Originally posted by Mike Walsh II:
The Stevens Video tape on the GMVL series has a
Bobo tape of them ( Bobo & Wife ) doing a school
show . It's been a long time since I saw it,
seems like there are some silk tricks. Back when
I did Platform, Club , Stage, ect. I used to do
Soft Soap. Haven't seen it in years.....Mike
I still do a version of Soft Soap (I call Spot Out) I bought from Stephon Johnson in Arkansas (home of Bobo) about 25 years ago. The boxes still have to be custom made. The gimmick, of course, is what I bought from Stephon. His was quite an improvement and I can't say I haven't had my share of problems getting it manufactured. It would seem that for the magicians' silk importer it would be a snap, but it has been anything but that. It has protected the routine for me all these years. I'm sixty now so Lucy and I have agreed that I will make a couple of DVDs and sell my silk routines while I am still young enough to get out and lecture about them. Spot Out will be on them. Today I worked with someone who manufactures my other silk tricks and dove harnesses and was encouraged to learn that it will get into production by Christmas.
One of the real advantages of Spot Out over Soft Soap is that it is in color using real 18" silks instead of men's white handkerchieves with lip stick and ink on them. This routine is actually fun! It also can mesh into other silk routines with the colors the other routines require. For years I have performed it using red, white and blue; red, green, and yellow; or black, orange and yellow; depending on the theme and season. One of the very first of the new ones is purple, pink and yellow. It is a welcomed change. Turquiose will be the new color to follow.
Although we tend to expect it to be a kid trick, it plays even better to adults.
One of the most useful things about silk magic is that it is so visual that language problems in mixed audiences are reduced. The whole audience can have fun.
Enjoy your silk magic.
Magic By Sander