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Bill
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I starting to realize that cards and coins can be borrrrrring. I'd like to add some eye candy to my close up. However, most of the tricks I associate silks with seem to be parlor and stage.

What would you recommend for close up (2 to 4 feet) silk effects?
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Slydini Hankerchief routine. There are several variations available. Dick Barry has a good routine called "Left Handed Hankerchiefs" that comes with the proper type of silks

http://www.dickbarrymagic.com/


If you have Tarbell look in Vol. 7 , Lesson 89
for "Phoa's Cut and Restored Silk" .

(but don't use your Slydini silks for the cut and restored ! Smile )

The good thing is that you can easily obtain inexpensive silks (especially if you have a sewing machine to hem them yourself) that will match the white "Slydini Silks" . It's a simple matter to switch them .
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For closeup, do a silk dye routine. I'd recommend Roger Klause's "Red & White Silks". Slydini Silks is great, but it needs careful routining to not come across as a puzzle.

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Try Jay Scott Berry's Total Eclipse.
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Be very careful about the Phoa Silk bit in close up. This effect is one of those things that the punters intuitively see through and magicians seem to have a blind spot about.

Doug Henning was seriously winged on a national TV talk show when he performed it and the interviewer demanded that he spread the other two corners. Look it up, you'll see what I mean. If you do this in close up, you will be called on it. Besides, it'll cost you a silk per performance. Remember that profit is revenue minus costs incurred in generating the revenue. There are better ways.

Also, as a change of pace, you could also buy Billy McComb's 7 cornered handkerchief. It's a lovely routine and a fooler.
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There is a Silkola that uses salt shaker sized Coke and Pepsi Bottles that is effective ONCE! But it is very good once.

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I carry two 6" silks, a red one and a green one. I have a Tenyo Simplex (Rice) type dye tube that came with their Color-Changing Silk effect. The silks were junk, so I used my tiny Rice ones.

To this day, it is one of my favored close-ups. By switching in a TT, a total vanish occurs. I also do a mini (6") 20th Century Silks, using a Jumbo Vernet TT, and a Sympathetic Silks using that size.

Who says silks aren't for close-up? If I'm ever carrying my Palmo Ball, and have a red and a white 18" silk, I can show you a color change right in front of you.

SILKS: It's not just for stage any more... Smile

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Michael Kaminskas has a nice close-up version of the "Half-Dyed Hank" called "Half A Miracle." It uses TT streamers instead of silks, one white, one red and one half-dyed (boy, did THAT take some doing!)

He uses a well-known Jay Scott Berry gaff as a d** t*** and not only does it play strong - it resets automatically!

I really love this for strolling, and I am ordering more. You can get it from Barry Taylor at http://www.Barrysmagicshop.com

Hope this helps.
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Can someone discribe the effect of Billy McComb's 7 cornered hank and where I can find it? THANKS.
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"The Handkerchief With Seven Corners" first appeared in Stanyon's "MAGIC" in the August, 1913 issue (p.86).

The performer shows a large silk handkerchief, and asks for two volunteers. Performer ties two corners into a knot and puts the knot under the hank, asking a volunteer to hold the knot through the outside of the hank. Performer repeats this with second volunteer, but there are still THREE corners left (each knot takes two corners, remember).

Performer ties one more knot and places it under hank for volunteer to hold. There is now one last corner hanging down; hence, seven corners.

It's all presentation and interaction with your audience.
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Sounds great! Of course! It's Billy McComb!
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Well, the trick that was published in Stanyon's "MAGIC” in 1913 was not by Billy McComb. Billy was not born yet (and not into magic yet!).

He did take the premise and do the McCombical magic to it and turned it into a nice piece of magic. It can be found on The Billy McComb volume of Stevens Greater Magic Video Library.

It is not a central, stand alone, feature trick but a nice transition from one trick to another. That is, it is an interesting interlude trick. It uses two spectators.
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Charlie Miller's 7 Cornered Hank can be purchased from Magic Inc. for a few dollars. But as Harry Murphy pointed out the best explanation is on the Steven's Vol. 30 Billy McComb tape.
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Thanks for that reminder of Miller’s 7-Corner Silk trick. In McComb's hands it is a very funny bit (good to see you, Bill!).

Bill’s post reminds me that there is yet another very good close-up silk routine. It is Ron Bauer’s “Left Handed Hank” (Number 10 of his series see it at: http://www.thinklikeaconjurer.com/all24r......over.htm ).

It is typical Ron Bauer, complete, clever, technically easy, and leads right into Charley Miller’s 7-Corner trick (which is also explained in the booklet in Ron Bauer style). Both will provide a nice interlude in your act.
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I respectfully follow my seniors above (Bill and Harry) with another close up item using a silk. With the billiard ball and gimmick (cheaper the set the better unless you have the golf balls) you can make a very convincing case for ball through silk and show it half way through by only holding the corners of the silk. Then drop the ball in one spectator's hands and the silk in anothers.

(It can also be done with a Hopping Half set but it is not as spectacular and can cut a silk.)

Scheme!

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Quote:
On 2004-07-07 21:22, EricHenning wrote:
Michael Kaminskas has a nice close-up version of the "Half-Dyed Hank" called "Half A Miracle." It uses TT streamers instead of silks, one white, one red and one half-dyed (boy, did THAT take some doing!)

He uses a well-known Jay Scott Berry gaff as a d** t*** and not only does it play strong - it resets automatically!

I really love this for strolling, and I am ordering more. You can get it from Barry Taylor at http://www.Barrysmagicshop.com

Hope this helps,


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