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cataquet
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Slydini wrote that you should use parachute (rip-stop) nylon for the knotted silks, because traditional magician's silks have a tendency to lock when tying some of the knots. However, I have not found this to be a problem. That is, I can do the routine with normal magician silks. However, I don't know if that's because of the silks that I have, or if any silks would work.

For those magicians out there that do knotted silks, what type of silks do you use?

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I perform a version of Slydini’s Knotted Silks fairly regularly. Like you I have never had a silk “lock” on me. I have used several brands of silks to do the effect over the years. I have used Rice’s silks and Magic Hands silks, and generic magic shop silks (the el-cheapo kind). I also have a “proper” set of the Slydini silks (white rip stop material with the one colored hem thread). I have also used the polyester “silk” scarves sold at the chain stores. In fact that is what I am using right now. Yep, 36-inch scarves from Wall Mart!
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I saw knotted silks on a video somewhere on the web, I think it was performed at the magic castle, but Im not sure.. I am VERY interested in the routine, and would like to purchase it. can anyone give me a reference on where I can find it?
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Hi Tom,
Steve Draun has a video of his version of the Knotted Silks on his website. The performance is in the Close-Up room at the Magic Castle. You can purchase 'silks' made from rip stop nylon suitable for the routine from this site also. The best explanation for this routine that I have seen is in 'The Annotated Magic Of Slydini'. It is also in one of the Slydini two volume sets by Karl Fulves either 'The Magical World Of Slydini' or 'The Best Of Slydini And More'.
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Ok I learned a version of the knotted silks called grippos wish in one of the books in the paul harris astonishment series. I can "pop" the knots, my problem is how do u pull the silk out and make it look natural? IT always looks like I am pulling it.
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I really don’t know the Harris routine that you are trying to learn. I cannot believe that Paul didn’t work the misdirection needed for the dirty work into the routine.

I perform the Slydini knots routine. All of the misdirection for the necessary “work” is built into the routine. It would be difficult to describe the moves out of context.

Right now (July 4, 2002), on eBay, John Mendoza (flinner) is selling a first edition of the Magic of Slydini. It is the first (of several) that the Slydini silk knot routine was published.

The site is: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie......18895545

Further, I believe that Joe Stevens carries many of the old Supreme, Louis Ganson titles, including this one. Hank Lee may also have a copy or two in stock.

Another source for the routine is in Karl Fulves “The Magical World of Slydini” which is still available through many magic shops.

Either of these books will give you more magic than you will use!

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
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Tony Slydini taught me the trick in 1968 using regular silks.

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I use standard "magic" silks. I have had them lock together a few times over the years. But, it was human error, not the material giving me a problem. Good luck!
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'The Annotated Magic Of Slydini' explanation of the splitting knot does not work as the knots do not come out the same length. There is a notation that says to see another book.

Does anybody know for certain what book the Correct description is in?

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James,

I don't recall that in any book. However, Slydini taught me how to do that about thiry-five years ago and I haven't done it since except for the Wizards of the Ozarks back in the 80s. We have a long ride to Virginia coming up in June. We'll work on it in the car. I'm sure it will come back to me as we work with it. (As I get older, it's the current stuff I can never remember!) Please help me get to the right booking. Old tricks I can remember!

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Let me know what road you are on so I can avoid it if you are tying knots while driving!!

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On 2002-07-02 14:46, MAGICTOM wrote:
I saw knotted silks on a video somewhere on the web, I think it was performed at the magic castle, but Im not sure.. I am VERY interested in the routine, and would like to purchase it. can anyone give me a reference on where I can find it?
Thanks
Tom Smile


http://www.llpub.com has republished the book and also has a couple of DVD's on the subject by Tony Clark and others. They also sell the scarves for with the DVD.
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On 2006-04-19 23:35, hugmagic wrote:
Let me know what road you are on so I can avoid it if you are tying knots while driving!!

Richard


Richard,

By now you know that I can't really drive anyway! It's a trick!

Fortunately or unfortunately, my voyage to Twin Cities will start in Louisianna in June. James and I will have plenty of time to split knots. (But do wear your hard hat.)

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On 2002-06-01 14:09, Harry Murphy wrote:
I perform a version of Slydini’s Knotted Silks fairly regularly. Like you I have never had a silk “lock” on me. I have used several brands of silks to do the effect over the years. I have used Rice’s silks and Magic Hands silks, and generic magic shop silks (the el-cheapo kind). I also have a “proper” set of the Slydini silks (white rip stop material with the one colored hem thread). I have also used the polyester “silk” scarves sold at the chain stores. In fact that is what I am using right now. Yep, 36-inch scarves from Wall Mart!


I will enliven this thread. I just started to work on the Slydini routines and while waiting for my silks to arrive, I too have mastered the basics using these huge 36 inch scarves from the thrift store. The knots are bigger and I assume it takes a little extra distraction but so far so good. Smile
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