However, if you compare the effect of the
original and the effect described below, you can see that the
original has limited performance parameters, as well as a high
What makes my Dye-Version Version
different is that I start out by showing a blank white paper tube
empty on both sides, make a magic wand appear and then produce
four white silks and a black silk from the paper tube by blowing
them out of the tube.
Two helpers hold the white silks and the black silk is tucked
into my Wizard Hat brim (it could also be in a breast pocket).
The blank white paper is again shown empty and rolled back into a
tube. The four white silks are pushed into it. The black silk is
wrapped around the outside of the tube to hold it closed. The
performer then blows the four silks out of the tube and they are
now colored red, blue, green and yellow. The black silk is
removed from the outside of the tube, the blank white paper is
shown empty and rolled up again and the performer pushes the
black silk back into the tube and blows out... the same black
silk. It doesn't seem to want to change colors.
The helpers are given the four color silks to hold, one in each
hand, and the black silk is once again wrapped around the outside
of the tube. The helpers decide the order of the color silks
going into the tube and the audience is asked to help them
remember the order, because there will be a test! A new helper
from the audience is asked to stand and take the color order
test. No matter what happens, at this point the streamer is
revealed, first at one end of the tube, then at the other, and
then it is stretched across the stage.
Since this is almost always the last effect in my kids
show, the paper is unrolled and the inside of the paper is now
seen to be rainbow colored with the words THE END
printed in large colorful letters on the inside of the paper
tube. The black silk is held up as I bow, and I never mention it,
but it is now covered with different colored shiny stars. An
alternative ending is to change the black silk into a long black
streamer, and then wave it in the air to visibly make a matching
multicolored streamer from it.
Instructions are included for making all the
gimmicks yourself from items you may already have around the
house, or which are easily and inexpensively purchased from
Dollar Stores, etc.
The Madhatter Magic Shop is one source that has
all of the silks shown below, for those who want professional
looking silks that are NOT from the Dollar Store.
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