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stempleton
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On Jul 1, 2018, Pop Haydn wrote:
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On Jun 30, 2018, stempleton wrote:
Scott Alexander has released what he feels is a more sensical approach to the Half Dyed Silk... borrows heavily from Billy's routine and a Duane Laflin routine (at least in my mind,) leaving out the "half" part. It's called "Color of Mystery." I purchased it for the idea of producing a string of differently colored silks at the end, then back to the single white hank. Nothing earth shattering here, but it is kind of fun, as there are some subtle differences to what normally comes to mind. Scott's routining is perfect, the gimmicks do what they're supposed to do, although I'm doing some small modifications. Absolutely no reset time, which makes rehearsing the routine quite easy, not to mention multiple performances. Pricey for what it is, but what it is makes for a very good time.


This is a color changing scarf routine, rather than a version of McComb's Half-Dyed Hank, isn't it? He adapts some of McComb's lines to the trick, but the handling and plot are entirely different.


Yes, I'm sorry to have confused the thread. My intent was to share that, in the intro, Scott explained he released this to answer some of the problems he felt the HDS had... an example is he felt the half dyed silk was too much an "impossible object" that the audience could not relate to in stage work. He also commented that he didn't like the multiple DT's of McCombs version. Yes, is very much a color changing silk routine; I use Levent's HDS routine when I need it.
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I performed Billy McComb's version for years. I opened my corporate and adult performances with it. I always felt the switching of gimmicks could raise suspicion, going in and out of pockets etc.

I like Levant's gimmick although I don't own one.

About ten years back, I came up with a handling of my own using just one palmo and A 15" half dyed silk set. I began experimenting and reworking my routine so there would be no need to ditch a gimmick at the end.

A gimmick is just that . . . a gimmick, a tool to make the trick work. I feel that if the gimmick is manipulated correctly at the end of the routine, the audience is none the wiser. You can very "fairly" show both hands "empty" and put the half dyed silk away along with the gimmick.

I will be sharing my routine in my lecture at the 2018 KIDabra conference in Tennessee.
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On Jul 11, 2018, TommyJ wrote:
I performed Billy McComb's version for years. I opened my corporate and adult performances with it. I always felt the switching of gimmicks could raise suspicion, going in and out of pockets etc.

I like Levant's gimmick although I don't own one.

About ten years back, I came up with a handling of my own using just one palmo and A 15" half dyed silk set. I began experimenting and reworking my routine so there would be no need to ditch a gimmick at the end.

A gimmick is just that . . . a gimmick, a tool to make the trick work. I feel that if the gimmick is manipulated correctly at the end of the routine, the audience is none the wiser. You can very "fairly" show both hands "empty" and put the half dyed silk away along with the gimmick.

I will be sharing my routine in my lecture at the 2018 KIDabra conference in Tennessee.


Tommy, wish I could be there, if only to say "hello." I hope you'll make your notes available.
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On Jul 11, 2018, stempleton wrote:
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On Jul 11, 2018, TommyJ wrote:
I performed Billy McComb's version for years. I opened my corporate and adult performances with it. I always felt the switching of gimmicks could raise suspicion, going in and out of pockets etc.

I like Levant's gimmick although I don't own one.

About ten years back, I came up with a handling of my own using just one palmo and A 15" half dyed silk set. I began experimenting and reworking my routine so there would be no need to ditch a gimmick at the end.

A gimmick is just that . . . a gimmick, a tool to make the trick work. I feel that if the gimmick is manipulated correctly at the end of the routine, the audience is none the wiser. You can very "fairly" show both hands "empty" and put the half dyed silk away along with the gimmick.

I will be sharing my routine in my lecture at the 2018 KIDabra conference in Tennessee.


Tommy, wish I could be there, if only to say "hello." I hope you'll make your notes available.


Hi Steve,
Would have loved to meet you!
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Leo H
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JNeal has a great half dyed silk routine without any suspicious moves or diving into the pockets. The man has logged many years as a stage performer. His version is only currently available as a lecture note booklet directly from him.
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In your minds what is the most effecient half dyed. Less props moves ending clean?


There is only one Half Dyed Silk created by Billy McComb, that has stood the test of time and career, for entertainment to the masses.

This is not a close-up effect, ending clean has not bearing or effect on the value of the effect.

Magic has nothing to do with efficiency, maybe you should explain yourself more effectively, so we all do not think you are some crackpot, trying to funny, in some strange way, show your lack of self education in the field of stage magic.


I just came back to this. I am not sure your answer was entirely neccesary?

But what I meant was, I do not get to perform that often so when I do the less moves, memorizing type of stuff the better.

I've seen a few of these effects one from Scott Alexander called the color of mystery. It resets and is able to perform closeup, that's what he says anyway.

Another comes from Cody Fisher. Both claim they are more efficient in less props blah blah blah etc.

Sorry if I turned a screw on you but I had to ask. I've seen Billys routine, yes one of the best if not the best. I'm not him however and choose to perform my own style.

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Hi John, thanks for the response. Less does not mean easier or good or bad. You should perform your own style, what I am is the routine, handling, and movements of the body, arms and hand, finally, the what to say, because without the words, it becomes unimportant.

No matter which one you purchase, you have to learn completely, and after your muscle memory retains the information you can then make any changes wish to try and see what works.

I learned my color changing silk routine at the age of 11, and I can still perform it perfectly at 71. If you learn something well, you will never forget.
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Thank you Bill.
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