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DJ Trix
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I am putting a stage act together with card manipulations and doves and I said to myself one day that I need more. I thought if I was using a silk for cards from silk and for dove work, I might throw in some silk magic. I want to know what are the books to buy on silks? I once heard about a encyclopaedia of silk magic, but I can't remember the name or where to buy it. Can you silk guys please help me out with all the information that is worthwhile with silks? Hopefully I will not be the only person who will prosper from these questions.

Thanks very much guys and girls,

DJ
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Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic.

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Absolutely! 4 volumes, fully illustrated that teach virtually every conceivable plot with silks!
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Thank you guys very much. Is there anything else worth getting?
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That should be more than enough to keep you busy. Good Luck!


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Hi DJ:

I recommend the Rice's series also; I've had a blast reading them through the years. One thing to keep in mind - they were written about 50 years ago when performing conditions were much different than today. Much of the material in the books assumes you're on a stage with most of the audience in front of you; therefore, you'll have to adapt a lot of the material. But as Scott said, there are a lot of classic plots...20th century silks, Sympathic Silks, Blendo...there's even a whole chapter on Soup Plates and Silks!

I agree that Rice's is your best source. A couple other sources for you include some of Duane Laflin's silk videos - he's a terrific performer. Also, Jeff McBride has a lot of silk magic on his "Magic on Stage" videos.

Good luck to you.

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Hello DJ,

I appreciate all the nice comments about my Dad's (Harold Rice) books. While I (his daughter) am not selling the three volume set any more (just the original Volume III), we do have a number of his monographs and a great deal of Dad's original silk collection if your are interested in quality silks and other silk effects. The website is http://www.silkkingmagic.com

Hope this information is helpful.

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You can't go wrong with Rice's books. I would also suggest the videos by Duane Laflin. He has, in my estimation, brought back the beautiful art of silk magic.

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Ade Duval published a book of his silk act. It is called Rhapsody In Silk and IMO is worth getting.
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What does IMO mean?

And I picked up the books also, they're really great.
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IMO: In my opinion
IMHO: In my humble opinion
IMPO: In my professional opinion
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On 2003-09-01 18:06, DougTait wrote:
IMO: In my opinion
IMHO: In my humble opinion
IMPO: In my professional opinion


Shucks! They're just plum good silk magic books. After forty years, I still find good ideas there.

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The Rice encyclopaedia is not only THE work on silks (it shares, or should share, honoured shelf space next to TARBELL in any Magic library, IMO) but is also a glimpse at a Golden Era of Magic.

I never saw a performer take the stage in a smoke-filled room and turn a nightclub into an House of Wonders; in reading books like Rice's, I can imagine it...and perhaps, one day, recreate some part of it.

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Rice's Volumes are epic works, but may not be the best place to start. There is so much information that it is somewhat like trying to sip from a fire hydrant. Also, many of the effects are not available now. You might check Laflin's site and get some of his effects that come with videos such a his palmo gimmick and video, the silk ball and video, the silk fountain and video and his latest, silk loads and steals. Check http://www.laflinmagic.com.
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