'Light flashing thumbtips, and more.
The perfect thumbtip
Some decisions for your show are vitally important, but thankfully, choosing the best rope for a magic trick is pretty low-risk decision. It typically comes down to this: do you want to cut the rope easily (and so is normally used for just one show), or do you want a nice rope that stays in good condition for repeat performances? If it's the latter, spend a little more to get the best rope.
Who invented the thumbtip?
The thumbtip has a surprising and little known history, so we put together a detailed article describing who invented it. Find out who invented the thumbtip!