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Topic: Silk thru Mic Stand???
Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (May 13, 2003 01:15AM)
Hey does anyone do this?...what kinda R*** do you use?.....and where did you buy it?
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (May 13, 2003 06:31AM)
Yep, I do this old standard from time to time.

I start with a sideways “Serpentine Silk” (knot the silk onto the stand from the front, it unknots and is at the rear), then do a straightforward penetration twice (once from back to front, once from front to back), and conclude with a standard unknotting. That’s the whole routine.

I use a Paul Diamond model that I got from Paul about 20 years ago. It still works fine. It does not have a brake or a locking mechanism. It has the necessary power to work a 36 inch silk scarf (the bigger the better in my mind).

I also have a thinner, smaller model that was made for Cardini (and has his name stamped inside) that I use as a back-up for those times I need to service (take apart and clean) the Diamond model.
Message: Posted by: trainerjep (May 16, 2003 07:37AM)
This is such a killer effect, it always blows them away.

I use one I got from Hank Lee I believe!
Message: Posted by: Alex Tan (May 18, 2003 12:29PM)
Cool effect! The one put out by Owen happens to be the one I prefer.
Message: Posted by: trainerjep (Jun 12, 2003 04:02AM)
Yes that one is a good one also, just do it slow, as this is sooo beautiful to watch!!!
Message: Posted by: ScottSullivan (Jun 25, 2003 01:23PM)
This is another one of those effects that's so "old" that I forget how good it is. Thanks for reminding me. If I can come up with a presentation that's "me" I'm going to work this up and see how it plays in my act.
Message: Posted by: lemagician (Jun 25, 2003 01:44PM)
This only works with a r***??
Message: Posted by: mnmagic (Jun 28, 2003 11:42PM)
My jaw dropped when I saw it done. Even now I can't believe somthing so stunning can be done so simply (medthod I mean). It just looks so real...

Do your r***s have a clip to unclip the end of the silk to use the silk for other routines or are you stuck with it being attached.

Second questions... where is the effect in print? Rice's Silk Magic? I don't have either volume but it seems like the logical answer to my question.

Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Jun 29, 2003 11:39AM)
First question. I do it both ways. I have a 36-inch scarf (an old rice Rainbow pattern silk) permanently affixed to a gizmo. I also have a gizmo with the male half of a snap set fixed to it and I have several silks with the female half of the snap sewn in place.

I also have a length of rope with a gizmo permanently affixed to it. I tend to use it the most for this effect.

Second question, the silk through mike stand, broomstick, wand, cane, arm, etc., is in print in many places. I believe that old Al Baker even put it out in one of his books.

You can find it clearly explained in Volume two of the Rice Encyclopedia of Silk Magic. In fact in volume two you will find that Rice even explains a gizmo-less (gimmick-less) version of the trick.

It is easiest (and cheapest) resource to find in the Paul Diamond Magic series, volume one, from L&L http://www.llpub.com I think that it is the best video for the care and feeding of the gizmo and how to properly use it.
Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Jun 29, 2003 02:55PM)
I use a George Kirkendal model I purchased over 20 years ago. It is smooth and verry verrrry quiet. Which as Elmer Fudd would agree is the only way to catch wabbits.
Message: Posted by: mnmagic (Jun 29, 2003 04:21PM)
Thanks for the info!!!

Message: Posted by: schmitty65 (Jun 29, 2003 05:19PM)
Doesn't Rick Thomas do something like that but with two silks? It looks outstanding.
Message: Posted by: sleightofhand1 (Jul 6, 2003 02:23AM)
I really think this is such a cool penetration. Everytime I see it, it just looks like pure magic, and I know that the audience loves it too....
Message: Posted by: Bilwonder (Jul 6, 2003 03:41AM)
Shigeo Takagi published a smooth no gimmicked version in his book. It's called "The Ghostly Silk."
Message: Posted by: DJ Trix (Jul 25, 2003 09:10PM)
Yes, I saw Rick Thomas do this. He has a female assistant on stage holding a silk vertically and he does his work from that in place of a mic stand. When I first saw it, I was so floored, I just told myself to stop thinking or I would miss the whole show.
Message: Posted by: Sid Mayer (Jul 26, 2003 07:43PM)
It's not the same effect but it is possible to openly tie a silk around a mike stand, walk away, step back to the stand and pull the silk away STILL TIED. No gimmick is used.

The method appears in many books where it is usually presented as "silk through arm" or some similar name. Not at all difficult and makes an excellent "throw away" bit. For example, in doing the [i]20th Century Silks[/i] you could "park" the third silk on the mike stand until you need it.

Message: Posted by: imagique (Jan 14, 2005 06:35AM)
On 2003-06-25 14:44, lemagician wrote:
This only works with a r***??

I have a version that looks almost identical, but uses no gimmick. In fact, the handling and everything is based on the reel version, but with nothing but the silk.

Pm for more info