The Chain Of Silks

MARCO NICK

ALTHOUGH Holland occupies quite a small part of the European continent, the progress of her magicians in the post-war years has proved that of all continental nations she is the only one completely in step with modern times, whilst in complete contrast is France, a country which so many years back played such a large part in the teaching of western magic, and yet to-day, with a few notable exceptions, is still thinking technically in terms of magic of the Edwardian period.

Perhaps the greatest asset that the Dutch possess is the ability to harness grace and technique so that the ultimate result shows no jarring note. One thinks of it particularly with Fred Kaps and Van Domellen. Marconick, who is a newer arrival in the International field, has it, too. Not only a delightful technician, but Marconick in dealing with silk handkerchiefs shows a touch of genius which has proved that this seemingly exhaustible field is really illimitable. One must not forget to add some words of thanks to Harry Stanley who on two occasions has brought Marconick across to appear at Unique concerts. On his second appearance on the first day of this year, there was also in the bill Channing Pollock. Rarely has one had the opportunity of seeing two such great acts performed by such young magicians.

The effect to be described is, to me, typical of Marconick's approach. It is something that may be used as a flourish or as part of a trick.

The magician shows three different coloured silks looped into a chain of three. (Figure 1.)

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Quite plainly the looped yellow handkerchief passes through the looped green and red.

The magician's hands move apart and instead of having three looped handkerchiefs he now has them tied in a chain as shown in Figure 2.

Requirements. Three eighteen-inch silks, one red, one yellow and one green.

Preparation. Tie the silks by their corners to make a chain as in Figure 2.

Now take the handkerchiefs and lay them flat on a table like this.

Ends A and B of the green silk are tied with a slip knot (Marconick uses the word ' schuifk-noop'). My own preference, and one that makes for easier handling, is to use a breakaway type of knot. Two which are ideal for the purpose are Nelson Lyford's described in The Magic Wand, Volume 43, No. 242, page 73, or in The Tarbell Course, Volume 1, page 369.

Next the ends C and D of the red handkerchief are similarly tied together.

The ends of the yellow handkerchief E and F are now passed respectively through the loops formed in the green and red handkerchiefs and are then tied together in a slip (breakaway) knot. The silks should now appear like Figure 1. To the audience you have three intertwined looped silks forming a chain. The genuine-knots are well hidden by the folds of the handkerchiefs.

The silks having been shown, the hands hold the green and red handkerchiefs near the knots so that the yellow handkerchief hangs down, the thumb and fingers of the hands slip the knots free and at the same time they move outwards in a brisk manner the result being that the chain oi silks automatically appears. The pulling of the chain also breaks the knot on the yellow silk so that when the chain is displayed only two knots remain, namely those which are necessary to make the chain.

Our thanks go to Henk Vermeyden for allowing us to offer this translation of Marconick's effect which appeared in the August number of TRIKS.

The modern conjurer with his sleight of hand and his flashy props has ceased to be a magician—he has become a juggler. No one thinks that a prestidigitator pulls a rabbit out of a hat through super-natural ability, but many people believe that an Oriental fire-walker can walk over hot coals due to some occult power. " If not, then how does he do it ? " The conjurer can't give any logical answer because its not worth his time to go through the trouble and danger involved in learning fire-walking. So the fire-walker continues to be a real magician because people believe he is genuine.

" Memoirs of a Sword Swallower "—Dan Mannix.

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