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I use two production methods for 18/24" silks during manipulation act.
Consequently, always looking for "improved" methods or ideas.

Is anyone using the MAGICEFFEX Lightning Silk Production found at

Product description:

"Produce one to three silks at your fingertips. Lightning Silk Production is a carefully and cleverly made precision gimmick that delivers three silks measuring up to 18 inches! They can appear in succession or at different times in your show. Each silk is produced at lightning speed at the tips of your finger."

Let me know what your thoughts are.
Feel free to Private message your feedback.

Randy Stewart
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Randy I heard that the Lightning Silk Production gimmick is not worth its price. Nevertheless, I got Werry's Dream Silk but have got a problem using the gimmick? How do I lock it?

Thanks a million Smile
Bob Sanders
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The method Lucy uses, she learned from Vito Lupo. But he claims he got it from Tarbell. It is a killer. PM Lucy before you spend a lot of money. (It does not have to be done as an opener.)

Lucy does it in her "Big Spender" routine. It is the routine she plans to do this year at the Friday Night show of the Cavalcade of Magic in March. It is not covered in her lecture there. Her lecture there will be on "Stage Presence for Magicians and Assistants".

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Bill Hegbli
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This thing sounds like the Colin Rose silk production that Supreme sold years ago. Vito Lupo came out with a much better gimmick when he toured. Both use the sleeve and are not practical for the real professional that does a long act. If you are doing a manipulation act and not using sleeves for other things it is okay.

I only think someone has expanded this gimmick, if it works, but I have my doubts as being practical.


The Werry production is a piece of junk, I took a chance and lost. Only produce a 12" silk, heck, on stage it will look like a small piece of dirt. To lock the gimmick, push down as the instructions say until it locks. Get some covered elastic from a fabric shop and attach this to the gimmick. Mine worked but I was disappointed as I use my pocket for other things.

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Which is the best instant silk vanisher wand, or are they no good? thanks
David Todd
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I would avoid the silk vanishing wands that vanish the silk instantly (visibly) . In concept they sound great (wave a wand at a silk and it instantly vanishes) but in practice you can only use a small 9" , maybe 12" silk and the wand makes a very loud sound at the moment of the vanish. Unless you have music cue to cover the sound, it is too loud.

The other type of silk vanishing wand is the one where you form a cone of paper, drape a silk over it and use your wand to push the silk down into the cone. Then the silk vanishes from the cone.
This type accomplishes the vanish smoothly and silently.

Again, the limitation is that the silk itself can not be very large.
However, for close work, "parlour" magic or a birthday show type situation that would be okay. Only on a large stage a 12" silk would be too small to register much impact.

I believe at one time that Steven's Magic Emporium sold both types,
so check with them .

I would not recommend the Instant Silk Vanishing Wand because of the noise of the mechanism and even more importantly because the silk is only a small 9" silk.
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One of the best simple methods I used to use was Berlands instant silk appear. It is kind of a high bred of the fickle nickle gimmick.

What I like was the load was secure, it was easily acquired during the act to produce the silk, and you could really hold the fingers apart wide before the produce.

I am not sure if it is still being made. PM me and I will answer further inquiries.
Richard E. Hughes, Hughes Magic Inc., 352 N. Prospect St., Ravenna, OH 44266 (330)296-4023
Write direct as I will be turning off my PM's.
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Hi Randy,

I saw a friend use a new gimmick to produce silks recently and I think this may be the one.

The effect I saw DOES help produce three 18 silks one at a time. Some would say it's not worth the cost because it seems so simple. I think it could be just the thing for some people. It doesn't have to be an opener. The problem I had with it was that the angles were not what I like and the gimmick needs to be flesh colored and cover the silks completely to avoid flashing. This could probably be remedied. The idea is somewhat original, whether it's practical, I'm not sure. It would be better for stage than close up, although I saw it in a parlor setting and it worked.

The advantage over a Stillwell ball is that the silk snaps out with one hand rather than the silk being pulled out with the other hand.

Hope this helps.
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