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Topic: How many silk effects would you do in a show?
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Jun 29, 2005 08:41AM)
I would appreciate your comments pertaining to the number of silk effects that you would recommend doing in both a children's show and in an adult's show?

Thank you very much.

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 29, 2005 04:50PM)

That one is tough question without knowing what the tricks are. I can and have done 30 minutes of nothing but silks when necessary. Based upon how I count "silk tricks", my basic answer is four. However, I don't consider all effects that require a silk a silk trick.

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Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Jun 29, 2005 10:00PM)
This is a loaded question.. I think it depends on the rest of the act, your style of presentation, etc.

I only do three in my act of 12 minutes: A phantom tube production, Silk fountain and mutliated parasol. I also do the Atomic cocktail shaker which has some silk in it.

I would never do an entire act with just the flowers. It is too boring. But with silks, there are so many different effects you can do; you could easily do an entire act of silks and keep it moving and interesting.

Message: Posted by: olivertwist (Jul 3, 2005 07:23PM)
I usually open with a silk production, silk fountain and streamer from the fountain. Then I use four of the produced silks for a comedy blendo routine.

That's usually all I would do with silks in an act, but around the 4th of July I always close with the MisMade Flag which ends with "Stars and Stripes Forever" and a blast of streamers from my handheld confetti cannon.
Message: Posted by: HatTrix (Aug 1, 2005 12:59PM)
The kid show routine I currently use has two the acrobatic silks, and appearing hank but I make the red hank come out of a red piece of paper. But I am thinking of adding a routine with a happy birthday silk. I just have to find one.
Message: Posted by: Brent McLeod (Aug 7, 2005 06:55PM)
In my longer shows I do 20th century silks with firebowl/glitter & lady assistant from audience & later on Silk to egg-both very strong lay audience routines
Message: Posted by: coachc (Mar 3, 2006 08:30PM)
I use a fun silk routine in my kid shows with 20th centry silks. It uses 3 kids, a set of 20th century silks, and two change bags with a yellow silk in one. Tie the 2oth centurys together and have the middle child hold them tight. Show the change bags empty.......put a silk in one and hand it to the child to hold...by the ring not the handle above their head. It has vanished unknown to the aud. before the child holds it. I say it will magically jump to the other bag on 3. count and ask if they saw it go...they always say no. show the bag empty. walk to the other child holding the bag...take the bag and have them reach in and they find it. reverse the process several times then it totally vanishes and reappears between the two silks the middle child is holding. This always works great for me and impresses the audience young and old. enjoy
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 4, 2006 06:54AM)
Get the book Ade Duval's Silk Act from Magic Inc. if it is still available. He did a complete silk show.

Magic for adults and children is presented differently to Entertain them. There is a difference between toddler magic and older children. Buy some books on presenting kids magic. See Magic Inc. and David Ginn to get some insite into entertaining different kinds of audiences.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Mar 4, 2006 10:53AM)
Personally, I do just one silk routine, then maybe follow it up with an illusion relating to the silks. However, that one routine I do consists of multiple productions, color changes, a few knot flourishes, a vanish or two, and ends with the 20th century silk. There's also a place built into it where it's possible to branch into a billiard ball routine then logically segueway back to silks. In other words, you can have as many effects as you want, but they should logically flow into one another. If you seperate the effects into multiple routines, be sure they're different enough so the audience doesn't think, "Oh no, he's going to do that thing with the silks again!"

Hmm, I could probably design a whole show around silks- even throwing in some large illusions in between silk effects.
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Mar 4, 2006 01:41PM)
I don't do kids shows but in my adult shows I do McComb's Half Dyed and Silk to Egg. I get great audience reactions from both.
Message: Posted by: cartoon cowboy (Mar 7, 2006 07:14PM)
I used to do Silk Seranade (not really a silk effect) and then I'd have the silks on stage to go right into the Crystal Tube. I like varying the types of slights if using the same prop from one trick to another.