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CSI: The Case of the Half Died Hanky by Hal Spear, Wayne Rogers and Paul Romhany

Seen on Hocus-pocus.com af 79 USD

79 USD for a half died hank effect is pretty steep. But I¨m interested, especially if I can see a demo video.

Anyone care for a review
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I thought of purchasing this effect, but I think that the script written by Paul Romhany for this is playing too much with the words and their pronunciation which won't work in a different language.

Even though the presentation idea seems very entertaining.

But appearantly he has changed aswell some technical parts of the effect versus the McComb original.

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Appearantly not a lot of people are interested in this effect, even though the script sounds to be full of fun and entertainment for the audience (english speaking).

Why ?

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Too expensive. I already have McCombs version and don't want another one. If they sold an e-book or notes for $15, I'd buy it.
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Mumblemore,

I've had a talk with Paul on this effect and even though I own already the original McComb version and that some parts of the script may not fit my languages (french and german) I think that I'm going to purchase it.
Yes, the price is high, but keeping in consideration that you'll get the props (specially created to fit the presentations), THREE different presentation ideas with the full scripts written by a professional comedy writer, a new technical twist to make the routine flow easier, makes it in my opinion less expensive than it could be.
Ok, for me it will be more expensive to the fact that it's only available in the USA. So living in Europe, due to the shipping and other taxes makes it more expensive for me, but I think it will be worth.

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Bought the Color Changing Half-Dyed Silk Trick which is now advailable from Leventmagic.com. I like the routine very much, because you end clean and the gimmick is easy to handle. And it carries 15 inch silks.
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I got mine finally last week-end and I'm very happy with Paul's, Hal's and Roger's brought out version.
The price is not expensive at all for what you get.

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There are now two new versions out. CSI ( Spears, Rogers and Romhany) and Levent's Half-Dyed Hank. What is the difference between the two? They both seem to work the same. Why is one $10 more on the Hocus Pocus website?

Does one have better silks? What one would you prefer?
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I have McComb's version and it's beautiful - still gets me when I see someone do it, even though I own it and do it myself.
I'm not a fan of using pre-written patter; I wouldn't buy an item because of the script. I think that takes the creativity out of it. Just my personal opinion.
I also didn't care at all for the video presentation I saw of the trick...it was obvious that it wasn't filmed in front of an audience, but it had a laugh track inserted and was shot to make it look like a comedy club. There was also far too much cutting around, so you couldn't see the whole presentation, just the broken up pieces of it. I think the video is what turned me off to it the most. I'm sticking with the original - Billy did it right.
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If I would choose between levent and csi I would choose levents because his stuff is very funny Extremly well explained Dvds and just great quality all around!!
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Levent is a friend of mine, but even if he weren't, I'd recommend his material (props and DVD's) unhesitatingly. He always gives top value for the money and his research into methods and possibilities is unparalleled.
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I will also attest to Levent's research and practicality of the material.

I feel I must mention something on McComb's presentation. I must have seen Billy do this probably 20 times that I can recall. None of them were exactly like on any video presentation I have seen. He always, always adapt the routine to every show and audience he did. That is the mark of a pro. I saw Blackstone do the committe routine many, many times. It was never the same. Similar but not the same. You have to be ready to adapt your material at a moment's notice to fit the audience.

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I purchased CSI when it first came out.

I've been performing the half dyed hank with a palmo in which I never have to go to my pockets during the routine...except to ditch the gimmick at the end.

My patter was very/basic descriptive, so I was looking for a better presentation with CSI. I don't think the script is that great. As a matter of fact, I'm not so sure that this routine/script was recently put together just to sell a product, as opposed to getting a routine that has been performed many times in live situations until it is perfected. I could be wrong, but it seems that way to me.

I must say, the Wayne Rogers handling is very good, and I'm considering changing my routine to that handling. So overall, I was disappointed with the script, but appreciated the handling. The question, is it worth $75...I'm not so sure.

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I own all three, let me say this about CSI. I really enjoy it and when I got CSI Levant had yet to release his. Now with that said, CSI comes with more than just one script. The handling to me is nice yet it does have some disadvantages as well as advantages. I really like the tube, it fits my fingers well and I can hide it very nicely. As for the Video, yes I was a little disappointed with the video and you can tell he is really not performing the effect. But when you buy the effect you know you’re not buying the demo video, and Paul explains why he did not include one this I respect, yet I would have loved to see Paul performing this in front of a live audience.
So here is my rating of all three.
Bill – dye tubes, requires more than one and the switch is kind of difficult unless you wear a coat.
CSI – I like the dye tube and how easy it is to do with just one finger. I must admit I use the Vegas script when doing that routine not the CSI one I just can’t seem to get the timing with that one.
Levant – I am not a big fan of the extra something. Other then that the DVD is good and the quality of what you get is outstanding; when you’re done you feel like you just sat a college level class in silk magic.
Palmo Ball – What can I say, it is a great standby and alog with a TT you can do some remarkable things with it.
So for me, I am happy with them all, if I feel like doing a classic I do Billy’s the other two have some very good improvements I say.

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I just rec'd the Levent Half dyed silk DVD and gimmicks and here's a few observations that I wanted to share.

1) The gimmick is like a Palmo but with something extra that allows you to do some very clean handling.
2) The gimmick is larger than a Palmo, so you could use 18" silks without any difficulties.
3) Levent's general routine is sequentially like McComb's so you have the strongest series of surprises in the briefest period of time.
4) The DVD teaches in full detail all the work including the rarely used Stewart Judah Corner replacement and the Paul Shoffler(?) thumb transfer ...these two moves are extremely strong and worth your attention.
Frankly, I wish he hadn't disclosed these two 'moves', I've been using them for 25 years and they are too good!
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