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mmmario
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Hi all,
I am looking for a reel that can be controlled (stopped and slowed down during operation). I want to perform the Serpentine silk and am having no luck in sourcing this sort of reel.

Does anyone have a name of such a product for me? Please? I would be greatly grateful.
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Welcome to the Café!

Here you go the best and the worst, and the book to tell you how to perform it. You will have to purchase your own 24" silk scarf.

http://www.stevensmagic.com/index.php?ma......d=111524

http://www.daytonamagic.com/products/REEL-%252d-BRASS.html

http://www.daytonamagic.com/products/REE......TIC.html

http://www.daytonamagic.com/products/REE......ICE.html
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mmmario
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Wow! thank you, wmhegbli. So, quick to reply ... I guess that's why you're in the inner circle and I'm out here in the outer square.
I have checked out the links (love the sound of the Kirkendall reel) yet none actually say whether they can be controlled - slowed down, stopped and restarted as and when I want. I'll send emails to each but was wondering whether you knew offhand.

Thanks again
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The common "bill snatcher" sold at joke shops (and sometimes in Dollar Stores) is actually a reel that starts and stops under pressure. Consider it and give it a try. It won't cost you much and you'll have something to work with while you are saving up for a fancy brass reel.

While I'm traveling down memory lane, I seem to recall performing the effect using a non controllable reel simply by using my fingers to stop and release the thread on its way to the reel. I also walked two miles through the snow to school and was the last person on my block to acquire a television set. In those days, magicians learned to improvise. My first thumb tip was made from a brown paper lunch bag.
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Bill Hegbli
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A finger reel usually has what is called a brake, this is the disc you press with your thumb.

The brass one from Daytona, does not have the built in disc brake, you control the line by using your thumb and fingers, squeezing the line. Some prefer this method over the disc brake. Although, you can use the pinch line method with either version.
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My best manual reel ever was an El Duco finger break reel. About $75 or $80 -- but the breaqk could control speed easily.
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Walmart has a very good, cheap reel. If you remove the belt clip and the put it back the clip becomes a brake. 4/$2.
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Thanks gentlemen. Much appreciated. BTW, I am impressed with using a brown paper lunch bag to make a thumb tip, Spellbinder. :O) That's fantastic. Improvisation rocks!

Thanks again all.
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Anybody know anything about the PSI reel?

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Mike
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I always associate Paul Diamond (Mr. Humble) with Silk Reel magic.

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Kirkendall reels had brakes. The pros usually did not use them but used there finger tips.

I have repaired some of them and the Kirkendall is the best I have worked on.

Yes, Paul Diamond could demo the heck out a reel.

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Richard,

I agree, I have four different reels and the Kirkendall is the best. It is a great deal for the money. If you buy one from Stevens magic you get a great DVD that shows you a couple of routines and how to service your reel.

Richard, I need to email you about my Tannen's reel.

David
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On 2010-09-12 19:02, magicians wrote:
Walmart has a very good, cheap reel. If you remove the belt clip and the put it back the clip becomes a brake. 4/$2.

Thanks for the suggestion. Will have to give them a try.
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My friend the late Bill Tadlock did a funny bit for magicians with a reel. He would do the serpent silk once, and then when he offered to repeat the effect (something you know that is against cardinal rule of magic #2), he would press a joy buzzer so that it sounded like the reel broke. It got a good laugh from magicians in the audience. Bill was a great stand-up magician and we attended some of the IBM conventions together along with other Virginia/North Carolina magicians. He was also a member of the P.E.A. Those were the good ol' days!

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