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jimi2040
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While looking around for a silk fountain, I have found out that there are several versions. One that caught my eyes was the diamond silk fountain as it was described as something that can be produced from bare hand. I already have Jeff McBride's Magic on Stage DVDs so I know how the silk fountain works.

While looking around the Café, I've noticed people mentioning about the silk fountain. I could figure out that Richard Hughes version was one of the best. Is this merely due to the size of the silks or because of some other special properties? Also, if I am to buy a silk fountain, would you recommend the diamond silk fountain. If not could you please name one that you think is the best and why that is so.

Thank you very much

Sung
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The diamond silk fountain is great, but keep in mind, it is much smaller than a regular silk fountain.
Terry Owens
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Check out Jay Scott Berry's website, he sells the silk fountain and has a video of him performing the effect.
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I think it's best to make your own silk fountain. This way you can make it to the size that you want, and with the colours as you want. Also it's easy to do, and you'll understand how to maintain it. You can also fit your own finales and change the fountain as you need to.

To make the very best silk fountain (McBride only teaches very basic silk fountain stuff) check Rice's Encyclopedia, it'll tell you some great stuff about what size silks to use...

Paul
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Make your own..Much cheaper..Howard
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Make your own with regular silks. It looks like pure magic. The diamond cut silks just don't do it for me. For tips on how to make your own I can get my friend to pm you. He made mine for me and it works beautifully.

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Pete Biro
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Slydini used to make 'em with a condom.
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jimi2040
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Does anyone know where I can get some decent sized silk cheaply?

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Although I have not seen it, I understand that Duane Laflin made a Silk Fountain DVD, "The Secrets of Silk Magic, Volume 1," that explains everything you would ever want to know about making and performing the silk fountain. It retails for about $25.

It sounds like a good investment, click HERE (U.S. source) and HERE (UK source) for more info. Good Luck! SETH
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jimi2040
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Thank you seth. I will bear that in mind and add it to the list I'm thinking of buying.

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Paul Jester
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How do you use a condom with a silk fountain? wow!
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jimi2040
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I was impressed with the idea of a condom as well...

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Orson Welles used it for another trick. Anyone have a guess. Hint..Abb Dickson helped out.

It's nice to see other contructive uses for this item.

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Pete Biro
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I imagine you just stuff the silk fabric pieces (I hate calling them just "silks") into it and reverse the action to produce them.
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You get to create the impact of the fountain silk effect by making it yourself. For example I made my fountain silks by having 36" silks casading out first, then followed by 24", 18" and 12" and from these bundle of 50 silks I produced a large chinese lantern from it. Sometimes a large flag staff appears from it instead of the lantern.

Making the set yourself allows you to create the finale you want.

Have fun with them.
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Always include a finale to the silk fountain. You'll find the audience applauds at the start of the production, then they just sit in admiration, but the finale finishes the fountain and gives the applause queue that's required. It does just work better. Also I'd avoid a jumbo silk finale as it hides your huge production.

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Since I am not a professional magician, I do not own a trained dove. Is there any ideas that I can possible produce as a final load?

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You can do something simple like produce and large picture silk 36" or larger loaded in the center of your fountain. It doesn't have to be any more complicated than that.

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Paul Jester
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Nooo! Don't do the jumbo 36" silk!! It covers the rest of your production and thus belittles it. If you want to do a silk finale then use a single long streamer. The classic is spring flowers for a pre-load.

Another nice idea that I use combined with my flowers is a bunch of long ribbons that fall out to the centre, they fall to the floor forcing you to hold the fountain high in a nice applause queue pose. The ribbons are great for the dove production as they pull the spectators eyes down whilst you squeeze the dove out, which pulls them back up.

You can also steal into a fountain as it is being produced, you've got a lot of cover behind all that silk, so in the action of passing from hand to hand you can add in an object stolen from your front, or even tail quite easily. This object can be themed. Mr Tong say's he uses a Chinese Lantern above. If you cut a hole through the middle of the fountain then you can pull things like umbrellas through the middle too.

It's all about playing and experimenting. Have fun!

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Thanks so much for your idea Paul. I actually agreed with your idea about the final load. Like all silk magic, the silk fountain was costing quite a lot for me so I wanted it to have a big impact. I've decided to have 4 spring flowers inside it and I'm currently thing about whether I want the streamers as well.

Sung
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