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Is anyone using the Simplex gimmick in their show? I did purchase it recently. The reason I purchased it basically to bring back memories. I used to have one in the 70s. I was not keeping up with it in the past because of the awkward moves. It feels good to have one again. I will play with it to see if I can adjust those moves, or add different ones.
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Mike the handling is basically the same as the Palmo ball, nice feature is you do not have to do a turn over, as with the tape dye tube. It uses 12 inch silks, perfect for close-up magic presentations.

I don't know what you mean by awkward moves, when the hands are close to each other, the the finger extends into the fingers of the other hands fingers. Very quick and easy handling.
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Ocassionally I will use my Simplex with 12" silks. I do exactly the same routine as with a Palmo and 18" silks. Handling differences are small, but of course require practice. Typically when doing color changing silks, I'm on stage so the larger 18" silks are more appropriate.

I considered using 24" silks, but didn't take the opportunity to buy the gimmick from Pop Haydn when he was here in Minneapolis. Now, at least when I last checked, no longer available ... Stupid me.

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Duane Laflin sells an enlarged Palmo that will work with 24" silks.
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I have 4... and use 1 simplex gimmick in nearly every show I do!

I don’t use iit for silk dyeing... for that I use a Palmo.

Rather, I use it for a bare hand vanish of an (thin) 18” silk.

Both the palmo and simplex are great gimmicks: easy to learn, no moving parts,inexprnsive to buy or mske.
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An ordinary ping pong ball can hold an amazingly large silk - up to 24" if it is thin. I explore other Dollar Store solutions for silk gimmicks in .
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