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DanielCoyne
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Hi everyone,

I'm not new to the Café nor to magic and performing in general, but I've been somewhat of a lurker in the silk forum. I love seeing well-performed silk productions, vanishes, transpositions, fountains, etc. -- I find them to be some of the most elegant, visual, and wondrous forms of magic.

I've asked for Rice's Encyclopedias for my birthday in 2 weeks. (If I don't get it, I'll treat myself to it.) I'm super excited to start putting together a short (3-minute?) silk routine. So, get ready for a million questions!

One question to get the ball rolling:
What would you consider to be a good starter kit for someone starting out in silk magic on a budget? I'm imagining a few decent quality silks, some sort of a utility device, and maybe one ready-made effect with a good wow-factor.

Suggestions?

I have found the "Smooth As Silk" area of the Café to be extremely helpful, gentle, and generous to newbies. It almost seems like its own special club within the Café. I want to thank everyone for their help and inspiration so far, and to thank you in advance for your help and patience during this next stage of my magic education.

:)

Yours,
Daniel
Darkwing
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Daniel,

Welcome to the Magic Café. You are correct, the guys and gals that hang out here are very helpful. Richard Hughes, Harry Murphy, and Bob Sanders are three of the finest gentlemen and magicians I have ever had the pleasure to know. All are very knowledgeable when it comes to silk magic. I am sure if you PM, they will be more than happy to help you. You are going in the right direction with the Rice's set.

Another resource you might want to check out is Lock Family Magic. http://www.lockfamilymagic.com Look up the DVDs by Duane Laflin. Duane is another great resource for silk magic and routines.
His stuff is very magician friendly and plays well. You will be able to find several effects that can play well into a routine.

Please ask anything you have any questions on. We are all more than willing to help. Silk magic is a branch of magic that is often overlooked by most magicians. As you can see, you can have a budget but yet create some beautiful magic that folds flat and plays big.
cardone
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Hello... I do a 5 min... stage silk act and The Fountain and the Snap Silk Production is a big part... Start with a silk fountain routine...it has many possibilities for a beginning...middle and an end...
Then, add to the beginning and then the end with more effects.... The Rice books are a fine work on the subject, and so is the Diminishing Silks booklet by.... Oh, I have to go look it up now.......
Fred Johnson
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My greatest hits: Fountain, Blendo, 20th Century, Serpentine/Untying Knot, Sympathetic Silks.
Regan
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Daniel, I would also suggest looking at Duane Laflin's website. He has several great silk-magic videos, depending upon the type of performances you plan on doing. Also, check with Bob Sanders and/or Richard Hughes for the silks.

Good luck!

Regan
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I am selling one of Laflin's videos in the for sale section (Silken Sequences & Steals) if you are interested. When I started in silk magic, I first got Laflin's combo set (Simply Beautiful Silk Magic & Sensational Silk Magic), and that is a great place to start. That's what I would recommend.
DanielCoyne
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Thanks for the advice, everyone -- keep it coming!

I have a hank ball and a palmo. Are there any vanishing utility devices I should look at?

I'm interested in Snap Silk Productions. I think I have seen gimmicked sets of these -- but it also sounds like the effect can be achieved by folding (or rolling) silks. Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Daniel
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Look at Peter White's "Why Knot Silks" series of DVDs. They're not "Hollywood", but there is a LOT of good information there.

http://www.pasilks.com
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
Regan
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On 2009-02-11 13:54, DanielCoyne wrote:
Thanks for the advice, everyone -- keep it coming!

I have a hank ball and a palmo. Are there any vanishing utility devices I should look at?

Thanks,
Daniel


Daniel, I love the "Simplex" gimmick. You should also contact Bob Sanders about the "Silk-To-Egg".
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DanielCoyne
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Regan,

Can you provide a link to the Simplex gimmick you recommend?

Thanks,
Daniel
Regan
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http://www.silkkingmagic.com/Rice's%20Simplex.htm

Check out their other products while you are there! Highly recommended!

Regan
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tank5030
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Laflin also produces a DVD on the Snap Silk which explains everything in detail.
japanmagic
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One of the finest, brilliant and colorful silks used for the silk fountain came from Japan.
My mentor, Jimmy Yoshida (Hawaii magician & dealer), was one of the first to distribute Japan silks to the USA magic shops and conventions. He travelled around the world sharing the beautiful quality of these flat seam silks. When the light shines on the fountain, it looks like a volcano flowing. When you attend a magic convention, visit all the Japan dealers and examine the quality of the silks.

Here is a Japan silk magic performer providing many ideas you could do with quality silks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUY8J04PekA

Even the famous Rice silks were known to come from Japan.
Darkwing
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What a great silk routine. Very nice. I wished more Western performers would take inspiration from our Asian brothers and sisters in magic and come up with great routines like that.
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