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mikeB
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Hi All,

I really love this effect and I am wondering how difficult is it to make your own?

Many thanks
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Mike
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Scott O.
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The "silk fountain" can be created very easily with several loose silk hankerchiefs. Check out a book titled "Silk Potpourri" and you'll find it in there.

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Jay Scott Berry has a silk fountain set up using diamond cut silks for a really HUGE production of silks in his "Illusioneering 2000" lecture notes.

Available here

and here:

http://www.misdirections.com/exclusive/berry.htm

Probably lots of other shops, too.
malini
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Yeah, Jay Scott Berry's one is really cool. I made it up myself and it looks great and gets a good audience reaction. Smile
mikeB
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Many thanks for all the help. I'll certainly get the lecture notes.
Cheers

Mike
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Michael Peterson
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You can also find instructions on the Jeff McBride On Stage videos. He has lots of good tips & tricks on silk magic.



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Cool, I was wondering the same thing about making one. My grandma is adept at sewing and the such so it probably wouldn't be much of a problem.

Peter White of P&A silks did a lecture at Hank's Conclave where he showed how to make one— unfortunately, I was still sleeping in my room at that time. Smile

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In my version, all the silks are loose. No sewing involved.
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If you want, and a friend of mine did this, a button can be sewn into the middle of it. The silk fountain I use is also constructed of loose silks. I did use his 'buttoned' fountain once, and it handled nicely.

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What do you guys put in the centre of the fountain? Something as a final silk, etc.?

I have seen large 6ft square silks. Also, I sprinkle confetti in while I fold it up. This causes much amusement when it is unfolding.

(I use mine when I unfold my zombie. It starts overflowing over it. I use mylar confetti. This looks like part of the ball.)
It's really clever! Smile
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If you want to have a sensational and breathtaking "Silk Fountain" use 36 inch silks from the SKS-Studios. This business has re-opened again and the late Harold and Thelma Rice´s daughter owns it now.

The silks are expensive, yes, but they look on stage FANTASTIC. They`re made for the stage and you SEE it. Years ago I started my "parrot production" with a silk fountain. I used loose silks. By the way, nobody seems to know anymore who was the inventor of the fountain. It was the Dutch magician MARCONICK.
Check SKS web:

http://www.silkkingmagic.com

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***Kev***
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Wouldn't it take ages folding up the 36" silks?

I agree, it could look spectacular, but I don't want to spend an hour folding up a silk fountain!
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I bought a silk fountain from Duane Laflin— incredible prop. He has a special release gimmick & another gimmick for a final production. I love his stuff.

Paul Diamond has a tape out on silks where he also shows you how to make one. Duane's silks are attached, nothing falls on the floor & the silks are very good quality. Costs about $100. It was worth it to me. I get a very nice reaction.

His website is http://www.laflinmagic.com
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Excuse me guys, but I have a little question down here. I have the McBride on Stage videos and I saw the description of the effect "Mountain of silks" but my question is this: Does the velcro have to be sewn to the silk or not?

Thanks in advance
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I love the effect. I dislike the set up. Well, I've got no choice.
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I made my own.

I wanted a P&A but Peter said I would have to wait for one. Actually he stated, "If Lance Burton had to wait, you have to wait too." His back order list can be months.

His hems and dyes are great.

Since I could not wait, I went to the city and bought my own silk with a heavy weight to match his. Rolled each hem, and bought professional dyes. I needed a wider range of colors for the silks than most shops carry. SO it had to be a custom job or I had to do it myself.

At the end I have a 60" inch square multi-color silk open up. Since I am only 5' it looks HUGE. I could steal a person from under it.

The cost still works out to be much less and the time it takes is long and rewarding. If you choose to go this route, you will appreciate why they charge what they charge to make a deluxe fountain.

To answer other questions, sewing them together is not hard and recommended. Do you really want to pick up the silks later or risk them falling to a dirty floor? OR if kids are in hand reach they will snatch them up on you.

Sewing through even 20 silks is easy and keeps them in the proper place and order.

Velcro works to hold the load but can be heard even on a large stage. Best to use a fabric snap.
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I suggest you look at the Rice Encylopedias for the many varieties of fountains that can be made.

I agree with the 36" silks to 6' which is what I have used and made for years. It is a large enough number of silks to be effective but can be folded up in a relatively short time.

Sew the silks together with a loose basting stitch so if you need to replace one you can. The point about them dropping on the floor is well taken.

Color scheme needs to be thought out. I custom dye Dale Salwak's with several shades of blue and purple.

I'm not sure I would use the 36" art silks in the fountain but a big 6' art at the end could be seen and appreciated.

Velcro is a no-no around silks as it will snag the silk. A clip or rubberband can hold the restraining silk in place.

My website has movies of one being worked and a pdf catalog with more information. General Grant also does a very nice silk fountain as did Slydini.
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Quote:
On 2002-10-13 04:16, Ted Lesley wrote:
By the way, nobody seems to know anymore who was the inventor of the fountain. It was the Dutch magician MARCONICK.
Check SKS web:

http://www.silkkingmagic.com

TED LESLEY



Hi Ted,

I'm not sure about the Marconick attribution, but Frank Chapman published a silk fountain as part of an entire silk act in a booklet published in 1935, and Slydini was doing the fountain of silks back in the fifties. Slydini has everyone beat for weirdness - part of his gimmick for producing the fountain was a condom! The Chapman and Slydini routines are well worth looking at, and should be available from a good used book source, like John Greget, or Byron Walker, Or H&R (Dick Hatch and Charlie Randall).

Best, PSC
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I have made my own out of the silks that I use for other routines. I would not sew them together unless you plan on doing this in every show and have plenty of silks. I did not want to buy a bunch of silks for one routine and not be able to use them in other tricks. They are very easy to make.
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As previously stated, the Jay Scott Berry fountain looks great and works really well, I purchased a large batch of silks from the local silk store, this turned out to be very cheap. My only recommendation is, get them to hem the silks for you, I still haven't finished all mine.
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