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Can anybody describe the effect?
Is it vanishing or production of silks or what?
Bill Hegbli
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Go to L&L publishing wev site and read the description. You can also do a search as this topic has been discussed a lot lately. It may even be a couple of topics below your question.

It is only a knot tying routine where the knot is tied very tight and keeps dissolving. Each phase is more convincing. Then the spectator ties them and they still untie but the a knot is in each scarf.

The title discribes the effect.
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The standard or basic Slydini routine was where he tied the two silks together and they melted apart. Then he had a spectator tie them together and again they melted apart. He once again had the spectator tie them together with a square knot before they again came apart by magic. He would then tie the silks with a “weavers” knot and then split the knot into two knots. This could be made to run about eight minutes (this basic routine is not a very long segment).

This is pretty much the routine being sold by L&L. Although Bill Malone does not do the entire basic Slydini Routine, he does an even more brief version and leaves out a couple of the segments that Slydini included.

Sometimes Syldini would end at this point. Otherwise he would give the spectator one of the knotted silks and ask them to untie it. While the spectator was struggling with the knot, Slydini untied the other one by hand. He then took the spectator’s silk and also untied it by hand, then as if by magic, the two knots appeared back in each silk.

He also did a stage/stand-up version of the silks where he had a spectator tie a set of silks together and put them into a glass. He then put two untied silks into a second glass. A bit of magic and the tied silks came undone and the untied silks became tied together. This is of course the “Sympathetic Silks”.

Often (he said “for fun”) he would include his version of “Houdini Hanks” where each silk was tied to itself to make a ring or loop. These two loops were inter-linked like two linking rings. He would tell a story of Houdini in a jail cell and with a sharp tug the two loops of silk became magically unlinked. Of course the silks were examined by the amazed audience.

Following the Houdini Hanks, Slydini would ask a spectator to help untie one of the loops. While the spectator was struggling with the knot, Slydini untied the other silk within one second. He would then take the remaining silk from the spectator and again perform a speed untie.

So you can appreciate that Slydini did a bit more than the basic routine. I think that the challenge to you is to find some complementary effects and create your own signature piece.

In terms of time, Slydini could play the silks for a short five minutes or up to 15 or 18 minutes. From time to time he even got a full 20 minutes out of his routine. He was acutely aware of his audience and could adjust accordingly. Frankly, I am not that skilled!
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