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dmagic
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I know it's a DVD from Billy McComb, but which has the half-dyed silk routine?


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There is also a tape from IMC that has it on. But I suspect the one you are referring to can be gotten from Stevens Magic.

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It's not explained on the Stevens Video, performance only.
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The routine 'printed' can be purchased from Abbott's Magic Co, Colon, Mich. with gimmicks per McComb type.
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It is also explained in "McComb's Magic".

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I made a set of these a long time ago using the instructions in McCombs Magic 25 Years Wiser. I had to dye one silk and half dye the other. If Abbotts is still selling them, buy one and save yourself some trouble. I think It's a great logical routine.

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I made one as well Joe H. I think I went through 4 silks till I got one close to right. I think I'd be buying one next time.
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Contact Duane Laflin. A couple years back he sold the silks at a very reasonable price, like $15 as I recall. He had also reworked the routine, with one gimmick and not two. He would send the routine for free if you bought the props. I saw him perform it on stage and it was very effective.

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It is also on Duane's Palmo DVD
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Viking/Collector's Workshop also sells this effect.
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In your minds what is the most effecient half dyed. Less props moves ending clean?
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On May 1, 2018, John C wrote:
In your minds what is the most effecient half dyed. Less props moves ending clean?


There is only one Half Dyed Silk created by Billy McComb, that has stood the test of time and career, for entertainment to the masses.

This is not a close-up effect, ending clean has not bearing or effect on the value of the effect.

Magic has nothing to do with efficiency, maybe you should explain yourself more effectively, so we all do not think you are some crackpot, trying to funny, in some strange way, show your lack of self education in the field of stage magic.
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I prefer to include the half-dyed silk concept in a full routine of color changes like my "Under the Rainbow" silk routine from The Wizards' Journal #36. The Chameleon Silk showed the way forward to a multiple color-changing silk routine of three silks (from red to yellow to green, for example). I have extended the routine so that it begins with a white silk, that turns half-way to red, then completely to all red, and from there turns to orange, yellow, green, blue and violet still a single silk in open hands transformations. The final violet silk then stretches into a rainbow streamer that is lifted into a silk rainbow above your head for a natural conclusion. In my routine, the half-dyed silk is not the central and most important effect, but just a single stage on the way to building a rainbow of silk.
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I also recommend Abbott's Authorized Billy McComb Routine complete with silks, excellent manuscript with great tips and pointers. all the silks neded for the routine and the gimmicks, which, in my experience are pretty much built like tanks.

Pop Haydn, a distinguished member here on The Café was also (and still may be currently) selling .....his own version/take on the Half-Dyed tank routine complete with his presentation and all necessaries Including Riser-Made Custom Gimmicks and Hughes-Made Custom silks....Pop's version is Unique with his own twists and is "BIGGER" than the standard McComb version. Pop and Billy were very close.

Both of these Half-Dyed Hank Routines are First-Class, in my opinion.
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I also recommend Abbott's Authorized Billy McComb Routine complete with silks, excellent manuscript with great tips and pointers. all the silks neded for the routine and the gimmicks, which, in my experience are pretty much built like tanks.

Pop Haydn, a distinguished member here on The Café was also (and still may be currently) selling .....his own version/take on the Half-Dyed tank routine complete with his presentation and all necessaries Including Riser-Made Custom Gimmicks and Hughes-Made Custom silks....Pop's version is Unique with his own twists and is "BIGGER" than the standard McComb version. Pop and Billy were very close.

Both of these Half-Dyed Hank Routines are First-Class, in my opinion.



Thanks for your comments, but my routine is a version of the color-changing scarf, rather than the half-dyed hank. These routines end in a different way and have a different use and place for the act. The Half-Dyed has a soft ending and is better as an emcee bit. It enables the emcee to turn the applause for the effect over to the coming act.

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Pop:

I stand corrected. Thanks.
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Pop:

I stand corrected. Thanks.


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Levant sells this too: http://www.leventmagic.com/
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Scott Alexander has released what he feels is a more sensical approach to the Half Dyed Silk... borrows heavily from Billy's routine and a Duane Laflin routine (at least in my mind,) leaving out the "half" part. It's called "Color of Mystery." I purchased it for the idea of producing a string of differently colored silks at the end, then back to the single white hank. Nothing earth shattering here, but it is kind of fun, as there are some subtle differences to what normally comes to mind. Scott's routining is perfect, the gimmicks do what they're supposed to do, although I'm doing some small modifications. Absolutely no reset time, which makes rehearsing the routine quite easy, not to mention multiple performances. Pricey for what it is, but what it is makes for a very good time.
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On Jun 30, 2018, stempleton wrote:
Scott Alexander has released what he feels is a more sensical approach to the Half Dyed Silk... borrows heavily from Billy's routine and a Duane Laflin routine (at least in my mind,) leaving out the "half" part. It's called "Color of Mystery." I purchased it for the idea of producing a string of differently colored silks at the end, then back to the single white hank. Nothing earth shattering here, but it is kind of fun, as there are some subtle differences to what normally comes to mind. Scott's routining is perfect, the gimmicks do what they're supposed to do, although I'm doing some small modifications. Absolutely no reset time, which makes rehearsing the routine quite easy, not to mention multiple performances. Pricey for what it is, but what it is makes for a very good time.


This is a color changing scarf routine, rather than a version of McComb's Half-Dyed Hank, isn't it? He adapts some of McComb's lines to the trick, but the handling and plot are entirely different.
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