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Harry
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A rather quaint little prop that I have used for many years. Perfect little gem to help vanish small objects in a flash.

The only problem I see are the ones they make these days. Little tiny red handkerchiefs with horses and such printed as a design. Straight black or white might be more appropriate. I suspect one could sew their own, if you were so inclined to do so.
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I have to make my own. I've seen the ones they put out these days and they're beyond ugly. I find that some sort of design helps hide the movement, but if I'm vanishing something light, a solid colour is great (I just don't iron it smooth). It really is a great item.

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Thanks for the site address Steve.

Think I´ll be ordering as soon as I have some spare cash.

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Magic Hands in Germany has an excellent devil's 36 inch heavy silk napkin in gorgeous colours. It vanishes larger objects and can be used as a production silk first and then taken from a pile of displayed silks to later vanish an object. The only disadvantage is the price $113.00 Canadian.. about $80.00 dollars U.S. still a high price. When you pay about $50.00 for one good quality silk, I guess a doubled gimmicked one isn't too costly. I find a little bit of white out corrector fluid painted inside the seams of the fake pocket help you to locate the pocket quickly without fumbling with the prop.
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Anyone have the contact information for Magic Hands in Germany? I seem to have misplaced it!
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Try contacting plevins@aol.com. I believe that Peter is the UK agent for Magic Hands lines. Smile
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Thanks Wallace, I’ll drop him a line. I need some new silks and Manfred usually has what I want!
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Devil's Hank Pocket Square

Looks like a fine product. But, can anyone recommend a good/strong routine with a Devil's Handkerchief? I can remember that Alan Shaxon did a powerful routine with this kind of silk many years ago...
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As for the routine of Alan Shaxon, I believe it is in "My Kind of Magic" which is long out of print. Marvin Roy did a similar routine on his Stevens Magic video (now on DVD). The routine also used a himber wallet.

Remember a Devils hank is not a trick unto itself. It is a utility prop like a change bag or box trick. Use it exhange items, vanish items, or to force numbers. The key is to make it look like a normal everyday item.


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Hello:

I just received my Devil's Hank from Richard - it is a beautiful work! Very elegant looking and made the right way - with the inner pocket so you see nothing suspiscious from the outside.

I'm using mine for a torn and restored card transposition, and Richard's works perfectly. I'm so pleased with my purchase.

Thanks, Richard...well done, as always.

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Read Jim Steinmeyer notes on the Devil's Hank. He supports Eric Lewis's beliefs in the proper construction of this utility device. He says all the current models are incorrectly made. Steinmeyer also has some unique ideas on the 'Bandit' Routine that Richard Hughes mentioned.

The best thing to do now, being most Hanks are India made junk, is to make your own. Or have one custom made, with your own material. Just search the fabric shops for a design you like. I am sure Mr. Hughes would make one from your material if reqested.
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I believe Richard makes his from Silk lining, like that used in a nice suit. It also has two small beads/buttons in the top corners that help you when you open it up.

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I am using a silk like lining. It is not silk, though I have made them that way. Silk just does not work as well.

Wm., where are JIm's notes on the devils hank. I wish I would have known this I just was with him last weekend and would have gotten his input on my mine.

I can make them from your fabric but I would suggest that you talk to me before buying the fabric. Some fabrics just do not work as well. Besides I make 6 colors...I would think there would be a suitable color in those.

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Actually, silk works great as long as you use high quality silk. All of my Devil's Hanks and Devil's Pocket Squares are made from 100% high quality silk and magicians who have them say they love them. I have re-designed the pocket and it is much better than before. You can show the hank more freely and it is extremely deceptive. I'm sure suit lining can work, but quality silk works great and has a classy look as well as beautiful drapability.

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Lynetta,
I have made them with 100% silk that is high quality but I just did not feel it did the job as well. I have found this material I use to extremely well suited for my needs as I am sure you have with yours. We both have satisfied customers so that is good for both of us.

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Jim Steinmeyer lecture called 'The Vicissitude of Black Confetti, contains his notes, this is the same notes on his 'Bandit' routine.

I believe the Eric Lewis information is in his big book that was printed just before his death. This was a 3 Volume set if memory serves me correctly.

This is what Steinmeyer said in his lecture, where he was made aware of it.
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Richard,

That's so funny, because I have tried suit lining and did not care for the results at all. Silk of course costs much more, but in my book it is more than worth it and fortunately my customers seem to agree. Like I mentioned before, I have re-designed the pocket, so maybe that makes the difference. Also, I don't think suit lining would look right for a pocket square.

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Lynetta,
Actually good suit lining costs almost the same as the type of silk you are using. Eugene Berger and several others seem to think it ok as pocket square. A lot of it depends upon the suit lining used. I have been making this devils hank for over 6 years and shipped them all over the world and have never had anyone remark about the inappropriate look of the suit lining. It certainly is an asthetic thing no matter how you look at it. No right or wrong answer, I always say if something works for you great but it doesn't mean what I do won't work.

As I said, we both have out customers and that is fine. But I do know about silk versus suit lining. I have been making silks for over 20 years now so I have quite bit of experience with silks.

Richard

Posted: Nov 15, 2005 4:58pm
Wm,
I found the source on the devils hank by Eric Lewis. I could not find my Jim Steinmeyer reference but I suspect it is the same. It is found in "Continuation of Miracles" on page 232.

Basically, Mr. Lewis says to make an inner bag that hangs between the two silks. This is the way I have always made it. In addition, as suggested in Harry Anderson's book, I have added two small beads to detect which two corners to hold when vanishing the object.

There is only one other refinement that could be added that I ever heard of to a Devils Hank. That is to put clockspring in the opening to snap it shut when closed. I really don't think it is needed for 99% of the uses of the hank.

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I have one I use in my Old West Medicine Show that is a Western Scarf that works very well with large objects aside from a small Blue Silk one.
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The silk suit lining referred to above is often called Bemberg and is usually not actual silk...but a synthetic fiber.
the inner pocket is the best way to mike them and oftem a inner ribbon is attached from the inner bag's lower corner to the beaded corner by an internal diagonal ribbon... It keeps the pocket from shifting.
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