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Dick Oslund
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No question! The 40th Century is "spectacular".

However, in my school show, I needed to get maximum time from any trick that needed set up.

I developed a routine that runs about 3 minutes, and has a big laugh at the finish. (plus a big mitt!)

It meets 95% of my CRITERIA! It's next to closing in the elementary school show!

If I need extra time, I can pad it with a string of 12" silks for an extra minute, and/or a 15' string of 12" silks from a Demon Wonder Box (fills the stage!)for an extra 3 minutes.

The finish is a complete SURPRISE (surprise is the essence of entertainment). Recently, I watched a "series" of 20Cs on Yoo Toob. YUK!

Each one worse than the one preceding. No surprise, standard premise, poor patter, lousy vanish of the rainbow (large change bag for an 18" silk, ETC.)

The whole routine is so SIMPLE, even I can do it! And, I printed it in detail in the book. I hope that T. Francis Fritz (Frank Ducrot's real name) is pleased with what I've done with his century old trick!

If you work for kids, and/or families, the 20th C. Silks is a WINNER!

P.S. The complete routine is in the book, and it's performed in the DVD!
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Dick, in regards to what you watched on YouTube, once again, as always, you describe the SIGNIFICANT difference between "doing a trick" and being AN ENTERTAINER.

Any Klutz can "do a trick".......ENTERTAINING..........well that's a whole different story!

For those who haven't purchased Dick's new book yet.....DICK OSLUND ROAD SCHOLAR.....what are you waiting for?
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I have seen a version. In which, two white silks are shown, one red silk is thrown in the air. It flies and visually gets knotted between the two white silks.. Forgot further details
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On Apr 4, 2017, ursmagicbalu wrote:
I have seen a version. In which, two white silks are shown, one red silk is thrown in the air. It flies and visually gets knotted between the two white silks.. Forgot further details



What you seen is called, Prisoner Silk, invented by Marconic. He passed away a number of years ago.

http://magicgoods.com/products/prisoner-silk Very nice silks and works very well.

http://www.magicinc.net/prisonersilkbymarconick.aspx Instructions only.
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Thank you Bill.

Here it is


https://youtu.be/g89BvK9RAf0
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Yes, with lots of practice Prisoner Silk can be performed as in the video you referenced.

Note: That is the only trick he was doing, it is a little more difficult to do in the middle of an act or show. Of course, you could open with it.

Notice he was holding the silk already, in a real situation, you have to remove the silk from your inner pocket. Or you have to routine picking up the silks from a box or table and get into position.

Don't believe everything you see on YouTube magic presentation, it is staged, not performed in a real show in front of people.

Again, this is PRISIONER SILK!

Buy it, learn it, rehearse it, and you will see how magical it is in the mirror, and you will be doing it all the time just to perform real looking magic.
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Once again Thank you Bill
“It’s not what you do that matters, or even how you do it;
it’s what the spectators perceive you as doing that matters.
That’s the MAGIC they’ll remember.”
Dick Oslund
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Bill has given you a very good 'analysis' of this nice visual trick.

Somewhat like the vanishing bird cage, or the vanishing cane, it will require PLANNING, PRACTICE, and, then, REHEARSAL!

I like TRICKS in which the EFFECT is VISUAL!
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May want to check out Scott Alexander's Hanky Panky-expensive.
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Thank you Dick, plink
“It’s not what you do that matters, or even how you do it;
it’s what the spectators perceive you as doing that matters.
That’s the MAGIC they’ll remember.”
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We still have some 20th Century silks in stock for the Pros. But when they are gone, they are gone!

These are 18" squares that can be shown as 18" squares. The sets also have a shadow panel to prevent visible color bleed through in strong stage lights. They come in both solid colors and with printed (Thank You, Happy Birthday, Good Bye, Zebra Stripes black/white or red/white, 3 color rainbow, 4 color diagonal) center silks.

We also have a few 24" sets in solid colors. (You will need an assistant or a good "wing span" to use these.)

I usually perform Silk to Egg in combination with 20th Century silk because it vanishes the silk and leaves you clean. There are tons of good patter routines to use this way.

Good real silk 20th Century Silks are vanishing from the market. I hate to see it.
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Me, too, Bob!

I've worn out more 20Cs than I care to count (both in silks, and $$$!!)

I still have two spare sets one new, and one that is much used, but, still usable, otherwise, I'd be sending you a check!

Too many of the young guys, don't realize how good Frank Ducrot's idea is/was!

Maybe they've been watching the 50 or 60 DEMONSTRATIONS (certainly not, PERFORMANCES) of 20C on the YOO TOOB by klutzes who figure that the only way to vanish an 18" silk is with one of those "red velvet bags on a stick"! YUK!!!

My 20C is NEXT TO CLOSING for the elementary kids. It's 3 minutes of LAUGHS + APPLAUSE. --And, I can pad it out to 6 minutes (more LAUGHS, + APPLAUSE) I wrote up the entire routine in my book, and, it's also on my dvd.
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In all due respect to those who have made lovely sets of 20th Century Silks......Bob Sanders' 20th Century Silk sets are THE BEST MADE OUT THERE!

Do yourself a favor and get 'em while you can!
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Bob,
Do you have a website for your products? At "Magic by Sander"
http://www.magicbysander.com/

Best is to simply email him

Amazedwiz@yahoo.com

I see links called:
Home
Unique Qualifications
Corporate Magic
Benefiting Business
Tradeshows

but no link for "Products"

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Bill Hegbli
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Bob does not have a website for his products, if you contact him, you he will send you a price list in Excel format. Take my word for it, his silks are top quality and excellent.

If you don't have excel, you can download MS Excel Reader for free to open it.
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Bill is correct. I do not maintain a website for the silks. I am the importer, and not a retailer. They are available since I do travel and offer silks at lectures and conventions. The pros around the world use my silks. Email me for information and give me the opportunity to help.

Thank you.

Bob
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I have a set of Bob Sanders' 20th century silks. I use them in every show - it's my closer. Highly recommended!
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Yup! Jim, I use 20C NEXT TO CLOSING!!! (for the last 30+ years!) I close with the Misers Dream (for elementary schools) --THAT'S 'cuz the MD is the only routine in the show that CAN follow the 20C!!!
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