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I just opened the package from Ruth Rice Crone. The silks are fantastic! People in my office kept coming over to marvel at the brightness and vibrancy of the colors. You pay more for quality, but you see every penny in the finished product.

Ruth is a pleasure to do business with. I appreciated the personal contact and attention I received. This is a class act.

I would recomend that anyone that wants top quality stuff contact her on the Café. It is well worth it.

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Bruce,

You'll never have to apologize for using a Rice silk. (And you get to talk to Ruth too!)

This one was a six-footer, right?

Please do support the vendors who support The Magic Café. They make The Café possible.

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I second both of your opinions. Ruth is really great to talk with and she is very accommodating.

Jimmy
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Bob,
Yes, it's the 6 foot Rabbit in hat silk.

Very often going to the vendor's on the Café will save you a few bucks. More importantly, they want to maintain a good reputation on the Café and will give you good service. In the case of SKS and Ruth Rice Crone you are going to the source. This is also the case when you buy from Frank Starsini @ THe Ambitious Card, Jamie @ Coin Gaffs.com, Tony Clark, and many others.

I am making a frame from PVC pipe to support it as a back drop. Any thoughts as to how to secure it to the frame w/out ruining the silk? I was thinking of using bulldog clips lined with ribbon as padding.

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Very cool. Bruce. I bought the black 6-foot Dragon silk from SKS last year --- simply beautiful!

I wish I could be of help with how to best attach it to a backdrop. That's just not my area of expertise. However, I am sure several members will make valuable suggestions.

Jimmy
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Bruce:

Here is an alternative in case your PVC set up doesn't work out - I believe you can use an Abbott's "Jet Set" to display the silk. I'm pretty sure it's the right size.

Here's a photo from Stevens Magic site - I think it looks very good.

http://www.stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=7230

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Bruce,

If you have a Line of Silks from DoveLite (any size silks 9", 12" or 18"), it came set with a clip that is safe for silks. Notice that it has rubber pads.

Now to release the trade secret! The clips I use on real silks are actually made for photo darkrooms. Think of them as small clothes pins with stainless steel springs and metal parts, plastic that won't absorb, and rubber gripper feet.

You still need to use due care. Punctures and stains are the two main things that ruin silks. Even a rubber tipped clip can be made to puncture the silk. Also don't leave silk next to rubber more than a couple of years at a time. The rubber gets gooie.

Congratulations on you new treasure.

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As always, great tips, Bob! Welcome back! I (we) have missed you.

Jimmy
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I could not find the rubber tipped clips. I found some 2-inch curtain rings that have small clips attached. I folded a small piece of felt over the edge of the silk and attached the clip over that. The felt keeps the clip from contacting the silk directly. Not the best solution, but it will work for tomorrow night and next weeks shows. I will continue to explore options.

I took the silk off the PVC rod leaving the clips attached. I think this is better than taking the clips off and reattaching them each time. Of course, when I have it set up I can easily check the clips and make adjustments.

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Are you finding that the silks are opaque enough to use on stage without a back liner?

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I am using the silk as a back drop. There is a spot light, behind me, that is shining on the front of the silk from the light bar above the stage Sorry, I can't recall the jargon for what that's called. The light shining on the front and dark behind gives it the effect I want. This is on a full stage. In lees controlled venues it may need a backer of some sort. I plan on using it only indoors. Usully under those conditions I am aganst a wall. I will find an opportunity to try it out on a dance floor for those occasions wher I am not aganst a wall. When I do I will report back. For now, it seems ok.

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Hello Jimmy,

Lucy and I are at the Cavalcade of Magic. It's been a blast!

Quit your day job and come do some magic with us.


Bruce,

Sometimes the dollar stores get clips with rubber feet. (Avoid metal that will rust or turn green.)


James,

Even 6 - 8 momme silks can be transparent on stage. (Block the back lighting with your body.)

Enjoy!

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Bob,

I think I have been misunderstood.

I was aware that they are being used as a backdrop, but if you cannot put the stand that holds the silks as a backdrop against the back wall and you have to move the stand closer to stage forward, then does back-lite cause a problem?

In that case you would need to have a liner against the back of the silks?

James Adamson
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Bob, glad you and Lucy made the trip OK!
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James,

You are correct. #1 You were misunderstood. and #2 There will have to be someting already on the JetSet.

There is one being used here for the little stage and the silk is in front of the curtain. But it looks great! This one is the dragon.

Wish you were here with us. The Cavalcade has a real mixture of old pros, young pros, collectors, hobbyists, prop builders, theme park acts and great entertainers. I'm very impressed with some of the young talent here.

Bob and Lucy
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Hi, Bob! If only I could quit my day job. I would love to perform magic on more of a full-time basis. The good news is that my supervisor wants to see how we can integrate magic inot some of the presentations and workshops we do with school staff and students. Scheme, right, Bob?

Jimmy
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