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Leslie Melville
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Back in the day, Repro Magic and Supreme both sold a trick where three silks hung by their corners from a wooden rod; two of one colour, and the other odd. The odd colour at the end. Following some comedy business where the performer passes the rod behind his back etc. to show that the silk has jumped to the other end, the odd silk finally and visibly jumps to the centre.

I can't remember what it's called but is anyone still producing this effect?

Thanks in advance.

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Leslie, Abbott's Magic sells what I think you are looking for. It's called Acrobatic Silks. There are other versions but this one comes to mind.

https://abbottmagic.com/Surprise-Silks-a......0327.htm
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The trick you are referring to was made by Mak Magic, called, "Acrobatic Silks", I use to perform it regularly. It is the invention of someone called, Walter Smith.

Mak Magic no longer makes it but, is selling a similar item called, "Acrobatic Silks Pole". I believe it is an import. This one, the 3 silks hang from a Magic Wand.

https://www.makmagic.com/product-popup.asp?prodid=P0002

Mak Magic is only a wholesaler, so they cannot directly sell to consumers.
With some Internet searching, there is also China made copies listed under the same name.

Sorry Dave, you popped in while I was looking in my Mak Magic Catalogs.
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Thanks gents! "Acrobatic Silks!" Of course it was!

Thank you again!
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Sorry Dave, you popped in while I was looking in my Mak Magic Catalogs.


No problem Bill. Looks like regardless of who makes it, it's called acrobatic silks. It is still available from Abbott's.
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Fab Magic makes one also a large model and a smaller one.
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I liked to perform this effect because it is one of the few that looks like real magic happening. Some magicians grab the hanging silks and just give them a pull, I learned that if you just hit the the silks from the side, the magic happens. Then pull on the rings pulling the silks half way up are shown to be not connected.

I have been thinking about the one that looks like a silks are hanging from a Magic Wand. That gave me an idea for patter. It is the magic in the Wand that causes the silk to jump to a new position.
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Isn't this just a silk version of the old Monkey Bar routine where a rod has three ropes on it, one with a ring attached, and the ring ends up jumping from the end rope to the centre?

There have been so many variations of this principle, I used to have a close up version using a metal rod with chains dangling down, a bell was on one chain and it ends up on the centre chain.
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On Nov 16, 2020, Topper2 wrote:
Isn't this just a silk version of the old Monkey Bar routine where a rod has three ropes on it, one with a ring attached, and the ring ends up jumping from the end rope to the centre?

There have been so many variations of this principle, I used to have a close up version using a metal rod with chains dangling down, a bell was on one chain and it ends up on the centre chain.



Topper2, yes you are correct, it is a version similar to the old Monkey Bars effect.

Acrobatic Silks is the most magical in my opinion.

Kovari used cloth fish, and being he is no longer producing magic props, Viking Magic is now making Kovari's fish effect.

More recently there is a version that came out using a borrowed wrist watch. Thing is watches these day, can break very easily if bumped or are shocked by an impact.

Don't know what your point would be, because this is just another version. Playing Card tricks have hundreds of different handlings or versions, that does not mean the new version is any less effective or better then the original version.

None of the above versions come with a presentation or patter, that is up to the purchaser.

I will say Monkey Bars is good for small children. Acrobatic Silks is good for family audiences and adults. Kovari's my be good for fisherman, but I don't care for the set up involved. The new watch version has good potential business men, and cooperate shows.

Just because the working is similar does not mean it is not a different trick.

Try looking at magic tricks from the audience's point of view, and not because you know the methods or secrets.

These versions are not self working, and when you experience the reactions of the audiences, you should acknowledge the value of each to the performer.
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On Nov 16, 2020, Topper2 wrote:
Isn't this just a silk version of the old Monkey Bar routine where a rod has three ropes on it, one with a ring attached, and the ring ends up jumping from the end rope to the centre?...


Hello Topper
F.Y.I.--for clarification-- while the EFFECT of the Monkey Bar (ropes) and Acrobatic Silks is the same, the method/mechanics of the respective rod is entirely different.

You might want to check Don Alan's routine with a toy monkey and the Monkey Bar just for FUN. Smile

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The big advantage with the Acrobatic Silks is that at the conclusion all three silks can be pulled up, one at a time from the top of the rod - making for a convincing and satisfying finale! Smile
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F.Y.I.--for clarification-- while the EFFECT of the Monkey Bar (ropes) and Acrobatic Silks is the same, the method/mechanics of the respective rod is entirely different.

Ah, I'm not familiar with the silk version so I was unaware the methods were different. Thanks for the info Julie, you've answered my query!
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