U.F. Grant invented
the Crystal Silk Cylinder in 1954. It was a unique idea for the
time, transforming three orange silks into three solid oranges.
Of course, it can be used for more than that and you will find
several variations of the Crystal Silk Cylinder on the magic
market, from those that transform silks into liquids, to those
that change silks into livestock.
My first variation
was to take the idea of transforming silks to the same balls that
are used in Grants 1962 invention Strat-O-Spheres,
but using the exact same tubes for both tricks, and further add
an ending of Grants 1953 Bengal Net to turn the three balls
back into silks. My other variations for making and performing
the Silks to Pit Balls will be found in this article called
simply Glass Vase and Tube.
who purchase this article may have other ideas for using the
three tricks, so each one is written up and described separately.
I started out to
make this for my Hardboard and Duct Tape Book. I had already made
one for myself that was rectangular, but had forgotten the
difficulties involved in putting it together and decided it was
probably much too difficult for the casual builder interested in
hardboard and duct tape solutions. Then I discovered a perfect
Glass Vase in Wal-Mart, of all places. It is three inches in
diameter, 10 inches tall, cost $1.69 and is just right for this
trick! Combined with a four inch diameter PVC Pipe Tube, I
completely abandoned the hardboard and duct tape version and
worked out the details for making this Glass Vase version.
Real glass has an
advantage over the plastic cylinders used by Grant a real
glass vase can hold water (see my Goldfish Variations later on),
and they dont get hazy and scratched up over time.
Disadvantages- they tend to break if you drop them; however, with
a trip back to Wal-Mart, they are easily replaced.
The Glass vases
also have one more advantage- they are larger in diameter than
Grants Cylinders, so I can use the larger 3 inch Pit Balls
for the Strat-O-Sphere part of the routine. However this article
shows you how to build several variations of the same effect,
using both the standard 2 1/2 inch balls currently found in most
Strat-O-Spheres, a no fake variation with the 3 inch balls, and
Live Goldfish and water variations.
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