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Topic: Rice silk Effect on Masters Of Illusion Show
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Aug 30, 2019 08:23PM)
I was watching Masters Of Illusion television show on the CW network this evening at 8:00 P.M. They were showing season 6 Episode 11. The next to last 2 performers were holding a plexiglas clear cylinder, an 18" silk, and a length of rope. I immediately recognized the effect, it was Harold Rice's effect that he sold for over 80 years. It was the classic effect [b]Rice's Glas-Go[/b].

The Effect: A Spectrum silk is tied around the center of two ropes. Then a transparent plastic cylinder is placed over the silk and ropes. Finally, two spectators are requested to hold the four ends of the ropes. Then, in a flash, the performer pulls the cylinder up through the ropes, and the knotted silk is still inside of the cylinder!

The two young men presented the effect with the stage size props, much like the instructions. It was a real surprise for me to see this classic effect on television.

They still sell it today, quantity is very low, but it is available on their website. They sill sell it at 1960's prices. What a deal!


Just had to tell everyone.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 31, 2019 07:46AM)
It's a nice visual effect! Nice flash, angle proof, packs small, plays big, involves spectators (could be kids) both silk, and ropes could be used in other tricks, ETC.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Aug 31, 2019 12:09PM)
Looked like Grandmothers Necklace to me.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Dan Ford (Aug 31, 2019 01:10PM)
Everything old is now new today Bill!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 31, 2019 06:18PM)
[quote]On Aug 31, 2019, Mary Mowder wrote:
Looked like Grandmothers Necklace to me.
-Mary Mowder [/quote]

Yup! It's quite possible that it is in Scot's "Discovery of Witchcraft"! (I'm not old enough to have the first edition, op.cit.)

But, I know it's in Volume 2 of the Rice Encyclopedia Of Silk Magic" (page 546).

Harold sure knew how to "exploit" a principle!

To add a bit more "flash" to the props, you could use the gold cords (with tasseled ends) that some high schools use to honor students at graduation.

I've also always liked the "Lazy Magician" routine that Dante used in his full evening show, when I needed to pad my 45 minute program to 60 minutes for family evening programs. All of the "nice things" that I said about "Glass Go", also apply to "The Lazy Magician".
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Sep 1, 2019 10:16PM)
I love this trend of more diverse magic on the various television programs. There was a decade when everything was 'big box'. But now talented magicians of all types can get exposure on the programs.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 2, 2019 06:06AM)
Me too, Frank!
Message: Posted by: Andy Young (Sep 3, 2019 04:57AM)
[quote]On Aug 31, 2019, Dick Oslund wrote:
It's a nice visual effect! Nice flash, angle proof, packs small, plays big, involves spectators (could be kids) both silk, and ropes could be used in other tricks, ETC. [/quote]
Dick is correct. I have done this for kids. They enjoy it.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 3, 2019 07:04AM)
Hey Andy!

Yeah! I've used the "g-ma's necklace principle, over the years. It's a bit too slow for an opener, and, not quite strong enough for a closer, BUT, it's a fine "middle". Dante used cords of fantasia (the lazy magician), to give himself a rest, but, keep the show "moving"!"

As you know, many of my "generic" props are used in several different routines. (Saves weight and space in the prop case!)
Message: Posted by: federico luduena (Sep 4, 2019 11:50AM)
Marvelous and versatile effect. Thanks for reminding us of this classic, Bill.

I remember that when I learned it I used a t-shirt in lieu of silk, which lent itself to interesting changes in method and presentation (for this, having the t-shirt specially printed).
Message: Posted by: FrankFindley (Sep 10, 2019 08:08PM)
Finally got to see the episode. Boy does it play big and present well. Nice job by Jarrett & Raja.