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ldrosenblum
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This is an embarrassing question, but I've long lost my instructions that came with my rising wand, and wanted to use it to make a silk appear. I remember that it could be used for this, but never learned the technique. Could someone please provide the answer, or (if that isn't kosher) point me in the correct direction?
I'm a newbie, BTW.
Thanks.
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Can't help you out, but welcome to the Café' !

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The rising wand you're thinking of...is that the hollow tube with the elastic, and the beads on the ends of the elastic?

Two ways come to mind...

1. Tie silk to end of elastic next to bead with easy-to-remove knot, and ball it up or tie it in one of those bundles that will snap open. When you want to do this, grab the silk and stretch the elastic to the other end of the wand. You come out of your case apparently just holding a wand, with the silk concealed in your hand and the elastic running down the upstage side of the wand. Make a gesture and release the silk and elastic, which (like a card sword) snaps the silk to the other end of the wand. Presto! A handkerchief appears on the end of your wand.

2. Remove the elastic, stuff the silk down inside the wand, leaving a small tip exposed. Maybe the tip has a tiny magnet in it. Then you can touch the tip to something and pull the wand away quickly, leaving a silk there. Similar to some old styles of appearing flowers.

I think #1 is the better of the two, but I'm sure that I read both methods years ago, but not necessarily in the same place. One may have been in a book, while the other was in the instructions for the rising wand.

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Thanks everyone-

I just tried Jeff's suggestion #1 (also suggested by someone else via private message) and it worked great! It looks surprisingly smooth and my own kids definitely fell for it. Amazing how effective that $4 rising wand can be - at least for a kid audience.

Thanks again!
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The exact details for producing the silk (including ways to make it appear in the air instead of attached to the end of your wand) are described with photographs in "Broomstick Witchcraft" in the Dollar Store Magic Section of my site, plus a lot of other stuff you can do with that wand and other trick wands and staffs and magic brooms you can make from Dollar Store parts.
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Remember that a diamond cut silk will fit better and look larger than a square silk in the wand.

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PS --- Then go to a Dye Tube for a color change and come back with a square silk.
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ldrosenblum
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Thanks Professor Spellbinder and Bob-

I will check out the magicnook (great site) and that's a useful point regarding the diamond cut silk (which I should buy soon anyway).

-Larry
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Jeff and Bob prompted another idea that is little used (or known about). Try modifying a Silver Sceptre with a Silk Poke. Modify the Silk Poke so that it can clip on and off of the Silver Sceptre. If you look at the videos on the following sites it should be clear.

If you go with Bob's idea of employing a dye tube then you could set up a neat routine, for example: 1) Remove rose from wire flower holder on lapel; 2) dye tube colour change silk; 3) Silver Sceptre rising wand; 4) Silk Poke vanish silk 5) switch wand for a wobbly wand.

Silver Sceptre: http://www.practical-magic.com/index.php......temid=26

Silk Poke: http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/?nd=full&key=3667

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What a great routine idea John!

I'm a newbie and have to admit that I don't quite know exactly what a 'silk poke' is, but I can guess (kind of like a dye tube I'm thinking). But I'll figure it out and try to put something together along the lines of what you've suggested.

I'm continually amazed at the great ideas folks share on this site.

Thanks again,

Larry
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http://www.practical-magic.com/index.php......temid=26

Larry
There is a performance video of the Silk Poke on above link.

Actually, after re-reading your question I must confess to being a little confused. Did you want; for example, a rising wand, a flower production, a flower vanish, silk color change, silk vanish? I guess with the gimmicks the guys mentioned here you could create a nice little magic routine. Have fun!

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If you use one of those little elastic bands to attach the silk to the bead then it can be easily removed by pulling the ends of the silk.

You can also use a thumbtip like a silk poke (David Williamson's whirlygig vanish).
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Ah, so that's a silk poke (the photo really helps). Great idea. And it does seem that a TT will work as one if need be (thanks magicgeorge).
As to the routine, I was initially just interested in a simple technique for getting a silk to appear from the wand. But everyone's wonderful help has given me a much richer routine, which I will actually be trying out on Tuesday.

Thanks again everyone!
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