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More than just a classy prop - silk can save your life!

Silk may be the best item to use in a magic effect where social distancing is desired. Compared with items like coins, cards, fussy balls and other cloth,
silk will transmit few germs including viruses and actually kill them. Do your own research to validate, but:

Silk is the best material for masks as it is" the most effective at preventing the penetration of droplets, and the least absorptive of water, because of its intensely hydrophobic character compared to the other fabrics tested. In short, the face coverings made of 100% washed silk repelled water just as effectively as masks, but are hydrophobic, unlike the latter, and can be made ready for immediate reuse by sterilization. This characteristic, coupled with its breathability, and the fact that it does not trap water, makes it ideal for protecting respirators under conditions of clinical exposure, and as a material for home-made for face coverings. The other advantages include its inherent antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as the thinness of the material even when used in multiple layers. Silk also does not irritate the skin or increase local humidity around the face beneath it, making it suitable for prolonged wear, and avoiding accidental stimulation of face touching."

No surprise - the Mongolian Horde war silk ****s as armor as an arrow could be easily extracted and there was no infection. Soldiers in the Civil War wore silk shirts of the same reason - a filthy bullet passing through silk
is less likely to kill you. Also, silk is used in vaccine shipment/storage as it prevents contamination and extends the temperature range for viability. Apparently, all research facilities working on a COVID-19 vaccine
are using silk in the processing and storage - and because it shortens the wait period before becoming viable.

So, use silks in your magic routine. If it hits the floor or table or spectator's hand it will not transfer COVID-19, flue or other yuckies as readily as other items. You can spray it with disinfectant without washing.
Spectators can handle a silk without making you sick afterwards. (much less chance anyway)

If you sneeze on a silk it will kill the virus before infecting a spectator. Almost magic!
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If need / but shouldn't use a Volunteer to hold a silk or 2-- use a large tumbler or glass (like 20th century silks) Ralph ROUSSEAU (russo)
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