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Lou Hilario
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I have the Cartoon Silks by Duane Laflin and I don't seem to use them because I experienced the kids holding the silks oftentimes get tired easily. Have any of you experienced this?
It's a very colorful prop. Other than the instructions, what other routines do you do with them?
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Maybe the problem is to not have them hold on to them at all. Maybe you work your routine out so you are telling a story and each time a new character comes into the story, a silk is produced and you hold it in front of the child. This gets a laugh and the child gets to act out this new character for the rest of the story without the silk. This way the laughter gets played into it without the child getting tired or hurting the silk etc.

They also have the surprise element cause they never will know what silk or character will come next in the story. Each time a new one comes out, the laughter will just grow that much more.

So use these silks as props in a longer story of magic. Make this a part of the funny and comical journey you take them on reaching up to the final effect finale.

What silk characters do you have? Perhaps I can help work with you on a story or routine thjat could work based on my idea above.

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Hi Lou,

I had my wife sew up a bag that is actually a tube, open at both ends. Inside of the "tube" are pockets that hold scissors, rope and the four silks. Since this is an explanation of a routine and not an effect, I hope it is OK to post.

I explain that I need something in the "bag" that my wife is holding to do the next trick. I then reach through the "bag" so that my hand comes out clearly from the bottom. I pretend to reach around and then grab something invisible. As my hand comes back out of the "bag", I snag one of the cartoon silks and open it up in front of myself, get the laugh and say "That's not it" and put it aside. I repeat this until I get to the last silk, the monkey and hold it in front of me and say "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle, that's still not it." Then I grab out the scissors "Ahh, now we're getting somewhere," and finally the rope, pulling it out of the bag by the end like I don't know when it is going to end. Every time I reach into the bag, my hand goes out the bottom, it is when I pull my hand out that I grab the item.

The routine moves along at a quick pace and it makes fun of me because I'm holding the silks and because of the running gag that makes it appear that I can't get it right. I use it as a set up to go into a cut and restored rope routine.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks Kyle and Rob. Wonderful ideas. Perhaps I've been using mine with the wrong presentation. I use it as an acting competition. Yes, there must be a story as Kyle states or a reason to bring out the silks just like Rob's presentation. Thanks!
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Here's a thread on the KidAbra forum about using those silks: KidAbra Forum thread titled... Laflin's Cartoon Silks

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