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rmendez
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I saw a very interesting thread on the origins of the TT which immediately intrigued my interest on the origins of the dye tube. I use both professionally but have always been curious about the history behind these miraculous little devices.
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Dai Vernon believed it was Julius Drisbach, a German immigrant who worked at Martinka Magic in the early 1900s who designed the modern hand dye tube as we know it. Drisbach released the tube and his handling around 1911.

Vernon chose to retain many elements of Drisbach's handling for his own classic color changing silks routine, considering them superior to other methods.
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Most interesting! Thanks, Leo.

I got my first dye tube in Bob Stull's shop in San Francisco, in 1947. Fortunately, Senor Charles Mardo was there, and, he spent a half hour "duking me in" on that 75 cent gimmick.

I've used dye tubes ever since. I did buy a larger model (Johnson)later, and for the past 40 years or so, it has opened the show. I never saw Dai Vernon DO the color changing silk.
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You're welcome Dick! Credit really goes to Stephen Minch, the writer of the Vernon Chronicles books. He details the history of the dye tube and describes Vernon's routine in Volume 2.

I prefer the larger sized hand dye tubes. I don't like trying to cram an 18 silk into a small tube. Silks need a little air.
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I saw Earl Nelson do the Vernon routine and he did it as well as I have ever seen ANY dye tube routine performed. There were no 'moves'. Very admirable!
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On Nov 14, 2017, Leo H wrote:
You're welcome Dick! Credit really goes to Stephen Minch, the writer of the Vernon Chronicles books. He details the history of the dye tube and describes Vernon's routine in Volume 2.

I prefer the larger sized hand dye tubes. I don't like trying to cram an 18 silk into a small tube. Silks need a little air.


Yeah! Leo, that 75 cent dye tube, lasted a couple years, but, it took a hydraulic ram to get a 15" silk into it. I found a bigger one, somewhere, and, when Johnson started producing an even bigger one, I bought several. In my routine, the tube is only loaded for a few minutes, and, when the routine is finished, it's empty. (I seldom need to press silks on the road!)
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