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BudTCB
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Hi, I have been reading the posts on the Café for more than 2 years now, but this is my first post. I have really enjoyed it. I've learned a lot from so many people on here. My question is about the Silk Fountain. I have one with the load in it, and what I am wondering is what are some of the ways you produce your silk fountain? I don't want to just reach in my case and pull out a waded up ball of silks and start shaking them. How do you magically produce them? Where do you keep your silk fountain prior to producing it? How do you keep it covered until you are ready to begin letting the silks flow? What are your ideas and thoughts on this? Any suggestions and ideas would be most appreciated. Thanks.
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First, the fountain is usually preceeded by a quantity silk production. These are layed over the fountain. Something else is done and the silks are picked up with the fountain.

Now the important part..Pause between the steal and the reveal. Don't steal the fountain and just start it opening. You need to put some time in between by walking downstage. It will make the production better.

I would also recommend Duane Laflin's dvd. He has one on silken sequences and steals that is very good and explains this all in detail.

Hope this helps.

Richard
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Actually Richard that really helps me alot. I never thought of pausing between the steal and reveal,.. That really sounds nice. I am thinking maybe putting a hook at the top of my prop box with a hook to hang the silk fountain from and then when I produce the silks I can drape them over the top and then pick them all up at once and then,.... get ready for the revealing.
any other ideas?.. do you think that would work ok?... Thank you.
BJ

Posted: Feb 28, 2009 12:07am
I meant, to say... a hook at the top of my prop box hidden inside the box.
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Duane Laflin's Silk Series of DVD's are really great, if you are interested in silk magic they are very helpful. Buy them and you will learn just about all you need to know.
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You do not want a real hook. Use a headless nail tipped upward a bit. I used to make a heavier wire unit that went into a block of wood that was screwed into the bottom side of the table.

If you use a hook, you will have to do two motions. A headless nail will just let you slide it off.

The best steals are from the front of tables but the back will work fine until you get comfortable doing it.

Richard
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I performed my first magic stage show last night and used a silk fountain. I took an idea from Levent's manipulation DVD, and rigged the fountain to be stolen as a body load.

I sewed black carpet/button thread to the silk fountain, and put the packet into a secret black pocket in my blazer (which is actually part of a man's black dress sock!) The other end of the string is glued to a jumbo silver coin in my front pocket.

After a short routine of producing jumbo coins from a silk, I put the last regular coin in my hat on my table, and with the other hand I hook the thread and secretly slide the attached coin up into the silk. I discover this last bonus coin, and pull it upward with my right hand to look at it in the light, which pulls the silk fountain out of it's hiding place and into the silk in my left hand.

Then the silks start unfolding out of the silk that has been in plain sight all along.

Levent's handing and explanation of this type of steal is brilliant! The attention to detail that he gives to getting in and out of tricks is astounding and well worth the price of the DVD.

It worked well for me this first time, and I think it will get even smoother as I continue to practice and gain confidence.

-Daniel
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Sounds like a great way to steal just about anything.
I have Laflin's DVD's and his silk fountain dvd has a lot of info about fountains. It goes into a lot about preperation and presentation of the trick. I reccomend getting the complete set as they all overlap and interconnect.
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