In an earlier post, I promised to teach readers how to make their substitute flesh-colored putty in case their local magic dealer runs out of supply.
In the Philippines, Pinoy magicians have only to visit a National Bookstore outlet and go to the office supplies section to find a generous supply of a putty substitute. To make the putty substitute perfect for a magician’s work, a little preparation is needed, though.
Once you are in National Bookstore, buy a packet of Blu-Tack. The brand that I bought yesterday is Bostik. If you can’t find the same brand, buy any brand that is available. I don’t think the brand name makes much difference in the quality of the product.
The Bostik Blu-Tack costs P65. It comes in very light blue color. A few years back, I stumbled into a product called White-Tack (I can’t remember now the brand name). I think White-Tack is even better for magic purposes, because it is easier to color into flesh.
Blu-Tack comes in a half-inch strips. You need only one strip to carry with you to your performances (actually that’s more than you need), so for the moment, just prepare one.
You need also a bottle of poster paint (around P30). If you can find a flesh colored poster paint, good. If not, then buy brown and white poster paints. Mix the two colors until you get a combination close enough to your skin tone.
The color doesn’t have to be accurate. In low-light situations of IT magic, color disparity of the putty will not be detectable. I had on occasions ran out of prepared putty. What I did was just to resort to using the bluish Blu-Tack directly from its packet. I was never caught using a white putty, even though, from my perspective, it stuck out like a proverbial sore thumb.
Once you have the correct color mixture, apply it to a strip of Blu-Tack. After you are done, you should get a finished product like this.
In performance, just pinch a tiny bit, attached one end of the IT to it, and then lodge the putty in your middle fingernail.
Now, the putty you have made does not have the same stickiness as the Le Clair putty, which can be stuck in the ear. For that matter, you need something else to anchor the other end of the IT to your ear, so you can perform the Le Clair bill levitation, the Helicopter Card or the Hummer Card.
I will tip that “something else” in another post in the future. For now be satisfied that you can anchor the IT to a putty that you can hide in your fingernail.
Mind you, what you have just made is not a magician’s wax. You can use it to make double cards, but it will not perform well for other tricks requiring a magician’s wax, say, Card-in-the-Ceiling.
If you are looking for a good magician’s wax for the card in the ceiling, I highly recommend Michael Ammar’s wax. It’s an excellent, no-fail wax for the purpose of sticking a card in the ceiling.