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Topic: Line of Flags
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Nov 30, 2010 02:22PM)
I have a line of flags in the 11X17" size with the obvious lack of a Chinese, Russian and Mexican Flags. Does anyone know a source for individual flag silks in that size.

I know it's very unlikely but I thought I'd ask.

I know I don't need every flag of the world but these would seem to be noticeable omissions and I can't really imagine using the line without them.

My partner says the effect is achieved by the production and after several flags the audience gets the idea of "Flags of the World". If I display a few at a time out spread in open arms and collect them all in one hand as I go (never displaying them all in a line at the same time) it will be unclear as to what flags were there and which were not. What do you think?

While I know I will do some magic with the flags after the production I haven't decided between a couple of options.

Thank you.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 30, 2010 05:12PM)
Try Delta flag company in PA.

Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Nov 30, 2010 08:03PM)
Mary, don't feel Political Correctness for your not have unavailable flags. It is magic show, not the United Nations. Just don't perform in China, Russia, or Mexico. :rotf:

On the rare occasion that you might be asked, just they are not available.

There are kinds of nuts out there, when I was working for a dealer once, some strange acting lady came up and ask if out tricks included Mexican instructions. I just nicely told here out suppliers did not provide them. She walked away.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 30, 2010 09:45PM)

These things are frequently found at restaurant supply/fixture vendors. The materials vary as do the actual national flags used. Obviously America is loaded with Chinese and Mexican restaurants. The Russian flag may be tough to find.

I use either plain silk squares (usually 18" or 24" depending on stage size of 36' or 48') but I also have lines of silk with only US flags (24" x 18").

Good Luck!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander

PS --- Since I'm a dove guy, I usually produce birds after the line of silks is returned by my assistant. In a sales meeting or other corporate situation, it is a great time for product placement!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 1, 2010 05:58AM)
Yah, years ago we had a steak house that had flags of all nations on display on the inside. I talked to the manager if I could get the flags after their promoting was over, he refused and said they will go in storage. I was a regular customer their, but it made no difference. They looked like they would be perfect for a production piece as they may have even been silk, as they were very thin material and attached to a ribbon line.

Well, the steak house went out of business, so I guess the flags went in the dumpster.

The steak house home office was from Kansas City, so I just did a Google search and guess what, there is a flag company in Kansas City. It is called the All Nations Flag Company. See here: https://www.kcflag.com/catalog/index.php

It may be worth a telephone call to see if they can meet your needs.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Dec 1, 2010 12:48PM)
I was going to suggest that you contact Bob Sanders, but I see he has already responded. If anyone would know a source, I think it would be him.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 1, 2010 04:00PM)
Flags of all nations silks are available in 2 sizes from D. Robbins & Co. New York City, aka E-Z Magic. They are a wholesale only company. These sets are made in India and are not the best color wise and weight wise, but they do work. I would contact them for a dealer reference if you are interested in purchasing a set of silks. Last I noticed was http://www.stoners.com had a set in their shop, not on their site, you can call them for information.

Robbins requires a dealer to make a minimum purchase order, so it is best to get a reference from them then try to find a dealer on the web.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Dec 1, 2010 08:21PM)
Thank you everyone. I'll check out the leads and consider the advice.

This forum is always open and helpful thanks to the frequent members here.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 8, 2011 04:56AM)
Check with Trumpetman here on The Magic Café. I'm not sure that he even has a show without some sort of Line of Silks in it. Circus guys know about wowing an audience with productions.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: David Charvet (Jan 10, 2011 03:07PM)
Check: http://www.elmersflag.com

"America's Largest selection of flags" (and they stock flags from ALL countries) and they will custom-sew any flag of your own design. You may have to request silk, however.
Located right here in Portland, Oregon and will ship anywhere.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 14, 2011 08:23AM)
The problem with sewn flags for magic is that they are usually much too bulky to hide and produce. That sends you back to "Box Magic". Certainly the quality is high but they make poor magic props. Next to silk, I recommend nylon flags. Sewn edges are future "snags" in your performance.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander

PS --- I'm having problems finding a Christian flag that is printed rather than sewn. (This flag is white where stripes would be on an American flag. The blue star field is solid blue with a red cross on it.)