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Topic: Slik but not....Silk.
Message: Posted by: Eirik (Feb 9, 2006 02:40AM)
When Bill Malone performs The Slydini Silks, he's using silks made of a different material, does anyone have an idea which kinds of "silks" they are, and where they can be bought?

Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Feb 9, 2006 09:09AM)
I believe that it parachute material that is slicker than silk, so that when the knot is upset it pulls thru easier. Also a red thread is added to make it easier to see what type of upset that you need to use.

Check your local magic shop or major on-line dealer.

Also, several of the lastest DVDs on the effect come with the special "silks".

You can perform it with normal silks, but most people think that it is easier with the special "silks".

James Adamson
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 9, 2006 11:59AM)
I was taught this trick by Tony Slydini using regular silks. Tony sold this trick with hanks he made from rip-stop nylon. Back in the 60s they were supposed to be more like men's handkerchiefs. (Remember that Tony was a tailor.) They were 21" and meant to look alike.

The trick works fine with regular silks and they actually make the colors easier to use. When I do the routine, I give away one of the silks as a souvenir to the volunteer anyway. Even rip-stop nylon will separate. So neither will last forever. Think of silks as a consumable item like newspapers, flash paper, rope and playing cards. We’re not running a museum on stage.

It is odd that this question would come up today. Tuesday night I passed out copies of an old postcard from 1969 from Tony. He was sending me ten sets of these. Because I use body loads, he had also made me some in colors. I understand that he did that for no one else.

Tony we miss you. Crooked smile and all.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Feb 10, 2006 11:44PM)
Although I do not own any books or DVDs etc. on the Slydini Silks, Steve Draun gave an overview of the Slydini Silks at one of his lecture. Steve sells the "silks" for the effect [url=http://stevedraun.com/miscellaneous.htm]on his site[/url]. He also sells a [url=http://stevedraun.com/knottedsilkscd.htm]CD[/url] on the Slydini Silks. For those of you who want to see Steve Draun perform the Slydini Silks click [url=http://stevedraun.com/movies.htm]here[/url].
Message: Posted by: Eirik (Feb 17, 2006 07:31AM)
Thanks for the input guys! Just what I was looking for.
BUT, I was wondering one more thing, does these type of silks come in many different sizes, since I would actually want these nylon silks in as small sizes as possible for use with a Thumb tip..

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 18, 2006 06:07PM)

I don't think you want nylon fabric for a thumb tip. It's too bulky.

Likewise, real Slydini silks are one size: 21". I do the routine with 18" or 24" real silks depending on what it is coming from and where I am going with it. For me 18" is as small as I would consider using for this effect. You really don't want to get near the center of the silk.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Eirik (Feb 21, 2006 04:50AM)
Thanks Bob, and yes! when I think about it nylon silks have to be to thick for TT work.
I did order my Slydini silks and they will arrive sometime this week.
Look forward to practice the routine.

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 12, 2006 04:43PM)

By now you should be well into enjoying your new props.


Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 14, 2006 10:27PM)
I do not like the silks that Steve Draun sells at all. They are very shiney and plasticy looking.

Red is a nice idea but the material is just really not appealing to me at all.

I am having some made to my specifications that are much nicer looking, feeling, sounding, and the edge indicator stitching will be easier to see than most the others.