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Bob Sanders
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Since much of my life in the last couple of years has included demonstrating the use of eggs with silks and other props, a frequent question seems to need discussion.

How do you get egg off of silk and other props? (Yep! It happens when real eggs are used in magic.)

Of course, I don't recommend getting egg on your silk or props. But it does happen.

Rule #1 - Try to restrict the exposure to just the egg white. It is the easiest of the two (white and yoke) to clean away.

Rule #2 - Assume you'll get it clean again! (Odds are in your favor.)

Egg is not likely to hurt silk. That is the good news. The bad news is that it can remove paint from your painted props. In my experience it has never damaged real leather either. Eggs are bad news to protective coatings! (Ever seen an egged car?)

The cleaning secret is the same as for blood on silk: COLD WATER! (Works on leather too.) For painted surfaces use a sponge. Getting silk or leather very wet is only a problem if allowing them to dry naturally is a problem.

Yes, you will need to iron silk afterward. Leather may need brushing with a shoe brush.

I wish I had some high-priced high-tech solution to sell you. But plain cold water works best.

Enjoy!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander

PS --- Many of the good closeup tables have real leather suede tops.
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You are so right, Bob! Protein stains require COLD water. Who would have thought that cold water would work so well. Hot water actually sets the stain into the fabric. Hot water is used in the process of dyeing fabrics. Great tip!
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Another tid-bit: Clean up as soon as possible after the accident. The longer the goo is in the silk, the more likely a stain will set in. Keep a couple of empty ziploc bags in your magic kit.

Have an egg break? as soon as possible after the show, rinse out as much goop as you can and seal the damp silks in the bag. Go back home (or to your room) and do the cold water wash as soon as you get in the door. Rinse very well. Drape the silks on a wood or plastic hanger. By morning, the silks should be ready for pressing with a steam iron between two towels.

Take care of your props and they will take care of you.

Dave
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Bob Sanders
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David,

I need more help! I've tried the towels on my face for years. The wrinkles just keep coming. Do I really have to use the iron?

Bob

PS --- Enjoyed our phone conversation the other day.
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