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The description is a good one and while most of us focus on his incredible silk production from the tube, his handling of the 20th Century silks is a strong one!
Similarly, Tony Marks had a multiple silks version of the 20th Century ( chain of five if I recall correctly) that is well explained in "The Aristocrat of Deception' by Bee Bergeron.
Either version would be great today and have so much more impact than the conventional handling.

Also note that Duval worked FAST.
Most silk productions are far too slow.
The paused display of each silk as it appears, was wrong back in the 30's and 40's and even more so today. Professionals such as Duval, knew how to properly PACE their acts.
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Looks like the book is still available direct from Bev Bergeron website. $43.00 postage paid in U.S.

http://bevbergeron.com/tony_marks.html

If you want to learn some great classic magic, see how a professional set up his material, then get this book. It will surprise you. His table is worth the price alone.


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Production of a large (16 lb) rabbit in the middle of a nightclub floor.
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The destruction of a borrowed watch and its restoration.
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Magicpedia has an interesting comment:

"The original "Rhapsody In Silk" act was sold by Duval to Adolfo Cerceda, who performed the routine with his partner as "Marcel et Petit". Cerceda retired in the 1970's."

I wonder if there is video of the Marcel et Petit performance?
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Adolfo Cerceda, who's stage name was Carlos Corda. I seriously doubt there was any video of him.

Supreme Magic in England, now defunct for many years, marketed his appearing silk in bare hands effect. I have it and it works very well. FISM winner Vito Lupo "borrowed" it and sold it at his lectures years ago. That is the only marketed effect I know of that was sold under his stage name as inventor.

Searching under his real name, there is Origami book published under his real name.

According to this information found here, there are many references to his magic in this article.

https://books.google.com/books?id=mmHCAg......&f=false

He died July 25. 1979
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So just for curiosity I counted up how much silk was produced in the finale of this routine. If my calculation is correct, it comes to just over 38 square yards of 6 momme silk, much of it hand-dyed. This was all done in 2 minutes 45 seconds. Yowser!
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Just a little more perspective.

Paul Diamond's Symphonette in Silk is about 25.5 square yards assuming 18 inch fountain of silks and 12 inch 100 yard streamer as the large productions. That is typically a 5 to 10 minute act. Of course it isn't a pure production routine as it includes color changing silk with vanishes and sometimes serpentine silk.

Slydini's Symphony in Silk would be about 7.5 square yards in 3 minutes assuming 23 18 inch silks and 3 ft x 5 ft flag. That is a pure production.

So Ade Duval really flew! Would have been something to see.
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There might be video of Carlos Corda doing the act, as he performed on MILT larsens Its Magic annual show in LA and many of those were videoed back in the day.
But getting access to the tape if it exists might prove difficult.
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On Feb 2, 2019, FrankFindley wrote:
and 12 inch 100 yard streamer as the large productions.


Oops. I meant 100 foot not yard! Would be nice to have a football stadium length streamer!

Does anyone know how big the final production silk is in Fantasio's Sullivan show routine? Is it 10 foot by 12 foot?
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