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gerard1973
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I'm new to silk magic and I hear a lot about the 20th Century Silk routines and the Sympathetic Silk routines.

I am curious to know what are the top ten silk routines?

Thank you.
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Silk to Egg
MisMade Flag
Sympathetic Silks
20th Century Silks
Soft Soap
Blendo
Knots Off Silk
Color Changing Silk
Silk Between
Cane to Silk

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Great list, Bob. I would like to add the Crystal Silk Tube to your list, if I may. It's one of the great kid show staples that never cease to amaze them. I think most kids show magicians have used it one time or another. I still do, and I think Silly Billy still uses it in his shows.

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Snidini,

Who are you calling a kid? I still love it too! (OK, I'll take it. I'm a kid! Just 59 and holding...)

Crystal Silk Cylinder isn't just for kids any more. In the early 80s I used it to produce an opened bottle and glass of red ale imported and sold by Coors. Later in the 80's I used it in a special commercial for Coca-Cola celebrating "100 years together" with Troy State University. It was a one take production. The Director and producer were amazed at that. Neither had ever worked with a magician as talent before. They thought it would take hours. They didn't understand that we don't get a second chance with the audience. There is no post production for real magicians!

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Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I believe Snidini meant "blow tie" silk cylinder.

Perhaps I'm wrong, it has happened before and often.

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Sorry. I stand corrected, digi. You are right about the "blow/tie" silks and cylinder.

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They are two different things. One does not use a rubber band the other does. There is a whole forum here on that. I only use the Crystal Silk Cylinder any more. I dropped the other from the show two years ago. I have posts elsewhere that tell why. It is good.

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I love the color changing hank and fountain of silks...even though they are simple, I guess I love them so much because my audiences do!
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Color changing silks (DT version)
20th Century
THIS production
Cane to silks
Production (ala McBrides commando act)
TT vanish
Silk Cylinder
Blendo
Mis-made

I have performed the first six A LOT and they're great.

Haven't done the last three, but they seem to be quite popular.

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I like the half dyed silk, Mutilated parasol, Blendos, & silk fountains.
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Slydini Silks
Rose to Silk
Rope to Silk
Candle to silk...

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For getting a "wow" from a lay audience there is nothing like a good TT routine. They are amazed at the bare handed production and vanish. I have a pretty good routine (at least I think it's pretty good) that finishes w/ the silk coming out of my mouth after I have "choked" for a bit. This is done w/ a lot of duck like sounds and other noises that one does not normally make and the audience knows I am not really choking. At leas I hope they know, because no one has yet offered to do the Heimlich on me.

I recently dusted off my small dye tube and now carry that with me on close up gigs. I was very surprised at the reaction (positive!) Smile that I received when I did it at home for the Family. They are usually pretty jaded and know most of my stuff from working with me over the years. This they had never seen and it wowed them! Have since done it a few times at the office for different people and put it back in rotation.

It is fairly inexpensive. The sleights are not complicated. It does take a bit of practice to be smooth with it. You need to be able to do the "moves" w/out looking at it or thinking about it. Practice in the mirror. When you can't see it, they probably can't either. Of course, try it from a few different angles.

Either way, I reccomend it
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On 2004-10-12 15:54, fccfp wrote:
For getting a "wow" from a lay audience there is nothing like a good TT routine.


The only problem with a TT routine is if it looks like a TT routine, cause some jecko in the audience will have one and start blabbing.

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On 2004-10-12 15:54, fccfp wrote:
I have a pretty good routine that finishes w/ the silk coming out of my mouth after I have "choked" for a bit. This is done w/ a lot of duck like sounds and other noises.


Well at the least I don’t think that will look like a “TT routine”. LOL

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That is one reason I came up with my Alladin from the lamp routine. Like the rabbit in the hat (which is very good), it always a ready patter line that takes the concentration away from the method into the enchanting tale of magic that we weave as entertainers.

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Remember that there is the regular Sucker Silk to Egg and the Walk-Around version of Silk to Egg. Both are great!

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Ordinarily, I don't "do" lists, but if I DID, I would only include effects that are sharply and clearly magical when it comes to silks.

I don't care how prettily the Sympathetic Silks are performed, I can't really care about knots transferring from one set of silks to another.

Mismade flag is another one I find boring and unbelievable.

I like magic that catches me by surprise and makes me sit up and pay attention.

Oh, all right, you talked me into it. Here is my list:

1. Jim Gerrish's Little Wonder Instantaneous Color Change Silk.
2. Any well performed Color Changing Silk routine, as clean as Patrick Page's.
3. Blendo - the Rice version, but get rid of the whalebone.
4. The Douglas 20th Century Silks - although I'm getting partial to Eleazar Goodenough's "Every Century Silks" for a truly magical ending.
5. The Dye Tube - Al Baker's routine
6. Silk through Wand Penetration
7. Flying Bars (Zebra Silk) where the stripes change direction.
8. Marconick's Silken Bombshell Vanish
9. The Dancing Handkerchief
10. Silk to Real Egg.

OK, I'm never getting involved in another "List" posting again. Ever.
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Silk to cane..Howard
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Spellbinder,

I also hate to get involved in lists as you always regret that you did or did not include something on the list. But they are a kind of sinful fun.

Your list was interesting.

I am not aware of Marconick's Silken Bombshell Vanish, I will have to look that one up when I get home.

I also am unfamiliar with Every Century Silks.

I guess you have given me some homework.

Ok now for my list:
I have made the list with respect to my first time witnessing these effects, so it was like I was seeing them as a layman.

1. Half Dyed Silk
2. Silk to candle or candle to silk
3. Serpentine Silk
4. Dancing Hank
5. Silk to Egg
6. Silk Fountain
7. Cocktail Shaker silk routine
8. Blendo
9. Milk to Silk
10. Knots off silk

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Shoot, I have to include as number 11 snap silks.

I remember the first time I saw it, I was stunned. Where were those silks coming from. I was really flabbergasted. SO I have to shove it in the top ten. See why I hate top 10 lists.

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Bob is probably one the most qualified experts on silk magic and routines, not only on this forum, but around, period. This routine was inspired by him and uses a number of his products.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbfNiyJu_0Q

It was only the second time we had performed it and it is still a work in progress. There has been a number of changes since this was recorded, but Bob's products and influence is still very much a part of it.

All the best,

Rob
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