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I've always wanted to properly learn Denis Behr's wonderful "Herbert" trick.



However, I could never find the proper bands for it (it requires a band slightly smaller than standard american size 16 band).

So... I meet Denis this week and ask him about finding the proper bands and he tells me that they're some Japanese produced bands a friend provided to him. So I go out in my car (where I had a bunch of bands that I've been using to learn various other band tricks) and amazingly, I already had the correct band and didn't know it! Actually have a whole box of them that I'd bought at a local Japanese stationary store and never tried them, because I bought them for other tricks.

So.... for those of you who can't find the proper bands, these are the ones that work perfectly for the trick.
herbert Bands (DAISO store Sacramento).jpg
In the U.S. (California at least) these can be found at a chain of stores called "Daiso". I don't think this store has any European locations. The box cost just two or three bucks and contains at least a hundred bands.
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That's good to know. Many people ask about where to get proper rubber bands. I didn't buy new ones for more than a decade, as I stocked up heavily years ago... (Those are silicone or so and don't turn brittle over the years.)
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I moved this thread to the publicly available forum to make it easier to share the information with people who need the proper bands.

Tested the various colors and found the yellow be be the most useless (though good for practicing). All the dark bands (green, blue, purple) work great on against a red bicycle back. The red band looks nice against the blue bicycle deck.
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Upon actually dumping out a box and doing a quick count/estimation, I'd say that each small box (which costs about $1.50) actually contains 350+ bands.
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Herbert sellout! :-) In Japan, there are 100 in a pack:

https://www.facebook.com/herbertrubberb ... =3&theater
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Good news!

I sent Denis Behr (the father of Herbert) a few boxes of the Daiso Bands referenced in the first of this thread and they are working nicely for him.

So if you want to perform Herbert, buy these bands without worry, knowing that they are just the right size. Also, they are quite sturdy and much stretchier than just about any band I've ever bought from an office supply store. So, perfect for just about any band magic requiring size 16 bands.

The bands sell for $1.50/box (yeah a buck fifty) and each box contains roughly 300-350 bands in various colors.

Unfortunately, it seems that Daiso does not make them available for purchase online (i.e. they are listed, but never in stock). So head out to your local store (if you have one) or cajole someone into sending you a box.
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If you're wondering if there is a Daiso store near you, please see the map of their locations:

https://daisoglb.locationsmart.org/map.html

In the US and Canada, Mexico the stores seems to be clustered like so:
  • Vancouver, CA
  • Mexican Coast (Mzaltlan, etc.)
  • Seattle, WA
  • N. California (3 in Sacramento area alone and many of them in/near San Francisco area)
  • S.California (LA, San Diego, many of them in this area)
  • Texas (Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston)
  • New York (Queens)
Of course there are many stores in the Asian countries (including China) and even locations in Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.

It seems that there are no Daiso stores in Europe at all.
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